Power Up
Aug. 27, 2015

Number of job openings in Alberta falls as labour market weakens
Calgary Herald
The number of unfilled jobs in Alberta is declining, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. In a report released recently, the organization said there were 50,300 openings in full-time, part-time and temporary positions in the province in the second quarter of this year. That's down from 56,900 in the first quarter. The province's job vacancy rate dipped by 0.3 per cent to 2.9 per cent, which is the second highest in the country, behind Saskatchewan at 3.1 per cent.More

Demand for trades training remains high despite economic downturn
CBC News
The downturn in the price of oil is inspiring some unemployed Albertans to go back to school. Even though thousands of people are losing their jobs in the energy sector, NAIT is finding that demand for training in the trades remains high. Stewart Cook, associate dean of the school of trades, says the downturn can be a blessing for some people. "They haven't taken the opportunity to go to school in the past because they don't want to give up work," he said.More

Little Buffalo community goes solar
630 CHED
A northern first nation, the Lubicon Band of Little Buffalo, cut ribbon recently on a groundbreaking solar energy array. Melina Laboucan-Massimo is one of the project organizers and she explains the scope. "We're launching a 20.8 kilowatt system here in Northern Alberta in Little Buffalo, which is probably one of the largest solar installations this far north in Alberta. From the energy from the sun, we will be powering the community health centre."More

Airport electrical project funded
Peace River Record Gazette
The Field Electrical Center (FEC) at the Peace River Airport is scheduled for replacement by the end of 2015. After an invitation for tenders, town council has chosen Signal Electric as contractor for the construction of the FEC replacement project. Signal Electric is an airport lighting and navigational aids company based in Sidney, B.C. The company, familiar with the Peace River Airport, is a subcontractor for the current runway rehabilitation projectMore

Notley weighs in on Calgary arena proposal
CTV News
Calgary city council and the Calgary Flames administration have released details on a new arena proposal for the city, but Premier Rachel Notley says there are other priorities for Alberta before it can be considered. Notley was in the city recently, campaigning with Calgary-Foothills candidate Bob Hawkesworth, but all the questions strayed towards the new arena proposal. She says that her government hasn't been approached by Ken King or the Flames administration so far and won't be able to say yes or no until there is a formal request for funding.More

ATCO looks to plug Progress Energy into grid, cut emissions
Alaska Highway News
Plugging Progress Energy's drilling sites in Pink Mountain into the W.A.C. Bennett Dam would cut down on "decades of greenhouse gas emissions," B.C.'s deputy energy minister says in a letter outlining plans for a new 140-kilometre transmission line in the North Peace. Calgary-based ATCO Power is proposing to build the transmission line from the GM Shrum generating station at the Bennett dam to Progress Energy sites north of Fort St. John.More

138-kV line still possible
Sherwood Park News
A proposed 138-kV transmission line from the Edmonton area to South Cooking Lake by AltaLink remains under consideration. AltaLink proposed to run a portion of the 25-kilometre-long Cooking Lake transmission line and substation project parallel to Highway 14, in southern Strathcona County. The power company has also proposed an alternate route where it will run through Leduc County, running 1.3 kilometres shorter and requiring 10 fewer towers.More

Canada: A leader in the development of smart grid technology
Area Development
The electricity grid has been called the single most important engineering achievement of the early 20th century. How ironic it is that our present digital society — even as demand for electricity skyrockets — still relies on an infrastructure that draws much of its legacy from the era of horse-drawn carriages. Thankfully, in Canada, we are entering a new era for the electrical grid, and that's good news for Canadian manufacturers. More