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Growing demand, cheap natural gas power Genesee 4 and 5 plants
Edmonton Journal
Capital Power recently showed off plans for its proposed Genesee 4 and 5 natural gas-fired electricity generating facilities to be built southwest of Edmonton. An open house at the Genesee community hall was an opportunity for area residents and other interested parties to ask questions about the twin combined-cycle facilities, which will have a total generation capacity of up to 1,050 megawatts of power.
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City asks for $16 million for immediate flood repairs
Calgary Sun
Nearly $16 million in flood rehabilitation and mitigation projects needs to be done this year, members of the city's Finance Committee were told recently. The committee meeting saw members presented with an overall, $900 million wish list that had been submitted for provincial funding at the end of last month through the Disaster Recovery Program.
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Substation likely on the way for Saunders Lake area
Leduc Representative
AltaLink has proposed two locations for a Saunders Lake substation on the north end of the lake, near the existing Nisku substation. Option one is adjacent to Blackmud Creek and Township Road 502, while option two would be on the southeast corner of the same lot, with access from 9 Avenue. The substation project would also see the construction of two 240 kV transmission lines and two 138 kV lines connecting the Saunders Lake substation to existing lines.
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Edmonton's construction boom renews worry about costs, worker shortages
Edmonton Journal
Office towers, hotels, condo buildings, a museum and a hockey arena aren't the only things going up in Edmonton. So is the level of anxiety in the region's construction and development industries about the impact of a local building boom on the cost of materials and the scarcity of workers.
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Report: NAIT LRT savings can help Valley Line budget
The StarPhoenix
Edmonton has saved $90 million on construction of the Metro Line, which could mostly be applied to the southeast LRT, a new report says. But building and running the $1.8 billion Valley Line still requires a 4.4 per cent property tax hike over eight years, starting in 2015, according to the report. It recommends putting $21 million of the savings from the NAIT LRT to reduce the expected Valley Line debt.

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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.

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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."

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One year after Calgary's light pollution by-law, not much has yet changed
Metro News
One year after Calgary adopted a new light-pollution by-law, it's not clear exactly what tangible impacts the new rules have yet had, but the councillor who put the idea forward says progress will come incrementally. "It wasn't going to be a planet-shifting change," Coun. Brian Pincott said recently of the "Bright Skies" by-law that council unanimously adopted.
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Turning the tide on barrage technology
Renewable Energy World
For countless centuries, the power of the tides has been known and understood. It is perhaps remarkable that this prodigious energy been used to generate electricity only within the last half a century. In a bid to rectify this apparent omission, over recent years significant research and development dollars have been ploughed into the development of numerous novel marine hydrokinetic technologies, such as tidal current turbines, which are only now emerging commercially.
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Hinton finishes fourth for Earth Hour 2014
Hinton Parklander
Hintonites proved they're environmentally conscious last month when they joined worldwide efforts to reduce electricity consumption. The eighth annual Earth Hour, a global initiative to save the environment by saving power, took place in March. FortisAlberta, which serves a large portion of the province outside Edmonton and Calgary, monitored 48 communities for Earth Hour data. Hinton came fourth in the rankings for largest percentage of energy reduction.
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