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New Board members appointed to OPG and Hydro One
Government of Ontario
Ontario has announced the following appointments and re-appointments to the board of directors for both Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One:
Ontario Power Generation
Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, LLP and Head of the Toronto Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change International Business Group. She also has experience as a lawyer in the public sector and is a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Energy Association and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Investment Committee.
Brendan Hawley runs a consulting firm that specializes in advocacy communications. He has worked on issues related to energy, innovation and health care policy for a variety of public and private clients.
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Ontario Power Generation and Westinghouse have agreed to explore opportunities on a wide range of global nuclear projects
World Nuclear News
Through its Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP) subsidiary, OPG has signed a
memorandum of understanding with Westinghouse. The two companies will
investigate cooperating in the provision of refurbishment, maintenance
and outages services, decommissioning and clean-up of existing nuclear
facilities, as well as new nuclear power plants.
Hydro Ottawa Board of Directors Recruitment
The Nominating Committee of the Board of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. is currently seeking Board members for both the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. and the Hydro Ottawa Limited Boards of Directors. Board Members will serve for a term of up to three years, with eligibility for reappointment for a second consecutive term of up to three years. These roles are part-time and based in Ottawa, Ontario. Visit the home page of Hydro Ottawa for more information or visit the Job Bank of APPrO. Applications must outline how the prospective director's qualifications, skills and background are relevant to the general and priority competencies outlined in the advertisement. They may include a statement of experience and/or a resume. Interested applicants are requested to reply by end of business day Friday, May 9, 2014 with full details to The Institute on Governance, at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org with reference to "HOHI/HOL 2014."Click the read more button for more information.
Lower electricity costs for residential users
Government of Ontario
Ontario intends to remove the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) from residential users' electricity bills after Dec. 31, 2015.
The DRC, which is calculated based on electricity consumption, has appeared on electricity bills since May 1, 2002 to help pay down the debt and liabilities of the old Ontario Hydro after it was broken up into smaller entities.
SunEdison closes on Ontario solar power plants
Solar energy technology manufacturer SunEdison closed on financing for two solar power plants to be built in Ontario. Deutsche Bank Securities is providing construction financing. The power plants will provide employment for skilled manufacturing and construction workers in Ontario.
Six Nations gauges support for Port Dover, Nanticoke turbine projects
Six Nations elected council is seeking to determine community support for the Capital Power Port Dover and Nanticoke Wind Project benefits agreement.
"I would encourage all community members to participate in the upcoming community engagement sessions," said elected Chief Coun. Ava Hill, adding that the community's voice is a major factor in deciding if the agreement with Capital Power best serves the interests of Six Nations.
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CanSIA Solar Ontario 2014
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Energy Evolution: Power the Future Grid
IPPNY's 28th Annual Spring Conference & Showcase
Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Dates: May 20, 2014 to May 21, 2014
Plug'n Drive presents EV Day 2014
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Date: May 24, 10am to 7pm
13th Annual Ontario Power Summit
Dates: May 28, 2014 to May 29, 2014
Dates: June 4, 2014 to June 6, 2014
Intersolar North America
San Francisco, CA
Dates: July 8, 2014 to July 10, 2014
APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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Alterra Power and Fiera Axium announce partnership for Jimmie Creek hydro project
The Wall Street Journal
Alterra Power and Fiera Axium Infrastructure have completed a partnership agreement for the Jimmie Creek hydroelectric project. Under the agreement Alterra will own 51 per cent of the project and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada will own 49 per cent.
Annual revenue from FACTS to top $5 billion by 2022
Worldwide revenue from flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) will surpass $5 billion annually in 2022, according to a new report by Navigant Research.
FACTS, the research firm notes, include an array of technologies, such as series compensation (SC) solutions, static volt-ampere reactive compensators (SVCs) and static synchronous compensators (STATCOMs), that can improve the reliability and stability of the high-voltage (HV) transmission grid.
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Wind dominates the 37 GW of power under construction
Green Tech Media
When it comes to new power capacity in the U.S., it's all about renewables. In 2013, renewable energy accounted for nearly 100 per cent of all new generation capacity in the U.S. For the first quarter of 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found that renewable energy sources, primarily wind and solar, made up more than 90 per cent of new installed power capacity, with natural gas making up the remainder.
EY issues report to guide utilities in the age of distributed energy
EY, a provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, has released a report that provides a strategic approach to help utilities thrive amid the rise of distributed energy resources (DER). The report, 'From defense to offense: Distributed energy and the challenge of transformation in the utilities sector,' asserts the power and utility industry must shift from its current defensive posture regarding DER and instead go on the offensive and lead the revolution.
Natural gas leads 2013 capacity additions by wide margin
The U.S. added 6,681 MW of net natural gas-fired capacity in 2013, far outstripping any other generation source, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. This figure represented a substantial drop from 2012, when 9,210 MW of new gas capacity was added, but it still accounted for just over 50 per cent of total additions in 2013.
California to utilities: Connect battery-solar energy systems to the grid
The Energy Collective
California regulators have just issued a rebuke to utilities, and a thumbs-up to customers and companies that want to connect hundreds of now-stalled battery-backed solar PV projects across the state.
The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular old net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.
About that gas-fired power boom
If you were thinking the shale gas boom had permanently changed the natural gas business in the U.S., gas market fundamentals have some news for you.
Natural gas prices have traditionally risen during the winter, when heating demand intensifies the competition with power burn. These price spikes, naturally, tend to be larger during colder-than-normal winters.
National Institute of Standards and Technology requests comments on smart grid framework update
The primary guiding document for creating the next-generation "smart" energy grid is getting its first major update in two years. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a draft of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0.
FERC staff highlight changing power mix as demand falls for 3rd straight year
The changing generation mix and recent extreme weather throughout the U.S. have led the power sector to evaluate and begin making changes to address their increased dependence on natural gas and the integration of renewables, staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said in the 2013 State of the Markets report.
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