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Ville de Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec partnering to build microgrid

Hydro-Québec says the project will help determine how new technologies could contribute to the creation of new services for customers and help them reduce their energy consumption.

Safety Codes Council puts out call for 2018 award nominations

Alberta’s Safety Codes Council (SCC) has put out a call for nominations for the Accreditation Award, Certification Award and the Dr. Sauer Award. The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2018.

Convergent’s 8.5-MWh storage project to reduce Husky’s Global Adjustment

Convergent Energy+Power says it has finished work on an 8.5-MWh energy storage project at Husky Injection Moulding System Ltd. (Bolton, Ont.), and will be operational as soon as Hydro One finishes its interconnection work.

Innovus Powers’ VSG Project now powering households in the Northwest Territories

The northern community’s 300+ households are now being powered with Innovus’ 590kW converter-based VSG platform, which is expected to save around 80,000 litres of fuel per year.

Emerson introduces automation technology for renewable power and microgrid markets

Emerson’s new Ovation OCC100 controller extends the company’s Ovation control technology by managing the flow of energy from various sources to ensure continuous generation for utilities and independent power producers.

From 1 employee and a “Panic Wagon” to 60 years of Gerrie Electric

Last fall, Gerrie Electric celebrated their 60th anniversary. EBMag sat down with Heather and Elaine—daughters of company founder Ken—to learn what it was like growing up in the Gerrie household and getting into the industry, and to hear their thoughts on “The 3G” and the distributor’s next 60 years. » WATCH

Ledvance names James Johnson managing director, Canada and U.S.

Johnson brings decades of lighting experience to this position. He first started with GTE Sylvania in 1985, and has held positions of increasing responsibility over multiple locations and businesses, culminating in his role as CEO of Osram’s Global Traditional Lamps business. » Read full article

Government announces $120 million investment in EV charging stations

The funding will support the deployment of electric chargers, natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations, the demonstration of new charging technologies and the development of codes and standards. » Read full article

Ontario increases fines for failing to meet health and safety standards

The maximum fines for an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act has increased from $25,000 to $100,000 for an individual or unincorporated business and from $500,000 to $1,500,000 for corporations. » Read full article

Schneider Electric‘s Cybernetic Control Systems to be certified drives panel builder

Cybernetic Control Systems has been a Schneider Electric industry partner for two years and the addition of the certified drives panel builder will benefit B.C. customers by having local Altivar Drive inventory, says Schneider. » Read full article

TE Connectivity negotiating to acquire ABB’s entrelec terminal block business

By adding the ABB’s entrelec terminal block offering TE says it would be able to offer a complete system for power, signal and data connectivity with a special focus on harsh environments. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 

Litetronics introduces LED Volumetric RetroFit line

Offered for 2-ft. x 2-ft. and 2-ft. x 4-ft. troffers and drawing 29W and 39W respectively, Litetronics’ DLC premium-listed LED Volumetric RetroFits deliver 125LPW. » Read full article

RX1200 controller for electric de-icing applications

Designed to complement Danfoss RX de-icing cables for roof and gutter applications, the company says the controller helps extend the life of an outdoor electric heating system and prevent damage and leaks. » Read full article

Navigate “tight spaces and tight deadlines” with 2018 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo

For 2018, enhancements include standard rearview monitor, standard 5-in. colour audio display on all grades, with USB connection port for compatible devices, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, streaming audio via Bluetooth and hands-free text messaging assistant. » Read full article

State of the Industry & Outlook Conference 2018

Dates & Locations: March 8 • Toronto
Info: The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) will host its 18th annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on Thursday March 8, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. The theme this year is “Technology and Innovation” and its impact on construction process and productivity. The OCS says industry experts unravel the economic indicators and assess their impact on Ontario’s construction industry during the half-day conference.
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IEEE Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects Workshop 2018

Date & Location: March 12 - 14 • Calgary
Info: Previously known as the Electrical Safety, Technical & Mega Projects Workshop, ESTMP returns to Calgary, March 12-14, 2018 (followed by Tutorials on March 14) with a new name: Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance & Projects Workshop. The workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering, project optimization, maintenance and reliability of electrical systems.
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24th Electrical Learning Expo • Alberta Electrical Association

Date & Location: March 15 • Calgary
Info: The Alberta Electrical Association invites you to attend its 24th annual Electrical Learning Expo, being held at Calgary’s Grey Eagle Casino on March 15, 2018. Attendees include: electrical contractors, maintenance supervisors, industrial electricians, electrical inspectors, consulting engineers, distributors, lighting design consultants, utility personnel, energy retailers and more.
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Light + Building 2018

Date & Location: March 18 - 23 • Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Info: Light + Building 2018 will be taking place from March 18 - 23, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. The theme this year is ‘Connected — Secure — Convenient.’ The trade fair covers all electrically based building services systems and aims to promote the integrated planning of building services systems with a broad product spectrum. Organizers say more than 2,600 exhibitors will be presenting their products in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation.
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