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Mark your calendar for RoundUP Alberta!
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Gala Event Night.

"RoundUP Alberta" promises to be an evening to remember. Key individuals from the electrical industry in Canada and throughout Alberta will be in attendance. Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors, Trade Unions and Utilities will all be represented. This will be an evening filled with entertainment and opportunities to renew existing relationships and establish new ones.

Alberta, with its robust economy, provides some of the greatest opportunities in Canada for future growth in the electrical industry. September 18, this is the place to be.

For further information, to register and to sponsor, please click the link below.
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Alberta renewable power seen as cheaper than coal in next decades
Business News Network
Alberta, which relies on coal to generate about half its power, would see electricity rates drop faster in coming decades through an increasing use of renewable energy, the Pembina Institute said. Prices for electricity would be four per cent lower by 2033 with a transition to more wind, solar and hydroelectric power than a persistent reliance on coal and natural gas, according to a report published recently by the Calgary-based environmental research firm.
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Mexico looks for Alberta energy expertise as monopoly ends
CBC News
Mexican government and business officials are in Calgary to make a pitch to leaders of Alberta's oil patch as their country gets ready for a major reform of its energy sector. With the Mexican government poised to end its 75-year energy sector monopoly, the Canada West Foundation hosted a roundtable discussion Monday at the Calgary Petroleum Club about the opportunities the changes could create for Alberta companies.
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Planned Eau Claire twin ultra-luxury towers include $13 million penthouse
Calgary Herald
Calgary's latest luxury condo development project in Eau Claire, along the Bow River, will be the best engineered flood and emergency prepared residential building ever designed in Canada, says the Vancouver-based developer of The Concord. Concord Pacific announced plans for the development recently, which has more than 200 luxury homes on two towers, including a $13 million penthouse, at 6th Street and 1st Avenue S.W. near the Peace Bridge.
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Power companies want to choose fuel sources
Edmonton Journal
Alberta's big power companies say they are already reducing their carbon emissions by shifting to cleaner natural gas and are adamantly opposed to any policies that encourage specific renewable technologies. "We believe in the need to reduce emissions but in a manner consistent with market," said Evan Bahry of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta.
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Photos: Bear naps atop a SaskPower pole
Huffington Post
Talk about a power nap! Saskatchewan's electrical utility was alerted about a bear that had climbed to the top of one of its poles near the Town of Shellbrook recently, Metro News reported. Crews arrived to find the bear making himself comfortable atop the pole and eventually falling asleep, SaskPower spokesman Tyler Hopson told the newspaper.

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'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany
CTV News
Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany's southern city of Freiburg: "cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection." Like a growing number of German small businesses, home owners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for energy self-sufficiency.

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Alberta electricity price spike ends as power plants back online
CBC News
The spike in electricity prices recently has eased now that a couple of major power plants in Alberta are back online. Spot prices topped $700 a megawatt over the past two days. In recent weeks, prices have typically been in the range of $35 to $50 a megawatt. The Alberta Electric System Operator's Mike Deising said the price spike was a surprise.

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Highlighting novel material advances in wind energy
By Don Rosato
Wind energy provides significant growth opportunities for advanced composite resin and reinforcement materials. Wind energy developments hold much promise to help meet the growing global energy demand, and innovations in plastics and composites will play a key role. The long-term growth of wind energy requires technical innovation to make wind more competitive with other forms of energy. Let's take a look at some promising new plastics developments in wind energy.
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Blackspring Ridge Wind Project comes online
Vulcan Advocate
EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Enbridge, announced recently that the 300-megawatt (MW) Blackspring Ridge Wind Project became commercially operational last month. The Blackspring Ridge Project, located in Vulcan County, started construction in May 2013 and is comprised of 166 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines.
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Medicine Hat utility users get sizable break in June drop-off
Medicine Hat News
The cost of electricity will be almost cut in half for the month of June, and customers of City of Medicine Hat utilities will also pay less for natural gas. According to rates released recently, power will cost 5.41 cents per kilowatt hour, down from 10.19 cents in May. At the same time the cost of natural gas drops more than 10 per cent to $3.36 per gigajoule.
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Alberta braces for first flood season since last year's deluge
Toronto Star
It's almost a year since Calgary's disastrous flood and many here worry that if it rains heavily at the same time as the mountain snow-pack melts it will happen all over again. But some residents are taking no chances. Allan Markin, a well-known former oil industry executive and part owner of the Calgary Flames, has built a three-metre metal fence around his river-side home.
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