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AEL's EXPO — March 25 — Early bird pricing until December 23rd!
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The Alberta Electrical League is hosting their 21st Annual Electrical Learning EXPO at the Calgary Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, AB, on March 25th. The EXPO provides all companies with an opportunity to show new products, new services, new innovations. Those attending will experience what is new and exciting in the electrical industry. Professionals that can answer all your questions, give you alternatives and suggestions. The day is packed with technical presentations of things you need to know. Mark this date in your calendar.
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Canadian Electrical Code — 2015
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AEL is taking pre-orders for the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code. AEL discounts apply! Order now: 1-800-642-5508.
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Minister: Albertans protected in AltaLink deal
Calgary Herald
Provincial Energy Minister Frank Oberle says he accepts the decision by the Alberta Utilities Commission to approve the controversial $3.2 billion sale of AltaLink to the American firm Berkshire Hathaway. "They've determined it's not going to harm the Alberta consumer," Oberle said in a recent interview. A number of interveners, including rival electricity transmission line companies ATCO and Epcor, consumer groups and vocal electricity critic Joe Anglin, had opposed the sale to the U.S. company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett.
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Electricity operator: Lower prices, no major power outages in Alberta in 2014
Nanaimo Daily News
The organization that oversees Alberta's electricity says wind power and a new natural gas plant helped meet growing demand this year at a lower price to consumers. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) says the increased supply of power also meant no major outages. But with the province's burgeoning population and economy, what about next year? Miranda Keating Erickson, AESO's vice-president of operations, said 2015 could be much the same.
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How wind and solar lower your electricity bill in Alberta
Huffington Post
Have you ever heard the one about how renewables are too expensive and that they always need subsidies? Well, both wind and solar now compete with fossil fuel electricity generation purely on price, without subsidies. But wind and solar aren't just competitive and affordable options for generating electricity, in Alberta they're actually driving prices down for consumers.
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Energy leader: Hydro could fuel Alberta's future
CBC News
One of Alberta's energy leaders says a greater push towards hydro electricity could help fuel the province's future. At the Bennett Jones Business Forum in Lake Louise, the president of ATCO, a major Alberta utility provider called for greater investment in hydro dams over coal and natural gas. "The vision would be instead of being completely reliant on natural gas as a fuel for the future, to utilize water in a way that addresses so many different concerns," said Nancy Southern president and CEO of ATCO.
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Projection spotlights illuminate neighbourhoods ahead of the holidays
Toronto Star
If you're looking to win the neighbourhood Christmas lights battle, you better stock up on projection spotlights. They're the newest holiday lighting innovation flying off shelves and sweeping residential streets as locals look for ways to impress their neighbours with the most dazzling lights in the city.

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Approved Electrical Equipment to the appropriate Standard
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
The end of June 2014 marks the time when all the changes that will appear in the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) have been finalized. Any new or existing proposals for code change that have not been addressed by the CE Code Committee will not be seen until the publication of the 2018 CE Code.

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Welcome to Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant
Huffington Post
More than three years ago, Ted Clugston was showing me around the small southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat for our pilot episode. He pointed to a hillside and said he eventually hoped to see a showcase solar project there. He saw it as an educational opportunity and a chance to show the world that Medicine Hat was investing in clean energy.

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Alberta sees another year of electricity demand growth
660 News
Alberta is seeing a steady increase in the demand for electricity. The province saw a 3.5 per cent increase this year due to population growth and energy sector development, making it the fifth straight year where demand grew by 2.5 per cent or more. But Miranda Keating Erickson, vice-president of operations for the Alberta Electric System Operator said they've been able to keep up.
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Town has light shed on solar power
Vulcan Advocate
Even in a country that gets shorter, snowy days many months of the year, solar power has many benefits, Town council heard at its recent meeting. While Vulcan's proposed solar park was briefly discussed during the presentation, the focus of the information session was to go over the basics of solar energy. Talking to council about solar power were Shayne Gurney, program coordinator, corporate business development with Lethbridge College, Rudy Reger, owner of Energysmart, based in Lethbridge and Ian Magill, solar design and installation specialist with Energysmart.
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Calgary Flames just the latest franchise to turn to the public for money to build new arena
National Post
When Calgary ultimately considers whether it wants public funds used for the construction of a new hockey arena, the question tax payers really need to answer is: how much of their money do they want to go toward Mark Giordano's next contract? As the Calgary Herald reported in considerable detail recently, the Flames are looking at city-owned lands for a new arena development.
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Phase 2 of Enel's Castle Rock Ridge wind farm on hold again
Pincher Creek Echo
The Municipal Planning Committee granted Enel Alberta Wind a suspension on their development permit for phase two of the Castle Rock Ridge wind farm project at a meeting last month. In the next stage EAWI intends to add 14 previously-approved turbines to the already existing wind plant located just south of the Oldman Reservoir. However, they are held up by a lack of routing information for AltaLink's Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock transmission lines that will run through the development.
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