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RoundUP Alberta! Get your tickets and save
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Gala Event Night.

Tickets are selling — get them now, $100 each, or wait and pay more after August 1st. Charlie Major is our "major" entertainment, but the main draw is networking and meeting with the ENTIRE Alberta and Ontario Electric Industry.

Thanks to our sponsors so far, Thomas & Betts, Standard Pro and Guillevin. Get your sponsor info and ticket information from the link below.

"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.

For further information, to register and to sponsor, please click the link below.
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 In the Media

Report urges Alberta to prepare for fusion energy
Troy Media
Learning to harness fusion in a controlled way — recreating the sun on earth, as a clean source of energy — is the objective of national programs in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. And the race is heating up, with several quite promising options. According to professor Allan Offenberger, "A sustained fusion burn is no longer an academic dream but will be recognized in the near future."
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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.

Campaign in full swing on power line safety
Mountain View Gazette
The Alberta government and five provincial utility companies have once again launched a summer campaign to reduce the number of power line related accidents and injuries. The collaborative effort through the creation of the Joint Utility Safety Team is promoting the importance of power line safety. The team is comprised of the provincial government, AltaLink, ATCO, ENMAX, EPCOR, and FortisAlberta.
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St. Albert plans electric bus trial
St. Albert Gazette
St. Albert Transit plans to try out an electric bus on some of its routes in August. "We've been working with Edmonton on this project," said St. Albert transit director Bob McDonald. "They're going to let us use one of these buses for two weeks in August to trial in our system." Edmonton Transit System recently launched its own trial of leased electric buses they're calling ETS Stealth. The pilot will run until October.
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How a Canadian company is lighting up the road-ways of the world
The Globe and Mail
If you get homesick during your next visit to Adelaide or Reykjavik or Aruba, just look up, way up. LED Roadway Lighting (LRL) has installed energy-efficient street lights in nearly 40 countries — and most of them are manufactured at its plant in Amherst, N.S.

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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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Alberta government has more than one Calgary road to deal with
Calgary Sun
The province can put a ring on it, but its commitment to city drivers doesn't end when a long-awaited freeway link is finally added to the map of Calgary. Such was the reaction as Alberta Transportation unveiled plans to start work on the fabled southwest ring road in about two years.

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More funding sought to upgrade Edmonton's street lights
Edmonton Sun
By years end, 22 per cent of our city's street lights will use light emitting diode or LED technology. A report set to be presented to city council's executive committee says $4.25 million of the city's $4.95 million budget for energy/greenhouse gas reduction projects will be used to retro-fit street lights with the new technology.
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Study aims to smash glass ceiling
Journal of Commerce
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is launching a three-year study to determine the barriers to women attaining leadership positions within the construction industry. "We all acknowledge that there is an issue, we have a shortage of trades and we have underemployed and unemployed women. We can put these two together to address keeping Canada's economy strong, because construction is a huge part of the economy," said CAWIC director Tammy Evans.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Daryl Katz and city officials break ground for new downtown office tower (Edmonton Journal)
New electric buses hit Edmonton roads (CBC News)
Coal-fired power plants should be phased out and green energy phased in (Beacon News)
The evolution of Alberta's energy regulator (Alberta Oil Magazine)
RoundUP Alberta! Get your tickets and save (AEL)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Bowness Park re-opening on hold
Calgary Sun
Flood-ravaged Bowness Park won't be re-opening this summer as originally planned. The western half of the popular northwest riverside oasis was slated to welcome back picnickers and sun-bathers sometime this month, said Ward 1 Coun. Ward Sutherland. But the extent of the flood damage, poor spring weather and a shortage of workers have conspired to delay the opening until late November, he said.
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Hackers find open back door to power grid with renewables
Montreal Gazette
Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals can cause blackouts. Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. Where traditionally the grid took power from a few sources, it's now absorbing it from thousands.
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Cost unknown, but it was worth it
Medicine Hat News
The costs of deploying temporary flood mitigation measures as well as those associated with the cleanup of areas affected by this year's near-flood event are still being calculated. But the city's Municipal Works general manager said the money was well spent. "I don't think you can put a price tag on a person's house and the impact to them," said Dwight Brown.
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