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Peter Bernatsky elected President
MEL
Peter Bernatsky was elected 2014 President of the Manitoba Electrical League at the association's Annual General Meeting and Gala evening, November 16th in Winnipeg. Peter is currently Managing Partner of Advance Pro. Peter holds a Master's Degree in Political Science/Economics from the University of Manitoba and joined Advance in 1996. In his remarks, he indicated that there are four key areas that the association must address...
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Executive and Board of Directors 2014
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The following is the Manitoba Electrical League Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2014. Committee chairs will be appointed in the near future.
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The following Board Members stepped down at the AGM
MEL
At the Manitoba Electrical League Annual General Meeting and Gala evening November 16th, the following board members were honoured and recognized for their many years of outstanding service to the association and contributions to the electrical industry in Manitoba. Each board member received a beautiful plaque, suitably inscribed, recognizing their achievement.

Henry Loewen — Tri–Star Electric Company Ltd.
Louis Boisjolis — Tri–Star Electric Company Ltd.
Lou Sperber — Comstock Canada Ltd.
Gary Pestaluky — Hi–Tech Sales (1989) Ltd.
Lawrence Ferchoff — Manitoba Hydro

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2013 Annual Meeting — The year in review
MEL
The past year has been one of transition for the Manitoba Electrical League, to an association providing and building more value for its members and promoting the electrical industry. We are introducing new programs and services to meet the times and the business environment we are all operating in. Like every other non-profit organization, we are no different in that we have on-going financial challenges, and are continuing and will be doing more financially — building new revenue streams to ensure the long term sustainability of this industry association.

The following are some of the highlights of our activities during the past year...

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Manitoba Hydro, SaskPower sign $100 million electricity agreement
Metro News
The Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments have signed an agreement that will see SaskPower buy $100 million worth of electricity from Manitoba Hydro. "With Saskatchewan's economy growing fast, demand for electricity has been increasing at more than twice the historical average," said Bill Boyd, minister responsible for SaskPower, in a press release.
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Will electricity storage save the grid?
Intelligent Utility
The business model of most electric utilities is based on the administration of a large, centralized electricity grid or some aspect of it. The rise of distributed generation — electricity customers going off or partially off grid and generating their own electric power — directly threatens that model. The role of a traditional electric utility on a grid largely based on distributed generation is difficult to foresee. This is the Armageddon scenario that keeps utility executives awake at night.
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Selinger: Manitoba to ramp up infrastructure
Global News
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said recently he can balance the budget and undertake a record $5.5 billion infrastructure program in part because most of the projects will not kick in right away. "That will roll out and ramp up as we go along. It's going to take a while to get it fully moving," Selinger said. There are "lots of things" such as environmental licences that may be needed before some projects proceed, he added.
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Plug-in problems: Why consumers aren't buying electric vehicles
The Globe and Mail
Stories abound of angry electric vehicle owners getting all charged up because of problems charging their batteries. This trouble exists only for owners of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and all-electric vehicles (EV). The more common "hybrids" get their juice from regenerative braking and an internal combustion engine and are not designed to be plugged in.

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First woman 'lineman' at Manitoba Hydro
Global News
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.

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Project Management Fundamentals
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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.

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A renaissance in St. Boniface
Winnipeg Free Press
A cluster of six industrial properties in Old St. Boniface is being given a new lease on life. The properties all share the same address — 490 Rue Des Meurons — including a former International Laboratories/Color Your World paint factory and a former steel-cutting plant. A paper-box manufacturing company recently leased the former steel-cutting plant next door, and a local numbered company has purchased the three vacant lots with the intention of building a $30 million, 75- to 90-unit condominium complex.
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Turn-key services increasing to meet supply chain changes
Electronic Products and Technology
Semi-conductor penetration continues to increase and diversify across market sectors and into more end-product devices. With this increase of semi-conductor chips on Bills of Materials populating more industry sectors, end-product manufacturers in particular are finding themselves in need of global, turn-key solutions to manage the growing list of required electronic component sourcing and inventory management services.
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Western Canadian construction firms look to Ireland for skilled workers
The Globe and Mail
Western Canadian construction companies struggling to hire highly skilled workers will offer jobs to almost 500 Irish trades people after a recruitment drive in Dublin and Belfast. The job fairs drew about 800 people in Belfast recently, and about 2,000 others in Dublin, said Abigail Fulton, vice-president of the B.C. Construction Association, which organized the events.
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Forget LED bulbs — The future of interior lighting is lasers
Quartz
Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison's electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing a substantial portion of indoor lights, and the archaic bulb and socket infrastructure on which they depend, with lasers.
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Hydro's PowerPointe presentation
Winnipeg Free Press
Like a lot of infrastructure in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba, Pointe du Bois is falling apart. What was an engineering feat at the time — taming the Winnipeg River and switching the city to cheap and convenient electricity — is now a museum to worn-out technology. It's a rare day when all of its 17 turbine generators work at the same time. The sorry state of Pointe du Bois was known when Manitoba Hydro acquired the dam in 2002 as part of its purchase of Winnipeg Hydro, the former operator.
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Manitoba proposes hiking fines for speeding in construction zones
Brandon Sun
The provincial government wants to increase the fines to motorists who speed through designated highway construction zones. Bill 2, introduced recently, would allow authorities to impose additional fines of $7.70 for each kilometre per hour of excess speed — an increase from the current $5 per km/h of excess speed. The additional fine would also apply regardless of whether workers are present or equipment is being used in the construction zone.
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