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MEL Members: Mark the following dates in your calendars
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April 25th — MEL Business Networking Luncheon at Investors Group Field with Guest Speaker Wade Miller, President and CEO, Winnipeg Blue Bombers. MEL members will be eligible for Blue Bombers merchandise draws.

November 4th — MEL Lighting Show at the Fairmont Hotel, featuring some of the latest trends in the lighting industry today. Keynote speaker and informative educational sessions are planned.
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Join us for the 2nd annual Manitoba Building Expo — September 10th!
BOMA Manitoba
The MEL is a Supporting Association of the Manitoba Building Expo. This event will again serve as the premier showcase for all the latest products and technologies for commercial and institutional buildings, and a terrific learning and networking opportunity for industry professionals. More than 140 exhibitors turned out in 2013, and the show will be bigger and even better in 2014. You don't want to miss it!

Best of all, attending Expo is FREE! There is no cost to attend the trade show and visit with exhibitors or network with your fellow Expo attendees. And for those interested in participating in the various sessions and the keynote luncheon, tickets to the Expo will be available soon.

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Manitoba Budget 2014 focuses on infrastructure spending
Journal of Commerce
One of the main priorities of Manitoba's 2014 budget is spending on infrastructure, including highways and bridges on major trade corridors and flood protection, which is based on a medium-term capital plan. "At roundtable meetings throughout the province, we heard from Manitobans about their priorities for infrastructure investments," said Finance Minister Jennifer Howard, during the recent budget speech.
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Manitoba-U.S. power deal will hike rates
Sun News Network
The newly inked deal by Manitoba Hydro to sell power to the U.S. will result in higher rates, say the Tories. Tory Leader Brian Pallister touted the deal as the NDP sending "power aid to U.S. markets." He added, "they are pushing Manitoba Hydro to do something unprecedented with the recent announcement that Manitoba would build a line on foreign soil," he said.
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Creating electricity out of organic waste
Castanet.net
A Kelowna company has received national recognition. Maple Reinders were recipients of the annual Canadian Construction Association National Awards Program in the Environmental category, for their innovative Harvest Energy Garden project. In addition, KPMG has named the project one of the Top 100 Infrastructure Projects in the World. The first of its kind in North America.

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CentrePort expansion speeding up
Winnipeg Sun
The province is speeding up plans to expand CentrePort Canada Way, promising the project "critical in growing the Manitoba economy" will be completed in the next five years. First set to be built within the next 20 years, a move to double the length of the four-lane expressway and add a new Headingley bypass is now in the design stage, said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.

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Manitoba Hydro awards $1.4 billion contract for Keeyask project
Winnipeg Free Press
A $1.4 billion general civil contract has been awarded to a limited partnership between Bechtel Canada, Barnard Construction of Canada and EllisDon Civil for construction of the proposed 695 megawatt Keeyask generating station. Manitoba Hydro made the announcement recently on behalf of the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, a venture between Manitoba Hydro and the four Keeyask Cree Nations.

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No decision on hydro gas plant for 4 years
Winnipeg Free Press
It's been dubbed Plan 5 and it doesn't include the proposed Conawapa mega-generating station. Instead of building the estimated $10.7 billion Conawapa dam in the next few years, Manitoba Hydro has floated the idea of building a cheaper natural gas-burning plant to produce electricity. Hydro president and CEO Scott Thomson said a decision to build a gas plant will be based on what makes the most economic sense when a final decision on Conawapa's fate is needed in about four years.
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Study: Green energy costs 'minimal' for consumers
The Globe and Mail
The cost of green energy has a relatively small impact on residential electricity bills in Ontario, a new study suggests, and that will not change significantly even as renewables take up a bigger portion of power generation. That should be a lesson for other provinces considering the shift to renewables, says the study's sponsor, Environmental Defence Canada, because it shows Ontario's pro-green energy plan is not as costly as some critics claim.
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Manitoba Hydro employees testing out electric bus
CTV News
Winnipeg Transit riders may be hopping on electric buses this summer. A battery-electric shuttle bus currently takes Manitoba Hydro employees from their Taylor Avenue office to downtown. Hydro is helping test the technology for possible future use in the city. They're looking to see how the bus performs in extreme weather conditions.
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LED lighting technology taking over
Net Newsledger
Let there be light. LED lamps and LED technology offers excellent lighting and greater affordability. The choices to replace older lights is expanding. It is estimated that at least twenty per cent of your business, or home electricity bill is the lighting. Older choices, including what were once thought "energy saving" florescent lights are now seen as energy hogs by the evolving technology of new and more efficient lighting.
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Bridge reopening — finally
Winnipeg Free Press
It was a long time coming, but an important river crossing in the heart of the province's oil territory is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. The Coulter Bridge, connecting Coulter and Waskada on Highway 251, was demolished following a July 2011 washout and forced some travellers to drive an extra 40 minutes to get over the Souris River.
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