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Energy Council of Canada 2014 Call for Nominations: CANADIAN ENERGY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Energy Council of Canada
The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award is fast approaching. We strongly encourage you to submit a nomination at your earliest convenience to ensure complete consideration. The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established by the Energy Council of Canada to recognize and pay tribute to leaders in Canada who have made a significant contribution to Canada's energy sector both nationally and internationally. Through their forward thinking and innovative spirit, these leaders promote the Canadian energy sector and Canada's role as a major player in the world energy market. One of their foremost characteristics is their strong sense of social responsibility and belief in giving back to the community by focusing on environmental and social issues and economic development. Fourteen individuals have been so honoured to date. To access the 2014 Call for Nominations, select 'Read More'
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Ontario to trim residential hydro bills
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is planning to make electricity bills cheaper by zapping the debt retirement charge for residential hydro users and amping up programs that let industrial enterprises save money by switching power use to off-peak times. The moves, to be unveiled this week, are the ruling Liberals' attempt to take a pocketbook issue away from the opposition parties, which frequently accuse the government of not doing enough to lower rates, ahead of a likely spring election.
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Sony and Hydro-Quebec form Energy Storage Joint Venture
Renew Grid
Sony Corp. and utility Hydro-Quebec have announced plans to launch a joint venture in June to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. The new technology will be designed for various applications, such as meeting excess demand during peak times at electric power substations and integrating renewable energy sources.
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GE and PowerStream launch Canadian microgrid project
GE
GE has announced that, with PowerStream Inc., a leading energy portfolio company, they have launched their first joint microgrid demonstration project, located at PowerStream's headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. The project will demonstrate how energy consumers and utilities may be able to generate and distribute their own energy using renewable energy resources to address the growing demand for safe, sustainable and reliable energy resources.
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Minnesota Power files for permits to build Canada-U.S. transmission line
Renew-Grid
Minnesota Power has applied to state and federal regulators for permits to build the 500 kV Great Northern Transmission Line from the Minnesota-Manitoba border to an electric substation on the Mesabi Iron Range.
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Hydro-Quebec celebrates 70th birthday
Hydro World
Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec celebrated its 70th anniversary earlier this week, noting that hydroelectric power was and continues to be part of the company's success. Established April 14, 1944, with the passage of an act establishing the Quebec Hydro-Electric Commission, Hydro-Quebec wasted little time breaking ground on the Bersimis 1 and Bersimis 2 hydropower plants. The boom in energy demand post-World War II quickly necessitated the construction of additional projects, with plants on the Manicouagan and Riviere Aux Outardes being built in the late 1950s.
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Whitefish River chosen to participate in aboriginal energy conservation program
Manitoulin Expositor
The Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN) is one of 12 communities selected for the saveONenergy Aboriginal Conservation Program, which provides customized conservation services designed to help First Nation communities reduce their electricity use.

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Ontario Power Generation moves to cleaner energy future
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has burned the last piece of coal at its Thunder Bay Generating Station, which will now prepare to run on advanced biomass. OPG has been executing Ontario's strategy to move to cleaner electricity sources over the past several years.

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Muskrat Falls project faces rising costs, potential delays
Global News
The head of Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown energy company says costs for the $7.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project are going up and first power may be delayed.

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Phoenix Energy to build 2-MW biomass gasification plant In California
Renew Grid
Independent power producer Phoenix Energy has signed agreements to build and operate a 2 MW biomass gasification plant near Lake Tahoe, CA. Phoenix says the plant will utilize forest biomass from Placer County's fire threat reduction activities to make electricity, heat and biochar, a solid carbon byproduct that is used as a soil conditioner and filter media.
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CEO of German utility RWE says it should have invested in renewable energy sooner
RenewableEnergyWorld.com
What's a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants? It turns to lignite, a cheap, soft, muddy-brown colored form of sedimentary rock that spews more greenhouse gases than any other fossil fuel. The story of German power giant RWE AG exemplifies the crisis facing the nation's utility industry — and those of many countries across Europe — as nuclear power plants get shuttered in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, renewables steal away revenue, and consumers and companies complain about rising power costs that are three times higher than in the U.S.
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University hopes to use satellites to aid micro hydro development
Hydro World
Researchers from the University of Leicester and High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd. are hoping to use satellite data as a means of simplifying the process of locating sites for micro hydro projects. The partners were awarded a $201,550 grant from the UK's Technology Strategy Board for work on the 10-month project, which is being called ISMORTASED, or "Identification of Sites for Micro-Hydropower On Rivers Through Applied Satellite and Environmental Data".
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Apple acquires 45-Mile small hydropower project
Hydro World
Electronics giant Apple has acquired a small hydroelectric plant near the company's data center in Prineville, OR. The 45-Mile hydropower project was being developed by EBD Hydro LLC until Apple reportedly began expressing interest in the plant this past December. The acquisition is part of Apple's commitment to powering its resources with green energy.
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    Hydro asset sales could generate $10 billion (Toronto Star)
Ontario Power Generation moves to cleaner energy future (Ontario Power Generation)
Thunder Bay OPG burning coal free (Net News Ledger)
Bob Chiarelli: OPG operations not going to private sector (Toronto Sun)
Hydro cost relief on the way for small biz owners, Chiarelli promises (Ottawa Business Journal)
OPA introduces competition to CHPSOP design (APPrO)

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