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Candles to Kilowatts



The Story of Edmonton's Power Company

Candles to Kilowatts: The Story of Edmonton's Power Company, written by Heather Marshall and Debbie Culbertson, documents the history of Edmonton Power and shows the company's close connection to the City of Edmonton.

In fact, Edmonton Power existed even before Edmonton was incorporated as a town and the two entities have had a mutually beneficial relationship over the years.

The growth of Edmonton resulted in an ever-increasing demand for electricity.

At the same time, the availability of electricity helped the city grow and develop.

Throughout the 20th Century, one constant was the utility's drive to be on the leading edge of technological innovations.

The Rossdale Power Plant, the generating station that has been located in Edmonton's river valley throughout the city's history, boasted one of the world's first 10,000-kW turbo-generators in 1928.

In 1931, Rossdale had the largest steam boiler in Canada.

By 1941, Rossdale was Canada's largest thermal plant.

When Rossdale was converted to natural gas in the late 1950's, the new turbine units were the largest of their kind to be installed in Canada at that time.

The Clover Bar station, built in the 1970's, was the first power generating facility in North America to have a spring-supported foundation table installed beneath the turbine generators.

The tradition of innovation and leadership continues to this day.

Edmonton's power company is now the only Alberta company to be involved in every aspect of power generation: transmission, distribution and sales.

It also sells water to Edmonton and 40 surrounding communities.

The utility is now expanding into British Columbia, Ontario, and Washington State and has assets valued at over two billion dollars.

Edmonton Power has come a long way since its days as a little light and power company providing service to a seven-block stretch of downtown Edmonton for only limited hours between sunset and sunrise.

More than a century later, the sun still hasn't set on this company.

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Edmonton Power Historical Foundation

Hours of operation 2023

We are located on the grounds of the Leduc West Antique Museum. Travel 5 miles west of Leduc on Highway 39. Go north on Range Road 260 (Cohne Dale Road) for about a mile and the museum will be on your right. The museum is closed for the winter, however we are looking forward to opening our doors on May 27 for the Leduc West Antique Society Spring Swap Meet, Tractor Pull & Music Series. Featured will be all manner of vendor tables, displays, tours, and the first Tractor Pull of the season. In the evening the first concert of the Music Series will feature "Prairie Sky" on stage.
July 22 & 23 is theLWAS Annual Exposition, the biggest event of the year which will include public tours, exhibits, a parade of antique vehicles, and a Tractor Pull; on Saturday evening the Music Series will feature "The Jivin' Belles" performing songs heavily influenced by close harmony groups of the 40's like the Andrews Sisters.
September 9 & 10, the final event of the summer season is the Fall Harvest event… with public tours, exhibits and the Tractor Pull Provincial Finals event. The final music performance of the season will feature “Celtera” and as their name implies is steeped in the music from the Emerald Isle and Scotland.


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