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Ontario's energy minister thanks hydro employees for work during ice storm
CTV News
Ontario's energy minister Bob Chiarelli was in Barrie, ON, to thank employees of Hydro One for their work during the ice storm. Chiarelli was touring the grid control centre in Barrie talking to employees about their work during the storm. Ice-laden trees and branches crashed onto power lines after the storm, knocking out electricity to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, many for several days.
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Toronto Hydro says rates won't be impacted by ice storm
Toronto Sun
Toronto Hydro customers are getting a break from any potential rate hikes connected with the ice storm. "There is no impact to rates," spokesman Tanya Bruckmueller said. The ice storm cost the hydro company $12.9 million, including the cost of labour. But it expects to absorb that cost instead of passing it onto customers as initially feared.
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Elementa to build demonstration facility in Ontario
Canadian Biomass
Elementa Group has reached an agreement through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for the construction of a 10MW waste-to-energy demonstration facility in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The announcement, originally made Friday by MPP David Orazietti, will see the company use 12, 500 tonnes of municipal waste annually for the production of energy. The energy will be sold to the provincial power grid as part of a 20-year contract between Elementa and the OPA. The energy produced is expected to be enough for about 10,000 homes.
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Strong demand continues for Feed-In Tariff Program
Canada News Wire
More than four years after the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) launched North America's first comprehensive Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program, Ontario's renewable energy industry, municipalities, Aboriginal communities and community organizations continue to show strong interest in the program. During the most recent FIT three application window from, the OPA received 1,982 applications representing a total of 493.71 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity.
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Elementa to build demonstration facility in Ontario
Canadian Biomass
Elementa Group has reached an agreement through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for the construction of a 10MW waste-to-energy demonstration facility in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The announcement, originally made Friday by MPP David Orazietti, will see the company use 12, 500 tonnes of municipal waste annually for the production of energy. The energy will be sold to the provincial power grid as part of a 20-year contract between Elementa and the OPA. The energy produced is expected to be enough for about 10,000 homes.

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Door opens slightly for private energy investment in Mexico
Panam Post
After several days of intense negotiations, the Mexican Senate today approved the partial reform of the nation's energy sector — specifically, Articles 25, 27, and 28 of the Constitution. With 95 votes in favor and 28 against, the energy sector will open to private investment, both local and international.

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5 groups bidding for transmission line to Fort McMurray
Edmonton Journal
Less than a year after the Alberta Utilities Commission ruled that a competitive process will decide construction and operation of new power lines, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has selected five bidders for a new line to Fort McMurray.

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99 MW wind project sparks up in Canada
Renew Grid
GDF SUEZ Canada and joint venture partners Mitsui and Fiera Axium Infrastructure have announced that the 99 MW Cape Scott Wind Project on Vancouver Island, B.C., has entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with utility BC Hydro. Located about 40 km west of Port Hardy within the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl, Quatsino and Tlatlasikwala First Nations and outside of Cape Scott Provincial Park, the $325 million wind project has the capacity to generate over 290 GWh of energy annually, GDF says.
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Sensus deploys AMI solution for Canadian utilities
Renew Grid
Sensus, a provider of clean technology solutions, will install its FlexNet communication network throughout the Saskatchewan, Canada, service territory of electric utility SaskPower and natural gas utility SaskEnergy. According to Sensus, its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution will be the foundation for multiple applications, beginning with meter reading and billing, and includes new electric smart meters and a two-way radio module upgrade to existing natural gas meters.
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Gridco unveils platform for electric distribution
Renew Grid
Gridco Systems, a provider of active grid infrastructure solutions, has released an end-to-end hardware and software platform built to solve current, emerging and future distribution challenges faced by electric utilities. The Gridco Systems emPower solution, the company says, leverages modular power electronics, advanced control algorithms, distributed networking and power system analytics to help increase service reliability, improve system efficiency, and defer transmission and generation upgrades.
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Could the global share of renewable energy double?
North American Wind Power
The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in a new report. According to the group, the study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. The report finds energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix up to 36 per cent.
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NREL finds wind turbines can boost grid system readiness through active power control
North American Wind Power
Wind energy technology can support and enhance reliability of the U.S. power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system, finds a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The rest of the power system's resources have traditionally been adjusted around wind to support a reliable and efficient system — however, NREL says the research that led to its report challenges that concept.
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