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RoundUP Alberta: Order your tickets now!
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Alberta RoundUP Event Night. Order now!

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: Siemens, Thomas & Betts, ILSCO, Standard Pro, ACE Manufacturing, Guillevin, Wesco, STELPRO — Hayride, and Torbram — Hayride Sponsor. 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

App tracks Alberta energy prices
Edmonton Sun
An Alberta energy economist has launched a new smartphone app that aims to make the province's deregulated electricity market "visible" so people know when they should unplug. Recently, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) asked Albertans to turn off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances as the hot weather combined with low wind and two offline power plants pushed the system closer to full capacity.
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Power spikes won't affect home owners' bills
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Recent news about power price spikes has caused some concern for homeowners. Angela Anderson, external communication advisory for Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) confirmed that select generators in the electricity system did go offline unexpectedly causing some price spikes on the wholesale market, where supply companies like Direct Energy Regulated Services (DERS) and Enmax go to buy electricity for clients. Prices, she added, are determined by supply and demand.
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Alberta Electric calls on county residents to conserve electricity
Rocky View Weekly
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) — the provincial transmission system that provides electricity throughout the province — called on Rocky View County residents to conserve energy recently. Temperature throughout the county remained in the high 20s and low 30s range recently.
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Electricity going up, natural gas going down
Medicine Hat News
The cost of electricity will rise in August for City of Medicine Hat utility customers while the rate for natural gas continues to fall from highs last winter. The cost of power for the month is set at 8.47 cents per kilowatt hour, up from 7.65 cents in July, for residential and small to medium commercial users.
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How prepared are you for an extended power outage?
Sherwood Park News
With blackouts recently hitting Strathcona County, experts are cautioning residents to be prepared for longer lasting outages. Just recently, the Strathcona County area has been affected by two different, albeit miniscule, outages.

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Poll: Most business owners use or plan to use LED bulbs
Digital Journal
The upfront installation cost of retro-fitting workplaces with LED bulbs is the main stumbling block holding back business owners from implementing the change. Although 81.9 per cent of those surveyed currently use or plan to use LED bulbs, high price is the main reason 50.9 per cent of business owners delay implementation.

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LED street light installation underway in Calgary
News Talk 770
City crews have now started the process of changing out traditional street lights for energy-efficient LEDs. As News Talk 770 reported earlier this month, the city is spending $32 million to make the switch, a move expected to reduce electricity consumption by up to 55 per cent.

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Are spray-on solar cells the next big thing for sustainable energy?
CTV News
Generating solar power can be expensive and impractical for the average person, but a new spray-painting method that applies solar cells to almost any surface could be the next big thing in green energy. Scientists at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. have developed perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process, which could turn a variety objects into energy generators.
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Full build of leisure centre approved by council — total cost to ring in at $109.55 million
Lethbridge Herald
A multi-purpose leisure centre is to be built in Lethbridge by 2019. City council voted recently to expand the scope of an approved major aquatic centre project to include all components of a multi-purpose leisure centre adjoining the Crossings Ice Complex in west Lethbridge. In addition to a new aquatic centre featuring water slides, whirlpools and a lazy river, the project will now comprise other amenities, as well, such as an expanded fitness centre, indoor field area, running track and gymnasium facilities, an indoor playground and child-minding area, multi-purpose rooms and commercial lease spaces.
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    Now's the perfect time to expand renewable energy sector, Alberta told (Edmonton Journal)
Calgary sees growing trend in 'green' building construction (Calgary Herald)
Western Canada's largest wind project officially opens east of Carmangay (Lethbridge Herald)
Alberta sets new record for wind-generated power (The Weather Network)

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Electric bus whirrs into town
St. Albert Gazette
What sounds like a time machine and gets you around St. Albert for free? The city's new electric bus, of course. City residents will get to ride for free on St. Albert Transit's new electric bus. The city has leased the bus for $10,000 from the Edmonton Transit System for a one-month trial so that drivers and residents can see what an electric bus is like, said Bob McDonald, director of St. Albert Transit.
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Severe water restrictions continue in High River
High River Times
Water restrictions continued in High River recently, with the Town of High River operations crews working diligently to fix the ongoing situation at the water treatment plant, which went offline due to technical malfunctions. Residents and businesses' efforts to conserve water throughout the day have caused the reservoir level to stabilize. Town officials thanked community members for their efforts.
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