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Siemens secures order for largest wind farm in Ontario with K2 Wind Power Project
Digital Journal
Siemens Canada announced that it will supply, install and commission one of the largest Canadian wind turbine orders from Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung), Capital Power, and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development). The SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the K2 Wind project (K2 Wind) will be located in Goderich, ON. 
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Yearly Hydro bill will grow for average rate-payer
Toronto Star
The Ontario government is killing a hydro surcharge for residential users, but is also scrapping a program that saved ratepayers money. When it all shakes out, Ontarians will be paying more. According to the annual provincial budget, come Jan. 1, 2016, the debt retirement charge on residential bills will be eliminated — an average savings of about $70 a year.
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Samsung, Pattern and Capital Power begin construction of 270 MW wind project in Ontario
EnerG
Workers have started to build the K2 Wind Power Project, which has broken ground following the successful completion of an $850 million financing, secured with 15 financial institutions in the form of a construction loan that will convert to long-term operational debt. Located in Goderich, ON, on the eastern shores of Lake Huron, the 270 MW wind power project is hiring local workers and using Ontario-made products, including 140 wind turbine towers made in Windsor and blades manufactured in Tillsonburg.
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Ontario solar projects get $100 million in support
UPI
The National Bank of Canada is backing three solar power plants planned for Ontario with more than $100 million in construction financing, Canadian Solar said. The solar power company said the bank was backing the three facilities with $105 million in short-term construction financing. Combined, the three facilities will generate 30 megawatts of power for the Ontario grid.
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The Ontario Power Authority and Aboriginal communities work together to deliver community energy planning
Canada News Wire
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is supporting 29 Aboriginal communities in developing their community energy plans through the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) program. The OPA announced that 22 proposals have been approved for a total of $2.5 million in funding through the ACEP program. These proposals involve 29 participating Aboriginal communities across Ontario, including remote, northern and southern First Nations.
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APPrO Upcoming Events
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OEN Industry Networking Luncheon
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Special guest speaker: Carmine Marcello, President and CEO, Hydro One Inc.
Date: May 22, 2014
http://www.ontarioenergynetwork.org

Plug'n Drive presents EV Day 2014
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Date: May 24, 10am to 7pm
http://www.evday.ca

96th Annual Energy Industry Sunnybrook Charity Golf Tournament
Station Creek Golf Club, Gormley, Ontario
Date: July 17th, 2014
http://bit.ly/1nYNT3F
Contact: ngiardino@ontarioenergynetwork.org

APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Save the Dates: November 18, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Super early-bird rates in effect until May 30:
APPrO Members: $895; Non-members: $1295.
Register: http://www.appro2014.com
Add a calendar reminder now: Outlook or iCal
Contact: 416-322-6549 ext 226 or carole.kielly@appro.org

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Yearly Hydro bill will grow for average rate-payer
Toronto Star
The Ontario government is killing a hydro surcharge for residential users, but is also scrapping a program that saved ratepayers money. When it all shakes out, Ontarians will be paying more. According to the annual provincial budget, come Jan. 1, 2016, the debt retirement charge on residential bills will be eliminated — an average savings of about $70 a year.

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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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Berkshire Hathaway Energy acquires Canadian transmission provider for $2.9 billion
Renew Grid
Des Moines, Iowa-based Berkshire Hathaway Energy has purchased AltaLink, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of engineering and construction provider SNC-Lavalin Group, for approximately $2.9 billion in cash. AltaLink is a regulated transmission-only business headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. The company's assets include 280 substations and approximately 12,000 kilometers of transmission lines.
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Wind energy has proven to be reliable and cost competitive
Lethbridge Herald
Wind energy is an established and growing player in the Alberta electricity market, providing a buffer for the less predictably priced, fossil-based energy supply. The Alberta Electric System Operator publishes the prices paid to generation types, and wind energy is consistently the lowest cost. While this can make life challenging for wind energy operators, these savings are passed along to consumers.
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DOE unveils ambitious plan for long-term hydroelectric power development
Hydro World
The U.S. Department of Energy today unveiled a plan ultimately designed to dramatically increase American hydroelectric capacity in the coming decades. The ambitious multi-year program, announced at the National Hydropower Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., calls upon industry members to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies in creating a long-term plan allowing for the development of the nation's uncultivated hydroelectric resources.
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$23 million energy storage test center opens in New York
Renew Grid
The Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Test and Commercialization Center has opened in Rochester, NY., to provide testing and validation services needed to bring technologies such as batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and flywheels to the commercial market. The facility was created through a partnership between the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium — an association of more than 130 industry, academic and government partners - and testing and certification company DNV GL to support the development of energy storage technologies for the electric grid, transportation, buildings and portable electronics sectors.
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DOE: There is major potential to further develop hydropower in U.S.
Renew Grid
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop new electric power generation in waterways across the U.S. According to the New Stream-reach Development Assessment, there are over 65 GW of potential new hydropower development across more than three million rivers and streams — nearly equivalent to current U.S. hydropower capacity.
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New York's new energy vision to reimagine the grid
Utility Dive
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative will ask the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to prepare utilities and the grid operator for smart technologies, a streamlined electricity market, and practices that will expand demand management, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, and energy storage.
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DOE report: U.S. has 65 GW of untapped hydroelectric power potential
Hydro World
The U.S. Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released a new renewable energy resource assessment that estimates as much as 65 GW of new hydroelectric power capacity could be developed across more than three million American rivers and streams. The report, titled The New Stream-reach Development Assessment, capitalizes on recent advancements in geospatial datasets and represents the most detailed evaluation of U.S. hydropower potential at undeveloped streams and rivers to date, according to DOE.
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