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June is National Electricity Month

by Canadian Electricity Association

Electricity has been called the great enabler of modern society. From the alarm that wakes us up in the morning to the traffic lights that guide us to work and home again, electricity is central to our lives. So much so that we often forget it is there at all. We just know it will […]

Feathered Friend or Foe?

by Asuka Boehm

Tap tap tap tap tap…. The sound of a woodpecker ranges in pleasantness depending on your location. In the woods? In your garden? You’re probably treating the woodpecker like a celebrity sighting and quickly snapping photos. In bed, trying to catch up on sleep? You’re probably cursing the small to mid-sized tree-dweller. And if you’re […]

Now You See Me; Now You Don’t

by Canadian Electricity Association

Canada’s first beyond visual line of sight drone flight a success Unmanned flight so recently seemed like a thing of futuristic movies and comic books. A few short years down the road and anyone can purchase a drone on the internet for a few hundred dollars. Although commonly known for their great panoramic selfies, small […]

Electricity for Another World

by Dan Gent

Many of us take electricity for granted. Actually I’d go as far and say that almost 100% of us do. I know I do. I flick a switch and voila! Lights on. Amazing, magical even. With the birth of electricity we have some pretty amazing tools, the light-bulb for starters, the computer, smartphones, air conditioning,  […]

The Case for Pragmatic Innovation

by Justin Crewson

When using the term “renewable revolution”, many conjure up images of the French Revolution, when an entire social and political system was upended in under ten years. While technological revolutions can sometimes occur rapidly (i.e. the Internet Revolution), more often they are much slower. Such is the case with the Industrial Revolution that arguably began […]

Christmas Eve Blackout

by Maxime Tremblay

The holiday season is filled with common traditions like Christmas trees and family dinners. In the province of Quebec, a more unusual, and unplanned, holiday tradition is Candlelight Christmas. Over the last five years Hydro Quebec’s distribution system has been impacted by severe weather events in late December. One of the most memorable outages was […]

Powering the Walking Dead

by Dan Gent

February 12th, 2017 is fast approaching. You might be saying to yourself, “February 12th, so what?” This year, in my household, February 12th holds a higher priority then February 14th. And here is why. Imagine a time where there was no electricity. Often we might jump into the old west or medieval times, into a […]

How is Big Data Impacting the Future of Utilities?

by Canadian Electricity Association

Big data is reshaping society and the services used by citizens on a daily basis – energy included. Big data is not just for retailers looking to track product sales. It transforms decision-making within an organization, enhances the allotment of resources and takes customer experience above and beyond. Utilities are now tapping into the huge […]

Blockchains Part II: Why They Matter to Business

by Jay Wilson

In my last post, I explained what blockchain was. Now, I’ll talk about what businesses can start to do with it. We know that blockchain is a distributed ledger and that it is more secure and transparent than the trust model of managing and recording transactions. So how do we make the leap between “a […]

Long Term Plans for a Competitive Power Market

by Canadian Electricity Association

At the end of this month, CEA’s Chief Operating Officer, Francis Bradley, will be speaking to leaders in the BC power industry to share insights into how to sustain economic competitiveness in BC. Bradley will be delivering a Keynote address at CI Energy Group’s Annual BC Power Symposium on January 30-31 in Vancouver, to explore […]