Vol. 2, Issue 4 - Spring 2020
The Kelsey Generating Station was completed in 1961, but even now a few things set it apart from our other generating stations. Its civil works were designed specifically with expansion in mind, it is a remote access station (fly-in only, with living quarters attached), and, most importantly, it was the first station built on the Nelson River.
For a lot of our staff, personal protective equipment (PPE) has changed since the COVID-19 crisis. But for some employees, some of their PPE already fits the bill. While many businesses close temporarily or navigate new ways of operating during a pandemic, our business at Manitoba Hydro continues. We’re still building major projects and providing green, renewable hydroelectric power and natural gas to all our customers, inside and outside Manitoba.
In footage from February, see some MMTP transmission towers being assembled by helicopters. The transmission line faced many hurdles, but crews jumped all of them. Construction on the Manitoba–Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP) was completed on April 16, 2020. The line was tested end-to-end to confirm correct phasing on April 20, and commissioning of communications and station equipment began shortly after.
The world was quickly becoming a scarier place on the dawn of 1951 when these words appeared in the January-February Manitoba Power Commission (MPC) Bulletin. This employee newsletter came from a company that would later become a part of Manitoba Hydro. Fresh off the end of the Second World War in 1945, the Cold War was the new reality with the nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union.
Working to stop scammers who prey on fear. Nobody likes a power outage. At best, loss of electricity is an inconvenience; at worst, it means the loss of life or money. Unfortunately, while many people across North America are physically distancing or isolating, scammers across the continent are using this fear of outages to swindle unsuspecting utility customers.