Power Up
May. 21, 2015

Alberta could kick coal habit under incoming NDP premier Rachel Notley
680 News
Rachel Notley's sweeping election victory in Alberta has raised the possibility of big changes for the future of coal in the province. The premier-designate has yet to comment on the issue since being elected, but she has long been a vocal critic of the province's reliance on coal-fired power plants. Notley has called for the accelerated phase-out of coal power, both while she served as the NDP environment critic and more recently during the election campaign.More

Board approves wind power project
Nanton News
Seeing the success it has had with a current wind power project, the Livingstone Range School Division has agreed to participate in another project once the first ends. The school board was updated on the projects at their recent meeting by Jeff Perry, the division's associate superintendent of business services. He explained the division has been part of a wind power project since 2006, with the Westwind and Horizon school divisions. "It has been a successful project," Perry said.More

Pipestone goes solar
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
The Pipestone Creek campground is using solar panel technology. County of Grande Prairie parks and recreation manager Megan Schur said the project at Pipestone is the first of its magnitude for the municipality and is intended to be operational long-term. There are six solar arrays and each one has six solar panels that absorb the sun's light/photons to generate electricity. Each array operates independently and the top seventh panel provides power to the dual axis solar tracker so that the array follows the sun from dawn until dusk. More

Representatives of safety awarded
Meridian Booster
The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) awarded a Lloydminster company and individual for their dedicated work on safety. Lakeland Regional Safety Committee Chair Jennifer Keach was awarded the Pacesetter award for the committee's strong safety representations alongside ATCO Electric, which was awarded the Trailblazer award by Dan MacLennan, executive director, Alberta Construction Safety Association on behalf of the association.More

Calgarian designs futuristic transit eco-shelter
Metro News
Calgary Transit's future has a lot of expansion on the horizon, but one avid rider is hoping he can make a change to transit that will revolutionize the commuting experience. Jan Crisologo designed a high-tech bus shelter he hopes will appeal to the Calgary Transit's green mandate — and eventually improve the transit user experience. Originally sketched up for a competition, he's now hoping to take his design to other parties and maybe someday try to build a prototype, so he can take it to the streets.More

Edmonton's greenest neighbourhood 'intentionally designed' to allow citizens to not own a vehicle
Edmonton Sun
No car? No problem, if you're moving into Blatchford. The city's greenest neighbourhood, located on the former City Centre Airport land northwest of downtown, will counter urban sprawl by ensuring residents can get everything they need without hopping into a vehicle. "We really want to put the pedestrian and the cyclist ahead of the motorist. It's not to say that people will not be able to drive around Blatchford, it's just we want to give people a choice to stay out of their cars more often than they currently do," said Blatchford redevelopment executive director Mark Hall.More

LEED certification off to vigorous start in 2015
REMI Network
The total number of LEED certified projects in Canada has jumped to 2,252 as the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports a healthy start to 2015. So far this year, CaGBC recorded 135 registrations and 202 certifications, with LEED Gold, the most rigorous level, topping the list at 90. Following that category, LEED Silver was second at 67, while nine buildings received LEED Platinum certification. Thirty projects earned general LEED status. More

SolaRoad generates more power than expected
CBC News
A Dutch bike path designed to generate solar power has produced more power than expected. SolaRoad has generated more than 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity since the 70-metre-long strip officially opened in fall 2014, in Krommenie, a village northwest of Amsterdam, the project reported recently. It said that was enough to power a single-person household for a year.More