Power Up
Feb. 13, 2014

Electrical Learning EXPO
Alberta Electrical League's 20th annual Electrical Learning EXPO will be held on March 19th at the Edmonton River Cree Marriott. There will be lots of exhibitors — see new products and technology! Booth space is filling up, and only a few seminar spots are available! More

Alberta creates nearly half of all new Canadian jobs over the past year
Calgary Herald
Although employment was virtually unchanged last month in Alberta, the province showed a year-over-year hike of nearly 70,000 positions — accounting for close to half of the national gain. Alberta saw employment rise by 6,600 positions, or 0.3 per cent, from the month before while on an annual basis the province added 69,600 jobs which was up 3.2 per cent.More

Edmonton ATB building lights up for the Olympics
Metro News
Edmonton's ATB Place will be getting into the Olympic spirit using its new LED lights to support the Canadian team. The building, on the corner of Jasper and 100 Street, will be using LED lights, which were just recently installed to represent Canada's medal haul at the games, including the new medals won each day and a running tally of what has been brought home so far.More

Study: Alberta the worst at energy efficiency
Sun News Network
Alberta's energy efficiency is the lowest in Canada with the resource industry a main driver of that lag, according to a University of Calgary think-tank. While the province's population grew by 40 per cent between 1995 and 2011, energy use rose by 62 per cent with most of that occurring in the industrial sector, states a study prepared by The School of Public Policy.More

Infrared inspections help city detect problems in electrical grid
Penticton Western News
Penticton, B.C.'s electric utility has just finished checking out the grid. The electrical grid, that is, using infrared scanners to check for loose connections, failing transformers and other potential faults in the overhead electrical lines, customer service connections and some of the underground equipment. More

Better batteries are key to climate change
Financial Post
Finding a better way to store electrical energy is the single biggest break-through needed to tackle climate change. But the goal of developing batteries that are lighter, as well as more compact, powerful and affordable remains frustratingly elusive. Virtually all usable energy on Earth originates from the sun: wind, solar, wood, even fossil fuels. More

Edmonton electrical firm goes global
Edmonton Journal
When Alberta's oil sands construction projects ground to a halt in late 2008 as prices collapsed, Edmonton-based electrical engineering and testing firm Magna IV received the same dreaded letter that went to every other contractor on Suncor's Voyageur and Firebag projects. "We had crews at those locations and we got the letters saying don't send your guys back in January, and we thought 'holy cow, what are we going to do?'" said Ken Unruh, Magna's chief executive. More

Residents concerned by rising electricity costs
Bonnyville Nouvelle
Residents have long-since expressed concerns over rising electricity bills in Alberta's market-based system. But in recent months, customers from Bonnyville, Cold Lake and St. Paul reached out to the Nouvelle after noticing a steady increase in fees on electricity bills, culminating with a "significant" jump in costs on a recent bill. More

Carbon mitigation techniques put Alberta farm on the leading edge
Clean Tech Canada
We all know what it takes to be leader of the pack — tenacity, vision, confidence, optimism, an ability to see and seize opportunities. These are some of the critical traits leaders must possess to move daringly forward, especially when they are implementing complex, highly technical energy projects in an agricultural setting. Meet the Perry family, fourth-generation owners/operators of the GrowTEC farm in Chin, AB.More

High-performing buildings require highly-qualified engineers
By Peter Rojeski, Jr.
Many buildings have been designed to be energy efficient, but without proper "tuning" they will never achieve their potential. Like high-performance race cars, a high-performing building has many delicate control points that need to be periodically monitored and adjusted in order to maintain peak operating efficiency. It is not uncommon for the engineering design team, the equipment manufacturer and the operating engineer to work for a year or more in an effort to tune up a new building so that it performs as efficiently as predicted by the design simulation.More

Paul First Nation, Focus Equities plan province's largest power project
Edmonton Journal
Paul First Nation leaders say they are committed to providing an alternative to the coal-fired power plants that have for decades cast a shadow over the 1,900-member reserve, located 70 kilometres west of Edmonton. The First Nation announced recently it has formed a partnership with development company Focus Equities on a proposed 1,000-megawatt, gas-fired power plant that would cost about $1 billion to build and would be connected to the provincial grid. More

Electricity watchdog issues $110,000 in fines in 2013
Calgary Herald
Alberta's electricity watchdog handed out more than $110,000 in fines last year in Canada's only deregulated power market, but handled the bulk of the record 539 market violations without imposing any penalty at all. While the number of violations increased from the previous year, the Market Surveillance Administrator maintained its policy of "working with participants in a co-operative fashion to resolve their compliance issues."More

BCHS expands solar system
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Through a collaborative effort coming out of the 2014 Alberta Winter Games, Banff Community High School has significantly expanded its solar power capabilities. An additional 10 kilowatts in photovoltaic power cells greatly increases the two kW system already in place thanks to the work of the high school's Green Team.More