Power Up
Aug. 20, 2015

Alberta trades training goes high tech with 3-D modeling
Journal of Commerce
New 3-D simulation software that is being created by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (also known as SAIT Polytechnic) will soon help electrical students at the Calgary post-secondary institution grasp complex theoretical concepts more easily. The virtual learning environment, formally known as Electrical Power Generation and Distribution Interactive 3-D Simulation Software, takes electrical theory and demonstrates it in a visual way.More

Calgary Flames, Stampeders announce plans for $900 million arena and stadium
The Globe and Mail
The group that owns the Calgary Flames hockey club and Stampeders football team has revealed a massive, $900 million plan to build a new home for the two teams. It calls for a 20,000-seat arena that would replace the Scotiabank Saddledome where the NHL Flames currently play. It also includes a 30,000-seat indoor football stadium for the CFL Stampeders that would also serve as a public fieldhouse. More

Alberta Party calling for power price investigation
Edmonton Sun
The Alberta Party is asking the province's electricity watchdog to investigate spring power price spikes in the wake of a scathing ruling from the Alberta Utilities Commission. Recently, the Alberta Utilities Commission released a more-than 200 page decision that stated TransAlta engaged in manipulative conduct by planning an outage at peak or super-peak hours at six power plants in 2010 and 2011 in order "to maximize the benefit to its own portfolio."More

Power use approaches all-time high during heat wave
Medicine Hat News
City utility officials expected to see local power use reach its highest level of the year recently, as record heat beat down in Medicine Hat. But it wound up flirting with the all-time mark as Hatters turned to air conditioners in order to beat the sweltering weather. As the outside temperature reached 37.9 degrees Celcius, the demand on the power plant was 168 megawatts — close to the previous high for 2015 — and it continued to rise toward the dinner hour.More

Generator exchange at Castle River wind farm
Pincher Creek Echo
Pincher Creek is known for its cattle, scenery and wind. Shortly after the first annual Wind Warrior competition and Vestas' wind turbine technicians were back to using the critical lift skills they showcased in the tournament out in the field. "All five tasks we did at the competition, we're doing right here," said Mark Jackson, Vestas site supervisor, at the base of a turbine in Castle River wind farm 10 kilometres west of Pincher Creek.More

Construction begins on 2 notoriously dangerous southern Alberta intersections
Global News
It didn't just happen overnight, but after years of talk and consideration, two major southern Alberta intersections are being upgraded. Jake van Schothorst is a local business owner in Coalhurst who has pushed for changes to the intersection at Highway 3 and the entrance to Coalhurst. "Through perseverance, a little bit of luck, a lot of determination and good will from many stakeholders, here we are today and it's happening," said van Schothorst.More

Medicine Hat shifts away from natural gas roots
CBC News
For more than a century, natural gas has been the secret weapon the city of Medicine Hat uses to subsidize property taxes and fund city projects. However, as natural gas prices remain depressed for the better part of the last decade, the Gas City keeps moving further away from its wealth generator of the past. Medicine Hat is a rare breed — a city that owns and develops its own natural gas, oil and electricity. More

Blatchford district energy system to provide 100 per cent coverage
iNews 880 AM
Even though crews have been moving dirt at Blatchford recently, the official ground-breaking has now marked the beginning of construction for what will be home to thousands living in the largest sustainable neighborhood ever built in the middle of a city. This next phase of turning the 550 acres of the former airport into a green community was marked recently by a ground-breaking ceremony.More