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Alberta NDP election triumph: What people are saying
CBC News
The NDP's historic win in Alberta is being described by many as a message from voters who were fed up with — or seeking to punish — the Progressive Conservative dynasty. The party won its first majority government in the province, winning 53 of 87 seats — a stunning gain of 49 MLAs — in an election that ended 44 years of Tory domination and returned the Wildrose Party to Official Opposition status with 21 seats.
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Regulator's ruling cuts rates, hitting ATCO, CUL bottom lines
Calgary Herald
An Alberta regulatory decision blamed for a $24 million hit on first-quarter earnings at Calgary-based ATCO and a $46 million drop at its Canadian Utilities subsidiary is good news for consumers who will see lower rates because of it. Shares in both companies closed about one per cent lower after they reported recently that a ruling on the allowable return for cost of capital by the Alberta Utilities Commission had reduced earnings reported in 2013 and 2014.
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Alberta contractor of the year awards announced
Journal of Commerce
Alberta Venture magazine and Merit Contractors Association have announced the winners of the 2015 Contractor of the Year Awards. According to the event's organizers, the companies represent the best of the best in Alberta's construction industry and were chosen for their outstanding leadership in the sector. The Contractor of the Year Awards Gala was held recently at The Westin Edmonton. Over 250 people representing the construction industry were in attendance to celebrate the achievements of Alberta's top performing construction companies.
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City approves 20-year plan to cut energy, greenhouse gases
Edmonton Journal
City councillors unanimously endorsed an energy plan recently designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save residents $2.5 billion. The energy transition strategy aims over the next 20 years to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced in Edmonton by 35 per cent from 2005 levels. At the same time, energy use per person is projected to drop 25 per cent, saving money and diversifying the economy.
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Town council passes renewable energy policy
Cochrane Times
Council accepted a Renewable Energy Policy for Cochrane recently, though Councillor Morgan Nagel voted against the motion on the grounds of what it could mean for future budgets. "I really like the intent of the document," Nagel told his fellow councillors, but he held issue with the policy including the potential for an allocation of resources to renewable energy projects, which has $50,000 earmarked in the budget.
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EP gets solar award, still awaiting LEEDS
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Canmore's Elevation Place has been recognized nationally for its solar power installation. The Canadian Solar Industries Association recently granted the municipality the Game Changer Award for solar thermal project of the year for the panels of solar thermal cells located on the roof of Elevation Place. "It is really thrilling to be recognized with this award and to see the impact that investing in solar technology can make," said Mayor John Borrowman.
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Cause of massive downtown Calgary power outage revealed
Global News
Investigators believe a relay used to control street lights was to blame for an underground fire last year that plunged a large portion of the downtown core into darkness. Thousands of people were left without power for five nights after the fire sparked under a manhole in the area of 8th Street and 5th Avenue S.W., severely damaging electrical systems. Officials recently released the findings of an investigation into the fire.
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    $1 million for Blue Seal Certification adoption across Canada (Daily Commercial News)
Merit Alberta watches as union builds welding training centre (Journal of Commerce)
Alberta developers and builders concerned with city charters (CBC News)
Despite lower energy prices, western provinces to increase infrastructure spending (Daily Commercial News)
Edmonton office building pushes energy use to net zero (The Globe and Mail)
Capital Power profit surges in first quarter (Edmonton Journal)

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Robotic parking comes to Edmonton
Is Edmonton ready for a robotic parking garage? The city's Francis Winspear Centre for Music — home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra — is, indeed, considering it. But droids and cyborgs are not part of the equation. You won't see finely dressed symphony patrons sliding their vehicles to a silky stop outside the concert hall — with Robocop jumping behind the wheel to valet park. "Robotic parking is quite common in Europe," said Annemarie Petrov, the 1,700-seat concert hall's executive director.
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Tesla battery could power big change in electricity use
CBC News
Those in the Canadian electricity business are still trying to figure out what Tesla's bold battery announcement will mean for the industry. Tesla Motors envisions home, businesses and industry adopting its new type of batteries that can store electricity for significant amounts of time. At some point, the Powerwall batteries could change how electricity is produced, transported and consumed.
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