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Volume 4 • Issue 6

Message From The Editor

Implementing best practices also means incorporating changes

According to data collected in the surveys we publish each week, electricians make the majority of their purchases from distributors of electrical products. Times change. Developing e-commerce and mobile technologies are or should be an integral part of electrical contractors' daily lives. This doesn't appear to be the case for purchases. Electrical distributors maintain a strong lead over other channels. Elsewhere, big changes are coming for electrical distributors everywhere (not just Ontario). Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Manitoba Pipeline Projects Major Projects Keep Manitoba's Construction Workforce Growing Strong
Major hydro, transmission and pipeline projects are expected to drive construction employment to a new high this year, with as many as 9,000 new workers needed this decade to keep pace with construction and retirements…
Map of Power Line NEB Approves Power Line Between Ontario and Pennsylvania
The National Energy Board has approved an international power line that will be buried under Lake Erie and transfer electricity between Ontario and Pennsylvania. The estimated cost for the 49-kilometre Canadian portion of the project is $543.5 million…
Energy Storage Sault Ste Marie Piloting 7 MW Energy Storage System
To be operational by May, the lithium-ion battery storage system is being supplied by General Electric, and the facility is being built by Convergent Energy + Power. It will store energy produced by the city's existing solar and wind farms.

Best Practices

A Great Way to Filter Leads and Get Better Customers

By Shawn McCadden
Shwan McCadden I have been coaching my contractor clients to be smart about how they do business. I have been stressing that they should be selective about the customers they choose to work with, especially when business surges. If this makes sense to you and for your business, read on to find out how to do fewer sales calls but at the same time close higher margin deals. Read More

Power over Ethernet

Effect of Next Generation 100 W Power over Ethernet on RJ45 Connectivity

Diagram of PoE The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is currently writing the 802.3bt standard, which will double the amount of power delivered to end devices. The current 25.5 W will increase to approximately 71 W, an increase of a factor of approximately 3 that allows devices such as next generation wireless access points, security cameras with pan, tilt, zoom, and heating elements, and larger displays to operate under the new PoE standard. This paper explains the effect the new 802.3bt standard running the highest Type 4 power will have on connectivity, specifically the Panduit TG style jacks. Read More


Report Sees Consumers Driving Tomorrow's Electricity System

1 way vs 2 way power flow systems A new vision paper by the Electricity Distributors Association and its member local utilities proposes a new way forward for Ontario's electricity system that recognizes consumers as drivers of change and leverages new technologies to deliver high-quality electricity services. The report, The Power to Connect: Advancing Customer-Driven Electricity Solutions for Ontario, explains that the integration of local, small-scale power generation and storage technology, known as distributed energy resources, will be key to achieving a more resilient system that can alleviate cost pressures. The findings and recommendations offer insights valuable to electricity distributors everywhere. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Which Channels Electrical Contractors Buy Through

Full line distributors lead six other channels by a wide margin. See how the others fare.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Modular Jack

Ideal Industries: Keystone Modular Jacks Designed to Exceed

The Keystone modular data jacks, new to Ideal Industries Inc.'s product line-up for professional technicians and installers, include a full line of colours and complimentary faceplates. The jacks are ROHS compliant and compatible with other Keystone network products. Read More
Zip Cord

Phoenix Contact Multimode Zip Cord Patch Cables for Fast Data Transmission Up to 10 Gbps

The cables offer a number of advantages, such as excellent mechanical and optical transmission quality, various connectors, cable lengths and fibre categories according to customer requirements, OM3 and OM4: bend-resistant fibres, and an individual test report for each item. Read More
Hammond Eclipse

Added Sizes for Hammond Eclipse Family Further Support IoT and Industry 4.0

Ranging in size from a compact 12 x 10 x 6 inches up to a massive 72 x 30 x 24 inches, the Eclipse painted mild steel family of wall mount enclosures from Hammond Manufacturing has been extended to offer 100+ different size options, offered in ANSI61 Gray and RAL7035 colours. Read More
Phase Monitoring Relay

Wieland Electric Introduces Phase Monitoring Relay

Wieland Electric Inc. has expanded its Flare Control series of phase control relays with two new modules designed to provide phase and voltage control functions for three-phase power systems in industrial applications. The Flare Control P3-L module provides basic phase control for voltages from 200 to 500VAC, while the Flare Control P3-LTN module delivers advanced control functions. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Canada's First Utility-Scale Storage System "Islands" Remote BC Town
    An innovative community microgrid solution from S&C Electric Canada Ltd. now brings reliable power to the remote town of Field, British Columbia. Since going live, the system has saved Field from power outages due to tree falls, car accidents, avalanches and fires for a combined 126 hours. The longest single duration was 22 hours. This system has the potential to be replicated and adapted to other remote communities that could benefit from this technology. Read on to find our more about the challenges and the solution.

  • Poll: Canadians React Positively to National Plan
    Although some provincial premiers have expressed concerns about the economic impacts of taking action to cut carbon pollution, a recent poll shows most Canadians do not share those concerns. Canada's new national climate plan contains commitments to build clean energy infrastructure, including transmission lines, EV charging stations, and ultra-efficient buildings. To meet these commitments, the federal provincial and territorial governments will need to dedicate funding to these priorities.

  • Firm Develops Electricity-Generating Flexible Glass
    SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., a firm that develops transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass windows and flexible veneers, has announced plans to develop electricity-generating flexible glass. The firm recently applied layers of its liquid coatings to Corning Willow Glass and laminated them under conditions that simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the manufacturing processes used by commercial glass and window producers. The result is a bendable glass "veneer" that generates electricity.

  • November Investment in New Housing Construction up 4.1% YOY
    Investment in new residential construction totalled $4.5 billion in November, up 4.1% from November 2015. For the second consecutive month, the increase at the national level reflected higher investment in all types of dwelling. However, only three provinces reported gains. The seven others reported a year-over-year decrease. Spending on single-family dwellings accounted for over half of the advance, and totalled $2.3 billion in November.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

WiRE Networking Event — Charlene Beckie, Clem Geo-Energy Corp
February 8
Calgary, AB

BUILDEX Vancouver
February 15-16
Vancouver, BC

Manitoba Electrical Expo
February 22-23, 2017
Winnipeg, MB

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