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The calendar year is coming to a close, and AEL would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer Power Up subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. 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 8, 2015.


10. Let's shine a light on LED myths
Calgary Sun
April 10, 2014: It's time to set the record straight. As the government transitions out incandescent light bulbs, there are many misconceptions that need to be addressed about energy-efficient options available — in particular, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), the newest kid on the block. Here are some of the most common misconceptions.
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9. With incandescent light bulbs disappearing, here's what you could use next
Toronto Star
Feb. 27, 2014: By the end of this year, Thomas Edison's classic incandescent light bulb, a fixture in homes and offices for more than a century, will disappear from the shelves. As the bulbs are phased out in favour of more energy efficient ones, consumers will have some choices to make. Some of the options cost a little more — and some a lot more — upfront.
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8. Proposal for solar park in Vulcan underway
Vulcan Advocate
Aug. 21, 2014: The Town of Vulcan is moving forward on a solar park project. Council approved at its recent meeting a rezoning application for the Imperial Oil lots site, to change to Public P-1 from Railway use, allowing for future construction of the proposed solar park. Administrator Kim Fath had brought council up to speed regarding the project at the previous meeting. In July 2012, the council of the time carried a motion to submit an application to Alberta Energy in the hopes of securing funds for street lighting, said Fath.
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7. Calgary's downtown electrical grid explained
Calgary Herald
Oct. 23, 2014: Of all the man-holes in all of downtown Calgary, fire had to hit this one. The man-hole cover beneath 8th Street near 5th Avenue S.W. doesn't look much different from the more than 1,000 other electrical system man-hole lids in the downtown area. But the blue smoke and charred cable in this one underground concrete chamber recently wreaked unprecedented havoc in Calgary's downtown.
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6. Section 4 Conductors — Changes from the 2009, 21st edition to the 2012, 22nd edition Canadian Electrical Code
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Nov. 6, 2014: Last article outlined the implications and reasons for temperature requirements when sizing conductors using Rule 4-006 and the revised ampacity tables of the 2012 edition Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code). While this is an important rule with respect to the use and installation of conductors, there were several changes within Section 4 — Conductors, which should also be explored.
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5. Simple strategy saving birds from colliding with wires, electrocution
Edmonton Journal
April 10, 2014: It was tree planting that triggered environmentalist Nikki Heck's epiphany: working in the industry was the best way to make a difference. "I got frustrated being the person putting the trees in the ground," says Heck, an environmental adviser with the electric utility company AltaLink. "I wanted to be the person making the decision about how the land was managed in the first place."
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4. Are spray-on solar cells the next big thing for sustainable energy?
CTV News
Aug. 7, 2014: Generating solar power can be expensive and impractical for the average person, but a new spray-painting method that applies solar cells to almost any surface could be the next big thing in green energy. Scientists at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. have developed perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process, which could turn a variety objects into energy generators.
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3. Welcome to Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant
Huffington Post
Nov. 27, 2014: More than three years ago, Ted Clugston was showing me around the small southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat for our pilot episode. He pointed to a hillside and said he eventually hoped to see a showcase solar project there. He saw it as an educational opportunity and a chance to show the world that Medicine Hat was investing in clean energy. At that time Clugston was a town councillor. Now he's the mayor and that showcase solar project is nearly complete.
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2. Conductor ampacities and their temperature rating
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Oct. 30, 2014: Sizing conductors as per the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) has been a necessary skill requirement for electricians, designers and engineers for as long as I can remember. The rules associated with conductor ampacity have virtually remained unchanged over the years. In fact my 7th edition, 1958 Canadian Electrical Code Rule 4-006, Current Carrying Capacity of Wires and Cable, referred the user to Tables 1 through 4 in the same way the latest 22nd edition CE Code does. What has changed is the requirement to apply temperature ratings in a manner that aligns with the rules of the 2012 edition CE Code.
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1. Ex-Tesla and NASA engineers make a light bulb that's smarter than you
Wired
Oct. 2, 2014: Sometime in early 2013, one of the delivery operations engineers at Tesla leaned back in his chair and took a look around the Silicon Valley office. "It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, 'Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?'" says Neil Joseph. An online search for a better, responsive bulb only yielded a few expensive commercial products. That October, Joseph left Tesla to start his own lighting company.
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