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Nov. 20, 2014

Renewable Energy Systems (Section 64)
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
With increased changes in technology associated with renewable energy systems, the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) 2012 edition has incorporated Section 64 to apply to the installation of these systems. Section 64 provides direction for the installation of specific equipment such as inverters, stationary fuel cell systems, small and large wind systems, micro-hydro power systems, hydrokinetic power systems and storage batteries and includes general requirements that would apply to each of the systems mentioned. More

Christmas in Alberta
Calgary — CEC — Christmas Luncheon is November 27th at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. Register here!

Edmonton — CREC — Christmas Luncheon is December 5th at the River Cree Marriott. Register here! More

Is Canada ready for a national energy strategy?
Alberta Oil Magazine
Energy makes up 25 per cent of the Canadian economy, but strangely there is no strategy or framework at the national level to foster and manage its development. Around 2007, many different organizations from across the country recognized the risks associated with the lack of such a national strategy and took it upon themselves to tackle the problem and draft their own frameworks.More

City administration: 'Snowtember' recovery requires more than $47 million
Calgary Herald
The 28 centimetres of snow that fell during Calgary's three-day September snowstorm could cost the city up to $47.5 million — nearly as much as next year's entire proposed snow and ice control budget. According to a report from Community and Protective Services that will be presented to council shortly, the multi-million dollar response to the "Calgary Tree Disaster" includes corrective pruning of the approximately 250,000 damaged city trees and the replanting of 6,500 lost trees, as well as community outreach and staff training.More

Incentives needed to encourage operators to adopt solar energy
The Western Producer
Farmers in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan are ideally situated to use solar energy, says the executive director of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta. Long hours of sunshine make the region the best in Canada for solar energy potential, and the technology is becoming more affordable. Rob Harlan said the cost of photovoltaic modules has dropped 85 per cent in the last five years, removing one of the primary barriers to adoption of solar energy options.More

TransAlta announces major maintenance agreement for Alberta coal facilities
TransAlta Corporation announced recently that it had entered into an agreement with Alstom to provide major maintenance for TransAlta's Alberta coal facilities. The agreement with Alstom relates to ten major maintenance projects over the next three years at TransAlta's Keephills and Sundance plants. It also expands Alstom's current scope of work to service critical power assets, including boilers, steam turbines, generators and other plant equipment.More

Concrete industry is prepping for new version of LEED
Journal of Commerce
The construction industry is bracing for the next wave of LEED standards, scheduled to go into effect in 2016. On the mind of cement and concrete associations in Canada is the introduction of environmental product declarations, or the so-called "nutrition labels" for materials.More

Western Canada's economic and construction outlook
Daily Commercial News
Dividing Canada in two as East versus West is simply an easy representation based on a map. In such a picture, the East — comprised of Quebec and the Atlantic Region — has a population proportion (30 per cent) that is almost exactly balanced by a "standard" West made up of the three Prairie provinces and B.C. (a combined 30 per cent). More

Classifying hazardous locations, flammable gases and vapours
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Inspectors who review drawings and inspect installations in areas where flammable gases and vapours are or could be present require a good understanding of the extent of those areas as defined within the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (CE Code). Certain installations such as gasoline dispensing stations and service stations are common and provide a certain degree of uniformity in the installation.More

Solar power in Alberta tops 5,000 kilowatts
Edmonton Journal
Alberta hit a milestone for solar power on its grid recently, and now has 5,001 kilowatts of generating capacity. "If you're from Germany or California, you see those numbers and they're funny because they are so small," said Rob Harlan, head of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta. "But for us, it's a big thing. It's remarkable that it's changing so fast." At this time last year, Alberta had 3,350 kilowatts of generating capacity, meaning the province has seen a 49 per cent jump in one year.More

Wayne Drysdale: Alberta government considering toll roads
Metro News
Getting from point A to point B in Alberta might soon come with a toll on more than just your tires, as the province considers adding a fee to drive certain roads. Transportation minister Wayne Drysdale welcomed a motion supporting tolls from the Progressive Conservative Party's convention recently and said the idea is not a new one. "We have talked about it in caucus and cabinet in all different ways and, of course, we have had the discussion in our department as well," he said.More

Wind power proponent argues for more prairie presence
The Western Producer
Alberta has enough wind to generate all of its electrical needs — if it were harnessed through wind power projects.
 Tim Weis, Alberta director for the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said that isn't likely to happen, given the province's economic investment in fossil fuels, but it would be possible in theory.
 Weis told a recent meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs that technology has improved to the point where most of the region south of Edmonton has sufficient wind to drive electrical generation. 

Project seeks to harness — and harvest — the force of Fundy
The Globe and Mail
Five years ago, the Irish company OpenHydro installed a 10-tonne, multi-million dollar tidal turbine on the floor of the Minas Passage — a narrow body of water dominated by the magnificent basalt cliffs of Cape Split that connects the Minas Basin to the Bay of Fundy. This was a historic first in North America and a test to see if the renowned Fundy tides, known for being the highest in the world, could be harnessed to produce electricity.More