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Albertans favour greener energy grid
Lethbridge Herald
As Alberta's newly sworn Premier Jim Prentice takes command of a province fuelled almost entirely by oil and gas, a recent survey tells him Albertans want more wind energy and other renewables powering their homes and industries. Nanos Research was engaged by the Canadian Wind Energy Association to examine the views of Albertans on a wide range of energy issues, including the various forms of electricity generation.
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Alberta Premier Prentice wants a 'look-see' into electricity price spikes
Edmonton Sun
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wants to have a "look-see" into price spikes in the province's deregulated electricity market after allegations that electricity generators are gouging consumers by holding back power. In April, a report from the Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) said that three hours of high power prices around $645/MWh in January "was a result of economic withholding," a strategy where an electricity generator deliberately holds back power from the market in order to create an electricity shortage that in turn leads to higher prices.
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Genalta Power earns carbon offsets for turning flare gas into electricity
Calgary Herald
A Calgary company says it has become the first in Alberta to earn carbon offset credits by converting flare gas into electricity. Genalta Power — which develops and operates power plants that produce and sell environmentally friendly electricity — announced recently that its Cadotte Peace River facility has generated 8,208 tonnes of carbon offsets for the 2013 calendar year. The facility was commissioned in 2012 and built on an oil battery site then owned by Husky Energy.
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Carbon capture history made in Saskatchewan, besting once ambitious Alberta
CBC News
Saskatchewan made history recently by launching the world's first commercial-scale carbon-capture and storage operation at a coal-fired power plant. With the $1.4 billion mega project, Saskatchewan has leap-frogged past Alberta to take the lead in the race to capture carbon in Canada. The facility in Estevan will take a million tonnes of CO2 a year from a SaskPower station, convert it to liquid and bury it deep underground. SaskPower says the captured emissions are equivalent to taking a quarter of a million cars off the road.
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Could a Vancouver company's electric bus revolutionize transit systems?
News 1130
It has been called a bus combined with a Tesla. A Vancouver-based company is hoping to take the next step in transit evolution, as it shows off their new all-electric bus recently. Green Power Motor Company hopes its in-production electric bus could replace both traditional diesel and the more historic trolly bus. While the new bus costs around $300,000 more than a traditional diesel, company chair Fraser Atkinson says long-term savings make it worthwhile.

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Turning Genesee's 'rocket fuel' coal into electricity for your home
Edmonton Journal
Many people's interest in electricity begins and ends with a flip of a switch, but there's always a story behind the source of that power. In Alberta, 43 per cent of generated electricity comes from coal. Five years ago, city-owned Epcor Utilities spun off its generating assets into a stand-alone company, Capital Power, which develops and operates power generation from a variety of sources, including coal, wind and natural gas.

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Ex-Tesla and NASA engineers make a light bulb that's smarter than you
Sometime in early 2013, one of the delivery operations engineers at Tesla leaned back in his chair and took a look around the Silicon Valley office. "It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, 'Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?'" says Neil Joseph. An online search for a better, responsive bulb only yielded a few expensive commercial products.

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Utility bills will continue to rise
Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge utility bills won't be breaking the bank over the next few years. But electrical service will become more expensive year after year. That's the latest outlook, city council learned recently, as it began work on Lethbridge's operating budget for 2015 to 2018. Stewart Purkis, the city's electrical utility spokesman, warned council the province's "transmission access fees" — largely in support of new high-capacity power lines linking Calgary and Edmonton — are expected to increase by 10 per cent each year.
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Learning energy lessons from plants
Toronto Star
Forget about working like beavers. If only we could work as efficiently as potatoes — or dandelions — we'd really be getting somewhere. That's what Sir Richard Friend would like to do. The Cambridge University scientist is trying to simulate photosynthesis — the process that leafy plants use to harness sunlight and convert it to chemical energy. Plants, he says, are way ahead of humans in learning to use solar power.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    City of Calgary moves to keep traffic lights running amid power outages (Metro News)
Solar power to charge phones (Blackburn News)
Let the sun shine on power proposal (Rocky Mountain Outlook)
SaskPower to launch $1.4 billion carbon capture project (Global News)
1,500 rusted light poles a year being replaced in Edmonton (Edmonton Sun)

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Nobel Prize in physics awarded for blue LED lights
Toronto Star
Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics recently for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a break-through that spurred the development of LED technology used to light up computer screens and modern smartphones. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says their invention is just 20 years old, "but it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all."
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Jeff Goldblum stars in greatest light bulb ad of all time
There's a piece of brilliantly bizarre viral marketing going around today, starring Jeff Goldblum as "Terry Quattro," a swanky celebrity shilling GE lightbulbs. Posted recently, the ad is for GE Link lightbulbs, as shown by Goldblum as he poses with models, paints portraits of himself, and plays the piano while lounging in a hot tub. It's a wildly entertaining piece of... internet fiction? Viral advertising? Nerd-pandering performance art?
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