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Wind energy contribution to Ontario grid has doubled since 2009
Canadian Manufacturing
The amount of wind energy produced in Ontario has been on a steady incline in recent years, and in 2013, was enough to power 550,000 homes in the province, according to a new report. In its 2013 Ontario Electricity Data report, the province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) found that the production of wind energy in Ontario has doubled over the last four years, reaching 5.2 terawatt hours in 2013.
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Ontario strikes a good balance on planning for energy future
Toronto Star
Put yourself in the position of being responsible to satisfy: more than four million customers who want the lights to go on 100 per cent of the time and power never to cost more than last year; hard-working electrical workers wanting job security and more jobs — people living anywhere near or who can see any kind of energy infrastructure — and companies who want to have a reason to invest in Ontario. And oh, save the environment while you're at it.
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Last coal fired in Nanticoke
Brantford Expositor
The plant that came to be known as the bad-boy of greenhouse gas emissions, but provided a huge economic boost to Haldimand and Norfolk counties for four decades, has fired its last piece of coal. The Nanticoke Generating Station ceased making electricity in time to meet an Ontario government deadline for closing the plant. There's still 200 employees on site who will spend most of the next year mothballing the facility, which opened in 1972.
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PowerStream unveils micro grid demonstration project
Yonge Street Media
Like many municipalities, ones in Ontario are starting to play a larger role in energy production and distribution. One local company, PowerStream, is owned by three such municipalities together: Barrie, Markham, and Vaughan. And like many of these smaller companies, the focus is increasingly on using smart grid technology and renewable energy sources to lower the environmental burdens of providing power.
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Aging Toronto Hydro system fell short during ice storm
Toronto Star
Bottlenecks in Toronto Hydro's aging outage management system during the ice storm left freezing customers unable to report power losses and prevented line crews on the streets from reaching the control room quickly to report completed repairs, a Star investigation has found. Toronto Hydro employees interviewed by the Star who were at the centre of restoration efforts describe how the crisis was made worse by a computer system that couldn’t handle the volume of public calls and dispatched crews to homes that already had power — and a radio system that died when two backup generators and emergency battery power failed.
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5th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference
Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto
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St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Toronto
Date: February 26, 2014
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Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada
Dates: March 16, 2014 to March 18, 2014
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5th Annual Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum
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Dates: March 17, 2014 to March 19, 2014
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Organic battery hailed as cheap renewable energy solution
CBC News
A cheap rechargeable battery that harnesses energy by using the electrochemistry of organic molecules rather than metals is being touted by Harvard researchers as a breakthrough for renewable energy. The Harvard team reports that the battery, which they say can be applied on a power-grid scale, uses naturally abundant and small organic compounds called quinones rather than electrocatalysts from costly precious metals such as platinum.
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Wind energy contribution to Ontario grid has doubled since 2009
Canadian Manufacturing
The amount of wind energy produced in Ontario has been on a steady incline in recent years, and in 2013, was enough to power 550,000 homes in the province, according to a new report. In its 2013 Ontario Electricity Data report, the province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) found that the production of wind energy in Ontario has doubled over the last four years, reaching 5.2 terawatt hours in 2013.

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National renewable portfolio standard includes hydroelectric power
Hydro World
Legislation submitted to Congress could establish a national renewable portfolio standard that includes hydroelectric power in its definition of clean energy. Introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act (officially Senate Bill 1627) would require utilities to obtain a minimum of 25 per cent of their power from renewable sources by 2025.

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Hydro Ottawa halts replacement of older smart meters
Ottawa Citizen
Hydro Ottawa has halted the early replacement of thousands of first-generation smart meters after the Ontario Energy Board turned down a request that would have allowed it to recover the cost from ratepayers. In a recent decision, the OEB agreed with its own staff and two interveners that replacement of the Rex one smart meters was not necessary.

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Straw to be turned into power
Manitoba Co-operator
After years of development, a St. Adolphe company is planning to use its biomass burners to help power small communities Spinning it into gold may be out of the question, but one Manitoba company is hoping to turn straw and other agricultural waste products into electricity. The St. Adolphe-based Triple Green Energy — formerly known as Biomass Best — is preparing to test a new system that it hopes will generate 70 kilowatts of power, using a three-million-BTU biomass burner.
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New York to strengthen electric grid, streamline transmission projects
Renew Grid
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled "Reimagining New York for a New Reality," a $17 billion strategy that he says will, among other things, transform the state's infrastructure and energy supply to better protect New Yorkers from future extreme weather. New York will utilize approximately $1.37 billion in federal funds to harden the state's existing electrical grid, including moving approximately 500 miles of overhead primary wire underground, elevating vulnerable substations, expanding tree-trimming and raising power lines for newly elevated homes, and creating a new outage response system.
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