The Hydro Current
Energy news from Manitoba Hydro

The Hydro Current is our quarterly electronic newsletter for wholesale customers, regulators, legislators and other stakeholders who have an interest in or a relationship with Manitoba Hydro. Find the latest news of interest about our company and energy trends in the centre of our continent, from information about integrating renewable hydropower with wind and solar developents, updates on our latest generation or transmission projects, or policy developments that can affect utilities on both sides of the border. Contact us if you see something you like, don’t like, or want to see.

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Vol. 2, Issue 1 - Summer 2019

2019 CEA awards for electricity innovation

2019 CEA awards for electricity innovation

June 13, 2019 in Vol. 2, Issue 1 - Summer 2019

Recently, Manitoba Hydro picked up two awards at the Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) 2019 Centre of Excellence ceremony. These awards celebrate projects demonstrating innovation excellence and leading-edge technology in an electrical utility. The project Controlled Switching for Energizing Large Transformers addressed the challenge of energizing large transformers that contain residual magnetic fields.

Electric vehicles and the future of the grid

Electric vehicles and the future of the grid

June 13, 2019 in Vol. 2, Issue 1 - Summer 2019

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is at an all-time high. As government emissions targets get more aggressive and auto manufacturers work to meet growing demand for electric vehicles, many industry professionals are forecasting increasing growth in EV adoption for both private and commercial use. We’re not sure exactly what the future will hold for the auto industry, but one thing’s certain: as EV adoption grows, so will demand for electricity.

Keeyask Generating Station building legacy of reliable, renewable energy

Keeyask Generating Station building legacy of reliable, renewable energy

June 13, 2019 in Vol. 2, Issue 1 - Summer 2019

Another major construction season is underway at Keeyask Generating Station project, 725 kilometers (approximately 450 miles) north of Manitoba Hydro’s headquarters in downtown Winnipeg. Located on the Lower Nelson River, the 695-megawatt hydroelectric station is currently on track to meet its $8.7 billion budget, with the first generator expected to go into service in October 2020 — 10 months ahead of schedule.

Manitoba reservoirs are MISO’s rechargeable battery

Manitoba reservoirs are MISO’s rechargeable battery

June 13, 2019 in Vol. 2, Issue 1 - Summer 2019

When most people think of batteries, they think of the battery in their car or those classic copper tops. But luckily for us (and for our neighbors), Manitoba Hydro has some of the best batteries around: our hydro reservoirs. They can store energy for minutes, hours or days, making electricity available when needed.


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Vol. 1, Issue 1 - Summer 2018