Power Up
May. 29, 2014

Mark your calendar for RoundUP Alberta!
AEL
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Gala Event Night.

"RoundUP Alberta" promises to be an evening to remember. Key individuals from the electrical industry in Canada and throughout Alberta will be in attendance. Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors, Trade Unions and Utilities will all be represented. This will be an evening filled with entertainment and opportunities to renew existing relationships and establish new ones.

Alberta, with its robust economy, provides some of the greatest opportunities in Canada for future growth in the electrical industry. September 18, this is the place to be.

For further information, to register and to sponsor, please click the link below. More

Golf Tournaments
AEL
Yes, it's time Alberta.

June 5 — Alberta Springs — Red Deer — Click here to register.

June 18 — The Ranch in Edmonton — Click here to register.

August 21 — Okotoks — This one fills up fast; email Tara if you're interested.More

Electrical Business Magazine celebrates 50 years of service
Electrical Business Magazine
Electrical Business Magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as the leading publication serving Canada's professional electrical industry. And while EBMag has seen many changes over the years, its mission is to always serve the needs of its readership first and foremost, in harmony with its client advertisers and supporters. "Despite our years in the industry, our readers and advertisers' attention and loyalty are not a birthright," says Anthony Capkun, EBMag's editor of nearly 10 years. More

Canada's new energy era
Ottawa Citizen
Canada has a long history of competitiveness in manufacturing — economic growth underpinned by a mix of cheap electricity and a productive labour force. Today, this narrative is being turned upside down as a new story of Canadian growth emerges. In the decades to come, it will be our manufacturing and processing skills which determine the value of our energy resources and our role in global energy markets. More

Alberta electricity price spike ends as power plants back online
CBC News
The spike in electricity prices recently has eased now that a couple of major power plants in Alberta are back online. Spot prices topped $700 a megawatt over the past two days. In recent weeks, prices have typically been in the range of $35 to $50 a megawatt. The Alberta Electric System Operator's Mike Deising said the price spike was a surprise.More

New Edmonton-area power plants won't exceed air pollution limits
Edmonton Journal
Capital Power says it is confident the addition of two gas-fired power plants southwest of Edmonton will not result in air pollution levels that would violate provincial limits. Rejecting concerns raised by environmentalists, Edmonton-based Capital Power says its own calculations show air emissions, when all new and older coal-fired electricity plants are operating, "will be under the limits," said company spokesperson Jerry Bellikka.More

Be safe around power lines
Alberta Farmer
Every day, two to three Albertans needlessly risk their lives by contacting an overhead or underground power line. In 2013, this translated into about 782 power line incidents in Alberta. Although that's a significant decrease from the 934 incidents reported in 2012, power line safety should be top of mind for operators of large equipment, says the Joint Utility Safety Team.More

Wind farm connected to grid
Vulcan Advocate
The Blackspring Ridge Wind Project is now connected to the Alberta grid. The wind farm will provide 300MW of clean renewable energy to the province, enough to power the equivalent of 120,000 homes, said a project update from the two project owners, EDF Canada and Enbridge. The operations and maintenance building is now complete and ready for operation. More

Waterloo chemist develops 'holy grail' LED light bulb
CBC News
A lab at the University of Waterloo says it has developed the perfect replacement for the soon-to-be defunct incandescent bulb. Canada's supply of incandescent bulbs has been gradually disappearing off store shelves for the past year. The federal government banned 100 and 75 watt bulbs in January and by the end of 2014, the same will happen with 60 and 40 watt bulbs. More

Reinventing the light bulb
Clean Tech Canada
Everyone loves plucking low-hanging fruit, a business metaphor for taking simple and easy actions to accomplish your goals. But what's the low-hanging fruit when it comes to slashing energy use and reducing carbon emissions? Changing light bulbs is not the first answer. But switching to higher-efficiency lighting in our buildings and along our roadways is fast becoming a significant way to cut both emissions and energy costs. More

Bridge illumination on track
Edmonton Sun
What began as just a bright idea is set to light up Canada Day celebrations in Edmonton. The city's Light the Bridge campaign hit its fundraising goal of $2.5 million in March and according to insiders, the project is on target for flicking on the switch Canada Day. "It's going great. EPCOR's done a great job, it's the proverbial on time and on budget," said Dave Mowat, co-chair of Light the Bridge and CEO of ATB Financial.More

Wind power project faces 4-year delay
Calgary Herald
The owner of the proposed $200 million Hand Hills wind power project near Drumheller has won Alberta Utilities Commission approval for a four-year delay in its completion schedule. Privately held Calgary green power company BluEarth Renewables cited a delay in winning regulatory approval for the lines that would connect the project to the provincial grid in its request to change its completion date from Dec. 31, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2018.More

Student ventures provide power worldwide
Edmonton Journal
Many university students who attended the first International Student Energy Summit, held in Calgary in 2009, left the conference inspired. One youth returned to Mexico determined to create change in his community almost immediately. A few months later, Manuel Wiechers launched Illuméxico, a social enterprise that has since installed more than 2,000 solar panels in homes and schools scattered across rural villages. The impact of these solar panels has been profound.More

'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany
CTV News
Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany's southern city of Freiburg: "cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection." Like a growing number of German small businesses, home owners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for energy self-sufficiency.More