Power Up
Jan. 23, 2014

AEL's upcoming Annual General Meeting
February 12, 2014
Red Deer, AB
2:00-5:00 pm

Everyone attending must RSVP by email at info@elecleague.ab.ca, or call 1-800-642-5508.More

Electrical Learning EXPO
Alberta Electrical League's 20th annual Electrical Learning EXPO will be held on March 19th at the Edmonton River Cree Marriott. Booth space is filling up, and only a few seminar spots are available! More

5 bidders shortlisted for Alberta electricity transmission project
Canadian Manufacturing
Five bidders have been chosen by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to compete for the rights to build and own a 500-kilometre electricity transmission project in the province. According to the AESO, chosen companies have been selected to enter the request for proposal stage in its Fort McMurray West Transmission Project, which will have a capacity of 500 kilovolts running from Wabamun, northwest to Fort McMurray, a rapidly expanding oil and gas hub.More

Report: Canada is a leader in stable construction
Journal of Commerce
Construction workloads will remain stable in 2014 as major energy, resource, infrastructure and commercial projects will counterbalance reduced residential activity, concludes BTY Group's Market Intelligence Report for the fourth quarter of 2013. "We're seeing Canada as being the leader in the provision of stable construction," said Darren Cash, senior cost consultant at BTY Group.More

Pressure to phase out coal-fired power plants sooner than planned
Edmonton Journal
The campaign to phase out coal-fuelled power plants in Alberta picked up steam recently at a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Alberta's new associate minister of electricity and renewable energy promised "to do everything I can" to encourage the move to using more renewable energy to power the province.More

Homeowners warned to watch for fake energy bills
Global News
Homeowners are being warned to watch out for phony utility bills that have been sent out. Service Alberta says natural gas and electricity bills from Pacific Gas and Electric in Washington have been sent via e-mail to some Albertans. Service Alberta's Mike Berezowsky explains that the American utility company doesn't have a licence to deal in Alberta, and the e-mails are the work of fraudsters.More

Alberta wages surged, young men chose work over school
Calgary Herald
A new Statistics Canada report provides fresh insight into the skyrocketing wages that accompanied Alberta's most recent energy boom. The report examines the years between 2001 and 2008, a period during which oil prices received by Canadian producers more than doubled. During that time, young men between the ages of 17 to 24 living in oil-producing provinces saw their average hourly wages increase by 21 per cent. More

Canadians stock up on incandescent bulbs in wake of ban
The Globe and Mail
It has hardly been a stampede, but Canadians have stepped up their purchases of old-style incandescent light bulbs, as buyers stockpile them in the wake of the first phase of a ban on manufacturing the power-guzzling product. Retailers report a jump in sales as a result of the recent implementation of federal rules that prevent 75 watt and 100 watt bulbs from being made or imported into Canada. More

Record winds cause disruptions across Alberta
CTV News
Record high winds across Alberta caused property damage, power outages and disruptions to Edmonton public transit recently. At Edmonton's City Centre Airport, sustained winds were recorded at 65 km/h and winds were gusting at 120 km/h, setting a new record. The previous wind gust record for January was set in 1972 at 114 km/h.More

Report: Cold, hard cash could entice Albertans to be more green
CBC News
A report says Alberta could save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions if it offered people and businesses financial incentives to become more energy efficient. The report was put together by the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and submitted to the provincial government. "The (top) action that we would like to see right now is for the provincial government to put some of their climate change emission management fund dollars into energy efficiency programs," said Jesse Row, the alliance's executive director.More

ATCO details new power plant
Sherwood Park News
ATCO recently explained its plans to build a generation station in Alberta's Industrial Heartland at the Strathcona County council meeting. David Carmichael, senior manager of business development for ATCO said that the station will be a 400 megawatt facility, with enough electricity to power 400,000 homes. Fueled by natural gas, along with combined cycle technology, maximum efficiency and minimum air emissions, the project will leave behind a small environmental footprint.More

Alberta unveils state-of-the-art greenhouse gas emissions monitoring
Calgary Herald
It may look like a horse trailer from the distance, but Alberta's newest climate-change weapon is a state of the art advanced air monitoring system that is the only one of its kind in North America. Designed and constructed at Utah State University's Space Dynamics Lab at a cost of $1.5 million, the device fires an infra-red laser beam at targets to measure the volume of greenhouse gas emissions.More

The split personality of Alberta's job juggernaut
The Globe and Mail
It's a well-known truism about economic indicators that one month does not a trend make. That's encouraging news for Canada's job market. If the loss of 46,000 jobs last month were to mark a trend, the country would be in serious trouble. Alberta — the economic powerhouse of the country — also shed nearly 12,000 jobs last month. But trends are built over several months, and the loss comes on the heels of five consecutive months of gains in Alberta.More