Power Up
Jan. 30, 2014

MEL Ride for Kids
There is still room for more sledders! The MEL Ride for Kids is scheduled for Friday, February 7th starting at Falcon Lake. Visit the MEL website for a registration package and waiver of liability form, or please contact John Nunes at ABCO Supply and Service Ltd., 204-633-8071.More

MEL Curling Bonspiel
MEL Curling Bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th. There is still room for five more teams. Come out and have a fun day with other MEL members. Contact the MEL office to register your team.More

Finding cause of blast will take time
Winnipeg Free Press
It only took days to get the gas flowing again. It'll take a lot longer to find out why it stopped flowing in the first place. With the restoration of natural gas service underway southeast of Winnipeg, TransCanada PipeLines must now figure out what caused an explosion along one of the lines it first strung through the Red River Valley more than 50 years ago.More

SaskEnergy crews help in Manitoba
The StarPhoenix
SaskEnergy has sent personnel and equipment to southern Manitoba, where a pipeline explosion temporarily cut off natural gas service to thousands of customers in bitterly cold weather. Spokesman Dave Burdeniuk said the Crown-owned utility has sent two Cascade trailers to an area about 40 kilometres south of Winnipeg to feed natural gas into a pipeline downstream from where the explosion took place.More

Manitobans face $50 hike in natural gas bills
CBC News
The Public Utilities Board has approved an application by Centra Gas Manitoba to increase rates effective next month. The increase, which is approximately 6.4 per cent, translates to about $50 more per year on the average home-owner's bill. Natural gas commodity prices can be volatile and the rates will be reviewed again in the spring.More

Sugar-powered batteries could overtake chemical batteries
New research into sugar solutions at Virginia Tech University has given rise to speculation that sugar-powered batteries could be set to replace today's chemically-powered batteries in as little as three years. The research conducted at Virginia Tech has resulted in a break-through in harnessing the energy that is stored in natural sugars, with the research team claiming that their sugar-based battery can store up to 10 times more energy than its chemical equivalent can.More

SmartChange bulb is serial inventor's latest gadget
Waterloo Region Record
Serial inventor Shailendra Suman knows that a commercially successful invention is about much more than the idea. And in the nine years since the Charlotte, N.C. resident quit his day job in business development, he's known both the frustration of a commercial flop and the glory of a runaway success. He also has high hopes for his fourth product — an LED light bulb, called the SmartCharge, that operates via light switch even when the power goes out. More

Multi-million-dollar upgrade coming to MTS Centre
Winnipeg Free Press
True North Sports & Entertainment will embark on a multi-million-dollar upgrade to the upper bowl concourse of the MTS Centre this summer, part of the biggest renovation to the home of the Winnipeg Jets since the building opened more than nine years ago. The first moves will be adding 4,000 square feet of space at the northeast, southeast and southwest corners by knocking down some walls and "infilling" the balconies all the way to the outer walls of the 300 level. More

Why 2014 is a good time to be in the lighting controls business
By Allan McHale
This is now the most exciting time for the lighting industry since the early 20th century. We are truly at an inflection point, and the forthcoming shakeout over the next five years will determine the winners and losers in the game — as well as who will be the lighting giants of the future. The impact of LED technology is providing vast opportunities to improve lighting products and controls and their efficiency. This has coincided with the mandated demand to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in buildings, thus creating this challenging opportunity.More

Arts centre has big plans for Osborne Village
Winnipeg Free Press
A Winnipeg theatre is about to lift the curtain on a $24 million plan to redevelop one of Winnipeg's trendiest corners and add dozens of units of affordable housing to Osborne Village. The Gas Station Arts Centre hopes to tear down its existing theatre and build an eight-storey complex that would include two or three new commercial units fronting on Osborne Street, a new 300-seat theatre and six storeys of apartments, some earmarked for artists.More

Generator uses bacterial spores to harness power of evaporating water
Science Daily
A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Its developers foresee electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbours.More

Winnipeg's airport wins kudos
The Chronicle Herald
Winnipeg's international airport has been named one of the 10 most-stylish airports in the world by Fodor's Travel, a New York-based publisher of international guidebooks. The $585 million James Armstrong Richardson International airport recently celebrated its second birthday. Erica Duecy of Fodor's says she was fascinated how the architects played off the prairie landscape in designing the airport.More