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Manitoba LED Lighting & Control Exposition 2014
The following companies are now confirmed exhibitors for the LED Lighting & Control Expo on November 4th:

Cree Canada
H.E. Williams Inc.
Crouse-Hinds by Eaton
LED Roadway Lighting
Acuity Brands Lighting
Eaton Cooper Lighting
Juno Lighting Group
Philips Lighting
Manitoba Hydro
Hubbell Canada
GE Lighting
Contrast Lighting

Registration can be found here. Only 32 booths are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is online.
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LED Lighting Show sponsorship opportunities available
The following EAM member companies have confirmed their sponsorships for the LED Lighting and Control Show November 4th. This is a prime opportunity to get exposure with key decision makers in key business and industry sectors in Manitoba, including engineering, architecture and design, building owners and managers, municipalities, and more...

• SMS Engineering Ltd., Platinum, $1000
• MCW/Age Consulting Professional Engineers, Gold, $750
• R. D. Sales, Platinum, $1000

See attached promotional and sponsorship opportunities!

To confirm your sponsorship, please contact:

Judy or Gord, EAM Office
Phone: 204-783-4125

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Get them now! Gala Night tickets available
Tickets are still available for this year's Gala Evening & Charity Dinner!
Canad Inns Polo Park
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reception at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $90 (taxes included)

For tickets, please contact Judy at 204-783-4125, email, or fax 204-783-4216.

Click here to see more about the event!

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Red River College and the Electrical Association of Manitoba are pleased to offer training in...
Project Management Fundamentals
Study the fundamental aspects and principles of project management including life cycle, integration, planning, organization and communication. Learn about work breakdown structures, diagramming, cost management and resource allocation. Examine today's issues affecting project management including risk management, quality, conflict, and team building.

Project Management Plan and Estimate
Develop skills in planning projects, scheduling, scope management, resource management, cost and duration estimating, and activity sequencing. Business case development will be emphasized throughout the course. Class discussions will apply theoretical and practical concepts covered via case studies. Follow a project manager's efforts to develop and implement projects related to their organization's business.

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Electrical Safety Training System
Industry leading Electrical Safety e-Learning focused on the application of consensus based industry accepted best practice Standards to effectively manage electrical hazards of arc flash and shock. It applies content from current Standards that allows workers to learn how to identify and quantify shock and arc flash hazards. Workers are provided guidance on applying Occupational Health & Safety Management System fundamentals including a Plan, Do, Check, Act philosophy while working with energized electrical equipment.
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Hydro reports increase in net income, but don't expect lower rates
680 CJOB
Manitoba Hydro says the last fiscal year was a good one — but an expert says that won't keep any cash in your wallet when you pay your bills. Hydro says a five-year high in export electricity helped the Crown owned utility nearly double its net income in 2013-2014. Byron Williams of the Public Interest Law Centre says increased revenue from the export market won't offset costs for bipole III and the Keeyask generating station.

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B.C. power relatively cheap
CKNW News Talk 980
British Columbians enjoy some of the cheapest power in North America, according to a new report by Hydro Quebec, but politicians are arguing over who takes the credit and whether the cheap rates will continue. The report says British Columbians enjoy the third cheapest residential power in North America, paying about $40 less per month.

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No plans yet for wider use of digital smart power meters
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro has no immediate plans to expand the use of smart meters after mixed reviews in other provinces, including unexplained fires in Saskatchewan and malfunctions in B.C. The meters, which transmit consumption to a power utility, are being used to a very limited extent now in Manitoba. SaskPower is in the process of removing 105,000 recently installed smart meters following concerns eight fires may have been linked to the units.

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 In the Media

RBC report downgrades Manitoba's economic growth for 2014
Winnipeg Free Press
Economists at the RBC now believe the Manitoba economy — not unlike much of the rest of the rest of the country — will grow at an even more moderate rate this year than was previously forecasted, but is expected to pick up smartly in 2015. The banks' quarterly Provincial Outlook released recently says the provincial economy will grow 1.8 per cent this year, down from last quarter's forecast of 2.1 per cent. The bank says the downward revision is due to a softer outlook for both manufacturing and agriculture.
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Cancelling a hydro project? Imagine that
The Telegram
Here's a refreshing change: the provincial government has listened to the Public Utilities Board (PUB), and has cancelled a $10 billion hydroelectric project, after the board found the economics behind the project to be dangerously weak. The decision came after that province asked its PUB to examine Manitoba Hydro's plans to build expensive hydroelectric generating stations known as Keeyask and Conawapa. Keeyask, at 695 megawatts and $6.5 billion, is going ahead: Conawapa, at 1,485 megawatts and $10.7 billion, has been frozen.
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Wind power a strong factor in Europe's energy. What of Canada?
The Vancouver Sun
We've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of giant windmills (turbines) as we've driven through Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. At times we've seen 30 to 50 wind turbines in one view line, usually from a highway. Wind power is a significant source of energy in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and elsewhere in Europe. It's another case of Europe generally being ahead of Canada and the U.S. when it comes to using technology to aid its citizens, in this case by providing sources of clean renewable energy and not just relying on oil and gas, which contribute to global warming and smog.
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Prospects for solar brighter than ever
Mining Feeds
I've been reading titles like this for years. The same for titles about the imminent tipping point of the adoption of electric vehicles. Well, we seem pretty close on EVs, what about solar? I don't know how to define a tipping point in solar, but adoption is exploding. Everyone knows that the costs to manufacture solar panels continues to decline. Less well-known is that the conversion rate of the sun's energy is improving modestly each year as well.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Storm caused 'critical failure' at new police headquarters (Winnipeg Free Press)
B.C. power relatively cheap (CKNW News Talk 980)
Ontario talks hydro trade with Quebec and Manitoba (Toronto Star)

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Squirrel takes out west end
Portage Daily Graphic
A squirrel took out the power on the west side of Portage la Prairie recently for about two and a half hours. "We had an outage at about 12:05 p.m. at the 15th Street substation. It appears it was a wildlife contact within the station that caused a breaker to blow and we lost two of our distribution lines that originate in that station," said Anthonie Koop, spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro. The squirrel entered the substation and caused an arc.
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Solar panels bring air-ships closer to reality
Winnipeg Sun
Barry Prentice says Canada needs air-ships "more than any place in the world" and a largely made-in-Manitoba operation has taken another step to filling that void. Buoyant Aircraft Systems International, at the St. Andrews airport, unveiled a new $25,000 solar panel recently, which will provide an eco-friendly way of powering the innovative operation at BASI. Prentice said the BASI air-dock is the first of its kind in Canada that is completely "off the grid."
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New Forks path will link downtown and St. Boniface
CBC News
A new walkway planned for The Forks will help link Broadway to the French Quarter. The new space and walking path will also pay homage to the Winnipeg Foundation by creating the "Alloway Arch" — built from shards of the old Alloway and Champion Bank. Banker William Forbes Alloway helped start the Winnipeg Foundation in 1921 with a gift of $100,000, as a way to give back to the community that helped him prosper. Now recognized as Canada's oldest community foundation, the foundation in 2012 made $21 million in grants to almost 800 charitable organizations.
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Underwater compressed air energy storage: Fantasy or reality?
Renewable Energy World
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage (UW-CAES) — a step beyond underground energy storage in caverns — may soon offer conventional utilities a means of long-duration load shifting for their large-scale electrical grids, and niche micro-grid operators a means of reducing their fossil-fuel dependence, say its advocates. More than 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 150 kilometers of a coastline. Thus, the hope is that UW-CAES can benefit both from existing and future wind and solar microgrids as well as from coastal cities using conventional electrical grids.
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