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A special thank you from AEL
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, held our first Alberta RoundUP Event Night.

A special thank you to our sponsors: IPEX, Siemens, Thomas & Betts, ILSCO, Standard Pro, ACE Manufacturing, EECOL Electric, Guillevin, Wesco, STELPRO — Hayride, and Torbram — Hayride Sponsor, as well as our entertainment, Charlie Major. And last but not least, our attendees!

A great time was had by all, and it was truly an evening to remember. Check out our website for photographs and other highlights from the event!
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How clean technology can save Canadian manufacturing
B.C. Business
Canada's burgeoning clean technology sector was the focus of a panel recently hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver. The country's clean technology industry — which includes companies in transportation, power generation, recycling, and even oil and gas waste management — employed 41,000 in 2012 and contributed $11.3 billion to Canada's GDP. Moreover, the industry, which is dominated by small companies, draws more than half its revenue from exports, which could grow to $32 billion in a decade.
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Expert: Alberta could lead world in better carbon utilization
Canadian Manufacturing
Alberta has the opportunity and responsibility to lead the world in hydrocarbon utilization, and not just in reducing the emissions intensity of energy production, developing carbon capture and long-term geologic storage projects, or fuel switching from hydrocarbons to renewables. Instead, Bob Mitchell sees a world where hydrocarbons help elevate the livelihood and well-being of the globe as its population continues to increase.
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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.

Fort Chipewyan unveils first solar project
Edmonton Journal
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has turned to solar electricity as a source of emergency power — and to highlight the importance of clean energy. Recently, two electricians from Edmonton have been installing eight solar photovoltaic panels on a south-facing roof of the elder and youth lodge in the isolated community of Fort Chipewyan, 220 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.
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Council approves electricity fee hike
Airdrie Echo
Residents of Airdrie should prepare to see a small increase on their electricity bills next year. Recently, council unanimously passed an amendment to the City's agreement with FortisAlberta that will result in a franchise fee hike of two per cent in 2015. This will increase the fee percentage from the current 10 per cent to 12 per cent. A franchise fee is a fee that the City charges to FortisAlberta to help increase its yearly revenue. The fee is then transferred into customer's utility bills.
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Sunday night lights! Super Bowl to be lit by LEDs
When the Super Bowl kicks off in February at University of Phoenix Stadium, there's one thing the NFL won't have to worry about: an extended black-out. Ephesus Lighting of Syracuse, N.Y., has just completed installation of LED lighting at the venue, site of the 2015 Super Bowl. The first game played under the new lights recently, when the Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers. So far, so good.

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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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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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1,500 rusted light poles a year being replaced in Edmonton
Edmonton Sun
City infrastructure needs some serious repairs — including fixing rusted-out light poles — but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, says Coun. Bryan Anderson. "In a previous generation, an awful lot of steel poles were erected, which have succumbed to rust. We have poles that are actually falling down onto boulevards or streets," said the Ward 9 councillor, when asked about an inquiry he made at the recent transportation committee meeting about the city's ongoing streetlight rejuvenation program.
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Calgary's new central library taking shape in downtown's East Village
Calgary Sun
LRT tracks and chinook winds helped sculpt Calgary's upcoming central public library building, whose design was unveiled recently. As work crews readied the site directly east of the Municipal Complex a block away, those behind the $245 million vision regaled onlookers with the glassed-in design of the four-storey curving, ship-shaped building that's to open in 2018.
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Medicine Hat gives up energy profits to lure business
Medicine Hat News
Calling it an important piece of economic development strategy, the City of Medicine Hat is prepared to forego a portion of profit on new power sales that result from new plant construction or expansion of existing facilities. According to elected officials, it could be the tipping point to make a business case work for relocation to Medicine Hat, or lead to modernization or expansion of the existing industrial base. "Every council has debated incentives, incentives, incentives," said Mayor Ted Clugston. "What can we do? Is it going to be tax breaks? Is it free land?"
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University of Calgary's electric super-bike turns heads at eMotoRacing event
Metro News
University of Calgary students put their custom-built electric motorbike to the test against some top-notch talent on the eMotoRacing circuit in Utah earlier this month — an experience they plan to build on over the winter. "Even though we placed second-last, we were pretty proud of it," said Annie Nguyen, vice-president of logistics for Team ZEUS, a group of students who retro-fitted a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 600 to run completely on electricity.
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Philips to split off light bulb unit in historic move
The Globe and Mail
Philips, the Dutch conglomerate that started life making light bulbs 123 years ago, is splitting off its lighting business in a bold step to expand its higher-margin health care and consumer divisions. Putting the lighting business in a separate company is part of a wider strategy that began with Philips' move out of less profitable consumer electronics and into fast-growing health care markets, largely in emerging Asian markets.
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