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Alberta regulators sign off on amendments to 210 MW wind farm
North American Wind Power
The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved NaturEner Energy Canada's amendments to the permits for the 210 MW Wild Rose 1 wind power project. According to NaturEner, the amendments include the use of Alstom ECO 110 3.0 MW wind turbines, while reducing the number of turbines, the size of the project area and the amount of disturbance to native pasture. Wild Rose 1 will be located on approximately 9,000 acres of private agricultural and grazing lands southeast of the City of Medicine Hat in Cypress County, AB.
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SNC-Lavalin looking to unlock value with sale of Alberta power firm
CTV News
SNC-Lavalin is looking to unlock some of the engineering giant's hidden value by selling a minority stake in AltaLink, its second-largest infrastructure investment and one which owns more than half of Alberta's electricity transmission grid. The company, which has been reducing its investments in infrastructure assets, said recently all options for AltaLink would be considered, including a private sale, strategic alternatives or turning to the public market.
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A.M. Agencies is a manufacturers agent servicing Alberta, North Eastern & South Eastern British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and Nunavut. We represent a diverse range of LED lighting, Lighting controls and electrical products for use in both the commercial and residential markets.

In the renewable energy race, solar power is hot, hot, hot
Solar power installations are expected to edge out new wind farms this year for the title of fastest-growing clean energy source. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has projected that photovoltaic plants like this monster that we reported on last week will add 36.7 gigawatts of capacity this year — up 20 per cent from last year. New wind farms, meanwhile, will add 35.5 gigawatts.
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ATCO Electric celebrates new operations centre
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
ATCO Electric employees, who have been located at various offices, will now be operating under one roof in Grande Prairie, AB. The company recently opened their brand new energy efficient operations centre, on 123rd Street. Bobbi Lambright, president, ATCO distribution division, said the new building is part of their ongoing expansions in the city. “We've been here for 85 years, spread out in three different buildings, and we've outgrown the space that we used to have so we had the opportunity and a need to create a new facility," she said.
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New stretchy material conducts electricity
Digital Journal
A new stretchy material has been developed that conducts electricity. The material was used to manufacture a transparent loud speaker. The new material is made of salty gel and rubbery tape (described as 'Jell-O like'). What is special about it is that it can work as a completely transparent loudspeaker, with the ability to carry a current.

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Canada's first new refinery in decades breaks ground
The Globe and Mail
A project eight years in the making, Canada's newest refining facility will be marked with an official ceremony shortly, celebrating the ground-breaking just north of Edmonton in Alberta's industrial heartland. North America has not seen the construction of a major new refinery for almost three decades, and the $5.7 billion Sturgeon project brought forward by North West Upgrading is a rare example of new refining capacity on the continent.

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This funky-looking LED bulb could be the future of lighting
Venture Beat
NliteN launched a campaign recently for its LED light bulb that uses 80 per cent less energy than 60 watt incandescent lightbulbs. Andy Turudic, who invented the bulb, said it uses lower toxicity, saves energy, lasts longer, and is ultimately cheaper than traditional bulbs. It is the first LED lightbulb to hit the market at prices competitive to mainstream bulbs.

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Walmart, General Electric, and lighting: A case study
Last month, I had an opportunity to talk with senior executives from Walmart and General Electric about their ongoing effort to drive the cost of lighting down in Walmart facilities across the globe. To date, their main accomplishments have been in the areas of LED lighting of refrigerated cases and exterior lighting including parking lot lighting. Compared with the traditional fluorescent (T8/T5) or HID (for exterior) systems they replace, their LED lighting solutions save 50 per cent or more, with better performance.
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Re-energizing cities with solar energy
Renewable Energy World
Municipal renewable energy initiatives are hardly a new concept. In many cases, the main goal is a heightened environmental sensitivity, and often installing more renewable energy is just one component of broader policies that might also include eco-friendly transportation or more efficient waste management or a district heating system. In other examples, renewable energy has been identified as an engine for economic rejuvenation.
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Researchers use lightning to charge a mobile phone
The Edinburgh Journal
Two hundred years after Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, scientists have harnessed the power of lightning to give life — to your mobile. In collaboration with Nokia, academics from the University of Southampton have investigated how to use lightning strikes to charge the battery of a phone. Researchers used a transformer to step mains voltage up to over 200,000 volts and pass it across a 30 centimetre air gap, simulating the heat and light of a real lightning bolt.
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LEDs light the way
The Australian
Piercingly bright yet implausibly small, light-emitting diodes — or LEDs — are having a large influence on interior design. These energy-efficient light sources, which require a fraction of the electricity of incandescent and even the much-loathed compact-fluorescent bulbs, aren't just giving stressed-out environmentalists reason for optimism. They're also freeing designers to reinvent lamps — and light itself — in ways that once seemed impossible.
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Renewable power sources becoming business propositions
Mining Weekly
Mining companies these days are considering implementing various renewable power projects at mine sites mainly to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, to demonstrate sustainability and to drive down costs, a representative from the world's biggest gold miner, Barrick Gold, told the Renewable Energy and Mining Conference in Toronto recently. The company's director of power within the projects division, Scott Fraser, said Barrick's attraction to renewable power sources was not initially for cost savings, but more altruistic in nature.
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