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The holidays are approaching...
Both the Calgary Electric Club and Capital Region Electric Club will be spreading the cheer this holiday season, and putting on Christmas events over the next few weeks.

Calgary Electric Club's 26th Annual Afternoon Luncheon & Entertainment
November 28, 2013
12:00–3:00 pm
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
$65 per person
$520 per table of 8

Electric Industry Christmas Luncheon
December 6, 2013
11:30–2:30 pm
Marriott at the River Cree Resort
$65 per CREC member/$80 per non-CREC member
Tables of 8 available

To learn more about both events, and to buy your tickets today, please click here.
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IKEA purchases southern Alberta wind farm
CTV News
In an effort to reach energy independence, IKEA Canada has announced the purchase of a 46 mega-watt wind farm consisting of twenty 100-metre tall turbines at a location near Pincher Creek. "We are a global organization that is committed to energy independence by 2020," said Brendan Seale, IKEA Canada's sustainability manager, "to produce more renewable energy than the energy we consume worldwide." The wind farm, known as Old Man 2, is currently under construction and will be IKEA's first wind farm outside of Europe.
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Turn-key services increasing to meet supply chain changes
Electronic Products and Technology
Semi-conductor penetration continues to increase and diversify across market sectors and into more end-product devices. With this increase of semiconductor chips on Bills of Materials populating more industry sectors, end-product manufacturers in particular are finding themselves in need of global, turn-key solutions to manage the growing list of required electronic component sourcing and inventory management services.
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A.M. Agencies

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.

Edmonton releasing Green Home Guide
Edmonton Sun
The City of Edmonton has released its go-to guide in helping you spruce up homes with the latest in green technologies. The Green Home Guide is part of the city's quest to become a carbon neutral city, and includes background information on various energy efficiency improvements, including ventilation, water consumption, heating, high-efficiency appliances and solar energy.
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Will electricity storage save the grid?
Intelligent Utility
The business model of most electric utilities is based on the administration of a large, centralized electricity grid, or some aspect of it. The rise of distributed generation — electricity customers going off or partially off grid and generating their own electric power — directly threatens that model. The role of a traditional electric utility on a grid largely based on distributed generation is difficult to foresee. This is the Armageddon scenario that keeps utility executives awake at night.
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Forget LED bulbs — The future of interior lighting is lasers
Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison’s electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing a substantial portion of indoor lights, and the archaic bulb and socket infrastructure on which they depend, with lasers.

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Fort Saskatchewan 'passive house' a real energy miser
Edmonton Journal
You could call Jim Zeibin a brave man. He's building his dream home with no furnace, no electric heat and no solar panels — despite the shivering cold of a Prairie winter. Zeibin, a retired chemical engineer, is building what he says will be Alberta's first "passive house." The super energy-efficient technology developed in Europe relies on extra thick insulation in the walls, tight sealing, and big windows facing the sun.

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Net-zero homes wave of future thanks to cool technology
Beacon News
What do net-zero homes, Star Trek and William Shatner have in common? The highly entertaining documentary "How William Shatner Changed the World" is a must-watch for any Trekkie or technology geek. In it, William Shatner hosts and narrates two hours of exploring the real-life advancements that were inspired by Star Trek. When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, AB.

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NAIT Alternative Energy Program trains future green techs
Beacon News
Kolton Kasur sees plenty of green in his future. The 22-year-old from rural Bashaw, AB is enrolled in the new NAIT Alternative Energy Program. "I think there's going to be a huge future in alternative energy as technology develops," says Kasur. He believes there will be "a constant growing demand for energy as population increases; and there's always going to be demand for more sustainable energy."
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Join the cheap solar revolution
Huffington Post Canada
When you pass from one geologic age to another, there is very little fanfare. There is no commemorative ceremony and no plaque. When you're talking millions of years, you're not going sweat the exact year the Neolithic age began. But it was on the roof of a new office building, hard hat on my head and camera around my neck that I had a moment of clarity. I was able to step back and realize that we as humans had entered the solar age.
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Calgary Seton retail development offers unique feature
Calgary Herald
A unique feature of a new retail development in the south part of Calgary may be an attraction for prospective retailers looking at setting up shop in the city. A solar array system in the southeast Seton area generates enough power over the course of a year to power the parking lot lighting and decorative ground lighting in the retail development by Brookfield Residential, said Garrick Fryklind, construction manager of Brookfield Residential's commercial division.
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Green building applications: The road ahead
By Don Rosato
Growth in green-building material demand will outpace the growth of building construction expenditures as green materials continue to account for an increasing share of building materials used. In the U.S., demand for green-building materials is projected to expand 13 percent annually through 2015, generating sales of more than $70 billion. Government codes/incentives will continue to emerge to support building efficiency programs. Legislation will progressively shift from energy neutral to energy-positive building requirements.
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Canada's construction companies turn to Ireland to fill nearly 500 positions
The Province
Western Canadian construction companies that are struggling to hire highly-skilled workers will be offering jobs to almost 500 skilled Irish trades people, following a recruitment drive in Dublin and Belfast. The job fairs were organized by the B.C. Construction Association and drew about 800 people in Belfast recently, and about 2,000 others in Dublin, said Abigail Fulton, vice-president of the B.C. Construction Association.
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