Power Up
Jun. 19, 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

More than exclusive group rates
The Personal
The Personal offers Alberta Electrical League members exclusive group rates and that extra Personal Touch for your home and auto insurance. But there's more to choosing the right insurance partner than price alone.

The Personal's client care centre and claims services are designed to ensure you get the best advice up front, and a smooth resolution, should the unexpected happen. That's The Personal's Touch and it extends to all aspects of their customer service. That could be why 96 per cent of customers renew their policies each year.

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Alberta wire put on hold
reNews
Alberta has put a 75-kilometre transmission project on hold after interest dwindled for wind farm development in the area southeast of Lethbridge. The Alberta Electric System Operator said it doesn't know when the 240kV Etzikom Coulee to Whitla (ECW) line will proceed. "Wind generation development in the area has not progressed at the pace originally anticipated," said AESO.More

Solar takes shine off coal
The Leader-Post
New technology has accustomed us to a quicker pace of change in everyday life. For example, Netflix has almost put the DVD rental market out of business and companies such as Rdio and Google Play are challenging iTunes, which not so long ago turned CDs into coasters. The same is happening in the global energy landscape: New, affordable technologies are finally providing consumers a choice as to what source of energy they would like to use. More

LEDs in new developments to save Strathmore $20,000
Strathmore Standard
New developments in Strathmore will be saving the town nearly $20,000 after council approved LED lighting to be installed in new subdivisions recently, after developers approached town administration to address the request. Strathmore administration brought the issue to council after being asked whether LED lighting was required in new subdivisions.More

Shell Burnt Timber plant closes this month
Mountain View Gazette
Shell's Burnt Timber gas plant processed its last molecule of gas recently, after 44 years of exceptional service. Forty-four years ago, you could buy a beer for seven cents and type a memo on an electric typewriter (not necessarily in that order). Forty-four years ago, the Burnt Timber gas plant began operating in Central Alberta. More

Photos: Bear naps atop a SaskPower pole
Huffington Post
Talk about a power nap! Saskatchewan's electrical utility was alerted about a bear that had climbed to the top of one of its poles near the Town of Shellbrook recently, Metro News reported. Crews arrived to find the bear making himself comfortable atop the pole and eventually falling asleep, SaskPower spokesman Tyler Hopson told the newspaper. More

Electrical safety: A program development guideline
Enform
Because electricity is invisible and we use it constantly, we often fail to recognize the potential risk of exposure to electrical hazards. Provincial and federal occupational health and safety regulations require that employers provide safe work sites for their employees and contract workers. An electrical safety program should be a part of every organization's OHSMS. More

Development plans for Calgary North Hill Sears location
Calgary Herald
Sears Canada announced recently it has entered into a binding agreement with Concord Pacific Group of Companies to pursue the development of the 12-acre Sears site at the North Hill Shopping Centre in Calgary. Closing under the agreement is conditional upon satisfaction of conditions such as site investigations and obtaining the approval from the City of Calgary for the project, which are expected to take some time, said Sears in a news release. More

Alberta to offer rebates on energy-efficient appliances
CBC News
Alberta is preparing a rebate program to encourage home owners to purchase energy-efficient appliances and help the province reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Robin Campbell said recently the program would cost up to $30 million in its first year. He wants to make the announcement in early October.More

Searching for solutions to pollution
Stony Plain Reporter
If those westerly winds make it hard for you to breathe, you may want to look to Parkland County for the source of the problem — or at least that's the word coming out of Alberta's Pembina Institute. In Power to Change: How Alberta can Green its Grid and Embrace Clean Energy, released last month, the institute examines Alberta's "over-reliance" on coal and natural gas power plants.More

A tale of 2 pipelines: A look at Northern Gateway and Keystone XL
News 1130
With the Conservative government giving a green light to Northern Gateway, here's a look at the pipeline project and how it shapes up against its cross-border cousin, Keystone XL. Northern Gateway is a proposed 1,177-kilometre twin pipeline that would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to the town of Kitimat on the British Columbia coast, where it would be shipped overseas by oil tankers.More