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First Nation signs agreement around gas pipeline
Energy Now
The company planning to build a 900 kilometre natural gas pipeline across northern B.C. has signed a benefit agreement with the Kitselas First Nation. TransCanada announced the deal, when signed, will provide financial and other benefits related to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project.
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In selling a chunk of Hydro One, Wynne is forgetting Ontario's history
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is presenting her government's decision to privatize 60 per cent of Hydro One, the province's electric power transmission system, as a big win for the people of the province. Not only will the selloff draw in the funds to pay off the utility's debt, it will bring in the capital to underwrite much needed investments in public transit in the province, according to Ms. Wynne.
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Ontario's climate strategy needs to rest on principles of fairness
APPrO
Among the main reasons that progress on climate change is so slow are that the policy options are complex and demanding, while the benefits are diffuse. Twenty years after the initial GHG framework convention in Rio, global emissions are still rising and wide agreements on firm reductions remain elusive. There are notable exceptions and attention-worthy examples where carbon reductions have been embraced and are happily producing economic and social benefits.
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Renewable energy sources mean higher electricity bills
Huffington Post
BC Hydro's planned project for a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River — known as the Site C dam — is proving to be controversial, with some industry groups panning the plan while touting renewable energy sources such as wind. One wind energy champion recently claimed "it would be a breeze for $10 billion worth of wind-energy projects to inflate B.C.'s economy."
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British Columbia Court of Appeal allows tort claims by First Nations based on Aboriginal title and rights to proceed to trial
Gowlings
The B.C. Court of Appeal recently decided that it is possible for First Nations to bring tort claims founded on Aboriginal title and rights, prior to those rights being formally recognized by a court declaration or government agreement. The Saik'uz and Stellat'en First Nations (the "Nechako Nations") brought an action alleging that the construction and operation of the Kenney Dam is damaging the ecosystem of the Nechako River, which the Nations rely on for a variety of purposes.
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Paperwork makes solar much more expensive
Renewable Energy World
Eight years ago I was puzzled as to why residential solar installations were $2.50/watt cheaper in Germany compared to the U.S. Perfect excuse for a road trip — so after meetings with installers and visiting job sites in Germany, I finally discovered the reason. It wasn't the beer, but the paperwork and associated regulations.
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National energy efficiency bill passes Congress, heads to President Obama's desk
Utility Dive
Sens. Portman and Shaheen have been working on their national efficiency bill since 2011, but political complications and disagreements over climate change among politicians kept getting in the way. Most recently, the duo angled to get the bill passed during the lame duck session, but drama over the Keystone Pipeline scuttled that attempt.
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RES announces 6 MW Ohio energy storage project
Utility Dive
RES recently announced its sixth utility-scale energy storage project, a 6 MW lithium ion battery being constructed for Sumitomo. Willey Battery Storage will be located in Hamilton, Ohio, and will include three containers of lithium ion batteries manufactured by Toshiba, and three inverter units manufactured by Parker Hannifin. RES said it expects to begin construction this month and substantially complete the project by the end of the year.
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White House calls for billions in new grid infrastructure spending in QER
Utility Dive
The White House's Quadrennial Energy Review points out that while the U.S. has "the most advanced energy systems in the world," the energy landscape is changing and the nation's supply and distribution mechanisms will need to change as well. "Solar electricity generation has increased 20-fold since 2008, and electricity generation from wind energy has more than tripled. During that period, the United States has also become the world's leading producer of oil and natural gas combined," the White House noted in a statement.
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149 MW Grand wind project in service
APPrO
Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced recently that their 149 megawatt Grand Renewable Wind project had completed construction and reached commercial operation. In a historic first for Ontario, Samsung and Pattern Energy entered into an equity partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River. The Six Nations community owns 10 per cent of the Grand Renewable Wind project.
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Canada-India contract strengthens nuclear ties
World Nuclear News
A long-term uranium supply contract signed by Cameco and India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has been welcomed by the two countries' prime ministers as they look to further cooperation and collaboration between their nations. The contract was signed in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first official visit by an Indian prime minister to Canada in 42 years. It is Cameco's first contract with India, and was made possible by a nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries that came into force in September 2013.

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Can other cities match Georgetown's low-cost switch to 100 percent wind and sun?
Renewable Energy World
This is probably not the first place you've read about Georgetown, Texas, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017. But few articles hit upon the two key reasons Georgetown was able to make this move when so many other cities with abundant renewable resources are stuck with a majority-coal-fired electricity supply. If cities had these keys, many could obtain 100 per cent renewable energy at a surprisingly low cost.

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Measuring the effects of utility-scale solar growth
Renewable Energy World
For so long it seemed like a pipe dream, yet in less than a decade utility-scale solar has reached $100 billion worth of capacity. Figures from the Energy Information Administration show that it delivered 5 percent of California's electricity in 2014. The time has come to evaluate the impact which this technology can have, not just in the United States but globally.

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Finland election winner plans to turn forests into bioenergy gold
Renewable Energy World
Juha Sipila, who once converted his own Chevrolet to run on wood-gas, is counting on the abundant Finnish forests to provide the key to an economic revival. The 53-year-old head of the Center Party, which emerged as the winner in the Finnish election, is targeting the "bio- economy" to generate half of a pledged 200,000 jobs over the next decade.
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