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Welcome to the MEL's Power Up!
This is the first edition of the Manitoba Electrical League's new electronic news brief. This brief will be delivered to your inbox every Thursday, and will contain interesting and informative information on the latest news, products and trends in the electrical industry. In addition, there will be information on MEL programs and initiatives. Happy reading!
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Project Management Fundamentals
Red River College and the Manitoba Electrical League are pleased to offer training in Project Management Fundamentals. Learn to deliver projects on time and on budget in a variety of environments by studying a range of relevant subjects, including project planning, communication management, risk, quality control and team building.
Upcoming member events
The following are important upcoming dates for MEL member events:
November 16, 2013
MEL AGM and gala night Novemberfest — some tickets are still available. There will be a large silent auction with outstanding prizes and a draw for a $2500 travel voucher. Contact the MEL office for tickets: 204-783-4125
February 7, 2014
The Annual Ride for Kids
February 19, 2014
The Annual MEL Bonspiel
MEL's newest member
The Manitoba Electrical League is pleased to welcome Jim Peplinski Leasing as its newest associate member. Jim Peplinski is now part of the MEL's member loyalty program, where MEL members can get very favourable consideration for any commercial vehicle and fleet transactions, as well as on individual employee vehicle transactions.
It is important to know that when a member does business with Jim Peplinski Leasing, they are also supporting the MEL.
Jim Peplinski Leasing is proud to join the Manitoba Electrical League as your Official Fleet Leasing Partner! As a national, family-owned vehicle leasing company, Jim Peplinski Leasing has been serving businesses and individuals across Canada for over 20 years. Whether you are looking for a new vehicle, help with upfitting or decals, or just honest and unbiased advice, we are always available to assist with your vehicle needs.
Please don't hesitate to call or email Ian Hodes, your designated Account Manager (1-800-465-1174 ext. 3021 or 416-207-3021, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions.
Manitoba: PST about to pay off
The hotly criticized provincial sales tax hike will soon pay off, the NDP government insists.
Plagued by backlash over the hike from a seven per cent to eight per cent PST, Premier Greg Selinger's government unveiled a throne speech with a long list of infrastructure improvements the levy will fund.
The added $278 million in annual revenue will pay to better protect Highway 75 against flooding, revamp the Perimeter Highway and add a new Trans-Canada Highway bypass around Headingley, said Selinger.
KPMG: 'Renewed optimism' across Canadian construction industry
The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors have fresh optimism and anticipate further growth across the industry, according to KPMG's Global Construction Survey. After prolonged economic uncertainty, companies are experiencing a general increase in back-logs and margins, showing an overall positive outlook in the industry.
MEDO drums up business partnerships
Winnipeg Free Press
The largest Canadian-owned industrial crane company has formed a joint-venture with the Manitoba Metis Federation as a prelude to its entering the Manitoba market.
Even before Edmonton-based NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services has secured any paying customers in Manitoba, it has signed a partnership agreement with MEDO (Metis Economic Development Organization), an agency of the MMF, to develop business together in the province.
Which reference electrode for which environment?
By Sasha Viasasha
Understanding the role of various reference electrodes is fundamental to performing electrochemical testing for corrosion. The reference electrode carries a fixed potential against which the working electrode in the surface being tested is measured. There are many choices in reference electrodes, though, and the environmental stressors are key in deciding which one to use. Here is a quick look at the six most common reference electrodes used for electrochemical corrosion evaluations.
First woman 'lineman' at Manitoba Hydro
For decades, women have worked alongside men in almost every field of employment, but that wasn't the case for linemen at Manitoba Hydro until Jessica Hadfield came along.
After four years of work and countless hours of studying in the classroom, Hadfield will celebrate her accomplishments soon and will get her diploma, becoming the first woman lineperson in Manitoba.
She will climb hydro poles and fix power lines as the first woman to complete the program in its 60-year history.
Usability a key factor in modern medical electrical equipment
Electronic Products and Technology
The 3rd edition of the international basic standard IEC 60601-1 is being applied across the world. It requires manufacturers to avert the risks of poor usability in equipment. The most efficient way to address usability in an organized manner is to apply the methods of standard IEC 62366. Most medical mistakes are not due to individual carelessness, but rather to faulty processes, conditions, and systems that cause people to make errors or fail to avoid making them.
Wind electricity production to hit 2,800TWh by 2035
Wind Power Monthly
Global electricity generation from wind is expected to grow at an annual rate of 6 per cent, reaching 2,800TWh by 2035, a report from the International Energy Agency predicts. The body's World Energy Outlook shows wind accounting for 7.5 per cent of the world's power by 2035, up from its prediction last year of 7.3 per cent, with 2,680TWh produced. In 2011, 438TWh was produced by wind power.
Around 80 per cent of the additions are expected to be onshore, although the report predicts that offshore wind installations "will gradually increase in importance."
Electric utility execs see analytics as a priority
IT World Canada
The increase in the cost of natural gas and oil have pushed electrical utilities around the world towards smart grid and smart meter strategies, which promised to lower the cost of energy and make power grids more reliable.
Now a recent study by the consulting firm Accenture — which sells smart grid services — has found that more than two-thirds of utility executives believe the benefits of these deployments will be greater than original industry forecasts.
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