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November 4th — Manitoba LED, Lighting & Control Exposition 2014
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The Manitoba Electrical League is hosting the first ever LED Lighting and Control Exposition on November 4, 2014 in Winnipeg at the Fairmont Hotel. This event is part of the newly expanded program of the League to provide members a greater opportunity to promote their products, services and the latest in new trends in the lighting industry.

This show will appeal to architects, engineers, interior designers, building owners and managers and contractors.

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MEL members respond to Z462 Arc Flash training online
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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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Pipeline expansions bolster Hydro's bid for mega-dams
Winnipeg Free Press
It's been one of the longest and most in-depth reviews of Manitoba Hydro's operations and it ends shortly. In almost nitpicking detail, the Crown corporation's plan to build two more northern dams and a transmission line to the United States has been pulled apart so many times it's become known as K19/C26/750MW for the sake of brevity and to save paper.
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All-season road network taking shape
Journal of Commerce
Construction is progressing on the all-season road being built along the east side of Manitoba's Lake Winnipeg. To date, about $85 million in tenders have been awarded and many projects are complete, or in process, on the aptly named Eastside Road. The road is 156 kilometres long and will follow the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, from Provincial Road 304 in the south to the Berens River First Nation Community in the north.
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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.

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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.

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Waterloo chemist develops 'holy grail' LED light bulb
CBC News
A lab at the University of Waterloo says it has developed the perfect replacement for the soon-to-be defunct incandescent bulb. Canada's supply of incandescent bulbs has been gradually disappearing off store shelves for the past year. The federal government banned 100 and 75 watt bulbs in January and by the end of 2014, the same will happen with 60 and 40 watt bulbs.

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Reinventing the light bulb
Clean Tech Canada
Everyone loves plucking low-hanging fruit, a business metaphor for taking simple and easy actions to accomplish your goals. But what's the low-hanging fruit when it comes to slashing energy use and reducing carbon emissions? Changing light bulbs is not the first answer. But switching to higher-efficiency lighting in our buildings and along our roadways is fast becoming a significant way to cut both emissions and energy costs.
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Winnipeg: City of architectural delights
Winnipeg Free Press
In the few decades leading up to the year 1914, Winnipeg transformed itself from an isolated trading post to a brash, cosmopolitan metropolis. When a new train station needed to be built, the architects of New York's Grand Central were hired. When the Union Bank needed a new building at the bend in Main Street, they constructed Canada's first skyscraper, the tallest in the Dominion.
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Manitoba ripping out pieces of newly-paved highway after cracks appear
CBC News
Construction crews are again working on Highway 7 between Stonewall and the Perimeter Highway, after it was repaved last year. Cracks appeared in the road over the winter. The province said it doesn't know why, so it will conduct tests. Only the southbound lanes of the highway are affected. One lane is still open.
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'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany
CTV News
Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany's southern city of Freiburg: "cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection." Like a growing number of German small businesses, home owners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for energy self-sufficiency.
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