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ABB snares $60 million order in Canada to help strengthen power grid
Renew Grid
Power and automation technology provider ABB has won an order worth around $60 million from Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec to replace vital components of the utility's ultra-high voltage transmission system that helps transport hydroelectric power from North to South Quebec. As part of the order, ABB says it will upgrade two static VAR compensators (SVCs) located at the Albanel substation, about 500 km north of Montreal, that provide fast-acting reactive power compensation for the 735 kV electricity network. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by 2016.
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Aquatic complex to earn millions from the sun
Windsor Star
While swimmers frolic in the waters below, the rooftop of downtown Windsor's $68-million aquatic complex could soon be earning bucket loads of cash for the municipality. Windsor, ON, could pocket more than $2.1 million in net profit over a 20-year solar power contract with Ontario Power Authority by converting the sun's rays into electricity, according to an administrative report going to city council.
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How to cut your hydro bill without really trying
Toronto Star
Ontario Energy minister Bob Chiarelli warned that energy prices are going nowhere but up, and if you don't like your hydro bill, then do something about it. He challenged us to change our behaviour by choosing how much we pay for power under the Ontario three-tier electricity pricing. The obvious and easy way to cut your cost is to use as many high-energy appliances as you can between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., which is the cheapest time of use.
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Lambton un-willing host for wind
Bayshore Broadcasting
Lambton County is the latest Ontario jurisdiction to say, "No thanks, not us" to the concept of an expanded presence for wind turbines in its territory. At the Lambton County meeting, the upper tier joined several of its member municipalities in making an unwilling host declaration. While the County joins approximately 80 jurisdictions across Ontario to indicate it is officially against wind farms within its borders, there are a number of projects that have been constructed in Lambton, and others are planned.
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Alberta should begin phasing out coal
Medicine Hate News
In a recent interview, Premier Alison Redford expressed frustration with Ottawa's foot-dragging on the GHG-regulation file. She has good reason to feel this way because the federal government has shown an appalling lack of political will (to put it mildly) on climate-change abatement. But now there's a way for the Premier to make significant progress on climate protection, improve Albertans' well-being, and boost her popularity: phase-out the province's coal-fired electricity plants.
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How to cut your hydro bill without really trying
Toronto Star
Ontario Energy minister Bob Chiarelli warned that energy prices are going nowhere but up, and if you don't like your hydro bill, then do something about it. He challenged us to change our behaviour by choosing how much we pay for power under the Ontario three-tier electricity pricing. The obvious and easy way to cut your cost is to use as many high-energy appliances as you can between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., which is the cheapest time of use.

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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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Andritz signs deal for Muskrat Falls hydropower plant
Hydro World
Andritz Hydro has been awarded an order to supply all hydromechanical equipment for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project. The contract, offered by Nalcor Energy, includes the delivery and installation of roller gates, stop-logs and a tower for the mechanical drives for five spillway bays, as well as twelve trashracks, intake gates, mechanical drives and stop-logs for the powerhouse.
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Hydro Holdings completes acquisition of 11 hydropower projects
Hydro World
FirstEnergy has completed the sale of 11 hydro-power projects to Harbor Hydro Holdings, the Ohio-based power distributor said. The portfolio has a total output capacity of 527 MW but represents less than 3 per cent of FirstEnergy's cumulative output, according to a company release. The sale is reported to have been worth approximately $395 million.
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Groups call on utility regulators to adopt policies that benefit customers and environment
Renew Grid
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, and nonprofit environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have announced a joint agreement that they say will advance support for utility policies that enhance the electric power grid for the benefit of electricity customers and the environment.
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Duke Energy to begin process to exit its Midwest generation business
PR News Wire
Duke Energy has initiated a strategic process to exit its Midwest commercial generation business, which includes ownership interests in 13 power plants. "Our merchant power plants have delivered volatile returns in the challenging competitive market in the Midwest," said Lynn Good, president, CEO and vice chairman of Duke Energy.
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Consortium wins bid for Belo Monte hydropower project transmission lines
Hydro World
The IE Belo Monte Consortium has been awarded a contract to construct transmission lines associated with Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant. The group, which includes State Grid 51 per cent), Eletronorte (24.5 per cent) and Furnas (24.5 per cent) will be responsible for building the 800 KV, 2,092-km-long line that will cost an estimated $5 billion and create more than 15,000 jobs.
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