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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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How will AltaLink sale affect Albertans?
Medicine Hat News
It is now official — AltaLink is in the hands of Berkshire Hathaway. Recently, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) and Industry Canada greenlighted the sale, with a price tag of $3.2 billion, which in the end gives a foreign company ownership of some very critical infrastructure in the province. AltaLink transmits electricity to 85 per cent of Albertans, and now Berkshire Hathaway will have a large hand in shaping that process for the foreseeable future.
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Wind energy helps Alberta's power grid stay reliable
North American Wind Power
Alberta's power grid remained reliable this year, thanks, in part, to newly added wind energy. According to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the province has seen a 3.5 per cent increase in electricity demand in 2014 due to population growth in the cities and energy sector development. Despite the increased pressure on Alberta's electricity system as a whole, the AESO says the grid ran reliably this year because of strong management efforts and new generation.
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Ground-breaking technology stores wind power in salt caverns
Edmonton Journal
In the Lloydminster area, a Calgary company is ready to carve out large underground salt caverns to store excess wind energy — the first use of the technology in Canada. Rocky Mountain Power president Jan van Egteren says the storage sites could be ready in five years. Salt caverns have been used to store natural gas for years, but only two other projects in North America are using them for compressed air that is turned into electricity.
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How organic LEDs are the future of sustainable, affordable lighting
University of Toronto
There's a revolution happening in the world of lighting, and Professor Zheng-Hong Lu's research into organic LEDs is leading the charge. The award-winning researcher from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering is delving into the centuries-old puzzle of energy efficiency: how to provide high-quality light for a wide array of uses at an affordable cost.

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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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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.

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How the electricity industry wants to attract women of power
The Globe and Mail
It's 2014, yet there are still gender stereotypes that incorrectly assume that women should be limited to a certain set of career domains. Canada's electricity and renewable energy industry is one such area. Women represent only one quarter of the electricity and renewable energy work force, and fewer than five per cent in trades-related occupations, but we are making gains.
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Harnessing nature's power
Lethbridge Herald
Harnessing the southern Alberta solar and wind energy potential, as well as living up to its healthy living motto, has led a downtown business to install the city's largest commercial solar array. Noji Chiropractic and Wellness Centre unveiled its 10-kilowatt (KW) roof-top solar system, which will offset the building's power consumption, provide a net zero result, and will be capable of producing between 14,000 KWh and 16,000 KWh per year, during an official ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning.
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6-storey wood frame construction considered by province
Calgary Herald
A home-building innovation recently approved by Calgary city council is now set to go provincial under a private member's bill introduced in the Alberta legislature late last month. Bill 203 would see the province green-light six-storey wood-frame construction. If approved, Alberta would join British Columbia, Quebec and (in 2015) Ontario in allowing wood to be used above four storeys — the previous limit — which up until now had been restricted to concrete and steel. The City of Calgary recently revised its building code to raise the limit.
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Saskatchewan's first solar power co-op could see the light of day
CBC News
A Saskatoon non-profit is crowd-funding to make going solar simple. The Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) started an Indiegogo campaign to help establish Saskatchewan's first solar co-operative. The society says it wants to offset Saskatoon's "dirty energy" and promote green energy. According to Allyson Brady, the executive director of the SES, converting to solar energy doesn't have to be a struggle.
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Report: Clean energy provides more jobs than oil sands
CBC News
Renewable energy has experienced big growth in Canada in the last five years, so much so that employment in the sector outstrips employment in the oil sands. That's the conclusion of a report on the state of green energy technology in Canada by Clean Energy Canada, an advocate for renewables. It estimates $24 billion has been invested in the past five years, mainly because of renewable initiatives in the power sector by Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
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