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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.




10. Regulator calls for public hearings into proposed coal mine
Times Colonist
Sept. 5, 2013: Alberta's energy regulator has ordered public hearings into a proposed open-pit coal mine in the province's northern foothills. The decision was immediately welcomed by aboriginal groups who use the area located 280 kilometres west of Edmonton. The $458 million Coalspur project is to cover about 6,000 hectares and provide about 500 jobs during its 20-year life.
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9. Why LED efficiency drops at high current
Electronics Weekly
Sept. 5, 2013: Researchers at the U.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic have proven a link between LED efficiency drop at high current and carrier mobility. Better lighting LEDs could result. "Efficiency droop, first reported in 1999, has been a key obstacle in the development of LED lighting for situations, like household lighting, that call for economical sources of versatile and bright light," said the university.
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8. Canada's first new refinery in decades breaks ground
The Globe and Mail
Sept. 26, 2013: A project eight years in the making, Canada's newest refining facility will be marked with an official ceremony shortly, celebrating the ground-breaking just north of Edmonton in Alberta's industrial heartland. North America has not seen the construction of a major new refinery for almost three decades, and the $5.7 billion Sturgeon project brought forward by North West Upgrading is a rare example of new refining capacity on the continent.
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7. Forget LED bulbs — The future of interior lighting is lasers
Quartz
Nov. 21, 2013: Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison’s electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing a substantial portion of indoor lights, and the archaic bulb and socket infrastructure on which they depend, with lasers.
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6. Will electricity storage save the grid?
Intelligent Utility
Nov. 21, 2013: The business model of most electric utilities is based on the administration of a large, centralized electricity grid, or some aspect of it. The rise of distributed generation — electricity customers going off or partially off grid and generating their own electric power — directly threatens that model. The role of a traditional electric utility on a grid largely based on distributed generation is difficult to foresee. This is the Armageddon scenario that keeps utility executives awake at night.
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5. Transmission boom for Alberta
reNews
Nov. 7, 2013: Facilities owner AltaLink is gearing up to build five transmission projects in southern Alberta in part to integrate more wind power into the electricity grid. The Alberta Electric System Operator forecasted that wind generation in Alberta will increase by about 1600MW, to a total of approximately 2500MW by 2019. Construction planning and preparation is expected to get underway shortly with work anticipated to begin in early 2014.
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4. Meet the super-efficient Lego brick-like solar panel
Scientific American
Oct. 24, 2013: Okay, they aren't actually Legos, but if you pulled up a microscope and took a peek at one of these solar panels, you would see a familiar studded pattern. A problem with solar panels is that most of the light energy that hits a solar panel is not absorbed. But by trapping light in a solar panel, researchers found they can increase the overall efficiency of a panel by up to 22 per cent.
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3. University of Alberta discovery would make solar panels cheaper, lighter
Edmonton Journal
Sept. 5, 2013: As University of Alberta chemist Jillian Buriak tells it, scientists have a list of "wouldn't it be great" ideas for materials. Wouldn't it be great if they could use some of the most abundant materials on Earth, like zinc and phosphorus, to build cheaper, lighter solar panels? Wouldn't it be great if the technology could be easily transported to places that desperately need new energy sources? Those wistful thoughts led Buriak and a team of researchers through a four-year experiment, resulting in a new solar cell that could be used around the world.
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2. Rooftop solar panels become new enemy of firefighters
Canadian Safety Reporter
Sept. 12, 2013: Putrid air hung over a luncheon meats warehouse long after a blaze consumed the building where frustrated firefighters met their enemy: rooftop solar panels. Loved by the green movement, solar panels pose a growing threat to firefighters, who may suffer electrical shocks from panels that typically cannot be turned off, said John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories.
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1. This funky-looking LED bulb could be the future of lighting
Venture Beat
Sept. 12, 2013: NliteN launched a campaign recently for its LED light bulb that uses 80 per cent less energy than 60 watt incandescent lightbulbs. Andy Turudic, who invented the bulb, said it uses lower toxicity, saves energy, lasts longer, and is ultimately cheaper than traditional bulbs. It is the first LED lightbulb to hit the market at prices competitive to mainstream bulbs.
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