Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

It's time to reinvent everything, or almost

Since electricity became a power source it has not stopped developing and improving the daily lives of individuals, institutions and factories. But with the emergence of information technologies, electricity is redefining itself again. We're talking here about intelligent power distribution. It's at the heart of debates on the electrification of transportation systems, which we will discuss in May. Environmental concerns are also playing a part in redefining the role of electricity. Stay tuned. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Mourning 2017 Day of Mourning: April 28
The National Day of Mourning, to remember and honour workers who have lost their lives, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace, will be held on April 28…
ALTTEXT Valard Construction Founder Victor Budzinski Retires
Valard Construction LP CEO Victor Budzinski has retired effective April 1. President Adam Budzinski has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer…
Tessier Tesco Group's Dustin Tessier Named 1 of 2 IECEE YP Competition Winners
Dustin Tessier, an IEC 61850 Specialist and Smart Grid Consultant, is one of two winners of a young professionals competition sponsored by IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components…

The Future of the Smart Grid

Part One: Re-engineering the Grid

By Paul McMullen
Grid Electricity has been a fundamental power source since Michael Faraday invented the dynamo in 1831. Small scale mini grids supported individual factories or villages, evolving to become large interconnected networks. The power grid as we know it, where power is generated far from where it is consumed, has been in operation since the mid 20th century. When blackouts occur, they last for hours and are accepted as a necessary price for cheap, on-demand access to power the grid afforded… But now there is a better way. Read More


Non-residential Construction Dips 0.5% in Q1 2017

Residential Construction Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $12.3 billion in the first quarter of 2017, down 0.5% from the previous quarter. This marked the sixth decrease in seven quarters. Nationally, the decline largely reflected lower spending on the construction of institutional buildings and, to a lesser extent, on the construction of industrial buildings. Overall, total investment fell in five provinces, with Ontario posting the largest decline and Saskatchewan a distant second. Read More

Survey Says


Contractors' Average Salaries by Employer

In 2016, salaries ranged from $44,000 to $120,000. See who pays what.

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New Products and Solutions


Intellimeter Canada Inc. M3 Series Electric Meters

Intellimeter Canada Inc.'s revenue-grade meters, which are approved by Measurement Canada and meet ANSI revenue standards, come in 8-, 16- and 24-meter designs. Their scalable format supports changes to a building's layout, or the addition of new circuits. Read More
Link Chokes

MTE DC Link Chokes

MTE's DC link chokes maximize the circuit inductance for power quality reasons, but without causing an AC input line voltage drop. Also referred to as DC line chokes or inductor chokes, they economically filter and control the DC bus voltage and current in a variable speed drive/inverter, helping to reduce AC input line current harmonic distortion while absorbing DC bus voltage spikes. Read More

ABB SPA-ZC 402 — Ethernet & IEC 61850 Adapter

ABB's SPA-ZC 402 adapter provides connectivity to IEC 61850, SPA TCP/IP and Modbus TCP/IP Ethernet based protocols and standards. It acts as a communication adapter between the SPA bus and the IEC 61850-8-1 station bus. SPA-ZC 402 maps the SPA protocol interface to the IEC 61850-8-1 standard. This enables connecting products with optical SPA interface to IEC 61850 based networks in both new and retrofit installations. Read More
Cable Terminations

DSG-Canausa Heat Shrink Medium Voltage Cable Terminations

The application of cable terminations is a key part of ensuring power quality and safe electrical insulation. These terminations prevent water ingress and mechanical damage to cables, splices and connectors. DSG-Canausa delivers heat shrink cable terminations for single core, 5 kV to 35 kV, copper tape, drain wire, UniShield or lead sheathed XLPE and EPR power cables for the electrical construction market. Read More
Harmonic Mitigation

Hammond Power Solutions DOE 2016 — Energy Efficient Harmonic Mitigating Transformer

Energy efficient harmonic mitigating transformers with zero sequence flux cancellation technology are designed to treat harmonics generated by computer equipment and other non-linear, power electronic loads. HPS Sentinel H energy efficient harmonic mitigating distribution transformers are rated for 600 volts and below. Applications include data centres, internet-service providers, telecom sites, call centres, broadcast centres, etc. Read More
IEEE Fuses

Mersen Medium Voltage IEEE Fuses

The Mersen A155CNF series operates like a normal MV fuse under short circuit and overload situations. When connected to an arc-flash detection system that is properly set up, the MVCF will open the circuit in time to limit the hazard to Category 2 PPE. The system's interface module (CFIM) is mounted in the low voltage area and accepts a trip signal from the customer's existing arc-flash detection relay. Read More
Ground Grid Connector

Thomas & Betts Compression Ground Grid Connector

Thomas & Betts' compression ground grid connector, made of high conductivity copper, provides high performance grounding to ensure continuous performance and power quality. The ground grid connector is suitable for direct ground burial and utilizes Cable Elements A: #6 Sol. - #2 Str. To Cable Element B: #6 Sol. - #2 Str. It also features a cable range of 500 kcmil. Read More

Eaton SPD Max Series

Eaton's SPD Max Series side-mount surge protective devices help maximize safety, flexibility and protection against the dangers of power transients. Enhance personnel safety with barriers that reduce arc-flash hazards, and get the right protection for your environment with devices available in all common voltages and configurations. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Employer Perspectives on Legalization of Marijuana in Canada
    Last fall we reached out to industry to ask for their thoughts and concerns in relation to the Government of Canada's proposed legislation on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Probably one of the most surprising findings was that 87% of the employers who responded do not have a formal written policy in place that speaks to the use of medical marijuana in the workplace. Another was the reliance on word of mouth to inform employees about the company's policy on marijuana use.

  • Inspection Results: Electrical Hazards Aren't the Only Risks Electricians Face
    In November and December 2016, Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted an enforcement blitz involving electrical and related hazards at construction sites. According to just released results, inspectors visited 998 workplaces and issued 2,801 orders, including 173 stop work orders. A breakdown of the results shows that electrical hazards are just some of the risks electrical workers face on construction sites.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Skills Ontario Competition
May 1-3, 2017
Toronto, ON

OEL 2017 Electrical Industry Conference
May 3-6, 2017
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

BICSI 2017 Canadian Conference and Exhibition
May 8-11, 2017
Vancouver, BC

EDA CON::NECT Women Connected 2017
May 9, 2017
Toronto, ON

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The Electrical Stock Market

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