Power Up
Jan. 15, 2015

AEL's EXPO — March 25
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.More

EXPO 2015 presenters needed
Promote by presenting new technology, new innovations!

Maximize your visibility by placing your company in the spotlight and reserving quality presentation time. Plan to present your company's expertise in the latest technology to the EXPO's participants. Presentation times and content will be reserved by the planning committee.

• Captive audience.
• Your Company advertised specifically in ALL promotional material and online.
• Elevate your company's exposure giving you a direct selling advantage.
• Drive people to your booth by being the educated expert.More

Canadian Electrical Code 2015 books are here
Order your new 2015 Code book today by calling 1-800-642-5508. AEL members receive an additional discount.More

Power transmission costs in Alberta expected to nearly double over next decade
Calgary Herald
Albertans are about to be hit in the pocketbook as transmission costs on their monthly electricity bills nearly double over the next decade. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is forecasting transmission costs for average residential customers will jump from $19 to $33 per month within 10 years, but the brunt of the hike could come in the next two years.More

Phone scam targets Enmax customers in Alberta
CBC News
Enmax customers across the province are complaining of a telephone scam. The pattern goes like this: the caller says the customer's utility bill is overdue, threatens to cut off the customer's power if the money doesn't come in right away and then asks for credit card or PayPal information. Company spokesperson Doris Kaufmann Woodcock says a growing number of people have reported the scam since Christmas.More

Red Deer residents try to get power line diverted
Global News
Residents in Red Deer say their concerns about a high voltage power line are being ignored. The AltaLink line that runs right through The Pines neighbourhood needs to be upgraded and home owners say this is the perfect opportunity to move it. But, Alberta's utilities commission disagrees. The lines have been in place for decades, long before the neighbourhood grew around them.More

Southern Alberta farm leading the way in green energy
Alberta Farmer
Chris and Harold Perry take the power of science and sustainable farm practices very seriously. The southern Alberta farmers call it their "2020 vision" — reduce farm inputs such as water, fuel, electricity, and synthetic fertilizer by 20 per cent while increasing net yields by 20 per cent. And they don't think small.More

Highest electricity rates in North America
Inside Belleville
The Liberals claim Ontario's hydro rates are competitive but they remain the highest in North America. I am going to give you a few examples of hydro rates from British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. In B.C., their price is 10 cents per kWh and their only service fee is $6.81 cents. In Manitoba, their price is 7.1 cents per kWh and their only service fee is $7.38 cents. More

This new LED light lasts 40 years
Digital Journal
The world of illumination is about to change thanks to Jake Dyson, who has developed a light that never goes out. Well, nearly. It lasts 40 years and is going to be released in May 2015, The Guardian reports. Dyson is the son of Sir James, inventor of the famous bagless vacuum cleaner, among other things.More

Calm before the storm in Alberta?
Calgary Herald
Is this the calm before the storm for Alberta's labour market? One national economist was speculating that recently as Statistics Canada reported that both the Calgary region and Alberta saw employment growth in December while the rest of the country shed jobs. In fact, Alberta's 2.9 per cent hike in employment from a year ago was the best in the country.More

Power bills will be easier to understand
South Peace News
Electricity consumers will soon have greater clarity and transparency in their bills, and benefit from a more competitive retail market. Based on the advice of an MLA team and the passing of Bill 201, the provincial government will take action in three key areas. In addition, retail advertising material can no longer be inserted in the billing envelopes of customers who are on the default rate. This will establish a more level playing field for all retailers. More

School boards explore renewable energy option
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Public and Catholic schools in Grande Prairie are closer to utilizing renewable energy. In 2016, approximately 25 Alberta school boards, including the Grande Prairie Public School District (GPPSD) and the Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools (GPCSD), will start receiving electricity generated by wind power. "It is an environmentally-sustainable project," said Eldon Wyant, chairman of the board for the GPCSD.More

SaskPower sets record for use of electricity
The StarPhoenix
SaskPower set a record for the consumption of electricity recently. The combination of low temperatures, shorter daylight hours and a growing population pushed the Crown utility's record peak load to 3,583 megawatts (MW). The previous record, or peak, was 3,543 MW in December 2013. TransGas, the natural gas transmission subsidiary of SaskEnergy, also recently set its own record for energy consumption.More

Sengled unveils lightbulb that can boost Wi-Fi, spot burglars
Digital Journal
A Shanghai-based company is looking to bring some unexpected features to the light bulb, including recording, facial recognition and Wi-Fi boosting. CES 2015 is still in full swing, and though tablets, televisions and smartphones are popular offerings, Shangai's Sengled is whole-heartedly embracing the Internet of Things with its Snap lightbulb. Snap, as Mashable explains, does a lot more than just light up a room. It has a built-in speaker, security camera and microphone. More