Power Up
Apr. 10, 2014

AEL Membership
The Alberta Electrical League is an organization whose membership is open to companies and practitioners of every facet of the electrical industry in the province of Alberta. Its purpose is to promote the entire electric industry by identifying opportunities to raise the public profile of the industry, and to explore ways to develop and market new and existing business prospects for its members by leveraging the efforts of the various industry segments that are working together across the province. This is achieved via trade shows, seminars, conferences, marketing and educational programs, and promotions run by, or on behalf of, various segments of the industry, using the promotional strength and capabilities of the entire industry.

By being a member of the AEL, you demonstrate a commitment to the betterment and continual growth of the Electrical Industry in Alberta. More

Alberta's first 'net-zero' commercial building
CBC News
A new office building in Edmonton is taking energy efficiency to a whole new level. The Mosaic Centre, an office building at 91st Street and Savaryn Drive, will be able to run entirely off the city's power grid — becoming Alberta's first "net-zero" commercial building. Solar panels installed on the building's roof and walls will provide much of the energy needed to maintain electricity in the building.More

Calgary posts $8.2 million operating surplus, thanks to extra revenue
Calgary Herald
In the year of the flood, the City of Calgary wound up with a $8.2 million operating budget surplus because of higher transit revenues, property tax revenue and other minor windfalls, officials told a council committee recently. The summer's flood response took a serious bite out of 2013 city coffers — $31.8 million, not counting infrastructure repairs — as did extra expenses to repair city pavement after frost heaves, something that could be severe again after this winter.More

Review needed on proposed Heartland gas-fired power plant?
Beacon News
A federal agency is deciding whether there should be an environmental review of a plan by ATCO to build a gas-fired power plant northeast of Edmonton. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says it wants to hear from the public before it makes a decision on the plant, which is expected to cost around $800 million. ATCO Power Canada says it would like to start construction this year in an area known as Alberta's Industrial Heartland and have it operating by 2017.More

Community engagement to begin on Renewable Energy Framework
Cochrane Eagle
The members of the No Turbines in Town coalition in Cochrane are looking forward to the town's Renewable Energy Framework project and the opportunity it would provide Cochranites to share their perspectives on suitable renewable energy alternatives for Cochrane. Kathy Dietrich, senior manager of planning and engineering for the Town of Cochrane, said the strategic planning department presented to council last week to introduce their team for the project and outline the process.More

Simple strategy saving birds from colliding with wires, electrocution
Edmonton Journal
It was tree planting that triggered environmentalist Nikki Heck's epiphany: working in the industry was the best way to make a difference. "I got frustrated being the person putting the trees in the ground," says Heck, an environmental adviser with the electric utility company AltaLink. "I wanted to be the person making the decision about how the land was managed in the first place."More

From wood waste to valuable energy
The Prince George Citizen
It was not long ago that northern B.C. was dotted with hundreds of beehive burners. Co-located with sawmills, beehive burners simply burned off excess waste wood that was a byproduct of manufactured lumber. While being simple and convenient, this process wasted all the energy in that wood waste. As the economy becomes more competitive, turning that wood waste into something valuable is becoming increasingly important. More

Edmonton firm creates as much energy as it uses
Edmonton Journal
An Edmonton company will use sunshine and computer heat to help operate what's thought to be Western Canada's first commercial building to create as much energy as it consumes. The Mosaic Family of Companies headquarters started going up in the past few weeks. The Mosaic Centre should use about 70 per cent less energy than a conventional structure when it opens next spring, architect Shafraaz Kaba said. More

Alberta sees 'extraordinary season' for electricity demand
Calgary Herald
Alberta saw a larger year-over-year spike in peak electricity demand than any other jurisdiction in North America this winter, a phenomenon that is being attributed to abnormally cold temperatures coupled with rapid oilsands development. "It's been an extraordinary season, as far as growth," said John Esaiw, director of forecasting for the Alberta Electric System Operator. More

Let's shine a light on LED myths
Calgary Sun
It's time to set the record straight. As the government transitions out incandescent light bulbs, there are many misconceptions that need to be addressed about energy-efficient options available — in particular, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), the newest kid on the block. Here are some of the most common misconceptions.More

University of Alberta team unveils eco-marathon car
Edmonton Journal
Later this month, a tiny car named Steve and eight students from the University of Alberta will head to Houston for the Shell Eco-marathon challenge. Steve is a single-seat coupe with a clam shell body made of a composite material that includes cellulose, flax, hemp and Kevlar. Its hydrogen-powered motor produces 48 volts of electricity, enough to propel the vehicle to a maximum speed of about 35 km/h.More