Power Up
Dec. 5, 2013

Celebrate with us!
Electric Industry Christmas Luncheon
December 6, 2013
11:30–2:30 pm
Marriott at the River Cree Resort
$65 per CREC member/$80 per non-CREC member
Tables of 8 available

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AESO urges power conservation after record power consumption
660 News
Conserve, conserve, conserve. That's the key message from officials with the Alberta Electric System Operator after the province reached peak levels in terms of power use. It's a first to have it this early in our province, something they attribute to frigid temperatures and increases to our population. Recently, they opened the doors to the nerve center that makes it all possible.More

Waste energy power projects granted $10 million
Calgary Herald
Four projects to turn waste energy into electricity will receive nearly $10 million in grants from the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management, it announced recently. Two of the projects will be located at the first phase of Devon Canada's Jackfish thermal oilsands facility near Conklin in northeastern Alberta. Devon plans to install a turbo-expander in a $2.8 million project to capture energy released by a throttling valve and turn it into electricity. More

P3s put a jolt in electricity infrastructure
Daily Commercial News
From the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in B.C. to Alberta transmission line projects, public-private partnerships (P3s) are delivering electricity infrastructure to push more power into the grid. But according to the message conveyed at the recent 21st Annual National Conference of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships in Toronto, P3s have the potential to break new ground as distribution utilities contemplate producing their own power on a large scale.More

LEED powerhouse created from aging office building
Beacon News
Old office buildings waste a lot of heat. But they don't have to. New technologies and materials can transform aging buildings into LEED wonders. What are the two most common complaints from office workers? It's too hot, and, it's too cold. These dichotomous complaints are symptoms of a wider problem. Not only do aging, poorly designed office buildings do a terrible job at keeping the people within them comfortable, they are energy sieves that are expensive to operate and maintain.More

Japanese company proposes turning the moon into a solar power plant
The Province
A Japanese construction company is proposing to solve the energy problems facing Japan, and ultimately the entire planet, by turning the Moon into a solar power plant. Shimizu Corp, which is based in Tokyo, wants to lay a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of the Moon and relay the resulting constant supply of energy to "receiving stations" on Earth by laser or microwave transmission.More

Forget LED bulbs — The future of interior lighting is lasers
Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison's electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing a substantial portion of indoor lights, and the archaic bulb and socket infrastructure on which they depend, with lasers. More

Alberta electricity use breaks all-time record
Calgary Herald
Electricity demand in Alberta broke an all-time record recently, thanks to an early-season cold snap. But the Alberta Electric System Operator said the province's power grid is not facing any supply concerns right now, and no price spikes are occurring. According to Environment Canada, temperatures in Calgary hit a low of -14°C, with a wind chill that made it feel like -21°C. More

All eyes on power grid
Calgary Herald
Every three seconds, more than 20,000 bits of data flow into the Alberta Electric System Operator's control room. Received from all parts of the province — from coal plants and wind turbines to transmission lines and interties — the information paints a real-time picture of all that is happening on Alberta's electricity grid. And 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, people trained to interpret that information are keeping watch.More

New tests help make solar panel moisture barriers better
Renewable Energy World
Moisture — in the form of humidity, water spills, or rainfall — spells early demise for cell phones, light-emitting diode (LED) displays, TVs, and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels worldwide. Standing between that nefarious moisture and the device at hand is a transparent film barrier that must work flawlessly year after year, even decade after decade.More

Deal with job skills shortage before it's a crisis
Lethbridge Herald
Job skills shortages aren't a national crisis yet, former federal cabinet minister John Manley said recently. However, Manley suggests it could eventually throw a monkey wrench into the economy if industry and the federal government don't start working together. Speaking as the head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Manley said the organization isn't yet buying the idea that there's a skill crisis in Canada.More

How to make a job site sing
National Post
"A general contractor is an orchestra conductor — the single person responsible for every note from beginning to end, but not the one playing any of them." This is how our Reno/Flip course instructor, Jeff Reed, explains it. He says it involves both fashion and facilities, which makes me excited, curious and nervous, as I'll be my own general contractor for my upcoming basement suite renovation. I'm relying on Mr. Reed for a confidence makeover.More

What to make of those annual forecasts
By Michael J. Berens
With 2014 only a month away, last year's business plans are heading for the shredder. 'Tis the season once again for sharpening pencils, creating fresh spreadsheets and bringing the team together for a visioning and planning session. And just in time, here comes the annual parade of predictions, forecasts and trends for the coming year to give you a bit of help. Should you factor them into your plans or dismiss them as just so much seasonal industry buzz? Here are a few rules-of-thumb to help you get the most from this year's forthcoming crop.More