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RoundUP Alberta! Mingle, dance... and have some fun!
On September 18, the Alberta Electrical League, with the support of Electro-Federation Canada, will be holding our first Gala Event Night.

Tickets are selling — get them now, $100 each, or wait and pay more after August 1st. Charlie Major is our "major" entertainment, but the main draw is networking and meeting with the ENTIRE Alberta and Ontario Electric Industry.

Thanks to our sponsors so far, Thomas & Betts, Standard Pro, Guillevin and Stelpro-Hayride. Get your sponsor info and ticket information from the link below.

"RoundUP Alberta" promises to be an evening to remember. Key individuals from the electrical industry in Canada and throughout Alberta will be in attendance. Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors, Trade Unions and Utilities will all be represented. This will be an evening filled with entertainment and opportunities to renew existing relationships and establish new ones.

For further information, to register and to sponsor, please click the link below.
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AEL and CodeSearch Missing Children Society of Canada
The Alberta Electrical League has been proudly working and supporting the Missing Children Society of Canada, endorsing their CodeSearch Program. The disappearance of Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents reminds us that we need to do our part to keep our children safe... Sign up today — it is only $2 a month. Wouldn't YOU want as many people as possible looking for your loved ones?
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The Art of Leadership and AEL have an early-bird price for you
This one-day conference features five internationally renowned best-selling authors and thought leaders, who will share an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today's most critical leadership issues. Today's leaders have a dynamic role — integrating people and strategies in order to achieve sustainability and enhance organizational performance in challenging business environments. The Art of Leadership responds to the fundamental changes impacting leadership functions. From practical tips to innovative strategies, The Art of Leadership is designed to teach and provide leaders with directly related, easily applied tools and techniques that can be implemented within any corporate culture. Early-bird prices end July 18th.
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Expertise, our source of energy

A 125-plus-year history and a reputation for producing innovative, high-quality products make Mersen a global leader in the safety and reliability of electrical equipment specific to our customers’ needs enabling them to optimize their manufacturing process in sectors such as energy, transportation, electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical and process industries.

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The Personal
The Personal offers Alberta Electrical League members exclusive group rates and that extra Personal Touch for your home and auto insurance. But there's more to choosing the right insurance partner than price alone.

The Personal's client care centre and claims services are designed to ensure you get the best advice up front and a smooth resolution should the unexpected happen. That's The Personal's Touch and it extends to all aspects of their customer service. That could be why 96 per cent of customers renew their policies each year.

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Torbram Electric Supply — new location — Leduc, AB
Torbram Electric Supply
Torbram Electric Supply is pleased to announce the opening of their newest location in Leduc, AB, effective Monday, June 23, 2014. "This marks our 65th location in Canada, third location in Alberta and our largest warehouse to date," said Andrew Dawes, General Manager Torbram Electric Supply.

"We are pleased to be the first national wholesaler within this district to serve Leduc, Nisku and Edmonton. Our T.E.S. Advantage Program, which offers free delivery with no minimum order, will provide superior service within the community." — Sean Whittaker, Alberta and B.C. Interior Group Manager, Torbram Electric Supply.

Address: 7106 42nd St, Unit 102
Leduc, AB
T9E 0R8

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 In the Media

Power prices in province to edge closer to average
Calgary Herald
The pledges from politicians for consumers saving on their electricity bills under industry deregulation stopped long ago — wholesale prices in Alberta hit a five-year high in 2013 — but a new report predicts prices will move closer to the Canadian average in the next five years. Power prices aren't coming down, they're just not likely to rise as much as elsewhere.
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Light The Bridge Edmonton sees 50,000 bulbs burn for first time
Huffington Post
It's been a long road, but Edmonton's High Level Bridge was finally lit up by more than 50,000 LED lights for the first time recently, as the Light the Bridge project was unveiled. The project was the culmination of a long period of fundraising through private and corporate dollars. Citizens and companies were invited to buy bulbs to fund the installation.
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Devices causing soaring waste of electricity
Toronto Star
Billions of linked-in electronic devices worldwide are wasting enough electricity to power 80 per cent of Canada's needs, says a new report. And the power wasted by appliances on standby is set to soar higher, says the International Energy Agency. It points the finger at the increasing demand for devices that can be connected to networks so they're accessible from anywhere and appliances that are always ready to click into action without a warm-up.

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Campaign in full swing on power line safety
Mountain View Gazette
The Alberta government and five provincial utility companies have once again launched a summer campaign to reduce the number of power line related accidents and injuries. The collaborative effort through the creation of the Joint Utility Safety Team is promoting the importance of power line safety. The team is comprised of the provincial government, AltaLink, ATCO, ENMAX, EPCOR, and FortisAlberta.

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Report urges Alberta to prepare for fusion energy
Troy Media
Learning to harness fusion in a controlled way — recreating the sun on earth, as a clean source of energy — is the objective of national programs in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. And the race is heating up, with several quite promising options. According to professor Allan Offenberger, "A sustained fusion burn is no longer an academic dream but will be recognized in the near future."

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Wind energy applications — the promising road forward
By Don Rosato
Wind energy continues to provide major growth opportunities for plastic composites — the industry will reach $4 billion by the end of 2014. The adoption of larger-scale turbines and the expansion of offshore installations that call for stiffer and lighter blades are important to the use of lightweight, strength-to-weight plastic composites. Look at some emerging wind energy application developments, the biggest trend in the future appears to be vertical.
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Calgary region sees huge spike in building permits
Calgary Herald
The Calgary region saw a whopping year-over-year hike in May in the value of building permits, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported recently that permits reached $636 million in the Calgary census metropolitan area. That was up 37.3 per cent from a year ago and it increased by 6.1 per cent from April. During the month, residential permits were $432.6 million, an increase of 34.81 per cent from April but non-residential permits declined by 27.02 per cent on a monthly basis to $203.4 million.
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Second power plant possible
Medicine Hat News
Medicine Hat is exploring options to build a new electrical generating facility on the north side of the South Saskatchewan River, which it says would help safeguard local power supply. The idea has been entertained before but was renewed last June when flood-waters threatened the main power plant, making the possibility of rolling brown outs and greater imports a concern.
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Solar energy use in Edmonton on the rise
CBC News
Paul Horsman had never been so excited to get his power bill. He and his wife had just moved into his new home where they installed solar panels on the roof. When Horsman finally tore open the envelope, a big smile spread across his face as he read the last line that said, "amount owing: no payment necessary at this time."
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Shedding light on compact fluorescent bulbs
Northumberland News
In Canada, as of January 1, 2014, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. There are a few options available to replace them, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), light-emitting diodes (LED) and incandescent halogen light bulbs. You may be wondering why the phase-out was introduced and what this change means for you. Perhaps you have heard that CFLs contain mercury and you are worried about possible health effects.
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Reducing risk in the 'Cone Zone'
Lethbridge Herald
Too many drivers not slowing down for road construction It's known as the "Cone Zone" and it can be every bit as scary as The Twilight Zone from television and movie fame. That's because many drivers are failing to heed posted speed limits in road construction zones, and it's putting workers at risk, resulting in injuries, and sometimes death.
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