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Sep. 5, 2013

Regulator calls for public hearings into proposed coal mine
Times Colonist
Alberta's energy regulator has ordered public hearings into a proposed open-pit coal mine in the province's northern foothills. The decision was immediately welcomed by aboriginal groups who use the area located 280 kilometres west of Edmonton. The $458 million Coalspur project is to cover about 6,000 hectares and provide about 500 jobs during its 20-year life.More

Capital Power to sell 3 American plants, focus on Alberta
CBC News
Capital Power is selling three New England power plants to Emera for $541 million as it shifts its focus away from the U.S. merchant power business and toward the stronger Alberta market. "Our re-focusing reflects the fact that North American power markets have evolved over the past several years," said CEO Brian Vaasjo in a release. "Capital Power can now pursue higher value investment opportunities in the fast-growing Alberta market."More

Why LED efficiency drops at high current
Electronics Weekly
Researchers at the U.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic have proven a link between LED efficiency drop at high current and carrier mobility. Better lighting LEDs could result. "Efficiency droop, first reported in 1999, has been a key obstacle in the development of LED lighting for situations, like household lighting, that call for economical sources of versatile and bright light," said the university.More

Alberta braces for wider oil price spread
The Globe and Mail
Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner said in his recent fiscal update that the spread between Canadian and global prices for oil has taken a holiday. But he warned that, "like a bad penny," he expects it will return. Analysts say the spread — usually expressed as the difference between lower-valued Canadian heavy oil and the North American benchmark West Texas intermediate — will remain volatile into the near future. But it should soothe the nerves of Alberta officials that analysts don't expect the differential to be as wide in the months ahead as it was last winter.More

Study: Wind turbines don't hurt home values
Los Angeles Times
Wind-power turbines don't appear to be having a negative effect on home values, according to a new report by the Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory. The research analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind farms in 27 counties across nine states. "We find no statistical evidence that operating wind turbines has had any measurable impact on home sales prices," said Berkeley's Ben Hoen, the lead author of the study.More

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy supports 'Cow Power' film
Ag Web
The focus is on how dairy producers transform cow manure into electricity to power their farms and hundreds of local homes and businesses. To help increase consumer awareness and understanding of dairy's commitment to environmental stewardship, the dairy producer-created Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy provided funding support to a film that focuses on how Vermont dairy producers transform cow manure into electricity to power their farms and hundreds of local homes and businesses.More

Fall Golf Classic photo gallery now available
AEL
The Calgary Electric Club held its Fall Golf Classic on Aug. 22. at the D'Arcy Ranch Golf Club in Okotoks. Great food and great times were enjoyed by all. You can view the photo gallery here.More

2014 Electrical Learning EXPO — ONE day event March 19, 2014
AEL
Join us on March 19, 2014 at the Edmonton Marriott Cree for our 2014 Electrical Learning Expo! Meet with other members of the Alberta Electrical League — including manufacturers, presenters, and local companies — and see what they have to offer. Click here to register.More

University of Alberta discovery would make solar panels cheaper, lighter
Edmonton Journal
As University of Alberta chemist Jillian Buriak tells it, scientists have a list of "wouldn't it be great" ideas for materials. Wouldn't it be great if they could use some of the most abundant materials on Earth, like zinc and phosphorus, to build cheaper, lighter solar panels? Wouldn't it be great if the technology could be easily transported to places that desperately need new energy sources? Those wistful thoughts led Buriak and a team of researchers through a four-year experiment, resulting in a new solar cell that could be used around the world.More

New material could enable future energy technologies
The Engineer
Scientists have developed a material that can absorb or shed oxygen atoms at low temperatures, characteristics that would be useful in rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters and fuel cells. Materials containing atoms that can switch back and forth between multiple oxidation states are technologically important but very rare in nature, said Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee, who led the international research team that published its findings in Nature Materials.More

Pollution-control stocks jump as Canada's energy output rises
Financial Post
Questor Technology, Canada's top pollution-control stock in the past three years, said stricter air quality rules will boost revenue for its flare-gas incineration systems as North American energy output surges. "The world has changed in the oil and gas industry," Questor Chief Executive Officer Audrey Mascarenhas said in an interview at Bloomberg's headquarters in New York recently.More

General lighting LED lamp sales taking off in U.S. and Asia-Pacific markets
Optics.org
Consumption of LED lamps in the United States totaled $891 million in 2012, according to a new market report on "general lighting LED lamps" from ElectroniCast Consultants. The firm forecasts that the consumption value in this territory will reach $2.77 billion in 2017, representing an average annual growth rate of 25.5 per cent.More