The Hydro Current
Energy news from Manitoba Hydro
Welcome to The Hydro Current - Manitoba Hydro’s quarterly electronic newsletter for wholesale customers, regulators, legislators and other stakeholders who have an interest in or a relationship with Manitoba Hydro.
Since 1919, Manitoba Hydro and its predecessors have been delivering clean, reliable hydropower to electricity customers in Manitoba. And we have been supplying this renewable energy into wholesale markets in the United States and Canada since the late 1960s, helping to diversify our region’s power generation mix. As one of Canada’s largest vertically integrated utilities, we are looking forward to being able to bring our virtually emissions-free electricity to an even wider market in the coming years.
The Hydro Current brings you the latest news of interest about our company and about energy trends in the centre of our continent. Whether it be information about integrating renewable hydropower with wind and solar developments, updates on our latest generation or transmission projects, or policy developments that can affect utilities on both sides of the border, The Hydro Current will aim to bring that to you in short, easily digestible stories…and video!
Please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email if you see something you like, don’t like, or want to see! You can reach us at HydroCurrent@hydro.mb.ca.
Thanks for your interest in Manitoba Hydro!
Director, Corporate Communications
Winter 2019 - Volume 1, Issue 3
- Five decades of Manitoba hydropower
Interconnections aren’t an afterthought. They’re a key part of Manitoba Hydro’s business plan.
- Water works: backstopping your supply with hydropower
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? It creates stable, reliable electricity.
- Manitoba Hydro joins Utilities United Against Scams
Scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in their crimes, sending fake text messages from real phone numbers, demanding payments via phishing emails and even harassing customers over the phone. Sadly, it’s a trend that’s growing across North America.
- Seasonal diversity capacity exchange: the northern advantage
For most utility customers outside our borders, doing business with Manitoba Hydro can involve one critical advantage: the seasonal diversity capacity exchange.
- Jay Grewal starts her tenure as Manitoba Hydro President & CEO
Manitoba Hydro’s new chief executive worked her first day for the utility on Monday, February 4.
Fall 2018 - Volume 1, Issue 2
- Keeyask Generating Station nearly 60% complete
Construction of the 695-megawatt (MW) Keeyask hydroelectric generating station in northern Manitoba is nearly 60% complete, with the first generator now expected to start producing electricity in October 2020 – 10 months earlier than planned.
- Canada is home to a vast hydropower resource
There’s a lot of water in Canada. Each year, our rivers discharge close to 9% of the world’s renewable water supply. More of our surface area is covered by freshwater than probably any other country on the planet.
- Manitoba Hydro to sell 215 MW of renewable hydroelectricity to SaskPower
A term sheet providing for a new long-term power sale has been signed between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower. The terms sheet will see up to 215 megawatts of renewable hydroelectricity flow from Manitoba to Saskatchewan, beginning in 2022.
- Indigenous partnerships build relations, create legacy of mutual benefit
Indigenous people and communities play a central role in Manitoba Hydro’s business. The vast bodies of water and network of riverways flowing throughout Manitoba have provided sustenance and means of transportation to Indigenous communities for centuries.
- New President and Chief Executive Officer appointed to lead Manitoba Hydro
On November 1, the chair of the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board, Marina R. James announced the appointment of Jay Grewal as the new President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, effective February 4, 2019.
Summer 2018 - Volume 1, Issue 1
- Bipole III in service this summer
Travelling almost 900 miles through tundra, swamp and forest, after five years of construction Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III transmission project is nearing the finish line.
- Green energy in your backyard
People say water and electricity don’t mix, but that’s not entirely true. Manitoba’s energy supply is over 99% renewable and that’s because it’s mostly hydropower.
- NAFTA working well for the electricity sector
The ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is focusing attention on a great many facets of cross-border trade between the United States and Canada. So, where does electricity fit in?
- Manitoba Hydro employees take community to heart
With over 1,300 volunteer hours last year, Manitoba Hydro employees give time and effort to more than just their work.