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Mar. 12, 2015

AEL's EXPO — March 25 — Registration is open!
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 Seminars
9:00am-11:00am: Electrical Code 2015 — Clarify issues... Get answers — Chief Electrical Inspector of Alberta — Clarence Cormier

12:30-1:30: Understanding Selective Co-ordination — Eaton Bussman — Greg Briggs

1:30-2:30: CSA Z462 2015 Changes to the 3rd Edition — ESPS — Terry Becker

2:30-3:30: The Lighting Revolution — Osram Sylvania — Colin MacDuff

3:30-4:30: Solar

Click the link for further details. Register now!More

Province allotting $12 million for municipal infrastructure
Fort McMurray Today
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is getting a $12 million bump in infrastructure money from the Alberta government ahead of a tough 2015 provincial budget. The money is part of $400 million in new funds from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, which helps municipalities with road, sewer and other basic infrastructure projects.More

Proposed power line threatens iconic views in southern Alberta
Calgary Herald
The iconic scenery in southwestern Alberta featured in tourism commercials and Hollywood movies could soon be criss-crossed with power lines, say landowners in the area. AltaLink, a Calgary company, is proposing an overhead transmission line from Pincher Creek to Crowsnest Pass. The $500-$750 million project, called the Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock transmission project, includes building a substation and a 240 kV double circuit transmission line between 20 and 41 kilometres long.More

City staff release plan to make Edmonton a low-carbon city
Metro News
City councillors will be asked to approve a new road map shortly that recommends green home rebates, wider use of electric vehicles and a phase out of coal power among a host of initiatives designed to lower the city's carbon footprint. The energy transition strategy sets a goal of reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 35 per cent by 2035. More

Electro-bus on prowl
St. Albert Gazette
St. Albert residents can take a free ride on the next generation of electric bus now that a big blue prototype has rolled into town. St. Albert Transit started its trial of a prototype electric bus recently. It's the second time in a year that the department has fielded an electric bus. The transit department hopes to add an electric bus to its fleet by next fall and is testing different aspects of the technology, said Bob McDonald, director of St. Albert Transit.More

City looks into permanent lighting
Airdrie Echo
The city of Airdrie may be getting a little brighter. Council recently considered permanently installing lights to illuminate landmarks around the city during special events. The idea was raised in response to the numerous requests for buildings, including the water tower, to be lit up in support of various causes such as anti-bullying, mental health and pancreatic awareness.More

In future your home could be energy rated when it's listed
iNews 880 AM
Talks with the Edmonton Real Estate Board has prompted the city's Office of the Environment to create a rating system for homes that will be on the market. Some will be given a high rating that will impact it's market price, while others will get a very low rating.More

Banff harnesses power of the sun
Rocky Mountain Outlook
The town of Banff give will businesses and residents a financial incentive to plug into solar. Recently, council unanimously approved an incentive program to support installation of about 26 rooftop solar photovoltaic panel systems, making the town of Banff the first municipality in Canada to offer what is essentially a feed-in-tariff program.More

Low power prices in Alberta good news for now, future not as bright
Calgary Herald
There's a price to be paid for everything — even low prices. The relatively low cost of electricity in Alberta may be providing short-term gain for some consumers, but that will surely give way to long-term pain as the prices don't justify the multi-billion dollar expense of building new power plants that will be needed over the next two decades. More

Upgrades planned for Lethbridge Airport
Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge Airport is going to get a bit of a face-lift. During a recent Lethbridge County council meeting, council passed a few motions for repairs at the airport. Council passed first reading to Bylaw #1442, a borrowing bylaw for installing Precision Approach Path Indicating System Lighting at the Lethbridge Airport. The total borrowing for this capital project, a report submitted to council stated, is $32,500. More

Province may disband Utilities Consumer Advocate advisory board
Calgary Herald
The provincial government is looking at doing away with the Utilities Consumer Advocate advisory board, a move some critics fear could leave Albertans without a voice in utility rate hearings. The nine-person external advisory board — which was created in 2003 in response to the deregulation of Alberta's electricity and natural gas markets — provides input to the province's Utilities Consumer Advocate, which is responsible for representing the interests of consumers in regulatory hearings before the Alberta Utilities Commission. More

Chemists develop new way to make cost-effective material for electricity storage
University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia researchers have found a new way to make state of the art materials for energy storage using a cheap lamp from the hardware store. The researchers wanted to find a better way to make coatings that can be painted onto surfaces to conduct electricity or convert electricity into hydrogen fuels. Typically these coatings are developed in extreme conditions with expensive tools and materials. More

Canadian Solar shares surge as spin-off 'yieldco' plans move ahead
The Globe and Mail
Shares in Guelph, ON-based solar panel maker Canadian Solar jumped recently after the company said it is forging ahead with plans to create a spin-off "yieldco" that will hold some of its completed power projects. The company's stock rose more than 14 per cent on the Nasdaq, after it announced strong fourth quarter financial results and outlined some of the plans for the spin-off.More