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AEL EXPO in Calgary a huge success!
AEL
The Alberta Electrical League hosted their 21st annual Electrical Learning EXPO on March 25th, and over 800 people attended the one-day event. AEL's EXPO Committee would like to thank all the exhibitors for providing all attendees with the technical answers to all their questions and showing them the latest and greatest in today's technology.

All the seminars were fully packed with a great line-up of educators, starting with Clarence Cormier — Chief Electrical Inspector of Alberta, Clarifying the NEW 2015 CSA Electrical Code; Greg Briggs — Eaton Bussman on what and why it's important to understand Selective Coordination; Terry Becker — ESPS President explaining the changes to the CSA Z462 2015; Colin MacDuff — Osram Sylvania explaining his vast knowledge on LEDs, new legislation, products and applications to organic LEDs; David Kelly — Skyfire Energy summed up the presentation series with Solar Energy, growth, installations, and options.

We would also like to recognize the Lunch sponsors; EECOL Electric, Guillevin International, Graybar Canada, and Bartle and Gibson. See you next year in Red Deer!

Check out the Gallery of pictures from the event.
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Telus plans $4.2 billion Alberta infrastructure investment
Canadian Manufacturing
Canadian telecommunications company Telus says it intends to invest $4.2 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across Alberta through 2018, with $1 billion of that scheduled in 2015. Telus Executive Chairman Darren Entwistle says the money will be used to link businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, libraries and municipal governments to its fibre optic network.
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Calgary Flames proposed arena could lead to bigger plans in future
Calgary Sun
Calgary's new NHL rink will be housed downtown in the west village as part of a massive hub of facilities that will include a 30,000-seat indoor football stadium and a high-speed bullet train station linking Calgary to Edmonton. The hockey arena will seat just under 19,000, will be privately funded and will be shaped like a Stetson. Not only will it play host to the Flames, Hitmen Roughnecks and all the world's top touring musical acts, it will also be home to the gold medal game of the 2026 Olympic hockey tourney.
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AltaLink has 2 projects in Yellowhead County
Edson Leader
Yellowhead County Council received a presentation from AltaLink outlining that electrical transmission is an essential service that keeps everyone's lights on. AltaLink manager, municipal and community relations Ed Toupin spoke with council at the recent regular council meeting. He outlined two AltaLink projects that will be happening in the county.
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Green highway runs through Leduc
Leduc Rep
Leduc is one of the stops along a trans Canada green highway. In Leduc Common, an electric vehicle charging station is located at the Peavey Mart, one of 17 in Alberta. Store manager Shawn Howard says the charging station is used regularly. "There's a gentleman who works at the radio station, he's actually parked his vehicle a few times," he said. "We've actually had quite a few people come and charge at it."
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Man is 'recreating the sun on Earth'
Lethbridge Herald
Isaac Asimov, in his 1962 book, Life and Energy, identifies the sun as the major source of energy for life to that date. He concludes his book including the following passage: "With the advent of nuclear power, man has taken a step that is comparable to the discovery of fire. Fire made man no longer directly dependent on the sun for energy and the atom may make man no longer even indirectly dependent on the sun." Learning to harness nuclear fusion in a controlled way — recreating the sun on Earth, as a clean source of energy — has become the Holy Grail of international energy programs.
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Wood projects win Prairie Wood Design Awards
BOMI Canada
Eight Prairie Wood Design Awards were handed out at Alberta's 8th annual Wood WORKS! ceremony. Chosen from a pool of more than 40 entries, the winning projects were honoured for how they advance the use of wood in construction through design, advocacy and innovation. The jury included Larry McFarland, principal at McFarland Marceau Architects, Daryl Procinsky, creativity activator at Design Revolution and Vedran Skopac, architect at Manasc Isaac.
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Warming up to solar chimneys
Daily Commercial News
Modern technology is helping us develop innovative ways to produce alternative energy. Solar and wind energy are good examples, although the idea of tapping the sun and the wind for light and heat is hardly new. What's new is the ways we're using them.

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Edmonton building wins award from solar association
Edmonton Journal
An innovative Edmonton office building has been named Solar PV (photovoltaic) Project of the Year by CanSIA, the national solar-energy industry association. The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce at 2003 91st Street SW was built by Dennis and Christy Cuku, owners of the Mosaic Family of Companies.

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Alberta budget to include more taxes, reveals $5 billion deficit over next year
The Globe and Mail
The Alberta government is asking residents to pay more taxes and receive fewer services for years to come. The province will post a record $5 billion deficit over the next year, reflecting a global collapse in oil prices that has depressed Alberta's revenue and sent the provincial economy spiralling.

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Road relief
Cold Lake Sun
The 2015-2018 provincial road plan includes just over 25 kilometres of local road improvements, as well as work on Hwy. 28 on the stretch of road between Gibbons and Hwy. 827, which is located about 10 minutes north of Redwater, near Egremont. Though the improvements were not specifically outlined in the budget, all are listed as "tentative government-owned transportation projects near completion, underway or scheduled in 2015-2018."
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School division seeing green
Sherwood Park News
Elk Island Catholic Schools are slowly turning just a little bit more green. The schools will not physically be green in colour, but according to a press release sent out by the school division, there are a number of energy retrofit projects currently taking place.
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University of Saskatchewan students get behind solar solution
The StarPhoenix
Finding ways for the University of Saskatchewan to be a greener, more environmentally friendly campus was the goal for a group students enrolled in an upper year environmental science class. They came up with a number of innovative ways to get the job done and presented their proposals recently when the university's Office of Sustainability hosted the Sustainability Living Lab Project Symposium.
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