Energy & Power

Using energy more efficiently offers economic benefits because saving fuels and energy is a lot cheaper than buying them. A strategic approach to energy management allows a plant or organization to gain a better understanding of energy use and implement technologies, processes and practices that will decrease costs, improve profitability and reduce carbon emissions and wastes.
Bird poop was the likely cause of a December shutdown at a nuclear power plant outside New York City, according to the operator.
GE has launched a new 16.5 megawatt (MW) gas turbine (NovaLT16) for mechanical drive and power generation applications in the oil and gas industry. Developed by GE Oil & Gas to meet the industry’s evolving challenges, NovaLT16 combines the best technology from industry-proven GE turbines and benefits from the industry insights of TransCanada Corporation, a major North American energy infrastructure company.
July 30, 2014 - Altra Industrial Motion Corp., a global manufacturer and marketer of electromechanical power transmission and motion control products, announced the acquisition of Guardian Industries, Inc.
Face-to-face outreach is the key to networking success. That’s according to Ann Arnott, Vice President and CEO of PTDA, who recently promoted her organization at IFPE, the international exposition and technical conference, which integrates fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. In this video Arnott offers support for PTDA members and promotes the upcoming PTDA Canadian forum for power transmission/motion control distributors in Quebec City (June 5 – 7).
February 19, 2014 — Registration is now open for the PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference, to be held June 5 – 7, 2014, at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Québec. This thirteenth annual business conclave unites the key decision makers of the Canadian Power Transmission/Motion Control (PT/MC) industry — an industry that represents $6.4 billion of the Canadian economy according to PTDA’s recently released PT/MC Market Size Report.   
Maintenance of your electrical system during a shutdown, turnaround or outage is crucial for much of your electrical equipment, especially your circuit breakers. This is the only time to do fault finding and determine their operating characteristics. It is important for both a reliable and safe system to properly plan and schedule these outages so that they become an important part of your shutdown scope.
Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, the Canadian Nuclear Association said today.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is now accepting applications from a wider range of Ontario industries for incentives to invest in new facilities or expand existing ones under Stream 3 of the Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program.
June 19, 2014 – Schneider Electric announced today that it has obtained all required regulatory approvals and subsequently finalized the sale of the Invensys Appliance division, which will be renamed Robertshaw Controls Company, to an affiliate of Sun European Partners, LLP. The transaction is worth £150 million ($277 million).
CSA Standards has officially announces the availability of the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part 1. The 2012 CEC is the 22nd edition of Canada's primary standard for electrical installations and includes more than 180 updates and revisions - the most comprehensive set of changes ever - including future-looking developments toward sustainable technologies that help address climate change issues, as well as several considerations addressing the safety of Canada's children.New and extensively updated sections focus on renewable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaic installations and wind-generated electricity, new requirements for electric vehicles and home-based vehicle charging stations, as well as tamper-resistant receptacles for child care facilities."New sustainable technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and power generating wind turbines have never been more prevalent," says Bonnie Rose, President, CSA Standards. "With major manufacturers bringing these products to market in greater numbers, they can no longer be considered simply emerging technologies, but part of our daily lives. Electrical safety surrounds Canadians every minute of every day, and CSA's 2012 Canadian Electrical Code is grounded in sustainability and safety improvements that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on future generations."The 2012 CEC makes tamper-resistant receptacles in child care facilities mandatory. Unless otherwise defined by a regulatory authority having jurisdiction, this requirement applies to all facilities providing care to children seven-years-old or younger.Unique installation requirements for a variety of renewable energy systems including wind and fuel cells are addressed in the 2012 CEC. Hydrokinetic generation systems that convert tidal or ocean current into energy, and micro-hydro systems that are very small versions of hydro power stations that convert the energy of streams creeks into usable electricity, are also covered. Lastly, existing requirements for solar power have been updated considerably to reflect new technologies, techniques, and calculations.CSA's 2012 Canadian Electrical Safety Code may also be considered a roadmap for the enhanced safety and success of electric vehicles. As electric vehicles become more commonplace, increased standardization has become critical to help ensure that charging infrastructure is properly addressed in terms of safety, capacity, and consistency. The 2012 CEC fulfills this need through new and enhanced rules addressing the safety, load calculation, and installation of electric vehicle charging equipment. This includes commercial applications for fleet vehicles and home installations such as a residential garage or car port.About the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, Part IEach year in Canada, up to 800 people experience electrical accidents in the workplace1. The CEC Part I covers the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment for operation at all voltages in buildings, structures and premises (including factory-built relocatable and non-relocatable structures).The 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, includes numerous updates:Garage doors: A receptacle must now be provided for each cord-connected overhead garage door opener in residential garages for all new constructions.Splash pads: Splash pads are now classified as pools, and the CEC mandates protection such as ground fault circuit interrupters where applicable.Roof top outlets: New commercial or industrial buildings will require a roof-top receptacle in order to help heating ventilation and air-conditioning technicians to safely maintain roof top equipment using power tools.Outdoor outlets: New "in-use" weatherproof covers will be required to protect outdoor receptacles from wet weather, even when electrical devices are plugged in.The standard is available for sale online at http://shop.csa.ca, by calling toll free 1-800-463-6727 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
July 31, 2014 - Maximizing battery life can be a decisive factor to many mission-critical systems where longevity of the equipment can affect the outcome. For example, in battery operated, remotely piloted military vehicles, the ability to last 13 minutes instead of 10, can make a significant difference. Increasing the life of any battery-operated system has become a key initiative for equipment manufacturers. 

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