ELECTRIC INNOVATION AND ACTION IN CANADA
Canadians are beginning to look at energy differently these days, with thoughts about scarcity and dependence on expensive, imported oil giving way to more of a feeling of abundance. This is partly because of new technologies being developed that have allowed for the uncovering of once-hidden underground resources of gas and oil that, in its discovery, has had an effect on the entirety of the interdependent, interconnected Canadian energy market. Electric Innovation iss becoming ever more important.
And, while the development of new energy resources such as the reclamation of shale oil from deep underground and the collection of vital solar energy from the sun’s rays are making big strides right now in the energy sector, it’s still electricity that’s king. Electricity not only powers our homes, factories and offices, it’s also central to providing the power needed to fuel most of these other energy pursuits.
The point is, Canada’s electric utilities are being called on by customers to deliver an ever-increasing amount of power generation at reasonable prices and to operate in ways that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsive. All this is needed while relying on an electricity infrastructure close to the end of its expected life and with the cost of modernization and renewal of the electric system being in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
Electric Innovation is Key
Electrical innovation is desperately needed in the industry right now to prepare for the future when our children and grandchildren will be the ones depending on our now antiquated electric system. Hydroelectric projects that were completed one hundred years ago have run their course, are at the end of a long and fruitful life expectancy, and require serious upgrading in both “hardware and software.”
Electrical innovation must also, out of necessity, deal with matters not even considered a generation or two ago. Two of the primary drivers in the current fashioning of our future electric system regard the lowering of greenhouse gases and strengthening the system against severe weather events and ongoing climate change. Other factors in the minds of those making important decisions related to the immediate needs of Canada’s electrical system deal with potential terrorist threats and also the increasing popularity in the use of electric vehicles.
The system is consistently being asked to provide more service with fewer financial resources, causing customer costs to rise along the way. Electrical innovation can no longer be accepted at the past low levels that have barely (if even) kept up with demand. However, technological advancements can only be capitalized upon when there’s funding available for refurbishment and modernization.
Our Pledge to Progress
Here at Civic Recycling, electricity is our business and most of the clients with whom we deal on a regular basis are also dependent upon the industry for their livelihoods. We see ourselves as ahead of the curve in several aspects currently being discussed by those involved in the Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) Vision 2050. Our efforts at recycling and reconditioning used and obsolete circuit breakers, switches, motor control and transformers do a great deal to benefit the environment.
Our service saves solid waste facilities from having to deal with more stuff coming in, and those using our reconditioned electrical equipment won’t be going out to buy new products. Thus reducing new manufacturing output, in both materials and pollution.
Another important point made by CEA in their Vision 2050 is the need to take advantage of new technologies in order to “do more with less.” Here at Civic Recycling, we’re all about facilitating our customers’ capability to do more with less because we save them money every day. We’ll continue to aid the efforts for electric innovation!