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Southern Alberta makes good on plan to harness wind energy
Global News
Some Southern Albertans may have noticed a towering transmission line taking over the landscape along Highway 2. It's part of the province's plan to harness the full potential of wind energy in the region, which accounts for 80 per cent of the province's wind power. "We have over 750 wind turbines. It's quite amazing for the province," says wind energy community liaison, Kris Hodgson.
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Wind power a strong factor in Europe's energy. What of Canada?
The Vancouver Sun
We've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of giant windmills (turbines) as we've driven through Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. At times we've seen 30 to 50 wind turbines in one view line, usually from a highway. Wind power is a significant source of energy in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and elsewhere in Europe. It's another case of Europe generally being ahead of Canada and the U.S. when it comes to using technology to aid its citizens, in this case by providing sources of clean renewable energy and not just relying on oil and gas, which contribute to global warming and smog.
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Putting out a call for construction workers
CTV News
The number of major construction projects getting underway in Edmonton's downtown has increased, as has the number of vacant job positions — and the industry is going into high gear trying to fill those positions. From radio advertisements, to job fairs, the hiring blitz in Edmonton is well underway — with companies trying to fill jobs for projects ranging from the downtown arena, to the new Royal Alberta Museum, a number of condominium high-rises, and at least two office towers.
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Calgary snow: Electricians needed to fix power outages after storm
CBC News
Some Calgarians who lost power in the recent snowstorm are discovering that getting it back isn't as simple as calling the utility company. Enmax says that if the storm knocked out the connection between a home and the power line — known as the "service masthead" — it's up to the home owner to hire an electrician to get it fixed. "We cannot safely re-energize that property until that damage has been fixed," said Enmax spokeswoman Doris Kaufmann Woodcock.
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Edmonton team eyeing LEED Gold for royal museum
Journal of Commerce
The project team for the new $340 million Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) under construction in Edmonton is going for gold. "We have the points in place to obtain LEED Silver," said Tom Thurston, capital development director for RAM and overseeing construction for the museum. The new facility is roughly twice the size of the current RAM and has 400,000 square feet of space. "But, we are also showing more than enough to obtain a gold standard," he said.
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Solar panels bring air-ships closer to reality
Winnipeg Sun
Barry Prentice says Canada needs air-ships "more than any place in the world" and a largely made-in-Manitoba operation has taken another step to filling that void. Buoyant Aircraft Systems International, at the St. Andrews airport, unveiled a new $25,000 solar panel recently, which will provide an eco-friendly way of powering the innovative operation at BASI. Prentice said the BASI air-dock is the first of its kind in Canada that is completely "off the grid."

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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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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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A 'smart' plan for a city's future
St. Albert Gazette
That doesn't mean ramping up the local population's IQ points — instead, it means using technology to better the community in a variety of ways. A committee is working on a smart city master plan. Earlier this year, St. Albert became a founding partner of the Alberta Smart City Alliance along with NAIT, the University of Alberta, IBM and Cisco Canada. St. Albert isn't pioneering the smart city concept — it's become a worldwide trend — but it does aim to become a "centre of excellence."
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Prospects for solar brighter than ever
Mining Feeds
I've been reading titles like this for years. The same for titles about the imminent tipping point of the adoption of electric vehicles. Well, we seem pretty close on EVs, what about solar? I don't know how to define a tipping point in solar, but adoption is exploding. Everyone knows that the costs to manufacture solar panels continues to decline. Less well-known is that the conversion rate of the sun's energy is improving modestly each year as well.
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Underwater compressed air energy storage: Fantasy or reality?
Renewable Energy World
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage (UW-CAES) — a step beyond underground energy storage in caverns — may soon offer conventional utilities a means of long-duration load shifting for their large-scale electrical grids, and niche micro-grid operators a means of reducing their fossil-fuel dependence, say its advocates. More than 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 150 kilometers of a coastline. Thus, the hope is that UW-CAES can benefit both from existing and future wind and solar microgrids as well as from coastal cities using conventional electrical grids.
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