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Manitoba's Electrical Showcase
MEL
Dates were announced recently for the 2015 edition of Manitoba's premiere Electrical Showcase, sponsored by the Manitoba Electrical League. The 2015 edition of the show will be held May 20-21 at the Red River Exhibition Park. Details will be released in the coming weeks.
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Presentation of cheque to Maria Tuscano of the Children's Wish Foundation
MEL
A cheque for $12,000 was recently presented to Maria Tuscano of the Children's Wish Foundation. The funds were generated through the MEL Annual Ride for Kids held in February. About 90 sledders were involved in the Ride this year, which saw participants travel from Falcon Lake, through the Whiteshell Provincial Park Trails, to Pinewood Lodge on Dorothy Lake and return.

A big thank you to John Nunes of Abco Supply and Service Ltd. and MEL Board Member for his outstanding efforts towards making this another successful event.

 

Left: Presentation of cheque for $12,000 to Maria Tuscano of the Children's Wish Foundation.

Right: Maria Tuscano, Director Manitoba and Nunavut, for the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, presenting John Nunes, MEL board member, a plaque recognizing the MEL for its contribution.

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Manitoba LED Lighting and Control Exposition — November 4, 2014
MEL
Details and exhibitor registration packages for the Manitoba Lighting and Control Exposition will be available shortly. The exposition will be held November 4th at the Fairmont Hotel. This trade show will be appealing to architects, engineers, interior designers, building owners, and contractors. Many changes are occurring in the lighting industry today. The show will feature informative educational sessions. Watch for details and registration information in future issues of Power Up and on the MEL website.
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Membership campaign planned
MEL
Robert Semchyshyn, MEL Board member and chair of the membership committee, advises that a major membership campaign is currently in the planning stage. If you are aware of any companies who should be members of the MEL, please contact the MEL office at 204-783-4125.
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MEL members respond to Z462 Arc Flash training online
MEL
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.

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Minister Allum: New legislation would enable Winnipeg technical college to play expanded role in jobs, skills training
Government of Manitoba
Legislation introduced recently would establish the Winnipeg Technical College (WTC) as a stand-alone hybrid institution that would provide both secondary and post-secondary skills training, Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum has announced. WTC would become the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and take on an expanded role in providing jobs and skills training to Manitoba high school and post-secondary students, Minister Allum said.
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U.S. to Canada wind storage transmission line plans submitted
Wind Power Monthly
Minnesota Power has submitted its plans to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for approval and also applied for a presidential permit from the U.S. Department of Energy. The 500kV Great Northern Transmission Line would cross the Minnesota-Manitoba border carrying power from wind into Canada for storage through pumped hydro. Power will then be transported along the 350-kilometre route back into the U.S. at times of high demand to an electric sub-station on the Mesabi Iron Range in the north of the country.
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Why Tim Hortons switched to LED lights
The Globe and Mail
Just a few years ago, LED lighting wouldn't have made Tim Hortons' short list for new lighting systems because of high costs, along with an unpleasant harsh quality of the light. But the technology has changed, prices for commercial use have dropped and bulbs are now available that emit a warm, friendly-looking light. The bulbs last for years, requiring less maintenance, says John Macey, manager of sustainable design at Tim Hortons.

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Contractor on prestigious list
Winnipeg Free Press
A Winnipeg design-build contractor whose revenue has grown 60 to 70 per cent in the last seven years is the only Manitoba company named to Canada's Best Managed Companies list for 2013. FWS Group of Companies was among 47 firms named to this year's list, considered one of the country's premier business awards programs.

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Let's shine a light on LED myths
Calgary Sun
It's time to set the record straight. As the government transitions out incandescent light bulbs, there are many misconceptions that need to be addressed about energy-efficient options available — in particular, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), the newest kid on the block. Here are some of the most common misconceptions.

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Manitoba sees drop in non-residential construction
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba was one of five provinces to see a drop in spending on non-residential construction projects in the first quarter of 2014, Statistics Canada figures show. The agency said $398 million was spent on commercial, industrial and institutional (government) projects during the quarter. That was a decline of one per cent from the $401 million spent in the final quarter of 2013, although it was still a 7.1 per cent improvement over the $371 million spent in the first three months of last year.
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Feds back Red River College for research in robotics, electric vehicles
ChrisD.ca
The federal government has provided Red River College with additional funding to continue research into electric vehicle (EV) testing, large building envelope research and robotics innovation. The $327,842 will allow RRC to purchase an EV rapid charging station and battery testers, a building envelope test chamber to test wall sections and materials, and new end-of-arm and imaging tools for existing robotics.
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Manitoba town is a design showcase
Journal of Commerce
A bold downtown redevelopment plan for the northern Manitoba town of Gillam has earned Winnipeg-based firms Calnitsky Associate Architects and Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Joint Venture the prestigious Canadian Architect Award of Merit for 2013. Gillam is a company town of about 1,500 residents and is located about 1,000 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
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Canada West Foundation ranks cities' energy efforts
Edmonton Sun
When it comes to improving city-wide energy management, Edmonton has its work cut out. A report by the Canada West Foundation (CWF) — entitled Buildings, Bicycles and Sprawl, An Overview of Urban Energy Management in Seven Western Canadian Cities — ranks the progress of energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction in seven western Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
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Human Rights Museum wins 'Best Project' award
ChrisD.ca
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been recognized by the Engineering-News Record with the 2014 Global Best Project Award. The museum won in the cultural category, and is the first large-scale project in Canada to use 3-D modeling as part of a virtual design and construction approach across all consultant and contractor groups.
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Renewable energy not as viable as carbon capture
Clean Tech Canada
Investments in renewable energy would have been better spent on carbon capture and storage solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Clive Mather, former president and CEO of Shell Canada. Speaking at the Zero2014 conference in Edmonton recently, Mather noted the massive subsidies provided to the renewable energy markets in Germany and the broader European Union are far out of proportion with the return.
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B.C. couple using Manitoba sun to power their dreams
CBC News
Bev and Will Eert gave up the temperate climate of Vancouver Island for Manitoba's polar vortex, and they couldn't be happier. The B.C. transplants are building a very special house about 40 kilometres southwest of Portage la Prairie, MB. When complete, the timber-frame house, nestled in a crook of the Assiniboine River, will be completely off the grid.
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