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Despite lower energy prices, western provinces to increase infrastructure spending
Journal of Commerce
Given the sharp (50 per cent) drop in oil prices since mid-2014, attention has been focused on the potential impact of a significant decline in energy derived tax revenues and corporate profits on both public and private investment primarily in Alberta and to a much lesser extent in Saskatchewan over the near term. At the same time, there is growing evidence that the impact of low energy prices is having a positive impact on activity in British Columbia, as well as in Manitoba.
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Downtown Edmonton still humming
Edmonton Journal
Recession? What recession? If you live and work in downtown Edmonton, signs of Alberta's current economic slowdown are hard to find. While the Toronto-based national media seem determined to portray Alberta as the equivalent of Venezuela North, the street-level view seems starkly at odds with that dire assessment. Edmonton's downtown skyline is currently littered with more construction cranes — 23 at last count, according to my colleague Bill Mah — than ever in history, and by fall, that number will swell to more than 30.
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Scaled-down wind power project wins government approval
Calgary Herald
BluEarth Renewables of Calgary says it will begin construction soon on its $80 million Bull Creek Wind Project in east central Alberta after winning regulatory approval for an amended project that's smaller than originally planned. The original project northeast of Provost near the Saskatchewan border was approved a year ago and would have had capacity of up to 115 megawatts, with up to 46 wind turbines.
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RMWB delays flood plans
Fort McMurray Today
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is putting its flood mitigation plans on hold for a year. RMWB council voted recently to delay the majority of flood mitigation scheduled this year to 2015 while it prepares a proposal for less costly flood mitigation to the province. According to Keith Scoble, RMWB director of infrastructure and engineering, the municipality has concerns with the province's stringent requirements for exceptions to its 2013 law restricting development in floodway areas.
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Turner Valley further secures electricity costs
Okotoks Western Wheel
The Town of Turner Valley has secured its energy costs for its more than a dozen facilities another two years onto an existing electricity contract. During its recent meeting, Turner Valley Town council unanimously agreed to add two years to its five-year agreement with Energy Associates International to take advantage of the current electricity prices. The decision follows a significant savings the Town is expecting to see in its electricity costs last year thanks to the program.
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Construction remains strong
Lethbridge Herald
Not all Albertans are worried about the province's economy, if home-building projects are any indicator. Despite warnings about tax increases and service cuts, Lethbridge and several cities across Alberta are reporting an upturn in construction during the first quarter of 2015. In Lethbridge, reports the Canada Mortgage and Housing single and multiple-family projects are both improved from the same period last year — long before the price of crude oil slumped.
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How Concordia became a leader in green building
Concordia University
As Concordia's building performance coordinator, Daniel Gauthier spends his days looking for what he calls "low-hanging fruit" — inexpensive fixes that will make the university's infrastructure more energy efficient. The problem is, most of the newest buildings are so well constructed there isn't much to do.

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Town helps campground power up sites
Okotoks Western Wheel
A popular campground known for enhancing summer tourism in Black Diamond is getting a much-needed boost this spring. During its recent regular council meeting, Black Diamond Town council approved the Foothills Lions Club's request for a $100,000 loan to increase the Bob Lochhead Memorial Park's electrical outlets at its full service sites from 30 watts to 50.

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Bright future forecast for fusion energy, SACPA gathering told
Lethbridge Herald
Fusion energy will be the next wave of clean energy alternatives, and Alberta is an ideal market for it, according to Allan Offenberger, a long-time researcher of the technology. The professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta recently presented at a SACPA session in Country Kitchen Catering, and at the University of Lethbridge.

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High school trades battle brewing at Lethbridge College
Global News
From culinary arts to welding, high school students strutted their stuff at Lethbridge College recently. The school played host to one of nine Regional Skills Canada Competitions that are taking place in Alberta this year. The event gives trade and technology students an opportunity to take their skills out of a traditional classroom setting.
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Opinion: Tailor energy strategy to our unique situation
Edmonton Journal
Edmonton has a quiet but impressive history of municipal innovation in energy and environmental management, from waste management to water infrastructure to our river valley and ravine park system. The city's energy and environment plan was set out in 2011's The Way We Green Strategy, and currently, concrete steps will go before council in the city's Energy Transition Strategy. There's a lot of potential in this plan, and some promising initiatives.
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Saskatchewan college cuts costs via solar power
Global News
A college in Saskatchewan held a grand opening ceremony recently to announce it's harnessing the power of the sun. Nipawin Bible College installed 7,150 square feet of solar panels to cut down on power consumption at all of its campus facilities. Energy produced by 399 solar panels will be subtracted from the power consumed from SaskPower to ultimately arrive at an annual balance of zero. The college's average power bill is $17,000 per year.
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