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George Graham said he and other landowners asked Manitoba Hydro to build transmission towers along the property line where it would be less of a hazard to machinery.

Farmer says Manitoba Hydro disregarded safety in placing new lines

If farmers choose to farm public road allowances, it’s their job to take safety precautions says Hydro

A Foxwarren-area farmer says Manitoba Hydro’s high-handed treatment has left his farm less safe and caused him to relinquish leased land he says is now too dangerous to work. “We as citizens need to be aware of Hydro and Hydro lines and avoid contact, but Hydro doesn’t seem to take any interest or responsibility to

Manitoba Hydro sees rise in farm accidents

Manitoba Hydro sees rise in farm accidents

KAP members told Hydro line height standards have not kept up with farm equipment sizes

Manitoba Hydro says in the last few years it’s seen a sharp rise in collisions between farm equipment and power infrastructure. “The outcome for these contacts can be tragic and severe,” said Cyril Patterson, Manitoba Hydro’s director for distribution, operations and maintenance for rural Manitoba. He and other Manitoba Hydro staff spoke during the Keystone


“When you look at solar over its lifetime of 30 years, it produces some of the cheapest kilowatt hours you can get.” – Daniel Lacovetsky

Manitoba a difficult place to sell solar power

Since the end of a Manitoba Hydro rebate program, interest in solar energy has dwindled despite ample opportunity for growth, says a Winnipeg contractor

Solar energy remains a largely untapped resource in southwestern Manitoba, and few incentives exist to boost public interest, says one contractor. Manitoba has become a “very difficult place to sell and install solar,” Daniel Lacovetsky said during Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association’s (ManSEA) virtual conference on March 23. Lacovetsky and business partner Jacob Kettner own Powertec

Proposed law could spike hydro prices for farms, processors

Proposed law could spike hydro prices for farms, processors

Advocacy groups worry with reduced oversight, large electricity rate increases could become the norm

Proposed changes to reduce oversight of hydro rates could cost farmers and other industrial power users big time if not amended, advocacy groups say. “Industrial power users are extremely concerned about the timing and impact of the bill and the increasing likelihood that Manitoba Hydro and the minister may impose large, near-term rate increases,” wrote

The Manitoba Hydro head office in downtown Winnipeg. Electricity rates are set to rise, with many consequences for rural Manitoba.

Manitoba Hydro hikes worry RMs

Municipal leaders say proposed 7.9 per cent rate hikes will put a serious crimp in operating budgets

Manitobans can expect fewer services and paying higher user fees for recreational facilities if electricity rates rise. That’s the message Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Chris Goertzen had for the Public Utilities Board earlier this month. Read more: Carbon tax revenue use options pitched at AMM The rate hikes being proposed will make it difficult for


CASA’s BeGrainSafe mobile unit returns to Ag Days this year, just one of many safety-related displays.

Safety first at Ag Days 2018

With farm safety becoming more prominent, Ag Days is stepping up this aspect of the show

Farm safety is a growing concern for everyone, and rightfully so. Consistently, farm accidents create media headlines that no one ever wants to read. Organizers at Manitoba Ag Days 2018 consider attendees and patrons as their community and no one wants to see a member of your community hurt. As such, Manitoba Ag Days organizers

Looming hydro rate increases have municipal leaders worried about the rising costs to operate community infrastructure.

Carbon tax revenue use options pitched at AMM

Rural and small-town government leaders pass resolutions, propose ideas for recycling carbon taxes at 2017 fall convention

Municipal leaders in Manitoba bracing for future hydro rate increases want the province to use carbon tax revenues to offset the higher costs to their energy bills. It’s costing a small fortune now to heat spaces like public arenas and curling clubs, said Al Abraham, deputy mayor of the LGD of Pinawa. Read more: AMM

Premier Brian Pallister says a legal opinion supports his decision for a made-in-Manitoba carbon pricing plan, rather than trying in vain to fight the federal government in court to block it from imposing a carbon tax.

Legal opinion backs Pallister’s approach to carbon pricing

Manitoba’s ‘Green Plan’ to cut emissions will be out soon and the premier says he wants Manitobans’ feedback

Manitoba’s decision to develop its own plan to cut carbon emissions, to be released soon, has been vindicated, says Premier Brian Pallister. “If we just say no, we get Trudeau,” Pallister told reporters Oct. 11 after the provincial government released a report prepared by Bryan Schwartz, a University of Manitoba law professor, that concludes the


Otterburne-area dairy farmer Hans Gorter now has a new 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on the farm to provide all the farm’s electrical energy needs.

Otterburne dairy is Manitoba’s largest solar-powered farm

The off-grid option has upfront costs but locks in energy costs for the foreseeable future


A southern Manitoba dairy is just days away from flipping the switch on the largest solar-powered farm in Manitoba. Optimist Holsteins Ltd. near Otterburne is in final stages of setting up a newly installed 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system. When operational it will begin producing enough power to meet all the farm’s electrical needs while

Manitoba Hydro building in downtown Winnipeg.

Manitoba Hydro awarded 3.36 per cent rate increase by PUB

Alternatives to rising cost of electricity need serious thought, says RM official

Municipal leaders say the 3.36 per cent interim rate increase granted Manitoba Hydro this month offers only temporary relief from higher energy costs and longer-term solutions are needed. “It’s certainly better than 7.9 per cent but it’s still an increase everyone is going to have to deal with,” said Randy Henuset, deputy reeve of the