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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: IPEX, 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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Team tests new technology to harness renewable energy at only centre of its kind in Canada
CTV News
Like windmills in the water, new technology being tested in Manitoba aims to use the power of rushing rivers without building dams. "It's going to make a huge difference for small communities and medium-sized communities," said Eric Biebau, alternative energy chair with the University of Manitoba. Near Seven Sisters, the University of Manitoba runs the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre.
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Junior producer enters the power business
Calgary Herald
A junior natural gas producer with uneconomic Alberta coal-bed methane wells has come up with a unique solution — it's going into the electricity business. Calgary-based Emerald Bay Energy said construction of its gas-fired electrical power generation plant at Nevis, 200 kilometres east of Red Deer, is nearing completion. The TSX Venture Exchange company is installing four generators which will be commissioned for production soon and will produce 980 kilowatts for sale into the Alberta power pool early next month, it said.
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Proposal for solar park in Vulcan underway
Vulcan Advocate
The Town of Vulcan is moving forward on a solar park project. Council approved at its recent meeting a rezoning application for the Imperial Oil lots site, to change to Public P-1 from Railway use, allowing for future construction of the proposed solar park. Administrator Kim Fath had brought council up to speed regarding the project at the previous meeting. In July 2012, the council of the time carried a motion to submit an application to Alberta Energy in the hopes of securing funds for street lighting, said Fath.
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Smart meter review okay for many Hatters
Medicine Hat News
The City bringing in a third party to evaluate the safety of its smart meters is a good idea, as long as there isn't a fire in the meantime, says one local resident. "I think they are doing everything they possibly can to identify the problem and hopefully they won't have a bad incident before they get the situation resolved," said Bill Douglas. The City announced recently it will hire an independent third party to ensure there is nothing overlooked regarding safety of the electric smart meters.
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'Electro-mats' used to deter wildlife away from Banff train tracks
CBC News
Parks Canada is studying the use of electrified mats to keep wildlife away from the Canadian Pacific Railway train tracks in Banff National Park. Right now they are being tested at sites built to mimic a fenced railway line. The so-called "electro-mats" are placed at the fence openings. Jen Theberge, a wildlife ecologist in Banff, says they have had a 100 per cent success rate in the summer months.

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Alberta's lightning strike hot spots
Huffington Post
Lighting season is in full force in Alberta, and will stick around for the next month or so. After an intense series of storms across Alberta — from a lightning storm that sparked several fires in Edmonton, to extreme thunderstorms that pummeled Calgary and Airdrie with hail — we started to wonder where in Alberta is the most likely to experience lightning.

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Industry coaxes Canadian women to don hard hats
Waterloo Region Record
The prospect of steady full-time work with a salary in the $70,000 range and an assurance of job security ought to be enough to convince women to shed their gender stereotypes. Sadly, it is not. There is some urgency. The electricity industry faces a major shortage of skilled workers in the coming years. It needs 23,000 new recruits by 2016 just to replace retiring baby boomers.

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Capital Power gets go-ahead to build Genesee 4 and 5 power plants
Edmonton Journal
A gas-fired electricity generating plant proposed for the Genesee site southwest of Stony Plain has been approved by the provincial utilities regulator. A joint project of Capital Power and Enmax, the two-unit plant known as Genesee 4 and 5 is planned to come into service between 2018 and 2020, coinciding with the looming retirements in 2019 of several coal-fired power plants. In its recent decision, the Alberta Utilities Commission set several conditions, including noise-mitigation measures.
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Helicopter checking power lines
Cochrane Times
AltaLink is advising residents and businesses in Central/Southern Alberta that helicopters will be flying over communities to check on power lines. Cochrane will be seeing low flying helicopters throughout the day shortly and they check the lines and hover over towers looking for structural damage, especially around connection points.
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Caisse investing $60 million in Alberta shopping mall
Benefits Canada
Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, plans to invest more than $60 million to redevelop a mall north of Calgary. It will relocate and expand the CrossIron Mills shopping centre food court, which will allow the addition of more rental spaces. "With Greater Calgary's tremendous population growth rate and high disposable income, we are capitalizing on the opportunity to expand CrossIron Mills to welcome more world-class premium outlet brands," says John Scott, senior vice-president, development, for Ivanhoé Cambridge.
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SaskPower linemen take pride in their work
The Leader-Post
Recently, Duane Horvath tucked in to bed early. As winds that would later knock a tree into the roof of his Kronau area house wailed past, the SaskPower lineman knew his weekend would be cut short before it even began. The phone rang at 3 a.m. Horvath worked for the next 20 hours; the following day, for 16, and another 16 after that. He characterized the brief but powerful thunderstorm as "one of the worst ones" he's seen in his 23-year career.
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Vancouver designers move toward environmentally friendly lighting
The Vancouver Sun
Good lighting can stop you in your tracks if it comes in the form of an impressive installation; or pull a room together in such a warm and seamless way that you don't notice it at all. Despite its importance, local designers say lighting is often the last thing on people's lists when they're building or renovating a space (in budget and planning), but this seems to be changing with a movement toward environmentally friendly lighting.
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