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The MEIA Student Chapter Career Exposition: Sustainable Futures 2015 is coming February 24, 2014, to the University of Manitoba. Book your booth now--free for MEIA members and $100 for non-members.
In its fifth year, the Career Exposition: Sustainable Future, Connecting Today’s Students with Tomorrow’s Opportunities, is an excellent networking and learning experience..Students from post-secondary institutions across Manitoba are involved in the planning process and are...Read More
CORE Renewable Energy won last week’s Green Dragons' Lair competition at the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Emerging Issues 2015 conference.
CORE Renewable Energy has created a modeling software program that uses renewable energy planning tools for power projects to reach maximum renewable generation at the least cost while maintaining no black outs in energy supply.
Green Dragons' Lair featured innovative new companies and ideas that are helping move Manitoba toward a sustainable future. The Lair offers select local Manitoba entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to pitch their product. More than 75 environmental businesses, government and other stakeholders heard pitches by contestants with unique environmental start ups.
CORE Renewable Energy provides renewable energy planning tools and operation management optimization for power projects, incorporating combined renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass; small to large scale storage solutions including batteries, compressed air, fuel cells and backup diesel generators. The company has technology solutions that optimize the performance of the systems that they design or already exist, so that user can reach maximum renewable generation at the least cost while maintaining no black outs in energy supply. Dr. Andrea Kraj, is a practicing professional engineer and pioneering leader in developing sophisticated computer modeling and simulation of advanced energy systems, supporting optimization of design and operation of multi-renewable energy systems for distributed generation.
Other contestants included Crik Nutrition, Reliable Tire Recycling, Step-UP Waste Management Solutions, SunDial Building Performance, and The Wall 440 mug.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says he will unveil the province's targets and initiatives for green jobs and energy-saving programs on Dec. 3, as he and other premiers gear up for climate change talks in Paris next week.
Selinger met with other premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday to discuss Canada's approach to climate change before they travel to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Justin Trudeau promises 'Canadian approach' to climate change 'We'll find out' whether unity on climate change possible, Selinger says
Selinger said Manitoba has led the way on many green initiatives, and he'll have more to announce on Dec. 3.
"You will see us really ramping up our ability to do Power Smart programs — ways to help people keep their energy costs down, reduce their consumption of water … and the financing of that through Manitoba Hydro," he told Marcy Markusa of CBC's Information Radio on Tuesday.
"It's very important that we keep the costs of living in Manitoba affordable, and Power Smart programs and energy efficiency programs are one of the best ways to do that."
Manitoba's plan will have "a big component" on "green jobs," he added.
"We need to keep focusing on the jobs of the future, and climate change offers us a way to focus on that. There's going to be all kinds of retrofitting going on in homes, energy efficiency programs, programs to electrify transportation, how we can do agriculture in a way that's sustainable," he said.
"So those are all opportunities for us in the province of Manitoba, and we've got a lot of smart people who are engaged and willing to be part of that solution."Won't set national target in advance
Selinger said the premiers and Trudeau will not set a Canadian target until after the Paris meetings, but he found Monday's talks promising.
"I think there was a tremendous desire on the part of all the premiers and the prime minister to come up with a plan that we can be proud of for Canada, so I took it as a very positive meeting," he said.
"The discussion yesterday showed a lot of areas that we can co-operate on and identified a lot of ways that we can do things together. So in that regard, it was quite positive. The tone makes a difference, but you got to come up with some substance, too."Alberta's climate change strategy targets carbon, coal, emissions Provinces to set 'more ambitious' climate change targets, Ont. premier says 'We can't forget the economy': Sask. premier on climate change talks
Some provinces, such as Alberta and British Columbia, announced their plans for carbon taxes, while Ontario and Quebec announced their own initiatives, but Selinger said Manitoba is being heard in the discussions.
"There's no problem with our voice being heard. We're well-regarded for the things we've done," he said.
"We were one of the first provinces with an ethanol mandate. We led the nation in geothermal installations. We've got a lot of good work that's being done with social enterprise in First Nations communities."
Manitoba Hydro's electricity exports are "well-regarded" for helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions outside the province, and the public power utility is an innovator in financing energy efficiency programs, he added.
November 13, 2015
$150,000 For Aki Energy, Green Jobs: Premier Selinger
The Manitoba government will provide $150,000 in support for Aki Energy, allowing it to expand its geothermal energy program to a total of six First Nations in the province and create green jobs and lower utility bills for on reserve housing, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“Bringing clean, green energy to First Nations communities is an urgent need, both from an environmental and an economic perspective. We’d like to see this model expanded to all First Nations, helping with green job creation, renewable and clean energy, and climate-change leadership,” said Premier Selinger. “Manitoba’s willingness to work with First Nations on building the green economy together is something Manitobans can be very proud of.”
Currently, 350 houses on four First Nations have been retrofitted with geothermal systems which cut space heating costs by more than 40 per cent. The cost of converting a home to geothermal is about $17,500 and these costs are financed by Manitoba Hydro. A portion of the savings are used to pay Hydro back over time. The savings in utility bills outweigh the financing costs, meaning that utility bills for the rate payers are lower, the premier said.
“This important investment will allow Aki Energy to connect two additional First Nations with Manitoba Hydro’s Pay As You Save program, for a total of six communities”, said Darcy Wood, executive director, Aki Energy. “We’ll begin the consultation, selection, community engagement and training process right away so we are ready for the 2016 construction season.”
In addition, Aki Energy will work with up to three other communities to install two biomass projects and a pilot project for roof-top solar energy. Sagkeeng First Nation and Long Plain First Nation both started geothermal operations this year, completing a combined total of 30 geothermal installations.
“We are excited to be installing geothermal equipment, so that 18 families can benefit from significantly reduced utility bills this year,” said Chief Dennis Meeches, Long Plain First Nation. “Involving local crews in the installation means creating green jobs in our community.”
The Power Smart Pay As You Save (PAYS) financing program provides Manitoba Hydro residential customers with a convenient option for completing energy efficient upgrades to their homes while keeping upfront costs and future monthly finance payments as small as possible.
“Manitoba Hydro is pleased to be working with Aki Energy and the partnering First Nation communities,” said Lloyd Kuczek, vice-president, customer care and energy conservation, Manitoba Hydro. “The success of the programs being managed by Aki Energy complements our overall efforts to aggressively capture energy savings in both First Nation communities and other communities throughout Manitoba.”
This new funding supports TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, an eight-year plan that supports environmental protection while ensuring sustainable prosperity for future generations.
November 19, 2015
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises the winter nutrient application ban has been implemented effective immediately given recent snowfall accumulations throughout Manitoba. The winter nutrient application ban continues until midnight on April 10 and applies to all forms of nutrients including livestock manure and inorganic fertilizer.
A previous variance that extended the window on nutrient application until midnight today has been rescinded.
Producers are reminded that additional information on nutrient application restrictions can be accessed online at www.manitoba.ca/nutrientdates.
Restrictions are designed to ensure nutrients are not applied when the ground is frozen and/or snow-covered and to protect the water quality of Manitoba’s lakes and rivers by reducing nutrient loading to waterways.
The renowned environmental expert is consulted about Climate Change on CTV National. Click on the Read More button below for a link to the video. Better yet, see Blair in person at our Emerging Issues conference this Thursday, November 19.
Emerging Issues is Manitoba’s only annual confererence addressing current environmental issues impacting Manitoba industries. Feltmate will deliver the keynote address.
See the CTV national interview here. Find out details and registration info on Emerging Issues here.
In addition to Feltmate, the conference features opening remarks by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Thomas Nevakshonoff, a Water Issues session, a Waste Diversion session, a forum on Climate Change plus networking opportunities and the return of the...
Green Dragon's Lair, a chance to see new and innovative companies pitch their product to a panel of media experts.
See the full agenda, or contact the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association at 204-783-7090 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Tri-Core Projects is pleased to welcome Paul Finnbogason as Director of Special Projects. Paul brings over 27 years of environmental and civil construction project management and business development expertise to the Tri-Core team.
As a business building professional, Paul understands the needs of his customers and the role of a trusted advisor. Paul’s focus will be expanding Tri-Core's Environmental Construction, Decommissioning and Site Remediation and Reclamation projects across the Canadian Prairies. Having extensive experience in providing innovative solutions to the Oil and Gas, Hydro Electric, Industrial, Mining, and Municipal sectors across Canada, Paul understands the changing market place and the competitive nature of business in developing cost effective solutions to his clients. Paul is a welcome addition to the Tri-Core team.
A COR Certified Company, Tri-Core has extensive experience in Municipal, Industrial, Mining, Transportation and the Oil and Gas sectors. Tri-Core Projects has a robust team of Operations and Project Management professionals comprised of Civil Engineers, Technologists and highly rated and skilled site staff. We provide diversified and extensive construction experience to our clients with a broad spectrum of solutions to virtually any challenge
November 5, 2015
Following the recommendation of the Manitoba Hydro Electric Board, Kelvin Shepherd will become Manitoba Hydro’s new president and chief executive officer effective Dec. 7, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“Shepherd is a proven leader with a track record of successfully managing major projects and I am confident he will be a great asset to Manitoba Hydro as it continues its plan to grow and develop new opportunities to deliver economic benefit to and value for Manitobans,” Premier Selinger said.
Shepherd succeeds former president and chief executive officer Scott Thomson. The premier noted the appointment follows an extensive local and national search conducted by the board, and Shepherd will be responsible for leading the executive management team and overseeing all strategic, operational and financial facets of Manitoba Hydro. Shepherd has a history of building positive relationships with customers, employees and the broader community including Indigenous leaders and communities, the premier said.
Shepherd joins Manitoba Hydro after serving five years as president of MTS Inc. from 2010 to 2015. Prior to 2010, he held various senior roles at MTS including president of consumer markets for MTS Allstream, chief operating officer, chief technical officer and vice-president of network services. Prior to joining MTS, he worked as chief technology officer at SaskTel.
“As a committed resident of Manitoba, Shepherd understands the unique opportunities our province and Manitoba Hydro have to be a leader in renewable green energy for many years to come and create good jobs right here at home,” the premier said. “I would like to congratulate him on his new position and thank Darren Rainkie for his leadership as acting president and CEO during this search.”
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