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AEL's EXPO — March 25
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.
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EXPO info
Featuring presentations starting at 9-11am:

• "What's new in the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code" — by Clarence C. Cormier, P.Eng. Chief Electrical Inspector, Codes & Standards Section Safety Services Branch, Public Safety Division

• Review of the recently published third edition of the CSA Z462 by Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member President, CEO ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions Inc.

Seminars will run from 9am to 4:30pm on March 25. Stay tuned for the final list of seminars.

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Conference Board of Canada: Alberta economy goes from top to bottom
660 News
In a matter of three months, Alberta has gone from being the best expected economic performer in Canada to one of the worst. The Conference Board of Canada now believes the province's economy will retract this year, a sharp turn-around from its last forecast in November, when it said it would lead the country with 4.5 per cent growth. But Senior Economist Prince Owusu said it's crumbling oil prices are taking a toll.
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Alberta holding 3-day emergency disaster exercise simulating ice storm
Global News
Alberta's provincial government and emergency management experts are holding a three-day emergency disaster exercise to better prepare residents for future disasters. This year's simulation, called "EMX15" will be the largest of its kind in Alberta and will involve an ice storm simulation. More than 100 members of Alberta's disaster response team, Canada Task Force 2, will go to Thorhild north of Edmonton, said Minister of Municipal Affairs Diana McQueen.
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Study: Industrial waste energy near Edmonton could heat more than 15,000 homes
Edmonton Journal
A study of 16 industrial companies operating near Edmonton has found waste energy from their exhaust stacks, coolers and compressors could potentially heat more than 15,000 homes and provide electricity for 5,000 others. But finding ways to harness it would depend on a hard-to-achieve mix of economics, co-operation, technological advances, policy and regulation changes, and a more integrated approach to industrial development, the report's authors said.
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Province postpones flood mitigation announcement
Calgary Herald
Alberta's environment minister Kyle Fawcett cancelled an announcement recently on the status of a $200 million flood mitigation project upstream of Calgary on the Elbow River. Fawcett's press secretary Parker Hogan said "technical glitches" were the cause for postponing the public release of revised damage estimates for the city from future floods and a cost-benefit analysis for the proposed Springbank diversion and dry reservoir to an unspecified date in the "near future."
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AUC rejects local transmission line appeal
Innisfail Province
Ivo Wachter's fight to stop the proposed AltaLink power transmission line from crossing his land is finally over. Last year, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) released its decision to approve the alternate route for the contentious 14-kilometre route north and east of town as the final site for the Innisfail leg of the 80L power line.
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Wind turbines installed within iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris
CleanTech Canada
New York-based renewable energy solutions firm UGE International has installed a pair of wind turbines at the Eiffel Tower that produce enough electricity to power the iconic monument's first-floor commercial areas. Installed 400 feet above ground level, the wind energy system was designed by UGE to produce a combined 10,000 kWh of electricity each year.

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Residents flock to power line open houses
Westlock News
Local land owners turned out in droves recently for two local open houses regarding a proposed 500-kilometre transmission line that may run through their properties on its way from the Edmonton area to Fort McMurray. Alberta Powerline was awarded a contract by the Alberta Electric System Operator to design, own and operate the Fort McMurray West 500-kilovolt Transmission Project.

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Mosaic Centre sets new bar in green office buildings
Edmonton Journal
Mayor Don Iveson wore a hard hat and work gloves recently to install the final solar panel on a new office building that sets a benchmark for energy efficiency. The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce, in Summerside, stands as "a testament to the fact that there is an intersection between commerce, between community, between our environment, and even beauty," Iveson said at a celebration of the $10.5 million project.

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Training program gives boost to tradespeople on First Nations communities
Edmonton Journal
A partnership that taps into Alberta's aboriginal workforce is helping young people get the training they need to find and keep steady employment in the trades. "I saw a door open and I needed to go there," says Curtis Lupaschuk, 28, a member of the Whitefish Lake First Nation who entered the Pre-Employment Construction and Pre-Employment Scaffold Training Program in his community.
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Winnipeg's polar bears keep cool, stay warm, with green technology
CBC News
Winnipeg's resident polar bears are being kept cool and warm by a green energy system that recognizes the threat to their cousins in Manitoba's north from global warming. The Assiniboine Park Conservancy said recently the Journey to Churchill exhibit has a geothermal energy system that was chosen over fossil fuel options to address climate change concerns.
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Report: Wind power faces challenges within Saskatoon
The StarPhoenix
While wind turbine technology continues to make advancements, Saskatoon Light & Power won't be generating electricity from wind in the Saskatoon area any time soon. According to a report going to city council, wind power faces challenges in Saskatoon, which include the need for large-scale wind turbines located a recommended at 550 metres from residences, and the need to avoid the airport and flight paths.
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