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AEL's EXPO in Calgary, AB: March 25, 2015
The Alberta Electrical League is hosting their 21st Annual Electrical Learning EXPO in Calgary, AB, on March 25th. The EXPO provides all companies with an opportunity to show new products, new services, new innovations. Those attending will experience what is new and exciting in the electrical industry. Professionals that can answer all your questions, give you alternatives and suggestions. The day is packed with technical presentations of things you need to know. Mark this date in your calendar.
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Provincial Legislation and the Administrative Requirements of the CE Code
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Code adoption and regulations pertaining to public safety are the responsibility of the provincial and territorial governments. Among the many regulations provincial legislation mandates are those pertaining to which codes and standards are in force, who can perform trade work, and licensing and permitting requirements. Every province and territory is different and understanding the requirement enables trade, investment and labour mobility between jurisdictions.
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AEL Members save money
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Alberta most favourable place for small business to flourish
Calgary Herald
A new report by CIBC World Markets identifies Alberta as the most favourable place in Canada for a small business to flourish as it has the strongest projected growth, while also possessing good demographics and immigration trends. "Those latter characteristics offer a steady stream of future entrepreneurs and workers to drive operations in tomorrow’s small and medium enterprises," said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist with CIBC, who coauthored the report with CIBC economists Andrew Grantham and Nick Exarhos.
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Black-outs, floods, storms and more: Calgary bears plagues with bravado
The Globe and Mail
During a Vancouver symposium on preparing for an earthquake, Bill Adams was asked about Calgary's latest brush with disaster, a near week-long black-out caused by fire and an underground explosion that left 5,000 residents without electricity and hot water. "At least there are no (major) earthquakes in Alberta," the vice-president of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Western and Pacific Region, answered.
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Calgary's downtown electrical grid explained
Calgary Herald
Of all the man-holes in all of downtown Calgary, fire had to hit this one. The man-hole cover beneath 8th Street near 5th Avenue S.W. doesn't look much different from the more than 1,000 other electrical system man-hole lids in the downtown area. But the blue smoke and charred cable in this one underground concrete chamber recently wreaked unprecedented havoc in Calgary's downtown.
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Wind turbines proving pretty powerful so far
Medicine Hat News
It has been less than three months since the city's three wind turbines started turning over but they have already generated enough electricity to power 275 homes for an entire year. From August until now, the three turbines have generated 2,200 megawatts, including 721 megawatts generated in the first two weeks this month. Wilbur McLean, energy utility spokesperson, said this month's disproportionate power generation compared to the previous two full months is consistent with higher wind volumes this time of year.
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Let there be LED light: Sistine Chapel masterpieces to be lit up for first time in 30 years
9 News
One of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world will be revealed in all its glory thanks to the simple miracle of LED lighting. The Sistine Chapel, painted by Renaissance icon Michelangelo, has had its windows shut since the 1980s after it was found sunlight's ultraviolet radiation damaged the colours of the paintings that decorate its ceiling and walls.

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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.

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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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5 lessons for Canada from Germany's clean energy revolution
The Tyee
When Dr. David Jacobs comes to North America from Europe, he hears the same myths repeated over and over about Germany's state-led shift to a zero-carbon society. Replacing oil, coal, gas and nuclear with wind and solar will tank the economy; clean energy is a luxury only citizens of wealthy European countries can afford; and embracing it hasn't even reduced carbon emissions. "There are lots of very basic misconceptions," he said during a recent interview at Vancouver's Georgia Hotel.
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How solar power could be a game-changer for TransAlta and Fortis
The Motley Fool
It's obvious renewable energy is going to be a huge part of the way we get power in the future. I saw a chart a few days ago from a major Canadian oil producer that estimated that 31 per cent of our energy needs in 2040 would still come from oil, down marginally from today, which is 34 per cent. Meanwhile, energy from renewable sources is expected to increase from three per cent to just four per cent.
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Poll: Edmonton to test out 'specifically designed' Stealth bus this winter
Metro News
The chills of Edmonton's winter will soon be put to the test when the city rolls out a modified "stealth" electric bus as part of a winter pilot project. According to the company supplying the buses, the stealth electric bus—named for how quiet they run — should hit city streets in mid or late December. "This bus is being specifically designed for Edmonton," said Michael Austin, vice president of BYD America, the China-based business outfitting the bus for the Edmonton area.
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Solar gets cheap, challenges energy markets
Winnipeg Free Press
One of the truisms of the 1970s was that solar power was a pipe dream. The price was too high — not just a little too high, but absurdly high. When Ronald Reagan came into office and ripped out the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had put on the White House, conservatives saw it as a triumph of economic rationality over wooly-headed fantasies. But like so many other things we learned in the 1970s, this fact is rapidly becoming a non-fact.
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