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What does Philips Lighting’s name-change Signify?

Philips Lighting announced it is changing its name from Philips Lighting to Signify, saying the new name “originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning”.

The Ty-Rap cable tie celebrates 60 years and 28 billion units

What ubiquitous cable device is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has travelled as far as Mars, and possibly now numbers in 28 billion units produced? If you said the Ty-Rap cable tie, then well done!

UWaterloo researchers say manure could be a renewable natural gas

Researchers are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply system. Their approach would involve eliminating “particularly harmful gases released by naturally decomposing manure when it is spread on farm fields as fertilizer.”

EHRC honours Mike Allen at 5th annual Awards of Excellence event

Mike Allen, Ontario Power Generation’s senior vice president, Nuclear Refurbishment, was honoured with EHRC’s 2017 Leader of the Year Award at the event.

The economics of upsizing your conductors

Upsizing the cross-sectional area of current-carrying conductors in power electrical cables can reduce the I2R loss which, in certain cases, can offset the higher material and installation costs.
Sponsored Spotlight 

Introducing Mersen's New Electrical Power Catalog!

This 340-page catalog includes updated product information and new photography. The eye-catching design presents a wealth of product information in an easy-to-read format. Simple, straightforward charts display data clearly and concisely. We've also included an overview of Mersen Electrical Power that showcases all global product lines. In addition, the "Focus Products" section details the right Mersen products for the Industrial, Buildings/ Construction, Solar, and Electric Vehicles markets. >> Download now
AEA 2018

Wiring practices, solar, surges and more at AEA Learning Expo 2018

A freak snowstorm blew in on the day of Alberta Electrical Association’s (AEA) Learning Expo. Those of us exhibiting at the event (and, in my case, also covering) feared the worst: that people would simply not come. But we were pleasantly surprised. » Read full article

Competition open for second and third rounds of the Renewable Electricity Program

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has opened the first of a three-stage competitive process under which bids will be considered to provide a total of 700 MW of renewable energy, or enough to power nearly 300,000 homes. » Read full article

Southwire to invest $9 million into workforce following tax reform

In addition to one-time employee bonuses, the company said it is expanding its parental leave policy and strengthening its commitment to education, skilled trade development, STEM programs and diversity in the workplace. » Read full article

Formerly Baldor Electric Canada... now ABB Motor and Mechanical (Canada) Inc.

As ABB, the organization will continue to manufacture, design and market the product brands of Baldor-Reliance motors and Dodge mechanical power transmission products. » Read full article

GE’s Reservoir energy storage platform “can fit into most any setting”

The Reservoir is a flexible, compact energy storage solution for AC or DC coupled systems. The 1.2 MW, 4 MWh Reservoir storage unit is the fundamental building block of the platform; it’s a modular solution that integrates GE’s Battery Blade (module stack) design. » Read full article

Jeff DeFazio re-joins Standard as energy saving and quotation specialist

DeFazio will be responsible for lighting proposals and pricing, as well as the management of various energy savings projects for B.C. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 

Back-costing... Your TIME MACHINE to Profit • MAY 2018

Want to make sure you always stay profitable and make more money? You’re about to discover the secret to improving job costing based on the past. That’s right... Back-costing is your very own Time Machine to Profit! Register for this webinar taking place May 16, 2018 at 2 pm EST. » Register

New breed of gladiators take to the streets of Rome

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship electric street racing series is the world’s first fully electric international single-seater category in motorsport. » Read full article

Osram launches Optotronic intelligent programmable compact LED drivers

With programmable auxiliary DC output, the Optotronic programmable compact LED drivers from Osram can now power fixture-integrated sensors, including occupancy sensors and photocells. » Read full article

Stay cool with Milwaukee’s Jobsite Cooler

Designed to withstand harsh jobsite conditions, Milwaukee Tool’s Jobsite Cooler uses twice the insulation of other similar coolers and a food-grade leak-proof liner that holds ice for 24 hours. » Read full article

Lightfair International 2018

Date & Location: May 6 - 10 • Chicago, Ill.
Info: Lightfair International (LFI) will produce its 2018 tradeshow & conference in Chicago, Ill., May 6-10, 2018. The event marks Lightfair’s first Chicago staging since 1995. It will be held at McCormick Place.
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Alberta Energy Efficiency Summit

Dates & Locations: May 16 - 17 • Calgary
Info: The Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (AEEA), in conjunction with Energy Efficiency Alberta, is hosting the Alberta Energy Efficiency Summit from May 16 - 17, 2018 at the Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary, Alta. According to the organizers, the event will offer delegates a forum to collaborate, learn, network and receive insights into the latest trends in energy efficiency. The program includes sessions on Alberta’s energy efficiency potential, transitioning to a low carbon future, energy efficiency for businesses, and more.
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ECA of Alberta Training Day and AGM 2018

Date & Location: May 26 - 26 • Edmonton
Info: Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) is hosting its next annual Technical Training Day and Annual General Meeting at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton, May 25-26, 2018. The education streams on May 25 include Technical, Codes & Standards and General Interest, with sessions on topics like Bill 17 Fair & Family Workplaces Act; smart home wiring; Bill 30 An Act to Protect the Health & Well-Being of Working Albertans, and more. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Professional Electrical Contractor (PEC) Program. Congratulations!
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Open House for Women • EJTC Training Facility

Date & Location: May 26 • Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Info: Join Kelly Kienleitner, chief instructor at the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC), at the 5th Annual Women’s Open House. The function is being held May 26, 2018 (10 am to 2 pm) at 1405 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam, B.C. During the open house, women who are considering the Skilled Trades will be able to speak with several current journeywomen and apprentices within the system, learn why they chose a Skilled Trades career, and get into some hands-on demonstrations.
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