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Civic Recycling & The Canadian Electricity Association Vision 2050: Modernization & Innovation

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The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) acknowledges that Canada is now at a crossroads in the future of the country’s utilities. According to the 2015 report “Electric Utility Innovation: Toward Vision 2050,” an enormous portion of the country’s infrastructure is nearing the end of its lifespan. As such it will require investments that could top $350 billion over the next decades to adequately maintain coverage and keep up with demand. At the same time, current practices and electrical generation methods may not be the best for the electrical needs of the future. That means continued innovation is necessary to provide electricity responsibly and in an environmentally friendly way.

Civic Recycling is dedicated to the aims of Vision 2050 so Canadians continue to have access to a well-maintained electrical grid.

Civic Recycling is dedicated to Vision 2050 so Canadians continue to have access to a well-maintained electrical grid. We provide the compliant products consumers need, help eliminate risk through circuit breaker testing and empower responsible disposal practices through our fluorescent bulb recycling program.

As the government works to provide oversight and electrical upgrades are performed to infrastructure throughout the country, we’re ready to partner with residential and business customers throughout Calgary & the greater Alberta region to enable your own responsible updates at reasonable prices. We work with contractors performing residential and corporate upgrades and individual customers updating items on their own properties.

What Are The Five Pillars CEA Has Adopted For Enhancing Our Electrical Grid?

At Civic Recycling, we’re proud to share how pleased we are with what Canada has already accomplished during its bid to embrace modernization and innovation for our country’s own infrastructure. According to the 2017 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, the CEA has adopted five very important pillars to support updating and enhancing our electrical grid. Those pillars include a low-carbon future, improved infrastructure, building relationships with communities and customers, risk-management systems and business excellence.

We especially like the good stewardship and responsibility shown by the commitment within the pillars to integrate renewable energy better, mitigate the impact of climate change, increase support to low-income families and hire the best possible employees to conduct business.

The 2017 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report also shows a decreased reliance on coal and oil sources between 2015 and 2016. During the same time frame, diesel and hydroelectric usage trended slightly higher. The real winners with enormous increases included natural gas, nuclear and renewables as energy sources.

Each of those trends shows the commitment Canada has made to Vision 2050. Unfortunately, Canada’s carbon emissions did increase slightly between 2015 and 2016, but the CEA continues to work to reverse that advance.

Addressing the other pillars through progress, the Annual Report contains positive trends for infrastructure investment, lower mercury emissions, and fewer toxic spills. It shows that fewer energy corporations supported low-income customers through special programs in 2016 versus 2015 which, like carbon footprint reduction, will need continued hard work in the future to bring into line with modern times.

How does Will Civic Recycling continue To Support Vision 2050?

We stand in support of the hard work being performed throughout the provinces and territories of Canada, and especially here in Alberta, toward Vision 2050. Along the way, we look forward to continuing to assist our customers in Calgary, the surrounding area and across Canada. Whether we can help you recycle fluorescent bulbs or ballasts, test your breakers or supply all the products you need for any size electrical project, we are ready to serve.

Contact us if you have any further questions and we would be happy to answer them.

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Electrical Infrastructure in Canada: What’s Up Next?

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New Blog Post: What’s Next for Electrical Infrastructure in Canada?

As the world changes, Canada changes with it. The slow move away from fossil fuels is in progress, and this provides us the opportunity to take a look at where Canada is moving as well. As the economy works around energy generation it’s important to have a firm grasp on where things are going and also where they are coming from.

We thought it would be an enlightening topic of discussion to take a look our own electrical infrastructure and see where things are headed.


Electrical Energy Generation in Canada

Canada is quite diverse in its energy generation, being the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. With the demand for electricity, especially in the industrial sector, only expected to grow, Canada has some interesting ways with how it’s going to keep up with demand. Change in electrical infrastructure, generation and production are always subject to government changes, and what parts of the country are most and least in demand.

In terms of generation, according to the government of Canada, the country is expected to continue producing hydroelectricity at high levels but will see its share decrease from 55% to 51% of total production by the year 2040. Where the slack will be picked up is in wind generation, which is expected to rise from 7% of total electricity produced to 11% by 2040. We will also see a rise in production from biomass, solar, and geothermal, which will account for about 5% also by 2040. We will also see natural gas rise from 15% to 22% over that same time span. In terms of decreasing production, nuclear energy is expected to shrink down to about 6% from 10% by 2040.

On top of that, the country is linked to a number of exciting projects moving forward, including smart grids, small-scale renewable and clean energy products, and ecoEnergy. Diversification and a smaller reliance, if ever so slightly, on the types of energy Canada has always produced seem to be what’s going to be the norm in the coming decades.


Electrical Infrastructure and Civic Recycling

I guess this all begs the question of what does it all mean? Well, it’s important to know where Canada stands on energy as there are a great many jobs and investments that rely on what the future may hold. With climate change also becoming a greater concern, finding ways to combat its effects is an important discussion and process to begin. We also must ask; how does this impact us? As an electrical supplies company, we always need to know what comes next, whether that means changes in commercial or personal sales. The rules of the game are always changing and if you can’t keep up then you’ll get left behind.

At Civic Recycling we strive to be a part of Canada’s future energy goals while maintaining the things we do that we feel make us great. The world’s, and Canada’s, consumption of electricity and electrical infrastructure will change over the coming years and we plan on being right there with it.


 

Thanks for reading and we hope to chat with you soon.

Contact us here or learn more about how we test our electrical products, safety is our top priority. Civic Recycling is committed to delivering fantastics products to our customers across Canada.

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National Electricity Month in Canada is this Month!

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National Electricity Month #NEM

June is National Electricity Month, and here at Civic Recycling, we are proud to supply equipment across Canada that powers you! As you may well know we supply a wide range of circuit breakers, panels, transformers, fuses and general electrical supplies. With brands like Cutler-Hammer, Federal Pioneer Electric and Siemens you can be sure both our new and tested reconditioned equipment will last.

The Canadian Electricity Association posted an article in this about this special month, we really enjoyed the following:

“Electricity is the backbone of the Canadian economy – it powers everything from household appliances to medical technology, smart phones, computers, to bank machines, businesses, and stores…the CEA hopes to foster a national conversation on the value of electricity, stimulating and informing the discussion about the choices that need to be made today if Canada is to maintain a reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity grid.”

So let’s all celebrate this month by sharing a little love for electricity and the equipment that delivers it to us. Creating a sustainable and innovative future for the grid is also important. We talked about this topic in a previous article titled Electric Innovation and Action in Canada.


 

June is National Electricity Month in Canada and at Civic Recycling

 

We also wanted to share a quick video via PowerfortheFuture.ca

View it here:

http://powerforthefuture.ca/2016/06/june-is-national-electricity-month/

Electricity has been powering progress for over 125 years and tomorrow’s economy will be built on a solid foundation of clean, sustainable growth. Growth that will drive new technologies; increase productivity, and create jobs for Canadians. Growth that will be powered by safe, reliable, sustainable Canadian Electricity. – CEA

 

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Top Five Facts on Reconditioned Electrical Equipment

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As Canada’s #1 circuit breaker specialist, it’s pretty clear that we have a good idea of what separates a quality product from one that won’t cut it. A lot of folks think that a product needs to be new to be able to perform at the levels they expect, and while that is true, reconditioned products need not be overlooked.

At Civic, we specialize in recycled and reconditioned circuit breakers. We do this for a number of reasons and chief among them is that we believe we can provide a product that performs just as well as something new, but for a relative bargain. Not only do we believe in providing our clients with value for the products they choose to buy, but we back this value up with a one year, 100% guarantee of performance. We don’t expect our customers to buy products of a lower quality, nor would we provide one to them, which is what makes our guarantee so important.


 Facts on Reconditioned Products

Instead of merely paying lip service to our guarantee and our reconditioned products, we want to share what makes these products perform at the highest levels. This starts and ends with the rigorous testing we put all of our products through before we put them to market. With that in mind, we would like to share a little bit about how extensive our testing actually is, as we’re happy to pull back the curtain and share with our customers all the work we put into getting the products right:

  • Our testing standards meet and/or exceed testing standards set out by  PEARLNEMANETA, IEEE and even the manufacturers testing standards.
  • The reconditioned breakers we sell come with a unique tracking number that corresponds to the test report that goes with your breaker.
  • Breakers are first cleaned inside and out then undergo a step by step 36-point visual inspection of the exterior and interior
  • Three different pieces of equipment are required in order to fully test a breaker and determine that it is safe, reliable and trips according to the manufacturer’s own trip curve: insulation resistance, contact resistance, and overcurrent trip test
  • We also perform Low Voltage Molded Case Circuit Breaker with Thermal Magnetic Trip Inspection. This includes nine important steps to guarantee performance: case, lugs, operating mechanism, interphase separators, arc extinguishers/chutes, arcing contacts, main contacts, current carrying components, and thermal/magnetic trips.

Not only this, we back up all of our testing with written test results which is a sort of insurance policy for our customers. They know exactly how extensive the testing was, so not only do they have a guarantee that the product was put through the proper testing, but they know it will perform to the highest of standards. When there’s a lot at stake these guarantees mean a lot to everyone who is relying on these breakers to do their job


 Priority on Safety and Testing Standards

At Civic Recycling, safety and product performance are our two main goals and as you can tell, we take these things very seriously. With our guarantee and the extensive and rigorous testing we put all of our breakers through, we’re extremely confident that our existing customers, and you, will be wholly satisfied with the way our products perform.

 

Should you want to find out more, don’t hesitate to call in to our sales centre or send an email ([email protected]). We stand by all of our products whether they’re new, recycled, or reconditioned, and we’re always happy to tell you why.

 

Learn more about our Recycled and Reconditioned equipment, our testing standards, or Shop on our online store to find exactly what you need!

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ELECTRIC INNOVATION AND ACTION IN CANADA

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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!

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Powering the Future of Canadian Electricity

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The Canadian Electricity Association released a fantastic report that outlines the Canadian energy strategy and the role of electricity. The report gives a series of seven recommendations and continues into infrastructure investment, diversification and powering the future of innovation in the industry.

“Electricity is the backbone of Canada’s energy system, powering our economy as well as our homes, offices and lifestyles. It is the engine of economic growth for manufacturing, mining, energy and industries across the country. A balanced Canadian energy strategy needs to emphasize the role of electricity.”

Powering the Future of Canadian Electricity

“Electricity is essential to our lives at home and at work, and to our prosperity as a nation. Canada’s sophisticated and reliable electricity system has attracted investment and given Canadian industries a competitive advantage by delivering clean and affordable electricity. It is also a sector that supports 108,000 jobs in communities across the country. Electricity is an enabler for every other sector in the economy and an essential input for growth in energy, manufacturing, mining and emerging clean technology sectors”

For the full report click here:

www.electricity.ca/media/ReportsPublications/PowerForTheFutureElectricityRoleCanadianEnergyStrategyE.pdf

 


 

In our past blog post we talked about the 6 part commitment to renew Canada’s electricity system called Vision 2050. The Future of Canada’s Electricity System is important to the Canadian economy as well as Civic Recycling. We have been Powering the Future since 1995.

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