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Energy East pipeline will boost gas emissions
The Energy East pipeline project will increase greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 million tonnes a year, says a report from the Pembina Institute. "There is an important connection between the construction of new oilsands transportation infrastructure and the rate of growth of future oilsands production," it argues.
New pipeline capacity will foster more emissions associated with oilsands production, the report contends.
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Canadian Solar selling fourth Ontario power project to Blackrock
Canadian Solar, the best-performing solar manufacturer last year, agreed to sell an Ontario power plant to a BlackRock fund, its fourth project in the Ontario to be bought by the New York-based money manager. The 10-MW Oro-Medonte power plant is expected to begin generating electricity in the third quarter, Guelph, ON-based, Canadian Solar said in a statement. Terms weren't disclosed. BlackRock bought Canadian Solar's Demorestville and Taylor Kidd projects in Sept 2013, and its Westbrook solar farm.
Waterloo Engineering launches graduate diploma in green energy
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
The University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering, Canada's largest engineering school and a leader in green energy research, will launch a graduate diploma in green energy to provide professional development for working engineers through real-time online learning.
The Green Energy Graduate Diploma is the first of its kind to be offered in Canada. Waterloo's extensive network of private sector partners, utilities, government and the non-profit sector, collaborated on the development of the program in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy.
Update planned on nuke dump
The Times Herald
Ontario Power Generation officials will speak with local leaders Feb. 26 about plans for an underground nuclear waste storage facility about three-quarters of a mile from Lake Huron in Kincardine, ON.
Kevin Powers, director of corporate relations and communication for OPG, and Mark Jensen, a geologist working on the deep rock geologic reserve for more than a decade, will speak to local officials at an event organized by the St. Clair County Health Department.
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Energy East pipeline will boost gas emissions
The Energy East pipeline project will increase greenhouse gas emissions
by up to 32 million tonnes a year, says a report from the Pembina
Institute. "There is an important connection between the construction of
new oilsands transportation infrastructure and the rate of growth of
future oilsands production," it argues.
New pipeline capacity will foster more emissions associated with
oilsands production, the report contends.
Door opens slightly for private energy investment in Mexico
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.
5 groups bidding for transmission line to Fort McMurray
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.
Progress in global wind energy market continues with steady growth
Canada News Wire
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its 2013 market statistics, showing global wind energy capacity has tripled over the past five years to reach a total of 318,137 MW. Despite slower growth rates in some countries, the amount of wind energy installed around the world still rose by over 12 per cent in 2013.
Canada recorded exceptionally strong growth in 2013 with a record of close to 1,600 MW of new wind energy capacity installed, placing it fifth globally.
Developer signs deals with First Nations groups for ocean power studies
Western Tidal Holdings has executed an Investigative Use License Agreement with the Shishalh Nation, allowing the ocean energy developer to explore the development of tidal power projects.
The agreement establishes a "constructive working relationship", Western Tidal said, which will allow the group to conduct feasibility studies for a project in Agamemnon Channel in northern Vancouver, B.C.
The agreement also gives Western Tidal an investigative use license for tidal power at Skookumchuck, though any studies or development must first be expressly approved by the Shishalh chief and council.
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House Committee adopts grid resiliency amendment
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security has adopted an amendment to commence a comprehensive assessment of actions necessary to expand and strengthen the capabilities of the electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from a natural disaster or cyber attack, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).
Brookfield Renewable acquires shares of 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has acquired a 33 per cent interest in Pennsylvania's 417-MW Safe Harbor hydroelectric plant, according to a quarterly results report.
Safe Harbor, located on the Susquehanna River, is one of the largest hydropower projects in America's northeast.
Brookfield Renewable said the company and its institutional partners have entered into an agreement to acquire a 33 per cent economic share and 50 per cent voting interest in the plant.
U.S. renewable energy maintains growth in 2013
Renewable energy provided 13 per cent of U.S. electricity generation in 2013, up from 12 per cent in 2012 and just eight per cent in 2007, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The report, produced for The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, covers renewables, energy efficiency and natural gas.
The report also says renewable energy costs reached all-time lows in 2013, allowing clean energy, with the aid of incentives, to be cheaper than fossil fuel electricity in some parts of the country. Small, distributed generators and off-grid installations, meanwhile, began to emerge as a transformative force in the power industry, the report adds.
Study launched on power grid integration
An effort is being made to see how power produced from rooftop solar panels and microgrids can be incorporated into the nation's overall electrical grid.
The report is being prepared by the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit organization that studies energy generation. The announcement was made during the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington, D.C.
Schneider, AREVA sign strategic partnership agreement on energy storage
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric and AREVA, a supplier of advanced technology solutions for power generation, have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop energy management and storage solutions based on hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider says both companies will combine their expertise in order to design and propose energy storage solutions that help guarantee the reliability of electrical grids for isolated sites and areas where access to power is limited.
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