The changing electrical sector: a new year, a new code

For over 90 years, CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, has been updated to address the latest sector challenges and improvements. Now in its 25th edition, what are the most significant changes and why?

Wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy are the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada. These industries rely on energy storage systems during times of low demand, and supply energy during times of high demand or low production. With updated guidance on energy storage installation and maintenance, the Code helps to support renewable power generation and safety.

The World Resources Institute predicts flood damage costs of US$6.6-billion to Canadian urban areas by 2030. Part of a climate change adaptation initiative between CSA Group and the National Research Council Canada, the Code now contains new requirements for electrical installations subject to damage from flooding.

Based on data from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, of the 80 reported fires involving barns housing livestock each year, approximately 40 per cent are caused by electricity as the ignition source. New Code updates aim to help increase safety and reduce the risks of barn fires and loss of animals.

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