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Canada West Foundation ranks cities' energy efforts
Edmonton Sun
When it comes to improving city-wide energy management, Edmonton has its work cut out. A report by the Canada West Foundation (CWF) — entitled Buildings, Bicycles and Sprawl, An Overview of Urban Energy Management in Seven Western Canadian Cities — ranks the progress of energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction in seven western Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
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Alberta considers emissions rules to win support for oil sector
Financial Post
Alberta will likely implement energy efficiency measures and public transit when it revamps its climate-change policy to win support for its oil sector, the fastest-growing source of global warming in the country. The Canadian province plans to have new regulations on emissions "in the near future" and may include a higher carbon price and strategies for cities and consumers to increase energy efficiency and deploy more renewable energy, Robin Campbell, Alberta's environment minister, said in a phone interview.
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SAIT receives federal cash for green building research
Beacon News
SAIT Polytechnic has received $1.75 million from the Government of Canada to support green-building technology development. The SAIT research funding was announced recently by Minister of State Ed Holder. The grant is one of 18 multi-year research and development projects supported at colleges across Canada.
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Albertans warned of power 'price spike'
Calgary Herald
Alberta power consumers should brace themselves for a shock next month, warns the province's utilities consumer advocate. Electricity prices are expected to jump 30 to 40 per cent in May, costing consumers in Canada's only fully deregulated market millions of dollars. "We're going to see a price spike," utilities consumer advocate Rob Spragins said. "It's almost a guarantee at this point. We want to let consumers know this is coming."
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Why Tim Hortons switched to LED lights
The Globe and Mail
Just a few years ago, LED lighting wouldn't have made Tim Hortons' short list for new lighting systems because of high costs, along with an unpleasant harsh quality of the light. But the technology has changed, prices for commercial use have dropped and bulbs are now available that emit a warm, friendly-looking light. The bulbs last for years, requiring less maintenance, says John Macey, manager of sustainable design at Tim Hortons.

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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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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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Renewable energy not as viable as carbon capture
Clean Tech Canada
Investments in renewable energy would have been better spent on carbon capture and storage solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Clive Mather, former president and CEO of Shell Canada. Speaking at the Zero2014 conference in Edmonton recently, Mather noted the massive subsidies provided to the renewable energy markets in Germany and the broader European Union are far out of proportion with the return.
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Electric profits power Medicine Hat's wallet
Medicine Hat News
Once again, electrical generation powered the City of Medicine Hat's profits in 2013, bringing in to city coffers $51 million more than budgeted. "It's the strongest balance sheet of any municipality in Canada," said Mayor Ted Clugston following the recent meeting of city council, where the unaudited financial statements for the 2013 fiscal year were presented.
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Okotoks neighbourhood the future of home heating?
The Globe and Mail
Saving energy costs wasn't the driving reason for Alberta mechanical engineer Robert Pugh's move into a solar-heated community that was conceived a dozen years ago as the first of its kind in North America, where it remains unique in how it heats an entire subdivision in the winter. You could say owning one of the 52 homes in the Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks, AB has proved to be an ethical ray of sunshine for residents, including Mr. Pugh, his wife Dana and their two young children.
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Researchers produce amazing new alternative energy sources
Faced with dwindling resources, a polluted environment and a changing climate due to the use of hydrocarbon fuels, as well as resistance to ideas of expanding nuclear and wind power, scientists have been exploring some very interesting ways of generating and storing electricity. One promising field has been energy harvesting, which works simply by having the right materials and technologies in place as we go about our daily lives.
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Siemens Canada awarded first wind turbine order in Saskatchewan
Daily Commercial News
Expanding its wind power footprint into Saskatchewan, Siemens Canada has announced a partnership with Algonquin Power & Utilities to supply, deliver and commission 10 direct drive SWT-2.3-113 wind turbines for the Morse Project. Construction of the wind farm is expected to begin in summer 2014, with commercial operation expected by early next year.
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