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RoundUP Alberta: Come and party in Calgary!
AEL
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Alberta RoundUP Event Night. Order now!

Charlie Major is our "major" entertainment, but the main draw is networking and meeting with the ENTIRE Alberta and Ontario Electric Industry.

Thanks to our sponsors so far: IPEX, Siemens, Thomas & Betts, ILSCO, Standard Pro, ACE Manufacturing, Guillevin, Wesco, STELPRO — Hayride, and Torbram — Hayride Sponsor. Get your sponsor info and ticket information from the link below.

"RoundUP Alberta" promises to be an evening to remember. 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.

For further information, to register and to sponsor, please click the link below.
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Alberta Energy Regulator to manage environmental impact assessments
Financial Post
On October 1, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator will assume responsibility for provincial environmental impact assessments on energy projects, closing a gap in Alberta's "one-window" approach to energy regulation. Since March 29, AER has been responsible for issuing energy approvals under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, but the authority to direct these assessments remained with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
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Atco Gas program puts cogeneration units into Alberta buildings
Edmonton Journal
With help from the province's climate-change management fund, Atco Gas has developed a new way to help Alberta building owners cut operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The utility has launched a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) program aimed at owners of small- to mid-sized municipal, commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings. For buildings that qualify, Atco Gas will install, own and maintain CHP units.
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Boyle council sees no need to change electricity fee yet
Athabasca Advocate
After a short discussion, it was decided there would be no change in the municipal rider that the Village of Boyle charges on electricity. At their recent meeting, council said it will keep the rate at three per cent, but that it may look at making a change next year. Mayor Bob Clark spoke about some municipalities raking in up to seven per cent of their general revenue through this form of charges.
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Swan City utility contractor purchased by Valard Group
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Valard Group, a juggernaut in Canadian construction and utilities, recently purchased Westcan Tel, a small Grande Prairie utility contractor. For Valard, the move is close to home, as that group also has roots in the Peace Country. Valard CEO Victor Budzinski was a telecom lineman in Grande Prairie in 1978, when he bought out his partners and started what has turned into the ninth-largest construction group in the country.
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More county funds for Webster Hall power issue
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
A safety issue surrounding a poorly located power-line pole in the Webster Hall parking lot, located approximately six miles north of Sexsmith, will finally see resolution this fall. The County of Grande Prairie originally allocated $22,000 to the Webster Community Hall Association for the relocation and reconnection of the power-line during their December budget meeting but the work on the project never happened.
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'Smart' lighting system provides surveillance at U.S. airport
CBC News
From the runway at Newark Liberty International Airport, you can see the entire skyline of Manhattan. It is one of the busiest airports on the continent, so you'd expect it would have a strong and sizeable surveillance operation. Passengers streaming out of taxis and through check-in are being watched by the lighting system. The airport has installed 171 "smart" LED lighting fixtures that peer down and record the movements of passengers and staff.

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Caisse investing $60 million in Alberta shopping mall
Benefits Canada
Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, plans to invest more than $60 million to redevelop a mall north of Calgary. It will relocate and expand the CrossIron Mills shopping centre food court, which will allow the addition of more rental spaces. "We are capitalizing on the opportunity to expand CrossIron Mills to welcome more world-class premium outlet brands," says John Scott, senior vice-president, development, for Ivanhoé Cambridge.

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Team tests new technology to harness renewable energy at only centre of its kind in Canada
CTV News
Like windmills in the water, new technology being tested in Manitoba aims to use the power of rushing rivers without building dams. "It's going to make a huge difference for small communities and medium-sized communities," said Eric Biebau, alternative energy chair with the University of Manitoba. Near Seven Sisters, the University of Manitoba runs the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre.

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LEDs shine a light on new creative paths
The Globe and Mail
The emergence of LEDs has sent a lot of lighting designers back to the drawing board. This has levelled the playing field for Dana Cannam, the University of Alberta grad who came of age in the post-incandescent era and for whom the drawing board is a spiritual home. For the past five years, Cannam has alternated woodworking with experimentation in LEDs, the brilliant, energy-efficient light sources that are set to transform the way we create and use light.
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SaskPower teaches public about power challenges
The Grenfell Sun
The SaskPower to Grow tour visited the Prince Albert Polkafest recently on a fun, informative and interactive project to teach people about the past, present and future of electricity in the province. "We are here to talk to people about the infrastructure challenge that SaskPower is facing," said Kyle Derrick, leader of the SaskPower to Grow tour.
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B.C. Hydro offers a real-time energy meter
Global News
Ever wish you had a better idea how much energy you are using before your hydro bill arrives? B.C. Hydro is now offering their customers an option of a new home energy monitor that provides real-time information about power use. The goal is to give people information about how much power different devices consume in their household. "Often people do not know that their stove might take a lot of power and running that could cost them a lot on their monthly bill," says Chris Tumpach, President of Rainforest Automation that makes the gadget.
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