Manitoba Hydro's Wuskwatim Project Wins CEA Environmental Stewardship Award



    WINNIPEG, Feb. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Manitoba Hydro's ongoing commitment to
environmental sustainability and First Nations engagement was recognized
nationally today by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). CEA President
and CEO Hans Konow, presented Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Bob Brennan
with the Association's Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of the
utility's partnership with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) to reduce
environmental impacts on the Wuskwatim Project.
    "The Wuskwatim Generating Station Project marks the first time an
electric utility and a First Nation have entered into such a comprehensive
partnership to develop a generating station with a particular focus on
preserving our natural environment," said Mr. Konow. "Utility and First Nation
partnering is an innovative concept to new hydroelectric generation projects
which may serve as a model for future resource development not only within
Manitoba, but throughout Canada and around the world. CEA is proud to honour
an approach that responsibly addresses social, economic and environmental
issues".
    The Wuskwatim Generating Station brought Manitoba Hydro and NCN into a
close partnership. Both partners filled an essential role in the project
planning process and these roles will continue throughout the construction and
operation phases. Manitoba Hydro's vision was to construct a new generating
station in an environmentally sensitive and socially conscientious manner. NCN
approached the project with the purpose of maintaining the traditional use of
the land while providing the community with the economic benefits of being a
partner in the development and operation of a hydroelectric generating
station.
    Manitoba Hydro has ensured the incorporation of NCN's traditional
knowledge - Ethinesewin - into Wuskwatim project planning and development in
order to limit adverse environmental impacts and remain accountable and
transparent to NCN. From the beginning of the project, consultation was an
essential part of the planning used to select the station design, while
Ethinesewin was used to identify locations for the construction camps, access
roads and transmission lines. In the end, Ethinesewin together with economic
analysis and logistical implications were used by the partnership to
collectively determine the most appropriate project configuration that would
provide both environmental sustainability and economic benefits.
    CEA's Environmental Stewardship Award is an integral part of the
Association's Environmental, Commitment and Responsibility (ECR) Program.
Based on specific criteria and principles, a third party adjucation panel
recognizes the year's top electricity industry initiative that tangibly
demonstrates environmental leadership and innovation. Manitoba Hydro's
Wuskwatim project was chosen because it:

    - Shows significant impact reduction;
    - Has implications for the industry as a whole;
    - Demonstrates innovation; and
    - Focuses on partnerships and engages First Nations.

    Founded in 1891, CEA is the national association of the Canadian
electricity industry. Its members ensure reliable electricity service to
Canadians from coast to coast.




For further information:

For further information: Additional information and photos are available
by contacting: Francis Bradley, Vice President, CEA, (613) 230-5027, Mobile:
(514) 945-0532, bradley@canelect.ca; Brigitte Hébert, Senior Advisor,
Communications and Human Resources, (514) 697-3626, Mobile: (514) 241-5327,
hebert@canelect.ca

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