Power Up
Jan. 16, 2014

Project Management Fundamentals & Project Management Planning and Estimating
MEL
Red River College and the Manitoba Electrical League are pleased to offer training in Project Management Fundamentals and Project Management Planning and Estimating. Learn to deliver projects on time and on budget in a variety of environments by studying a range of relevant subjects, including project planning, communication management, risk, quality control and team building. These courses, although not exclusive to the electrical industry, are generic and have a broad application to different business environments. More

Re-development work to start on former Convergys building in Brandon
Westman Journal
The re-development of municipally owned property on Princess Avenue in downtown Brandon into a Civic Administration and Community Services facility will begin early in 2014, officials recently confirmed. The tender for renovation work on the building at 638 Princess Avenue, the city-owned building formerly occupied by Convergys Corporation for use as a call centre, has been awarded to Horizon Builders, as per a decision of Brandon City Council. More

Canadians stock up on incandescent bulbs in wake of ban
The Globe and Mail
It has hardly been a stampede, but Canadians have stepped up their purchases of old-style incandescent light bulbs, as buyers stockpile them in the wake of the first phase of a ban on manufacturing the power-guzzling product. Retailers report a jump in sales as a result of the recent implementation of federal rules that prevent 75 watt and 100 watt bulbs from being made or imported into Canada. More

Gillam Town Centre design wins architectural award
Thompson Citizen
The design of the Gillam Town Centre currently under construction in the Northern Manitoba community garnered a Canadian Architect Award of Merit for Peter Sampson Architecture Studio and Calnitsky Associates Architects, who came up with the concept. The award was one of 11 announced in Canadian Architect magazine recently, with the winners selected from 208 submissions. More

More youth considering a skilled trades career
Daily Commercial News
Today's Canadian youth are more open to considering a career in the skilled trades than they were in 2004, according to a study from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF). "That's good and it does indicate that messages are getting through about opportunity and good pay," said CAF executive director Sarah Watts-Rynard. "That means that the skilled trades community is providing better information than we have in the past."More

Straw to be turned into power
Manitoba Co-operator
Spinning it into gold may be out of the question, but one Manitoba company is hoping to turn straw and other agricultural waste products into electricity. The St. Adolphe-based Triple Green Energy — formerly known as Biomass Best — is preparing to test a new system that it hopes will generate 70 kilowatts of power, using a three million BTU biomass burner.More

Federal ban ignites rush on old-style light bulbs
CBC News
Some Winnipeggers are stocking up on standard light bulbs after a federal ban went into effect recently. The ban, aimed at improving efficiency, means light bulb manufacturers can no longer supply the Canadian market with 75-watt and 100-watt incandescent bulbs. Retailers, however, can sell whatever stock they have left. The 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs have one more year before they are added to the banned list.More

Manitobans break energy-use record
Winnipeg Free Press
We used more electricity than ever before during the recent cold snap — but that shouldn't be a surprise. Manitoba Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider said recently the province broke a record for energy consumption. He said on Manitoba reached an all-time peak level of electricity use of 4,547 megawatts. The previous record was 4,535 MW.More

Tower designer not licensed
Winnipeg Free Press
The man behind the design of a proposed 24-storey tower for Waterfront Drive has angered the province's architects who say he can't legally lead a project of that magnitude. Sotirios Kotoulas signed his name to several drawings that were submitted to city hall for an exemption to the Exchange District building-height restriction, but according to the Manitoba Association of Architects, only licensed architects can legally design buildings of that magnitude.More

Coal ban goes into effect, sort of
Manitoba Co-operator
Those hoping to burn the coal they got in their stockings this past Christmas are out of luck, at least in Manitoba. But while the province's ban on burning coal and petroleum coke for heat officially came into effect recently, a grace period of three years means that in practice, many will continue to burn the fuel until July 2017.More

Winnipeg museum's twists and turns pushed bounds of construction techniques for PCL
Edmonton Journal
When a team from Edmonton's PCL Construction first saw the iconic, soaring design for the $350 million Canadian Museum of Human Rights now nearing completion in Winnipeg, they "resisted the urge to run," according to a company vice president. "Just one look at this breath-taking, iconic structure and its uniqueness is apparent," said Sean Barnes.More

Organic battery hailed as cheap renewable energy solution
CBC News
A cheap rechargeable battery that harnesses energy by using the electrochemistry of organic molecules rather than metals is being touted by Harvard researchers as a breakthrough for renewable energy. The Harvard team reports that the battery, which they say can be applied on a power-grid scale, uses naturally abundant and small organic compounds called quinones rather than electrocatalysts from costly precious metals such as platinum.More

Smart buildings and smart cities will take centre stage in 2014
By Allen McHale
Capital-intensive renewable power projects are now at a place where governments around the world are delaying their commitment to spend. In addition, the centralized structure of the electrical utility industry through which most of the renewable power will be traded is not the most appropriate and is not yet fully on board. However, there is a more appropriate direction that will take us down the path to reach our destination of a low-carbon economy in the 21st century — simply putting a lot more effort into reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and cities.More