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Canada's Electrical Safety System
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Over the past 30 years, several changes have taken place within the Canadian Electrical Safety System, from the expansion in the number of Certification Bodies to the recent accreditation of four additional Standards Development Organizations. Understanding the drivers and ramifications of these changes reinforces the shared responsibilities we all have to ensure the continued growth of the safety system. Drivers of change can be more readily accepted when the overall picture is understood, as change is required in a global market. Responsibility for the Canadian electrical safety system rests with a multitude of organizations, groups and individuals. From standards development through product manufacturing, certification and appropriate approvals, right up to qualified installers and consumers. Many have a role to play within the electrical safety system. This area of standards proves to be an excellent illustration of roles and the process that supports our electrical safety system.
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Calgary power outage sparked by downtown fire set to be repaired soon
CBC News
Crews are on track to have power fully restored to downtown Calgary after an underground fire plunged multiple blocks into darkness recently, officials say. The fire did extensive damage to the electrical infrastructure, which cut power to about 5,000 people and 2,100 businesses and left about 3.5 kilometres of cable in need of being replaced.
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Albertans solidly support development of more wind energy, Nanos Research shows
Canada Newswire
Environmentally and economically, there are too many upsides to renewables like wind energy for Alberta to ignore. This is confirmed by recent public opinion research done by Nanos Research on behalf of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Nanos Research examined the views of Albertans on a wide range of electricity issues, focusing on the largest sources of electricity generation currently operating in Alberta.
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It's always sunny in Alberta
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Becoming a greener citizen through solar power could mean more green in your wallet. In hopes the community will embrace solar energy, the Town of Banff may soon see incentives for residential and commercial property owners who go green. The Town held a Solar PV (photovoltaic) System Tour at Town Hall recently where some attentive Banffites heard and asked about solar power in the mountain town.
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Study narrows renewable energy options
Cochrane Eagle
As the renewable energy framework team gets ready to present their draft policy recommendations — an extensive study conducted by town-contracted Urban Systems is recommending the town explore two of the five options researched as renewable energy possibilities. A stakeholder consult will take place at the RancheHouse from 1-3 p.m. October 20, followed by a public consult from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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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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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.

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New lighting brightening up Calgary Tower
CTV News
A centerpiece of Calgary's downtown core will be getting brighter. A whole new exterior lighting system has been completely installed at the Calgary Tower. The LED lighting system will now be tested throughout the day recently. R. Scott Hutcheson, the CEO of Aspen Properties, the company that owns the tower, says the new system was designed to enhance the appearance of the tower while saving energy and costs.
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Master electrician talks about alternative energy sources
Didsbury Review
Master electrician Erhard Hermann spoke to a small audience at the Didsbury Municipal Library recently about the myths often associated with alternative energy forms. Hermann, who built a home that uses alternative energy sources and owns Boyd Solar, told the group that before one decides to use alternative energy sources such as solar or wind power, one must clarify what the motivation is for doing so.
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Electricians important for safety of all businesses
Sherwood Park News
Do you know an electrician? If not, and you own or manage a business, find one. Today. Right after you read this column. In one survey, 85 per cent of respondents reported their organizations experienced a loss of power in the past 24 months. Forward thinking lawyers have in place a disaster recovery plan (that relates to information technology risks) and a business continuity plan. Is this over-kill? Isn't planning for a natural disaster in Strathcona County a little far-fetched?
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Home owners welcome solar power in Canmore
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Canmore residents are definitely interested in solar power. At the beginning of summer, the municipality unveiled a new incentive program to help eight local families install photovoltaic cells on their homes. Canmore sustainability coordinator Lori Rissling Wynn said the first Saturday in October was a good opportunity to showcase the new renewable energy incentive program in the community as part of Green Energy Doors Open.
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Net-zero rising
St. Albert Gazette
A panel of local experts say that net-zero homes are here, and you can get them for the price of a fancy kitchen. About 100 Edmonton-area residents went to MacEwan University recently for a free panel discussion on the state of net-zero homes in Alberta, organized by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta and Green Energy Futures. Net-zero homes are the future in our carbon-constrained world, and they're a lot further along than people think, said host David Dodge, a former Gazette reporter and host of the Green Energy Futures show.
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Researchers aim to harvest the sun's energy in cheap, new ways
The Globe and Mail
To a Grade 4 science class, the idea of photosynthesis could hardly be more straight-forward: It's that thing plants do when they turn sunlight into food. But with world demand for energy expected to double by mid-century and scientists warning that fossil fuel emissions must be throttled back at the same time to avoid the worst effects of climate change — photosynthesis is increasingly looking like a road map to the future.
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