ManSEA Presentation Library - Archival

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February 2008 – Alternative Energy Options for Farms and Communities

This workshop, held in Mordon, Manitoba, on February 2, 2008, was sponsored by ManSEA with support from the Covering New Ground Program of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) and additional support from Morden Community Development Corporation, Agassiz Credit Union, Community Futures Heartland, and the Sun Belt Development Group. See the Agenda, Press Release and Agricultural Producer Press Release Supplement for more information.

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October 2007 – Alternative Energy Opportunities for Farms and Communities

The following presentations were delivered at part of a set of workshops titled “Alternative Energy Opportunities for Farms and Communities”, delivered in The Pas on October 31, 2007, and Swan River on November 1, 2007. Here is an overview, as well as the press release, the Wind Opportunities Supplement, biographies of presenters at The Pas (20 KB), and biographies of presenters at Swan River (20 KB). The workshops were sponsored by ManSEA with support from the Covering New Ground Program of Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiative (MAFRI) as well as local partners in each location.

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March 2007 – Renewable Energy Opportunities – Making it Happen

The following presentations were delivered at part of a set of workshops titled “Renewable Energy Opportunities – Making it Happen”, delivered in RussellMintoSt. Malo, and Manitou, Manitoba between March 9 and March 21, 2007. Here are the Press ReleaseWind Opportunities Supplement, and Agricultural Producer Supplement. The workshops were sponsored by ManSEA with support from the Covering New Ground Program of Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiative (MAFRI) as well as local partners in each location. The presentations are listed in alphabetical order. An article titled Farmers and Energy in Manitoba (451 KB) is from the March 29, 2007 Manitoba Co-operator, and describes the ManSEA program as presented by Les Routledge at this workshop.

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March 2006 – Creating a Sustainable Energy Plan for Your Municipality

This workshop was designed for municipalities to plan for and benefit from sustainable energy opportunities. Here is the agenda. This workshop was co-sponsored by the Manitoba Professional Planner’s Institute and the University of Manitoba Department of City Planning.

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February 13, 2006 – Water Quality Management Conference

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February 2, 2006 – Manitoba Switch Grass Conference

  • The Potential for Biomass Energy Crop Production in Canada – Presentation of Roger Samson, Executive Director of Resource Efficient Agricultural Production Canada (REAP), a charitable organization working to research and develop ecological solutions to challenges in energy, fibre and food production.
  • Interview with Roger Samson – February 17 article from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy that interviews Roger Samson, who believes perennial grasses are poised to become the largest new renewable energy source for the industrial and developing world.
  • Switchgrass the ‘Oil’ of the Prairies – February 17 article from the Winnipeg Free Press about switch grass in Manitoba.
  • The Grass Station – February 11 article reprinted from the New York Times about switch grass and its mention in the US President’s State of the Union address.
  • Biomass Conference – February 9 article in Farmer’s Independent Weekly newsletter that describes the February 2 conference in Portage la Prairie co-sponsored by ManSEA on biomass.  

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November 2005 – ManSEA Program and Activities

ManSEA supports the use of Advanced Renewable Tariffs as a way to equitably and rapidly deploy renewable energy in the province. The following PowerPoint show was presented on November 24, 2005 at the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Emerging Opportunities Conference.

  • Advanced Renewable Tariffs and ManSEA – Les Routledge and Dave Therrien

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April 2005 – ManSEA Founding Conference

The following documents come from ManSEA’s founding conference titled“Expanding Sustainable Energy Development in Manitoba” that was hosted in Winnipeg on April 5, 2005.

  • ManSEA Conference News Release – Press Release dated March 17, 2005 describes the ManSEA conference (Adobe PDF file).
  • ManSEA Conference Brochure – The ManSEA conference brochure given to participants at the conference lays out the detailed conference program and gives background on the speakers (Adobe PDF file).
  • ManSEA Mandate – A document that describes the ManSEA mandate was given to conference participants (Adobe PDF file).
  • ManSEA Mandate and Activities – Founding member of ManSEA Les Routledge describes the mandate that created ManSEA, and lays out a proposed set of goals and activities for ManSEA (PowerPoint presentation).
  • Advanced Renewable Tariffs – Wind expert and author Paul Gipe describes Advanced Renewable Tariffs and how they may be applied to wind power development in Manitoba (PowerPoint presentation).
  • National Renewable Energy Strategy – Pembina Institute’s Roger Peters describes renewable energy policies at the federal level in Canada and describes options for Manitoba’s renewable energy strategy (PowerPoint presentation).
  • What to Do When an Opportunity Presents Itself – Jeff McConnell from the law firm of McNeill, Harasymchuk & McConnell in Virden Manitoba, describes some of the issues landowners face relative to wind power opportunities (PowerPoint presentation).
  • Manitoba’s Energy Future – Shaun Loney, Director of Energy Policy for the Energy Policy Initiative, describes the perspective of the Government of Manitoba on sustainable energy.
  • ManSEA Post Conference News Release – Press Release dated April 12, 2005 describes results and recommendations from the ManSEA conference (Adobe PDF file).