Power Up
Jun. 5, 2014

Manitoba LED Lighting & Control Exposition 2014
The LED Lighting Show and Exposition Exhibitors' registration package for the November 4th show at the Winnipeg Fairmont Hotel is now available. Only 32 booths are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is online.More

Mark your calendar!
The Gala night Committee is hard at work putting an exciting evening together for MEL members November 15th at the Can Ad Inns.

Every effort is being made to kick it up several notches from the November 2013 event.

The Curtis Newton Band will headline the evening entertainment. The Curtis Newton Band is well-known on the local night club circuit and has a great repertoire of music to dance to. Additional entertainment is also being planned.

Tickets will be available later in June for tables of eight or 10.

Further details to be released.More

MEL members respond to Z462 Arc Flash training online
Several MEL members are now taking advantage of the Z462 Arc Flash training available from the MEL online education training site. This MEL program initiative has been well received. The MEL program ESTS was developed by Terry Becker, one of Canada's leading electrical safety engineers.

This is an outstanding cost-effective program and is fully recognized. Visit the link and MEL training.More

Power Smart targets bigger savings for Manitobans
My Steinbach
Manitoba Hydro is committing to aggressive new energy efficiency targets that will see investments in the utility's Power Smart programs more than double over the next three years. These investments will save customers $157 million in 2017, bringing total cumulative savings to $1.4 billion since the Power Smart program was launched.More

Highlighting novel material advances in wind energy
By Don Rosato
Wind energy provides significant growth opportunities for advanced composite resin and reinforcement materials. Wind energy developments hold much promise to help meet the growing global energy demand, and innovations in plastics and composites will play a key role. The long-term growth of wind energy requires technical innovation to make wind more competitive with other forms of energy. Let's take a look at some promising new plastics developments in wind energy.More

Photos: Bear naps atop a SaskPower pole
Huffington Post
Talk about a power nap! Saskatchewan's electrical utility was alerted about a bear that had climbed to the top of one of its poles near the Town of Shellbrook recently, Metro News reported. Crews arrived to find the bear making himself comfortable atop the pole and eventually falling asleep, SaskPower spokesman Tyler Hopson told the newspaper.More

Solar-powered roads could be the way of the future
The Weather Network
Solar road ways could be the answer to many modern-day problems, according to its inventors. Electrical engineer Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie are developing the technology, which can hold up to 250,000 pounds are are capable of providing power to electric cars. The panels will be able to cover roads, driveways, sidewalks, playgrounds and parking lots, among other places. More

First electric vehicle charging station launched at The Forks
Metro News
The Forks believes its latest offering will have staying power. Representatives with the Manitoba government, CAA, Assiniboine Park and The Forks were all smiles as they launched the province's first public-access electric vehicle charging station recently. "(We) want to make it as easy as we can for people to transition into electric vehicles," said Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers. More

Manitoba experimenting to extend road construction season
Journal of Commerce
With short summers limiting road reconstruction in the province, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation is constantly on the lookout for any technological innovation that can extend road work for a few more weeks into the fall. One of those innovations that the department has been experimenting with is using a warm mix asphalt in place of the more common hot mix asphalt. More

Putting energy into energy program
Brandon Sun
Todd Laliberty's basement is ground zero for Manitoba Hydro's aggressive new three-year energy-efficiency push aimed at selling more electricity to the Americans. Laliberty's part in Hydro's renewed Power Smart plan, to double its original goal to conserve power, is to bring 20,000 more low-income homes up to today's standards. The North End home, built in 1900, will see its basement insulated and insulation added to his exterior walls and attic over the coming months. More

'Golden opportunity' for Hydro
Winnipeg Free Press
A U.S. plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions at power plants by as much as 30 per cent could be a boon to Manitoba Hydro, the province says. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said recently existing power plants are the largest source of the U.S.'s greenhouse gas emissions at 38 per cent, with much of it coming from aging, coal-fired power plants.More

Smart sensors transform bridges
Journal of Commerce
A new type of sensor is under development in the civil engineering department of the University of British Columbia that can sense changes in the stress condition and temperature of a concrete structure — such as bridges and other civil infrastructure — by making the concrete electrically conductive. More