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     Terry Becker

    P.Eng. CEO, ESPS Electrical Safety Programs Solutions INC.



    Will CSA Z462 be adopted into law by Provinces & Territories?

    NO, CSA Z462 will not be law in Canada. CSA Z462 will be a consensus based CSA Standard, that may also be a National Standard of Canada (pending the Standard Council of Canada approval). Each Province & Territory has the latitude to reference or adopt CSA Z462 in whole or part into law. Even if CSA Z462 is not adopted into law it will only be a consensus based Standard and industry accepted best practice.

    Will layering of ATPV rated clothing achieve a higher ATPV rating and how does it affect the Total System Arc Rating?

    PPE And Layering...Total System Arc Rating

    Let’s discuss electrical specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for arc flash protection. This article will talk about what layering means to your personal protection. We’re talking about the cal/cm2 rating of protective clothing, and its Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV).

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    Following the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) by the House of Commons today, Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement: "Counterfeit goods that enter the Canadian market not only harm our economy and businesses but also can be a dangerous threat to our consumers and families. That is why our government introduced the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, which will give our border guards the tools they need to work with Canadian rights holders to stop...
    The world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) process on a coal-fired power plant officially opened October 2nd at Boundary Dam Power Station in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Premier Brad Wall, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd, and SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson were on hand to officially open the project. “Over the past six years, Saskatchewan has become a global hub of innovation, especially in agriculture...
    Hydro One announces that the refurbishment of an international transmission circuit linking Ontario and Michigan is complete. The $6.8 million investment refurbished 24 towers on the 5.5 km circuit that runs from Sarnia Scott TS to the Mid River Junction Bunce Creek at the St. Clair River. The work involved replacing five transmission towers and strengthening the steel on 19 towers in accordance with Canadian Safety Authority Standards. "The refurbishment of this critical asset ensures...
    CSEM announces the world's first white solar modules. This innovative technology is particularly attractive to the building industry where solar elements can blend into a building's skin and become virtually hidden energy sources. Applications in the consumer goods sector are also expected. Currently, the market lacks photovoltaic (PV) products specifically designed to be integrated into buildings. Most PV modules, built to maximize sunlight absorption, appear blue-black. This appearance,...
    GE announced it has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE's total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts – or enough equivalent energy to power over 435,000 Canadian homes. GE is celebrating this milestone with wind industry peers at this week's CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal. The landmark turbine is a GE 1.6-100 wind turbine for China Longyuan...

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    • October 28, 2014

      GE announced it has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE's total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts – or enough equivalent energy to power over 435,000 Canadian homes. GE is celebrating this milestone with wind industry peers at this week's CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal.

      The landmark turbine is a GE 1.6-100 wind turbine f...

    • November 4, 2014

      A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for smart grid networking and communications technology, including global market forecasts for shipments, average selling prices, and revenue through 2023.

      As smart grid applications multiply, the demands upon power grid communications networks are growing and changing rapidly. As a result, the market for smart grid networking and communications technology includes a large number of competitors with a multitude of solutions and equipment. According to a new report from Navigant Research, cumulative global spending on smart grid communications networking and communications equipment is expected to total nearly $30 billion from 2014 through 2023.

      “Whereas the focus over the last decade was largely on smart me...

    • November 3, 2014

      Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (EHT) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Reliant First Nation Limited Partnership to acquire up to 46 Megawatts of solar energy power generation contracts known as projects from Reliant. The 46 Megawatts of projects, representing a total of 176 solar energy systems to be installed on various school rooftops in Ontario, were awarded to Reliant under the Ontario Feed in Tariff (FIT) 3.0 program. Under this program the Ontario government agrees to purchase the energy output of each system for 20 years at a guaranteed purchase price, for electricity generated, at a fixed rate of 32.9 cents per kilowatt hour. It is anticipated that the total project portfolio will produce more than 58 Million hours of electricity per annum. The total p...

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    • November 6, 2014

      PLUSRITE LIGHTING CANADA, a manufacturer and distributor of lamps, ballasts and fixtures, announces the acquisition of Global Electrical and Industrial Products. Global manufactures a complete line of electrical fittings, conduit bodies, flexible conduit and weatherproof boxes and covers and is a complementary addition to Plusrite's family of lighting products. With its full-stocking distribution centre in Langley, B.C., Plusrite will be able to readily meet its customers' demands. For sales inquiries or a copy of Plusrite's 2014 product catalogue, contact Chris McManus or Taya Mernagh of Proline Sales and Marketing at 778.786.0660 or e-mail ed@prolinesales.biz...

    • October 29, 2014

       LEGRAND CANADA National Sales Manager – Data Communications, José Mozota, has been recently named to the Board of Directors of BICSI as the Canadian Regional Director.

      With a doctorate in Chemistry from Ottawa University José has a wide and varied career starting with Nalco, Naperville Illinois in 1983, a position as country manager again with Nalco as Venezuela’s country manager and VP...

    • October 29, 2014

      ROBROY INDUSTRIES CONDUIT DIVISION, manufacturer of ETL-Verified PVC-coated galvanized rigid conduit (Plasti-Bond, Perma-Cote and KorKap), announces the promotion of Stephanie Ellis to Marketing Manager.

      In 2011 Ellis was promoted to Director of Corrosion College, a two-day intensive course that provides well-rounded, hands-on experience in understanding and combating the process...

    • October 27, 2014

      LITELINE CORPORATION, a manfacturer of residential and commercial lighting products, announces that it has teamed up with Munden Enterprises, an independent electrical manufacturer's representative based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to represent it products throughout Atlantic Canada. Tony Munden, President of Munden Enterprises, and his team have built strong relationships, with both distributors and end users, that will assist Liteline in maintaining its commitment to providing excellent products and service to customers in the region.

      Liteline looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Munden Enterprises.

      For general inquiries, contact Munden Enterprises at 902-405-8545, or Tony Munden directly at 902 680 2356...

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    • November 3, 2014

      CBS ArcSafe®, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces its remote switch actuator for General Electric “E Line” (150 A frame size) low-voltage molded case circuit breakers. The new CBS ArcSafe RSA-187A actuators allow personnel to operate the molded case circuit breakers from a safe distance stationed outside the arc-flash perimeter without having to... read more

    • October 29, 2014

       Arlington’s CED135 Cable Entry Device with Brushed Opening organizes and protects low voltage cable against abrasion - with easy insertion of Individual cables or a bundle of Class 2 low voltage wiring.

      Mounting holes allow for the attachment of a decorator-style wall plate to the low voltage side of an electrical box, giving extra support to the installation.

      • Non-... read more

    • October 28, 2014

      A new electrical power conversion technology for subsea power distribution requirements in the oil & gas industry that replaces hydraulic systems with efficient electric drive motors, actuators, and small cables has been introduced by Diversified Technologies, Inc. of Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

      The PowerMod™ High Voltage Underwater Electric Power Converter is a modular system that allows 10 kV transmission to the ocean... read more

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