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RoundUP Alberta is one week away!
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Alberta RoundUP Event Night. TICKETS available for $100. 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, EECOL Electric, 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

CanWEA congratulates new Alberta Premier-designate
HazMat Management Magazine
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) congratulates new Alberta Premier-designate Jim Prentice on his first-ballot victory, and stands ready to work with his government to ensure wind energy continues on its path as an established and growing player in the Alberta electricity market. One of Mr. Prentice's five campaign priorities was to establish Alberta as an environmental leader. Wind energy offers Alberta an important opportunity to cost-effectively reduce emissions and demonstrate Alberta's commitment to clean energy and environmental leadership.
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Canadian Solar partners with Sichuan Development to launch $800 million solar PV investment fund in China
Canadian Solar has announced that a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company has entered into an agreement with Sichuan Development Investment Management to establish an investment fund to finance the development, construction and ownership of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in China. Sichuan Development is an investment management company established and funded by the Sichuan Development Holding, an investment arm of the Sichuan provincial government.
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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.

Enmax, Calgary tackling broken trees, downed power lines due to snow
Calgary Sun
Mother Nature's wintry kiss has had a powerful impact on Calgary — literally. Heavy, snow-laden branches fell across the city recently, causing outages and leaving thousands of Enmax customers without power in areas peppered throughout every quadrant of the city. "We've had no major outages, that said there are some isolated pockets in the city where crews still need to get to," said the city-owned utility's spokeswoman Doris Kaufmann Woodcock. Kaufmann Woodcock added Calgarians can expect more of the same shortly.
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Not many people are energy literate
Lethbridge Herald
Jason Donev's goal is to try and create a more energy literate population. "I propose that an energy literate population is pro energy. Especially for developing countries," said Donev, who spoke recently at Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. Donev said he doesn't care about gasoline, electricity, or natural gas. He cares about using his vehicle for transportation, taking hot showers and having an iPod that works.
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Video: Solar power ride
Edmonton Journal
In this video, Sam Carter of Vancouver's eatART gives rides in a giant solar-powered tricycle in Churchill Square.

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Town lighting up new LED streetlights
Okotoks Western Wheel
The orange glow of the night sky over Okotoks is going to start looking a little different as the Town slowly begins implementing LED streetlights. Council recently made it mandatory for all new subdivisions to install LED streetlights as opposed to the previously used high pressure sodium lights.

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Energy bills are set to rise
660 News
Be prepared to pay a little more to heat the home and keep the lights on this month. Direct Energy has set the rates for electricity and natural gas for those who are not on fixed contracts. The price of natural gas is being lowered a few cents a Gigajoule, but increased demand has bills for the month expected to average $64.

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Study: Half of Alberta drivers continue to rip through construction zones
Global News
Don't RIP through construction zones. That's the message Partners in Road Construction Safety have been trying to send to Alberta drivers for years, but it appears as though about half still aren't getting the message. "High vehicle traffic, people going through our barricades, passing by our flag people when they're clearly trying to stop the people," said Zdenko Petrovic, a project manager with the City of Edmonton's Transportation Services Department.
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The future of transport is electric — and it's here
Recently, the NASA Mars rover Opportunity celebrated its 10th birthday — remarkable, when you consider its original mission was scheduled to last only 90 days. Opportunity's endurance is the result of multiple elements — design, testing, materials science — but at its core is a technology that dates to the first half of the 19th century: the humble electric motor. It might not be considered humble for much longer.
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Study: Increased demand for construction labour
Journal of Commerce
While there may be some debate about the reality of a labour shortage in Canada, it is clear that gains in the construction and resource sectors are changing the need for skilled trades and employers have undertaken innovative methods to combat shortages, finds a study from the Fraser Institute. The study, Do Labour Shortages Exist in Canada? identifies that many university graduates lack the necessary skills for available jobs in construction or the trades and employers are asking workers to work longer hours and delay retirements to help fill the gap.
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Construction commences on the world's 'largest floating solar power plant'
Renewable Energy Focus
Kyocera Corporation, Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation and Ciel et Terre International have announced plans to begin construction on what it calls the world’s largest floating solar installation. Terms of the deal call for Kyocera TCL Solar LLC to develop and operate utility-scale floating solar power plants utilizing Ciel et Terre’s Hydrelio floating solar platforms in two installations totaling 2.9 MW at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
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How to exploit the coming boom in clean energy
It took a critical mass of innovation, commercial viability and political will to make Alberta's oil sands the focus of Ottawa's energy policy. The same factors are converging now to make clean energy the next energy industry Cinderella story. Canadians have said they want cleaner energy, and they've said they'll pay for it, which should make the political argument clear. The rest is about vision.
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