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With 2013 coming to a close, AEL would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Power Up subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 9, 2014.




20. Fort Saskatchewan 'passive house' a real energy miser
Edmonton Journal
Nov. 14, 2013: You could call Jim Zeibin a brave man. He's building his dream home with no furnace, no electric heat and no solar panels — despite the shivering cold of a Prairie winter. Zeibin, a retired chemical engineer, is building what he says will be Alberta's first "passive house." The super energy-efficient technology developed in Europe relies on extra thick insulation in the walls, tight sealing, and big windows facing the sun.
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19. Net-zero homes wave of future thanks to cool technology
Beacon News
Nov. 14, 2013: What do net-zero homes, Star Trek and William Shatner have in common? The highly entertaining documentary "How William Shatner Changed the World" is a must-watch for any Trekkie or technology geek. In it, William Shatner hosts and narrates two hours of exploring the real-life advancements that were inspired by Star Trek. When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, AB.
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18. Canadian jobs guide identifies best opportunities
News 1130
Nov. 7, 2013: Looking for a new job? The Maclean's Guide to Jobs in Canada has identified the best opportunities, and how to take advantage of them. Within the next three years, the magazine says there will be 1.5 million skilled job vacancies in Canada and not enough workers to fill them. Maclean's Senior Editor Colin Campbell says some of the hottest jobs will still be connected to our booming natural resources.
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17. Medicine Hat's solar project stalled until spring
Medicine Hat News
Nov. 7, 2013: The city's solar thermal project is nearly complete but won't be operational until at least next spring. The one-of-a-kind Canadian solar project broke ground earlier this year with it anticipated to be commissioned by November. However, Energy Services spokesperson Wilbur McLean said there will be a slight delay in meeting that project commission deadline. "In terms of erecting the actual site," said McLean, "that's well on schedule and will be done [shortly].”
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16. Calculator shows how many potatoes it would take to power your house
Inhabitat
Oct. 10, 2013: You've probably heard of cars that run on used cooking oil — but what about an entire house powered by potatoes? Apparently it's possible — and Movoto just launched an online calculator that shows exactly how many spuds it would take to power your house. Simply enter in your square footage and a length of time and it'll tell you how many potatoes you'd need!
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15. Alberta lagging in wind power generation
Lethbridge Herald
Sept. 19, 2013: If there's one thing southern Albertans have in abundance, it's wind. So much of it, that power-producing wind farms were built here long before most other parts of Canada. In a province that's increasingly prone to power shortages, those wind turbines have become part of the solution to issues of supply and reliability. But Alberta's electrical power strategy still focuses on natural gas and coal, industry observers say.
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14. Send Manitoba's power west
Winnipeg Free Press
Sept. 12, 2013: Manitoba Hydro needs to find new markets for its power to help finance its current and future operations. Alberta needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The transmission of clean, cheap hydro power directly from the Nelson River to Alberta via northern Saskatchewan would achieve both these objectives — and there is federal funding that may be available to make it happen.
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13. Putting robots to work in solar energy
New York Times
Oct. 17, 2013: In a dusty yard under a blistering August sun, Rover was hard at work, lifting 45-pound solar panels off a stack and installing them, one by one, into a concrete track. A few yards away, Rover's companion, Spot, moved along a row of panels, washing away months of grit, then squeegeeing them dry. But despite the heat and monotony, neither Rover nor Spot broke a sweat or uttered a complaint. That is because they are robots, surprisingly low-tech machines that install and maintain large-scale solar farms.
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12. How electrical current affects the human body
Mother Nature Network
Oct. 24, 2013: Electricity is all around us — not to mention inside of us, where it keeps our hearts pumping and our muscles moving — but despite its prevalence in our lives, it is often poorly understood and all-too-often dangerous. It doesn't take much: The same amount of energy it takes to illuminate a tiny Christmas tree light could also be enough to kill you in the right conditions.
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11. Government relaxes new green lightbulb rules
Canada.com
Oct. 10, 2013: What's retro could be new again in light fixtures across Canada. The Conservative government is easing Canada's energy efficiency regulations for lightbulbs, in a move that will align standards with the United States and provide more consumer choice — but allow less-efficient bulbs and result in smaller energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions. Proposed changes announced recently to federal energy efficiency regulations set to take effect in 2014 would now permit less efficient incandescent halogen bulbs to be sold in Canada.
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