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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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More than exclusive group rates
The Personal
The Personal offers Alberta Electrical League members exclusive group rates and that extra Personal Touch for your home and auto insurance. But there's more to choosing the right insurance partner than price alone.

The Personal's client care centre and claims services are designed to ensure you get the best advice up front, and a smooth resolution, should the unexpected happen. That's The Personal's Touch and it extends to all aspects of their customer service. That could be why 96 per cent of customers renew their policies each year.

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 In the Media

Electrical safety: A program development guideline
Because electricity is invisible and we use it constantly, we often fail to recognize the potential risk of exposure to electrical hazards. Provincial and federal occupational health and safety regulations require that employers provide safe work sites for their employees and contract workers. An electrical safety program should be a part of every organization's OHSMS.
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Expertise, our source of energy

A 125-plus-year history and a reputation for producing innovative, high-quality products make Mersen a global leader in the safety and reliability of electrical equipment specific to our customers’ needs enabling them to optimize their manufacturing process in sectors such as energy, transportation, electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical and process industries.

AESO: Electricity demand to increase 2.5 per cent annually until 2034
Edmonton Journal
Continued growth in the energy sector, especially the oilsands, will help electricity demand in Alberta grow at an average 2.5 per cent per year over the next two decades, the Alberta Electric System Operator says in a long-term outlook released recently. It adds that by 2034, only 10 per cent of power generation in Alberta will come from coal as the generation supply continues to shift to other technologies including natural gas, cogeneration and renewable energy sources.
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Electric buses being tested by Edmonton Transit
Beacon News
The Edmonton Transit System is testing two electric buses in a pilot project that runs until October to determine if the "Stealth buses" might be a good addition to the fleet. ETS says the electric buses run quietly and cleanly and are more cost-effective to fuel and maintain than diesel engine buses. Operated entirely on electricity, ETS Stealth buses have no exhaust pipes and generate zero emissions.
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Husky Energy signs on to four proposed pipelines
The Globe and Mail
Husky Energy has signed up for capacity on four proposed pipelines to move growing volumes of heavy crude from its Western Canadian operations, although it has enough current space to meet its needs until the end of the decade, its chief executive said.

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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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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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Canada celebrates World Environment Day
The Weather Network
Edmonton recently opened the world's first municipal Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals facility, increasing the amount of garbage that is diverted from local landfills and recycled. The plant will convert municipal trash into biofuels and chemicals. Mayor Don Iveson describes it as "environmental leadership meeting entrepreneurship," noting the plant's potential to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills from 60 to 90 per cent by 2016.
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How solar energy is taking the shine off coal for investors
Financial Post
New technology has accustomed us to a quicker pace of change in everyday life. For example, Netflix has almost put the DVD rental market out of business and companies such as Rdio and Google Play are challenging iTunes, which not so long ago turned CDs into coasters. The same is happening in the global energy landscape.
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    Photos: Bear naps atop a SaskPower pole (Huffington Post)
'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany (CTV News)
Alberta renewable power seen as cheaper than coal in next decades (Business News Network)
Planned Eau Claire twin ultra-luxury towers include $13 million penthouse (Calgary Herald)

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Energy report aims to improve residential electricity market
Calgary Herald
Energy Minister Diana McQueen has received an overdue report from a team of Tory MLAs on the implementation of changes to make the retail electricity market more user friendly. McQueen told the Herald she received the report recently from committee chair Everett McDonald, PC MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky, but hasn't had time to review it.
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An Alberta society thinks zero-footprint vehicles now a reality
iNews 880
An Alberta society wants more zero-footprint vehicles on the roads. The 4th Drive the Future Expo at NAIT was recently held by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta which showcased many vehicles using alternative fuel types. SESA executive director Rob Harlan says there isn't a reason that people shouldn't be making the move zero-print vehicles soon.
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 Upcoming Events

Date Event More Information
June 18, 2014 CREC Golf Information
July 31, 2014 CEC & CREC deadline for Scholarship Registration Information
August 21, 2014 CEC Fall Golf Information
September 18, 2014 RoundUP Alberta Information
September 20, 2014 CEC Slo-Pitch Information


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