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Mark the date: September 18th — Alberta RoundUP
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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.

AEL and the support of Electro-Fed will be hosting this evening to remember. Come and join us in your best Western Wear.

Further details will be posted on AEL's website.
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Warren Buffet's company buys into electrical energy in Alberta
CTV News
Berkshire Hathaway's energy unit is buying SNC-Lavalin's interests in AltaLink for $3.2 billion. AltaLink provides electricity to about 85 per cent of the province. Warren Buffett's firm will now have full equity ownership in the electrical transmission company. Berkshire Hathaway Energy owns and operates transmission and distribution lines in the U.S. The Des Moines company also owns or contracts more than 28,000 megawatts of electricity generation.
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Alberta to beef up labour relations with construction sector
Canadian Labour Reporter
Following a report from a prominent labour lawyer, Alberta has announced an upcoming overhaul of its labour relations with the construction sector. Released recently by labour lawyer Andrew Sims, the report — a year in the making — prompted the government to provide long-term stability for labour in the construction industries.
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Alberta businesses paying some of highest electricity rates in North America
Calgary Herald
Alberta's commercial and industrial electricity rates are among the highest in North America and could hamper economic competitiveness, according to a new report from independent think-tank the Fraser Institute. But the organization representing the province's power producers said Alberta's rates shouldn't be compared to other jurisdictions that aren't experiencing the dual pressures of rapid population growth and industrial expansion.
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Henday project moving along
Sherwood Park News
While Albertans are currently being invited to give feedback on a draft 50-year transportation plan, construction on the Anthony Henday is nearing its halfway point. "This construction season, we will operate approximately 1.4 million person hours across the 17 sites of the northeast Anthony Henday project," said Allan Neill, CEO of Capital City Link General Partnership.
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Harnessing youthful energy
Lethbridge Herald
New and innovative minds gathered to share and show judges their inventive wind turbines recently at the fourth Bank of Montreal KidWind Challenge. Students from Lethbridge, Coaldale, Vulcan and Picture Butte schools, all under the age of 19, joined at Exhibition Park to showcase their fully functional and creatively designed wind turbines.

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Consumers not on contract in store for utility shock
CTV News
Electricity prices across the province are expected to jump by 40 per cent and those consumers who have not signed onto a contract could be in for a shock when their bill arrives. The Alberta Electric System Operator, AESO, says prices will spike when Alberta's electricity supply takes a 12 day hit in May. AESO officials say a generation plant and large transmission line will be shut down during that time to connect new equipment to the province's power grid.

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Edmonton hopes for sunny days as it tries to reduce power consumption
Edmonton Journal
In rainy Portland, OR, the neighbours got together one day to find a way to make solar panels more affordable by purchasing in bulk and hiring a common contractor. The city stepped up with some expertise and soon a partnership, called Solarize, was born. So far, 700 homes are generating their own electricity. Meanwhile, in Edmonton, solar energy for homeowners is barely off the ground — about 150 homes.

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FortisAlberta warns farmers to avoid contact with overhead power lines
Rocky View Weekly
Workers on Jeroen van der Stoel's crop farm near Enchant, AB are lucky to have escaped with their lives after a tractor came into contact with an overhead power line in 2010. "The fact that this power line contact didn't kill anybody is incredible," said Ron Egeland, the FortisAlberta lineman, who was first on the scene. The contact occurred when workers where lifting grain bins into hoppers with the help of a crane attached to the tractor.
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Bassano Dam to get $40 million upgrade after close call during flood
Calgary Herald
Urgent planning is underway for an estimated $40 million upgrade to Bassano Dam after last summer's floods almost caused the century-old structure to fail. The lives of those living downstream were never in jeopardy during two tense days last June, but the general manager of the Eastern Irrigation District says thousands of farmers and businesses in southern Alberta faced economic devastation if a surging Bow River had destroyed the dam.
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Mechanical stomach for renewable energy built by SRC
Global News
A museum in Ottawa unveiled its new biodigester recently, built by the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). A team of specialists with SRC in Regina designed and built the small-scale demonstration piece for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM)'s energy park. This innovative equipment converts cow manure into renewable energy.
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