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The Art of Leadership
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Canada's number one leadership and innovation conference is being held in Calgary on November 22, 2013. Special offer for AEL members — Save up to $100! Click here for details.
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The holidays are approaching...
AEL
Both the Calgary Electric Club and Capital Region Electric Club will be spreading the cheer this holiday season, and putting on Christmas events over the next few weeks.

Calgary Electric Club's 26th Annual Afternoon Luncheon & Entertainment
November 28, 2013
12:00–3:00 pm
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
$65 per person
$520 per table of 8

Electric Industry Christmas Luncheon
December 6, 2013
11:30–2:30 pm
Marriott at the River Cree Resort
$65 per CREC member/$80 per non-CREC member
Tables of 8 available

To learn more about both events, and to buy your tickets today, please click here.

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Medicine Hat's solar project stalled until spring
Medicine Hat News
The city's solar thermal project is nearly complete but won't be operational until at least next spring. The one-of-a-kind Canadian solar project broke ground earlier this year with it anticipated to be commissioned by November. However, Energy Services spokesperson Wilbur McLean said there will be a slight delay in meeting that project commission deadline. "In terms of erecting the actual site," said McLean, "that's well on schedule and will be done [shortly].”
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Fabricated green building products rapidly advancing
By Don Rosato
Green building technology redefines how we make and live in buildings. From a plastics processing standpoint, we can reduce a building's energy consumption through green design, improved insulation, heat recovery and more. We can simultaneously provide for a building's energy production through solar cells and collectors, heat and power generators, and wind turbines. Let's take a look at some emerging green building technologies that involve plastics processing aspects.
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Transmission boom for Alberta
reNews
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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Thin-film photovoltaics achieves 20.8 per cent efficiency
Electrical Line Magazine
In the race for higher power yields, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research has set a new world record. The Stuttgart researchers have improved the efficiency of CIGS thin-film solar cells to 20.8 per cent. This figure is a record for converting sunlight into electrical energy and, for the first time, it exceeds the efficiency of market-dominating multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The new research findings from Baden-Württemberg are likely to further reduce the cost of solar power in future.
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How light bulbs can be used for WiFi
GMA News Online
Soon, the little light bulb may mean a great deal to netizens as it could be their cheap gateway to the Internet. A team of Chinese scientists said it has successfully run tests using light bulbs to get computers online. "Wherever there is an LED light bulb, there is an Internet signal. Turn off the light and there is no signal," said Chi Nan, an information technology professor with Shanghai's Fudan University.

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How electrical current affects the human body
Mother Nature Network
Electricity is all around us — not to mention inside of us, where it keeps our hearts pumping and our muscles moving — but despite its prevalence in our lives, it is often poorly understood and all-too-often dangerous. It doesn't take much: The same amount of energy it takes to illuminate a tiny Christmas tree light could also be enough to kill you in the right conditions.

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3 ways to prevent electric arc flash blasts
Design News
As engineers and electricians work near hazardous equipment, they're more prone to serious injuries caused by falls from high grounds and circuits. Workers who are exposed to such hazardous working environments need appropriate training to ensure that no serious casualty or injury occurs. The only way to keep away from an arc flash injury is to ensure the following...

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Solar panels not quite mainstream yet, but getting more cost-effective
Global News
As the mercury drops, the power bills rise. Some Albertans are trying to keep them low, though, by going green with solar power. John Thompson is one of them. He says issues like carbon footprints and global warming have always been in the back of his mind. "So the question I asked myself one day was, 'if I know about all of this what am I doing about it?'"
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Careful design delivers halogen-like LED dimming
LEDs Magazine
LEDs produce light through a different physical mechanism — electroluminescence rather than incandescence. There is no significant colour temperature shift when the current that passes through an LED is reduced in order to lower its lumen output. You must design LEDs and solid-state lighting systems to dim like halogen lamps. Directional halogen lamps are popular in hospitality environments. But in these applications, the well-documented benefits of LED lighting over halogen lamps are desirable.
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New tubes using hydraulic pistons could harness ocean waves for energy
Inhabitat
Capturing energy from ocean waves isn't as straight-forward as it might sound — especially as most existing technologies rely on a single axis that requires waves to be moving in one direction to generate enough power. However, Sam Etherington device has been recently invented that is able harness the ocean's energy regardless of which way the water is moving.
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Canadian jobs guide identifies best opportunities
News 1130
Looking for a new job? The Maclean's Guide to Jobs in Canada has identified the best opportunities, and how to take advantage of them. Within the next three years, the magazine says there will be 1.5 million skilled job vacancies in Canada and not enough workers to fill them. Maclean's Senior Editor Colin Campbell says some of the hottest jobs will still be connected to our booming natural resources.
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Texas emerges as unlikely leader on wind power
The Globe and Mail
It's 1996. Pat Wood, the chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, is leaving a meeting with Republican Governor George W. Bush when his boss says something that stops him in his tracks. "Oh Pat, by the way, we like wind," Mr. Bush said. Mr. Wood asked for clarification. The governor, a former oil man, had never before declared an interest in green energy.
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