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Ontario cabinet ministers told to smooth out wind turbine conflict
Toronto Star
Four Ontario cabinet ministers have been given the job of devising ways to give local residents more say in where renewable energy projects like wind farms can be located. It's a politically urgent task for the Liberals, who were almost wiped out in rural Ontario in the last election. Anger over the lack of local control over renewable energy projects, especially wind farms, hurt the Liberals in some areas.
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Earthquake didn't impact Durham nuclear plants
Durham Region
An earthquake that rattled Quebec and Ontario did not disrupt Ontario Power Generation's nuclear plants in Durham Region. "It had no impact on OPG operations," said OPG spokeswoman Jennifer Knox. The 5.2 magnitude earthquake originated in Quebec on May 17, and was felt from Montreal to Waterloo. It was followed by a magnitude 4.1 aftershock.
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Atomic Energy of Canada playing down near-miss at Ontario nuclear reactor
Yahoo
Atomic Energy of Canada is playing down the danger caused by a so-called near-miss at its nuclear reactor in Chalk River, ON, but says it's still being taken seriously. An operator mistakenly shut off a pumping system that supplies coolant to the reactor's core, officials of the Crown corporation told the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
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Thunderstorms snap trees and power lines; some still without power
CTV News
The Victoria Day long weekend brought summer-like weather to southwestern Ontario, but the calm warmth was replaced by sudden thunderstorms. The storms strong winds caused trees to snap and power lines to topple across the region. One of the hardest hit areas was along Katherine Street between Conestogo and Elora, where nine power lines were walked down.
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Resolute throws power island switch
Fort Frances Times Online
Resolute Forest Products officially inaugurated a major power island producing green energy at its pulp and paper operation in Thunder Bay. The power island includes a refurbished and upgraded woodwaste boiler and a new 65-megawatt condensing turbine.
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Pipeline would create local investment opportunities
The Observer
More than a half century ago, Canada was in the midst of a national debate on whether to build an east-west natural gas pipeline giving consumers in central and eastern Canada access to bountiful western resources. There is renewed debate around west-to-east pipeline proposals. And just as it was in the 1950s, the stakes are high.
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Ontario intends to improve energy planning process
Mondaq
Ontario's Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, sent a letter to both the Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator requesting that both organizations work together to develop recommendations for a new integrated regional energy planning process. Ontario's new government is hoping to improve the way in which large energy projects are planned, sited and built across the province and hopes that these two entities can provide recommendations that will help Ontario build energy infrastructure through a process that will have formal inputs from municipalities, Aboriginal communities, other stakeholders in the development process and the energy sector.
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Hydro-Quebec seeks partners for the development of a readout device
Hydro Quebec
Hydro-Quebec invites expressions of interest for partnering arrangements for the development, commercialization and marketing of a universal readout device for the different types of geotechnical probes used in dam monitoring, in order to simplify and improve the monitoring of dams and the validation of their design parameters.
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Group proposes massive wave power plant in northern Wales
Hydro World
Hydrokinetic developer Tidal Lagoon Power Limited is eyeing Colwyn Bay in north Wales as a prospective site for a new 1 GW ocean power project, HydroWorld.com has learned. The company already planning a 250 MW project of similar design off Wales southern coast near Swansea Bay said it is now determining the economic viability and environmental feasibility of the Colwyn Bay lagoon.
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Solar technology delivers refrigeration to off-grid areas
Daily Nation
Solar power is increasingly becoming fashionable, meaning that people living off the electricity grid can still share the joys of previously unfathomable technology.

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Saugeen Indian bands buy $72 million stake in power line
Toronto Star
The Saugeen Ojibway Nation has struck a ground-breaking deal with Hydro One to acquire a 30 per cent stake in a major hydro transmission line.

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We may soon buy micro-power from a menu
Windsor Star
Consumers might soon buy energy online, shopping for the best price or greenest technology or simply for what a neighbour has for sale. Or maybe we'll just produce power for our own homes, according to a University of Windsor futurist.

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Solar technology delivers refrigeration to off-grid areas
Daily Nation
Solar power is increasingly becoming fashionable, meaning that people living off the electricity grid can still share the joys of previously unfathomable technology. Among the recent technologies gaining currency in the Kenyan market are solar fridges and freezers.
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Chinese environmental ministry approves massive Shuangjiangkou hydropower project
Hydro World
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection has approved what could become the country's tallest hydropower plant, despite concerns regarding the project's impact on plants and rare fish. An environmental impact assessment released by the ministry notes that the 20-GW Shuangjiangkou project could affect the flora and fauna in local nature reserves, though the proposal has been passed to China's State Council for the formal go-ahead.
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