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    Wind O&M Canada 2017

  • Aug 08, 2017
    Monday, December 4, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (All day)
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hyatt Regency Toronto

    New Energy Update (formerly Wind Energy Update) invites you to join 300-plus wind power experts at the fourth annual Wind O&M conference in Toronto in December. This event is a platform for owner/operators, ISPs, OEMs and other suppliers to network and discover new ways to maximize wind farm profitability. Profit maximization is crucial to the modern Canadian wind power market. In its early days, owner/operators’ main concern was how to cut construction and development costs. Now that the industry has an installed base of 11 GW, the need to also examine operational expenditure has become ever more pressing. The reason for this is a margin squeeze caused by the 60% fall in the cost of Canadian wind energy over the past five years, coupled with the expiration of OEM warranties, a rise in opex caused by the ageing of turbine fleets, and the advent of new technology that can minimize that rise.

    Practically every company can benefit significantly from leaner, more sophisticated methods of handling asset management and O&M. Owner/operators that fail to get ahead of the curve will be increasingly disadvantaged in relation to their competitors.

    To help the industry to understand the threats and opportunities of this new phase in the industry’s development, Wind O&M Canada’s comprehensive two-day program will provide answers to current issues, such as:

    Deciding which contracts to sign:
    What kind of commercial relationships should you get into with your suppliers and service providers? What are the pros and cons of extending an OEM warranty, signing up an independent maintenance contractor or taking on the risk yourself? If you go down the self-performance route, how do you set up your supply chain to support you? What are the best ways to introduce competition in procurement? How do you split services between suppliers to get the best possible deal? And if you are an OEM or an independent service provider, how can you convince operators that you offer the best value?

    Optimizing data management:
    How can owner/operators use data to make informed O&M and asset management decisions that reduce the bottom line? How can SCADA data best help you to forecast production? What kind of real-time condition monitoring systems and analytics tools are possible today? Which approach has the biggest impact on profitability? How close are we to developing algorithms that will allow true predictive maintenance?

    Optimizing maintenance plans:
    When should you consider retrofitting turbines with new technology? How can you save money by keeping your own spare parts inventory? What are the main issues in balance-of-plant maintenance? How can you empower your field engineers to make them as productive and effective as possible?

    These and many other questions will be addressed by our expert speakers, who will include all the major players in Canada’s wind O&M market, including Algonquin, Capstone, EDF, Enbridge and Leeward. They will be joined by the experts from the country’s top ISP’s and specialist O&M suppliers and services.

    The conference runs from 4th to the 5th of December, and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Toronto Hotel. You can reserve your place at this landmark event by visiting

  • Industry News

    Entrepreneurs, James Keirstead and Jim Qualie, won the 2017 Manning Innovation Award for developing a wire-free switch that increases convenience and safety while reducing economic and environmental costs for residential and commercial building projects.

    The Ernest C. Manning Foundation presents the Innovation Award to talented Canadian innovators who are improving people's lives through their commercialized innovations.

    ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, Canada, to ensure the safe, reliable operation with almost zero emissions. The project is part of an $8.4 billion investment from the Ontario government to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

  • Keeping Current

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    STANDARD PRODUCTS announces the addition of two new Account Managers to its Montreal Sales Team.

    Stella Cammalleri joins STANDARD with more than 12 years experience in customer service, and a year in the lighting industry. "The addition of Stella will be a great addition to the Montreal Sales Team and will help the company maintain a high level of customer satisfaction," said STANDARD.

    STANDARD also welcomes Céleste Tremblay to its Montréal Sales Team. With more than 15 years of experience in customer service, Céleste will be a great help in building and maintaining relationships with existing and future customers.

    BJ TAKE recently announced that Upper Canada Industries will be taking over the Toronto territory. Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson explained “the Toronto market represents a major portion of the Ontario marketplace and as such needed to have local customer service that specializes in distributor and specifier relations”. In addition to Central Ontario, Upper Canada Industries will focus on capturing a larger marketshare of the energy-efficient lighting industry in Toronto.

    BEL PRODUCTS INC. announces the appointment of Dominique Dufresne as National Sales Director. In this role, Dominique will be responsible for leading the sales team and agents across Canada and the United States. He will also be the representative for Bel Products Inc. with the various electrical associations. Dominique has more than 18 years of experience and knowledge in sales, whether in customer service or as a representative. Bel Products Inc. is very happy to add Dominique to their team.

  • Product Showcase

    Schneider Electric Solar has extended its Conext SmartGen inverter power ratings for greater flexibility and optimization of both small and large utility power plants. For large scale power plants, the CS2200 is now available and is optimized for 4.4 MW stations using two inverters. To expand the power ratings for smaller power plants in North America, the introduction of the CS1666 provides an optimum power block for 5 MW power plants.

    Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting sub-systems and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, today announced the release of universal voltage versions of its DirectAC direct-drive LED units. The DirectAC LED Engines were released earlier this year in a 120V and with this product release, the same low-profile, self-contained LED engine with integrated driver is now available in a new unit that can support power ratings from 120 to 277 volts.

    LSI announces the official launch of its latest innovation, the Alliance™ LED High Bay (ALI). This original, American-manufactured and designed luminaire distinguishes itself as Best-In-Class across many criteria important to specifiers and design-build contractors. The maximum efficacy across these 2 foot and 4 foot fixtures is an impressive 163 lumens per watt.

    Skyliner, a new curvilinear LED luminaire that features nine distribution patterns with house side shielding, is now available from U.S. Architectural Lighting.

    Designed for site and area lighting applications, Skyliner offers a choice of LED distributions, color temperatures and drive currents that provide optimal illumination of any visual terrain. Additionally, Skyliner’s controlled optics eliminate uplight (light pollution) and minimize spill light (light trespass).

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