Power Up
May. 1, 2014

New benefits for AEL members
AEL
We are pleased to announce that as a member of the Alberta Electrical League, you now qualify for exclusive group rates on your home and auto insurance through our new partnership with The Personal Insurance Company.

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Alberta economic growth third best in Canada in 2013
Calgary Herald
Alberta's annual economic growth in 2013 was the third highest in the country, according to Statistics Canada. The federal government reported recently that Real Gross Domestic Product growth was led by Newfoundland & Labrador at 7.9 per cent followed by Saskatchewan (4.8 per cent) and Alberta (3.9 per cent). Nationally, the economy expanded by 2.0 per cent in 2013 after increasing by 1.8 per cent in 2012.More

Edmonton hopes for sunny days as it tries to reduce power consumption
Edmonton Journal
In rainy Portland, OR, the neighbours got together one day to find a way to make solar panels more affordable by purchasing in bulk and hiring a common contractor. The city stepped up with some expertise and soon a partnership, called Solarize, was born. So far, 700 homes are generating their own electricity. Meanwhile, in Edmonton, solar energy for homeowners is barely off the ground — about 150 homes.More

138-kV power line proposed
Sherwood Park News
An information meeting for South Cooking Lake residents about a proposed AltaLink line will be held shortly. AltaLink, an independent transmission company, has proposed to build a double-circuit 138-kV transmission line, which would result in the upgrading and expansion of the Cooking Lake substation.More

Consumers not on contract in store for utility shock
CTV News
Electricity prices across the province are expected to jump by 40 per cent and those consumers who have not signed onto a contract could be in for a shock when their bill arrives. The Alberta Electric System Operator, AESO, says prices will spike when Alberta's electricity supply takes a 12 day hit in May. AESO officials say a generation plant and large transmission line will be shut down during that time to connect new equipment to the province's power grid.More

Concrete that looks grey but acts green
The Globe and Mail
A staple of industrial construction world-wide, concrete block is long-lasting, inexpensive and easy to install. But its key ingredient is cement, a grey powder whose own production process makes it a major emitter of carbon dioxide gases that contribute significantly to global warming. A Halifax start-up is among those looking to reduce concrete's carbon footprint.More

Let's shine a light on LED myths
Calgary Sun
It's time to set the record straight. As the government transitions out incandescent light bulbs, there are many misconceptions that need to be addressed about energy-efficient options available — in particular, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), the newest kid on the block. Here are some of the most common misconceptions. More

Albertans warned of power 'price spike'
Calgary Herald
Alberta power consumers should brace themselves for a shock next month, warns the province's utilities consumer advocate. Electricity prices are expected to jump 30 to 40 per cent in May, costing consumers in Canada's only fully deregulated market millions of dollars. "We're going to see a price spike," utilities consumer advocate Rob Spragins said. "It's almost a guarantee at this point. We want to let consumers know this is coming." More

Solar energy worth money, effort, SACPA told
Lethbridge Herald
It was all worth it. That's how Dr. Mark Goettel summed up his experience as the first person in Lethbridge to have a photovoltaic array installed to provide solar power for his home. Goettel, who spoke recently at the regular gathering of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, explained the process he went through to finally get the system on his roof, and ran through examples of how three systems installed in the city have worked for local home owners.More

Riviera wind turbines about to receive temporary town development permit
Cochrane Eagle
The two black small wind turbines that were enacted last summer in the new community of Riviera are on the verge of receiving the "okay" from town planning to remain standing tall for another year. Although the developer, Jayman, was not required to receive town approval to enact the 10-metre-high, one-kW small wind turbines, the town did ask Jayman to voluntarily take part in their development application process after the turbines were put up.More

Fort Chip elders centre looking to the sun for power
Fort McMurray Today
With daylight growing longer and the sun shining brighter, the elders care centre in Fort Chipewyan is looking towards the sky for their power needs. The Kahkiyow Keykanow Elders Care Home, which is scheduled to have a grand opening shortly, will have 44 solar panels providing power and heating needs. The panels are an initiative from the Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society, an environmental group dedicated to protecting the Athabasca River and Lake Athabasca.More