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Study: Alberta electricity prices among highest in Canada
Huffington Post Canada
Albertans are paying some of the highest rates for power in the nation, according to a new study. An annual survey conducted by Hydro-Quebec, which compared power prices across 22 North American cities, found Calgary residents pay the third highest power bills in Canada and Edmonton the fourth highest.
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Critics call for deregulation of electricity market in light of high prices
Global News
Word that Calgarians' power bills are the third highest in Canada have critics demanding that the province rollback its deregulation of electricity markets. The Hydro Quebec survey found Charlottetown, P.E.I. has the most expensive prices, following by Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton. Those are also among the top 10 most expensive in North America.
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Report expected on high-speed rail link between Edmonton and Calgary
CTV News
The provincial committee tasked with looking at the possibility of connecting Alberta's two largest cities with a high-speed rail link said a new report on the possible project will be released in the coming months. The Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future met recently, and the committee's Chair said interest in constructing a high-speed train line between Edmonton and Calgary had brought the project back into the spotlight.
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Enbridge uses anonymity for new hydroelectric projects
The Vancouver Sun
Enbridge, through an anonymous numbered company, is seeking to build an undisclosed number of hydroelectric projects — many on salmon-bearing rivers and creeks on traditional aboriginal territories — in B.C. and Alberta, The Vancouver Sun has learned. Enbridge says they are part of the company's green energy plans and are not being built to power pumps for the company's proposed 1,177 kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat.
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All Canadians could be on hook to pay for P.E.I.'s electricity
Troy Media
It is a distinction Prince Edward Islanders would willingly give up. The electricity rates in Canada's smallest province have been among the highest in the country for years. Both Liberal and Conservative governments have been trying for decades to turn that situation around with only marginal success.

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Alberta's economy expected to sizzle in 2014
Edmonton Journal
Alberta will lead the nation with the fastest-growing economy in 2014, the Conference Board of Canada predicted Monday in its provincial outlook. "While many provinces have struggled in the past few years, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador thrived as their primary resources were in high demand and fueled solid economic growth," said Marie-Christine Bernard, associate director, provincial forecast.

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New Alberta biofuel plant largest of its kind in Canada
CBC News
CBC News A company in southern Alberta is turning manure and other farm waste into money, with government help. Lethbridge Biogas says its $30 million plant, which produces electricity, is the largest project of its type in Canada. Stefan Michalski, a company spokesman, says it can make enough electricity to power 2,800 homes, and has the capacity to expand.

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Calgary looks to expand use of solar-powered crosswalk beacons
Metro News
Calgary plans to install more solar-powered crosswalk signals at the sides of streets that city staff say are cheaper and at least as effective as traditional overhead lights — provided they have reliable electricity. Eight "rectangular rapid flashing beacons" or RRFBs were already installed in locations across Calgary as part of a $200,000 pilot project and recently the city's priorities and finance committee gave the nod to extend the project with an additional $400,000.
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Light the Bridge project to be completed without city money
Edmonton Journal
The program to put decorative lights on the High Level Bridge is going ahead without any city money, committee co-chair Dave Mowat said recently. A city report had suggested Edmonton backstop the final $250,000 needed to allow the volunteer group behind the $2.5 million scheme to order lights in early January and have them installed by Canada Day.
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Renewable energy approval granted to Bow Lake Wind Farm
Soo Today
Nodin Kitagan Limited Partnership and Nodin Kitagan 2 Limited Partnership recently announced that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has granted a Renewable Energy Approval for the 58.32 megawatt Bow Lake Wind Project. "The Renewable Energy Approval is the culmination of over six years of public engagement and rigorous environmental and technical studies. We are very pleased to be moving forward towards the construction of the Bow Lake Wind Project," said Kent Brown, president and CEO of BluEarth.
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Shipstone touts made-in-Alberta solution to energy storage challenge
Alberta Oil Magazine
In Robert Heinlein's famous 1982 science-fiction novel, Friday, energy for homes, ocean freightliners, spaceships and even hand-held power tools is provided by compact, battery-like devices called "shipstones." Many entrepreneurs across North America have been inspired by the novel and chased this energy storage idea. Among the dream-chasers is Daniel Kenway.
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