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Electric Codes being adopted October 1, 2013
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• Canadian Electrical Code, 22nd edition
• The 2012 Code for Electrical Installations for Oil and Gas, 4th edition
• The 2013 Alberta Electrical Utility Code, 4th edition

All three codes come into force or become law as of October 1, 2013.

Order your Canadian Electrical Code through the Alberta Electrical League — AEL members receive a discount. Call 1-800-642-5508, or email info@elecleague.ab.ca.
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2014 Electrical Learning EXPO — ONE day event March 19, 2014
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Join us on March 19, 2014 at the Edmonton Marriott Cree for our 2014 Electrical Learning Expo! Meet with other members of the Alberta Electrical League — including manufacturers, presenters, and local companies — and see what they have to offer. Click here to register.
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Become a member of the Alberta Electrical League
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The Alberta Electrical League works on behalf of everyone in the electrical industry. As a member of AEL, you have direct input into the programs and services that benefit you and the electrical industry. To learn more about us and to register, please click here.
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A southern Alberta wind farm is well underway
Global News
"The village of Carmangary is 273 people. We count each one!" says Kym Nichols, the mayor of a small village in the prairies; and the new home of the largest wind farm in western Canada. "It's the consistent wind they are looking for, and that's what we have," says Nichols. The Blackspring Ridge Wind project is settled on 48,000 acres of land from about 50 land owners in the County of Vulcan. One by one — the wind turbines are starting to pop up across the southern Alberta landscape.
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Google's wind power bluff
The Daily Caller
Google has announced it is purchasing the entire energy output of a 240 megawatt Texas wind farm as part of the company's quest to power its operations with 100 per cent renewable energy. There's just one problem. None of that wind power will actually be used by Google because wind energy is not reliable enough to power their servers, reports Forbes. Google has contracted with companies to get more than 570 megawatts of wind energy, however, this doesn't mean much in terms of the power they will actually be using.
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Abel honoured by University of Alberta for role in U.S. energy transformation
Edmonton Journal
Greg Abel is leading one of the world's largest investor-owned energy utilities toward a greener future by undertaking huge solar and wind projects. The chief executive of Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Holdings has been touted as a top candidate to succeed Warren Buffett, arguably the greatest investor in the world and head of Berkshire Hathaway, which is the largest shareholder of MidAmerican.
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Canada's first new refinery in decades breaks ground
The Globe and Mail
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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How germs make electricity from human waste
Huffington Post Canada
With an increase in population and the continuing threat of the end of the fossil fuel era, researchers have looked in other directions to help keep the lights on. In particular, dead organic material collectively known as biomass has been identified as the future of renewable energy. However, while biomass may be considered to be a resource, converting it into energy has been an entirely different problem. For that, there was no other option than to turn to germs, more specifically, bacteria.

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Alberta lagging in wind power generation
Lethbridge Herald
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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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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Once an economic mainstay, Alberta's natural gas struggling to find markets
Financial Post
Barely a dozen years ago, Alberta was producing so much natural gas the resource was the mainstay of the provincial economy and a big reason Canada was the second-largest natural gas exporter on the planet. Today, Alberta gas is dirt cheap and is struggling to find a home, pushed to the sidelines by shale gas discoveries in the United States and competition from British Columbia.
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Creating electricity with caged atoms
Green Building Elements
A lot of energy is wasted when machines turn hot, unnecessarily heating up their environment. Some of this thermal energy could be harvested using thermoelectric materials; they create electric current when they are used to bridge hot and cold objects. At the Vienna University of Technology, a new and considerably more efficient class of thermoelectric materials can now be produced.
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Concerted effort on innovation key to Alberta's energy, forestry success
Canadian Manufacturing
Integration between Alberta's energy sector and its agriculture and forestry industries could have major economic benefits while boosting environmental sustainability, according to a provincial research agency. That message of joining forces was delivered during the 2013 Agriculture Biotechnology International Conference in Calgary, according to conference co-host Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.
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Target aims for LEED in its Canadian stores
Daily Commercial News
Target's move into Canada aims to be a greener one, as the giant U.S. company announced that 44 additional Canadian locations have been awarded LEED certification. The new additions makes them the first major retailer in the country to have all 68 of their newly launched locations achieving LEED certification. "Environmental sustainability at Target is fundamental to our business, and we have been working hard in Canada over the past years to open our most sustainable collection of stores to date," said Target Canada's vice president, external relations Derek Jenkins.
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India develops world's largest solar project
Stockhouse
The Indian government says it is planning the world's largest solar power plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. The project will have a total power generation capacity of 4,000 megawatts, which is more than double the total solar power generation capacity in the country. As part of Phase II of India's National Solar Mission, the government aims to have 20,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2020. There is currently 1,759.43 megawatts connected to the grid.
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