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Send Manitoba's power west
Winnipeg Free Press
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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BCIT researchers aim to make solar power mainstream
Burnaby NewsLeader
Construction is underway on a new research project at B.C. Institute of Technology that could make it easier to use alternative energy sources like solar and wind. Referred to as "sustainable intermittent sources," the challenge preventing them from being used more widely is that they're not consistent — the sun needs to be shining or the wind needs to be blowing and the less they do, the less power they produce.
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This funky-looking LED bulb could be the future of lighting
Venture Beat
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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A.M. Agencies is a manufacturers agent servicing Alberta, North Eastern & South Eastern British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and Nunavut. We represent a diverse range of electrical and mechanical products for use in both the commercial and residential markets.

Alberta leader asks pipeline firms to invest in new monitoring technologies
Hydrocarbon Processing
The top energy official in Alberta's government said pipeline companies need to be prodded to invest more in new technologies aimed at preventing pipeline leaks and improving response times when spills occur. "Our job is to make sure industry actually steps up to being early adopters of sensible, reliable technology," Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes said in an interview. "We're mobilizing the industry to a higher level of performance."
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Rooftop solar panels become new enemy of firefighters
Canadian Safety Reporter
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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Scientists demonstrate new method for harvesting energy from light
Science Daily
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated a new mechanism for extracting energy from light, a finding that could improve technologies for generating electricity from solar energy and lead to more efficient optoelectronic devices. The new work centers on plasmonic nanostructures, specifically, materials fabricated from gold particles and light-sensitive molecules of porphyin, of precise sizes and arranged in specific patterns.

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Regulator calls for public hearings into proposed coal mine
Times Colonist
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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University of Alberta discovery would make solar panels cheaper, lighter
Edmonton Journal
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? 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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Regardless of Keystone, oilsands development will go on
CTV News
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says with or without the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Alberta oilsands will continue to be developed. Oliver made the comments recently during a stop in Washington, D.C., where he met with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Oliver told reporters: "If Keystone wasn't developed there would effectively be as much development of the oilsands in any case, as a result of the use of rail and as the result of export of the crude to other markets."
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Sustainability: A look at the top green building trends
By Justin Stoltzfus
Within the green building industry, innovative companies and home builders are making big advances in the kinds of projects that lead to energy conservation and sustainable living with LEED-approved or other green-certified building projects. Here are some of the top green building trends that are expected to continue through 2013 and beyond.
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IES moves to establish LED light-source ray file standards
LEDs Magazine
Computer-aided design (CAD) technology has been applied in many technology segments and is increasingly important in the optical space. Optical simulation can speed product development and ensure that new products provide optimal illumination. However, the available optical CAD software tools are largely proprietary, including the file formats used to store light-source ray files. An ongoing Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) effort is seeking to standardize ray files to ease the burden on light-source suppliers and make optical CAD tools more broadly applicable.
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Coming soon: An unconventional energy revolution
Calgary Herald
We are facing an energy game-changer — affecting Alberta and the rest of the country — whether we like it or not. An unconventional oil and gas revolution is sweeping global energy markets, fuelled by voracious energy demands in the emerging economies, not in traditional OECD markets, and increasingly supplied by shale gas, tight oil and oilsands, all unconventional energy sources made possible by new technologies.
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