Power Up
Jan. 30, 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

Alberta, B.C. promise energy partnership to smooth differences, clean spills
Calgary Herald
Alberta and British Columbia want to work together to deal with oil spills, promote energy awareness and bring Ottawa to the table financially as the two provinces continue to smooth over their differences relating to proposed pipeline projects to the West Coast. Among 20 recommendations is a call for an analysis of what port, rail and road infrastructure improvements are needed in B.C. to ensure access to Asian markets for Canadian energy projects. More

Edmonton electrical firm goes global
Edmonton Journal
When Alberta's oil sands construction projects ground to a halt in late 2008 as prices collapsed, Edmonton-based electrical engineering and testing firm Magna IV received the same dreaded letter that went to every other contractor on Suncor's Voyageur and Firebag projects. "We had crews at those locations and we got the letters saying don't send your guys back in January, and we thought 'holy cow, what are we going to do?'" said Ken Unruh, Magna's chief executive.More

Generator uses bacterial spores to harness power of evaporating water
Science Daily
A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Its developers foresee electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbours.More

Sugar-powered batteries could overtake chemical batteries
New research into sugar solutions at Virginia Tech University has given rise to speculation that sugar-powered batteries could be set to replace today's chemically-powered batteries in as little as three years. The research conducted at Virginia Tech has resulted in a break-through in harnessing the energy that is stored in natural sugars, with the research team claiming that their sugar-based battery can store up to 10 times more energy than its chemical equivalent can.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

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. More

$20 billion in Heartland projects set
Sherwood Park News
Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) announced recently that the association's planned capital investments exceed $20 billion. "Alberta's growing supplies of natural resources, including oil sands and natural gas, are the keys to attracting investment from companies who will add value to our resources within provincial borders," stated Wayne Woldanski, chairperson of AIHA.More

Alberta government announces renovations for dozens of schools
Edmonton Sun
The provincial government announced "significant" renovations for nine of Edmonton's aging schools recently, including much needed upgrades at Ross Sheppard High School, Archbishop O'Leary High School and the Alberta School for the Deaf. The schools will receive new mechanical and electrical systems, improved exteriors, classroom modifications and some may also see improved barrier-free accessibility and safety and security systems.More

AUMA making progress towards LED street light installation
HQ Grande Prairie
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association is making progress towards their goal of having LED lights installed in street lamps across the province. The LED technology would be paid for by the sale of CO2 credits. AUMA President Helen Rice says while they have secured a purchaser, they are still negotiating with the province.More

Sundance 7 power plant project getting ready to roll
Edmonton Journal
TransAlta will soon launch a campaign to win approval for a $1.5 billion, 800-Megawatt, gas-fired power plant beside its existing coal-fired operations south of Wabamun Lake. Together with Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Holdings, the TAMA partnership is planning an open house soon at the Sundance 7 plant site. The partnership plans to apply to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval in the next few months.More

Solar energy global market drivers and challenges
By Don Rosato
The world-wide solar energy or photovoltaic demand reached only 29 gigawatts (GW) last year, a five per cent year-over-year increase. This is the first time in 10 years that the year-over-year photovoltaic industry market growth has been less than 10 per cent. For supply and demand to have been balanced during 2012-13, end-market demand should have approached the 45 GW level. This overcapacity is having a significant effect on companies all along the supply chain as the industry consolidates. More