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Exxon plans $25 billion LNG project in B.C.
The Canadian Press
Texas-based energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp., has submitted plans to develop what could be a $25 billion liquefied natural gas project near Prince Rupert on British Columbia's north coast. Exxon and its Canadian partner, Imperial Oil, outlined a strategy for West Coast Canada LNG, or WCC LNG, in a 141-page report to the provincial government’s Environmental Assessment Office.
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The Honourable Sergio Marchi to become President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association
Canadian Electricity Association
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable Sergio Marchi as President and Chief Executive Officer of CEA, effective February 9, 2015. Mr. Marchi is currently the Principal of the Marchi Group, a global strategies consultancy based in Geneva Switzerland. Mr. Marchi will be replacing Jim R. Burpee, who informed the CEA Board last year of his intention to retire early in 2015.
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McGill study examines global impact of dams on waterways large and small
Hydro World
A new study published by McGill University examines how both existing and planned dam infrastructure impacts people and surrounding ecosystems through river flow and fragmentation. The report, prepared with assistance from the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and the university of Wisconsin's Center for Limnology, relies on what the researchers call the "river fragmentation index" (RFI) and "river regulation index" (RRI) to assess dam effects.
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Conservation First needs more work
Environmental Communication Options
Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner says he's adopting a wait-and-see attitude towards the government's Conservation First philosophy. In releasing his 2014 Energy Conservation Progress Report "Planning to Conserve," Gord Miller praised the shift to considering cost-effective conservation before building new generation or transmission facilities. "Conservation has long been undervalued, and last year the government made significant progress in changing that by reorienting its energy policy."
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Ontario Energy Network President Announcement
Ontario Energy Network
As many of you will know, David Reid retired as the OEN President as of December 31, 2014. He had been with the OEN since inception and has moved the organization forward in tremendous ways over those 14 years. He quite rightly can take pride in the successes he has achieved for the OEN, and for the reputation of the organization in the industry. We wish him well in his future endeavours and in his retirement.
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IEA report outlines challenges for U.S. nuclear industry
NucNet
The U.S. needs to "develop and articulate" a clear strategy for nuclear energy, including a statement of how it will provide long-term support for an industry that has seen its first decline in capacity for many years in the face of competition from shale gas, a report by the International Energy Agency says.
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Nuclear generating capacity rises in 2014
World Nuclear News
The year saw new reactors with total capacity of 4763 MWe connected to the grid: Ningde 2, Fuqing 1 and Fangjiashan 1 in China; Atucha 2 in Argentina and Russia's Rostov 3. An uprate at the existing Fermi 2 unit in the USA saw a further 15-20 MWe added. The world starts 2015 with 436 operable reactors and a total nuclear generating capacity of some 377.7 GWe, compared with 435 reactors and generating capacity of 375.3 GWe a year ago.
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Cube Hydro buys New York hydroelectric plants from Burrows Paper
Hydro World
Cube Hydro New York LLC has acquired two small hydroelectric plants in New York from Burrows Paper Corp. The plants were acquired when Cube Hydro New York, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cube Hydro Partners LLC, bought Burrows' ownership interests in Lyonsdale Associates.
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Play-based regulation could change the face of energy regulation, says EY
Energy Now
As lower oil prices continue to put pressure on the energy industry, a new EY report finds that play-based regulation (PBR) — an innovative approach to regulating Alberta's oil and gas industry — has the potential to create numerous benefits for multiple stakeholders including industry, regulators and the public.
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Smart meters not living up to their billing
Hamilton Spectator
The auditor general of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, has been very critical of the Ontario smart meter program in her 45-page report delivered. She reports that the $1.9 billion project was poorly planned and had a high impact on Ontario electricity costs, but achieved only a small reduction on the power system peak load, while increasing electricity rates for most of Ontario's 4.8 million smart meter users.
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Cape Wind in jeopardy as 2 utilities seek to terminate power purchase agreements
Renewable Energy World
While it seemed like Cape Wind was steaming ahead to become the first U.S. offshore wind farm, the $2.6 billion project hit another brick wall today as two utilities announced that they will back out of power purchase agreements (PPAs) established in 2012.
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Quebec hydro deal, new submarine cable perfect combination
The Guardian
Premier Robert Ghiz said he considers advancements in early childhood education among his most important accomplishments as premier. As he begins the final countdown early this New Year in his career in provincial politics, there is another area where he might leave an important legacy.

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99 MW of new solar power projects coming to Ontario
CleanTechnica
The Ontario Power Authority has just extended its solar feed-in tariff program and selected another 99 MW of solar power projects to receive payments from it. This comes from 330 new contracts.

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Exxon plans $25 billion LNG project in B.C.
The Canadian Press
Texas-based energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp., has submitted plans to develop what could be a $25 billion liquefied natural gas project near Prince Rupert on British Columbia's north coast. Exxon and its Canadian partner, Imperial Oil, outlined a strategy for West Coast Canada LNG, or WCC LNG, in a 141-page report to the provincial government’s Environmental Assessment Office.

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OEA Industry Networking Luncheon
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