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Cameco sells stake in Bruce Power to OMERS for $450 million
CBC News
Saskatoon-based uranium producer Cameco has sold its stake in Ontario's Bruce Power plant for $450 million. The buyer of the 31.6 per cent stake is BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust (Borealis), which is owned by Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. OMERS, one of Ontario's biggest pension funds, becomes the majority owner. It first bought into the Bruce Power system in 2003, when British Energy sold its 31.2 per cent stake. TransCanada also owns a stake in the limited partnership.
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Answering objections to solar power
The Record
We know we need to take better care of our environment and solar power seems like a step in the right direction. But some people aren't so sure. Consider a few objections raised against solar power and how these can be answered. Solar cells are a form of hazardous e-waste. There are different types of solar photovoltaic cells, and some contain elements that may be hazardous. This is true of just about every consumer electronic device, including flat screen TVs, computers, and cell phones. The solution is to manage the waste. Recycling systems exist to recover these elements so they can be safely disposed of or used again in other products.
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Enbridge's GTA pipeline upgrade gets go-ahead from Ontario energy regulator
The Globe and Mail
Enbridge says it has received approval from the Ontario Energy Board to upgrade the backbone of its natural gas distribution system in the Greater Toronto Area. The GTA Project will provide upgrades to the natural gas distribution system that supplies natural gas to Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham and Toronto.
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Ontario Liberals hope to prevent hydro bills from rising with end of OCEB
Toronto Sun
The provincial government is trying to rejig hydro bills to ensure customers aren't hit with a sharp increase when the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit is phased out, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says. The government is scheduled to end the benefit, a 10 per cent break on hydro bills, at the end of 2015. The plan was to also eliminate the debt retirement charge on hydro bills at the same time, he said.
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Groups get help from hydro
Niagara This Week
Port Colborne Hydro, the board in charge of handing out discretionary grants to non-profits in the city, announced the latest recipients. Instead of having council decide on grants, the city uses money received from dividends paid out from its relationship with Canadian Niagara Power, with organizations applying to the hydro board. The board hands out a total of $40,000 a year, announcing winners twice a year. With the sale of Port Colborne Hydro complete, next year the city will be moving discretionary grants over to Port Colborne Fibre, which receives dividends from the Niagara Regional Broadband Network.
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Answering objections to solar power
The Record
We know we need to take better care of our environment and solar power seems like a step in the right direction. But some people aren't so sure. Consider a few objections raised against solar power and how these can be answered. Solar cells are a form of hazardous e-waste. There are different types of solar photovoltaic cells, and some contain elements that may be hazardous. This is true of just about every consumer electronic device, including flat screen TVs, computers, and cell phones. The solution is to manage the waste. Recycling systems exist to recover these elements so they can be safely disposed of or used again in other products.

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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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Aboriginal communities invited to apply for energy-saving program
Canada News Wire
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Aboriginal firm First Nations Engineering Services are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the second year of the saveONenergy Aboriginal Conservation Program. This innovative program provides customized electricity conservation services designed to help First Nation communities, including remote and northern communities, reduce their electricity use in residential housing, institutional and commercial buildings.
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President Obama announces more key administration posts
The White House
President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Miranda A. A. Ballentine – Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics, Department of Defense. Norman C. Bay – Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and upon appointment to be designated Chairman.
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Eos Energy Storage selects Ideal Power battery converter to demonstrate AC-integrated energy storage system in New York
Digital Journal
Eos Energy Storage, a developer of cost-effective energy storage solutions, and Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, announced that Eos has selected Ideal Power's 30KW battery converter technology to be integrated with its Aurora energy storage system. This system will be connected to the grid and deployed by Con Edison in a New York City pilot project in the second quarter of 2014.
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A next-gen battery is coming soon to the power grid
Gigaom
2014 seems poised to be the year that next-generation battery technologies become more widely available for the power grid. A five-year-old venture capital-backed startup called Primus Power announced that it’s raised another round of $20 million in funding, which it will use to get its battery technology to its first utility and power customers this year.
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