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U.S., Canada seek regional energy collaboration
Gazette Net
There is an abundance of clean electricity in eastern Canada waiting to be sent to the energy-hungry states of New England, officials said at an international energy conference at the University of Vermont. A number of projects are underway to help move that power south, but officials from both the United States and Canada said there is still a need to reduce energy consumption through efficiency programs as well as expand ways to produce clean power locally across the region.
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What business are electric utilities in?
Renewable Energy World
Many businesses can now perform the traditional functions of an electric utility — provide affordable, reliable, resilient power to homes and businesses. The barriers to entry in the business have fallen. For instance, a home with rooftop solar panels, batteries, and gas-based generators may choose to be grid-independent.
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Climate change impacts on hydropower
HydroWorld
A four-year drought, the worst since records began, has had a dramatic effect on California's power system and specifically on its portfolio of major hydropower projects. Indeed, such is the scale of the drought that a lack of water is preventing hydropower plants from running at anything like full capacity. The effective result of the drought has been to roughly half the hydropower capacity available within the state over a period of a few years.
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Energy storage coming online in the U.S. from coast-to-coast
Renewable Energy World
Energy storage announcements show that the new technology is continuing to make gains from coast to coast as companies work to cuts electricity costs and help stabilize the grid. In New York, builder of luxury homes, Glenwood will begin installation this month on what will be 1 MW of distributed energy storage systems.
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In New York, utility of the future will be 'air traffic controller'
Utility Dive
Contrary to popular thinking, many utility executives see distributed energy resources (DER) as a significant opportunity. But few utility executives are sure what to make of that opportunity. In New York, regulators are forging a path to turn the DER opportunity into reality — for consumers, market players and, yes, even utilities.
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9 U.S. hydropower plants to be sold by Eversource Energy
HydroWorld
Eversource Energy is selling nine hydropower plants as part of an agreement reached with key state officials. The agreement is focused on providing customer savings and resolving other related issues currently under review by state regulators, Eversource says. This agreement moves the operation of the Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) plants to competitive markets rather than remaining an ongoing ratepayer obligation, according to a company press release.
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Distributed energy storage market growing beyond expectations
Renewable Energy World
Coming on the heels of Demand Energy's announcement that it is installing 1 MW of energy storage capacity in a series of Glenwood residential apartment buildings in New York City, a report released today concludes that the distributed energy storage market will increase almost 10-fold over the next three years.
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Going small: Microgrids are good for reliability, but are they good business?
Utility Dive
Driven by reliability demands, expanded renewables and demand response potential, microgrids used to boost community resilience are poised for global growth, according to an upcoming study by Navigant Research. In some parts of the world microgrids are growing because there is no traditional grid or because of generation shifts, said Peter Asmus, principal research analyst for Navigant.
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Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy
Quartz
Costa Rica is running without having to burn a single fossil fuel, and it's been doing so for 75 straight days. Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica's hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn't need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on. Of course, the country has a lot of things going in its favor.
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Ontario appoints John Godfrey as special advisor for climate change, creates climate action group
Canadian Energy Law
Former Liberal MP John Godfrey was recently appointed special advisor to the Ontario government on climate change and chair of the government's new climate action group. Godfrey's role will include providing strategic advice and recommendations to Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission targets and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.

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Fuel-thirsty California looks to Eastern Canada, Asia for supply
Energy Now
Fuel producers in California, facing plant outages and upsets that are squeezing supplies, are looking as far off as Asia and eastern Canada for reinforcements. A tanker carrying refined products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel was bound for Los Angeles after loading at the Point Tupper terminal in Nova Scotia, shipping data compiled by Bloomberg show. At least seven other fuel tankers were headed to the U.S. West Coast after leaving Asia, the data show.

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Smaller, cheaper flow battery's energy density helps the grid power large cities
PV Buzz
Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications, uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid.

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Amended Russian Power Law aims to boost renewable energy generation
Renewable Energy World
The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amended Russia's federal law on the electric power industry. Ordinance No47 lays out a number of measures aiming to stimulate renewable energy sales in the national retail market. The new support measures will affect all types of renewables, including biogas, biomass, landfill gas, solar, wind, and small hydropower, and experts expect that solar will benefit most. As of now, solar developers have been granted the largest chunks in Russia's yearly green capacity tenders.
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The 6th Ontario Renewable Energy Forum
Delta Hotel, Toronto
Date: March 26, 2015
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Developing Stronger Links: The Canadian Energy Storage Supply Chain
Presented by National Research Council, in collaboration with MaRS
Toronto, Ontario
Date: April 09, 2015
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CI Energy’s 4th Annual Ontario Power Symposium
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Mindfirst Lunch Seminar: Ontario Capacity Auction - Analysis of Feasibility and Criteria for Design Elements
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