Power Up
Jan. 29, 2015

AEL's EXPO — March 25
The Alberta Electrical League is hosting their 21st Annual Electrical Learning EXPO at the Calgary Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, AB, on March 25th. The EXPO provides all companies with an opportunity to show new products, new services, new innovations. Those attending will experience what is new and exciting in the electrical industry. Professionals that can answer all your questions, give you alternatives and suggestions. The day is packed with technical presentations of things you need to know. Mark this date in your calendar.More

EXPO 2015 presenters needed
Promote by presenting new technology, new innovations!

Maximize your visibility by placing your company in the spotlight and reserving quality presentation time. Plan to present your company's expertise in the latest technology to the EXPO's participants. Presentation times and content will be reserved by the planning committee.

• Captive audience.
• Your Company advertised specifically in ALL promotional material and online.
• Elevate your company's exposure giving you a direct selling advantage.
• Drive people to your booth by being the educated expert.More

Canadian Electrical Code 2015 books are here
Order your new 2015 Code book today by calling 1-800-642-5508. AEL members receive an additional discount.More

City hopes new energy plan will help environment while creating $2.5 billion in savings
Edmonton Journal
A new Edmonton energy plan calls for big reductions in fossil fuel consumption that would fight climate change and save billions of dollars. By 2035, the proposed community energy transition strategy wants to cut local emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming by 35 per cent from 2005 levels. While the scheme requires the city to spend an initial $100 million over four years and possibly more later, this is a fraction of the expected benefits.More

Billion dollar transmission line is complete
Mountain View Gazette
Construction is complete on the $1.7 billion Western Alberta Transmission Line that was built 15 kilometres west of the Central Alberta communities of Penhold, Innisfail and Bowden, and eight kilometres west of Olds, Didsbury and Carstairs. The new 500-kV transmission line is 350 kilometres in length and connects the Genesee area west of Edmonton to the Langdon area east of Calgary.More

Heartland expects to thrive through down-turn
The StarPhoenix
Billions of dollars in active and pending construction projects in the Industrial Heartland region will help offset the downturn in other parts of Alberta's energy sector, a business audience heard recently. "With shovels in the ground or shovels we expect to be in the ground this year, there is over $16 billion in announced projects," said Neil Shelly, executive director of Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association.More

Fortis requesting underground utilities construction
Edson Leader
Fortis Alberta would like to install underground power lines under a stretch of county road right-of-way Range Road 181 just west of Edson. Fortis presenters Stan Orlesky and Nicky Smith made the requests during a recent council meeting. The power line will supply power to a Perpetual Energy facility. "There's no safe way to provide safe overhead (power) here," said Fortis supervisor senior stakeholder relations manager Stan Orlesky.More

Mariners become first MLB team to install LED lighting
The already bright future of the Seattle Mariners just got a little brighter with the installation of a brand new, ahead-of-the-curve lighting system at Safeco Field. According to MLB.com, the Mariners will become the first MLB franchise to illuminate their stadium with LED, which they say will reduce glare and shadows on the field and create a better all-around experience for everybody concerned, including home viewers.More

Highest electricity rates in North America
Inside Belleville
The Liberals claim Ontario's hydro rates are competitive but they remain the highest in North America. I am going to give you a few examples of hydro rates from British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. In B.C., their price is 10 cents per kWh and their only service fee is $6.81 cents. In Manitoba, their price is 7.1 cents per kWh and their only service fee is $7.38 cents. More

4 lessons learned in the trades
Edmonton Journal
In nearly two decades in the trades, Mark Peters' career has taken him many places. He has two tickets — electrician and power system electrician — and is currently balancing full-time work in Fort McMurray with classes at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. Peters shares four lessons he has learned from his varied and extensive career in the trades. More

City working towards new franchise agreement with ATCO Electric
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
The City of Grande Prairie needs to renew its franchise agreement with ATCO Electric, and councillors had their first look at that agreement recently. ATCO District Manager Wayne Tonsi and Customer Service Supervisor Clyde Blackburn explained some slight changes in the new agreement to the city's community safety committee. The new agreement proposal is a result of negotiations between ATCO and city administration.More

Functional study plans presented for 65 Avenue interchange
Leduc Rep
Early, tentative designs for the long-sought construction of an interchange at the QEII and Leduc's 65 Avenue were recently presented. A workshop and open house for the public on the project, which is still at the conceptual stage, was held recently at the LRC. A functional planning study, designed by Castleglenn Consultants, was presented for feedback. More

Edmonton warms to heated bus shelters
CBC News
People who brave the Edmonton winters to take transit may soon wait in more warmth if the city goes ahead with heated bus shelters. Staff are looking into different designs, feasibility and costs of adding heaters to shelters as part of Edmonton's winter strategy. If they think it's worth investing in the technology, they'll convert two or three of the city's 2,100 bus shelters to test it out. Other cities like Winnipeg and Fort McMurray have built heated bus shelters — with mixed results.More

Scientists: New generation solar panels far cheaper, more efficient
A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain's Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building's windows may become a "holy grail" for India and African countries, Senthilarasu Sundaram, one of the authors of the study, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.More