Power Up
Apr. 16, 2015

Home and Auto Group Insurance program
Together, The Personal Insurance Company and the Alberta Electrical League give you access to exclusive group rates and customized coverage on home and auto insurance.

Whether on the road or in your home, we offer options to ensure you get the coverage you need at the right price. Since 1974, The Personal has been committed to providing exclusive group rates and customized coverage on home and auto insurance, and it has earned the trust of more than 700 Canadian organizations.

Switch to The Personal, and you'll have access to:
• Exclusive group rates
• Individual discounts based on your personal needs
• 24/7 claims response
• Convenient online services

Plus coverages for:
• Students
• Rental properties
• Summer homes and more

Get your exclusive group rates!

Please note that you must be an AEL member to benefit from this program.More

Prentice plan will continue building infrastructure, protect jobs
Lethbridge Herald
Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice outlined how the party's infrastructure plan will protect Alberta jobs, and invest in the services and infrastructure that matter most to Albertans. "In a rapidly growing province, Albertans rightly expect their government to have a realistic plan to invest in schools, health care facilities and roads we use every day," said Prentice. "Our plan will continue to build our province and sustain good jobs in a slower economy."More

Town helps campground power up sites
Okotoks Western Wheel
A popular campground known for enhancing summer tourism in Black Diamond is getting a much-needed boost this spring. During its recent regular council meeting, Black Diamond Town council approved the Foothills Lions Club's request for a $100,000 loan to increase the Bob Lochhead Memorial Park's electrical outlets at its full service sites from 30 watts to 50. "For the amount of money that it's going to take to upgrade it, we will make that back in just a few years," said Coun. Jim Deacon.More

Wind turbine noise linked to only 1 health issue — annoyance
CBC News
Being exposed to noise from wind turbines is only scientifically linked to one adverse health effect: chronic annoyance, a survey of research evidence shows. A report released today by an expert panel of scientists found "sufficient evidence" that exposure to swishing, thumping and other noises from wind turbines "can contribute to annoyance."More

Province to start improvements on Highway 28
Bonnyville Nouvelle
Years of advocating and complaining from local politicians have finally paid off as the provincial government has announced plans to improve Highway 28. The near 300-kilometre road, which stretches from north Edmonton all the way to Cold Lake, is considered to be "among the worst highways in Alberta," according to Premier Jim Prentice. After experiencing the road first hand on his PC leadership campaign last summer, Prentice vowed to address the problem highway in the province's short-term plan.More

Baccarat Casino moving to a new building in Edmonton's downtown arena district
Edmonton Sun
A new $32 million casino will be part of the downtown arena district. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment announced recently it will move the Baccarat Casino into a 125,000-square-foot facility next door. The new Grand Villa Edmonton Casino, currently under construction on the northwest corner of 104 Avenue and 102 Street, will also house the Katz Group and the Oilers Entertainment Group on its third and fourth floors.More

Earth hour a success
Airdrie Echo
Twenty-five communities in Alberta decreased their consumption by an average of eight per cent during FortisAlberta's Earth Hour Challenge. Airdrie didn't officially participate in this year's annual Earth Hour challenge, but several nearby communities, including Crossfield, Irricana and Cochrane, took part. Blair Debaar, communications specialist with FortisAlberta, was pleased with the outcome of the challenge.More

Saanich, B.C. teen's newest invention can use hot coffee to power devices
Global News
Ann Makosinski hasn’t had an ordinary adolescence. From appearing on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, to being named one of Time Magazine's 30 Under 30, the 17-year-old from Saanich has attracted international attention for her invention — a flashlight powered by the heat of the human hand.More

AltaLink has 2 projects in Yellowhead County
Edson Leader
Yellowhead County Council received a presentation from AltaLink outlining that electrical transmission is an essential service that keeps everyone's lights on. AltaLink manager, municipal and community relations Ed Toupin spoke with council at the recent regular council meeting. He outlined two AltaLink projects that will be happening in the county. More

Calgary Flames proposed arena could lead to bigger plans in future
Calgary Sun
Calgary's new NHL rink will be housed downtown in the west village as part of a massive hub of facilities that will include a 30,000-seat indoor football stadium and a high-speed bullet train station linking Calgary to Edmonton. The hockey arena will seat just under 19,000, will be privately funded and will be shaped like a Stetson.More

Bright future forecast for fusion energy, SACPA gathering told
Lethbridge Herald
Fusion energy will be the next wave of clean energy alternatives, and Alberta is an ideal market for it, according to Allan Offenberger, a long-time researcher of the technology. The professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta recently presented at a SACPA session in Country Kitchen Catering, and at the University of Lethbridge.More

Investor interest puts Saskatoon hydro project back on table
News Talk 650 CKOM
There could be new life for a proposed hydro power project at Saskatoon's weir. The project, which included plans for a white-water park, was first studied in 2009, but was shelved two years later due to financial constraints. An updated report going to a city committee is recommending the project get another look after garnering interest from investors. "Six different developers from across Canada. They are interested in working with us on the project and contributing financially," said Kevin Hudson, manager of metering and sustainable electricity at Saskatoon Light Power.More