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Utilities prepare for future of change
APPrO
According to credible experts the electric power industry is about to see major restructuring. No one knows how widespread it will be or how quickly it will take over, but in all likelihood big change is already underway. Some experts are warning of major threats to the viability of existing utilities while others are saying it’s a huge opportunity and market participants should waste no time preparing to make the most of the new reality. Although the most dramatic change is expected in certain regions of the US, Canadians will likely see side effects and moderate versions of the same disruptions.
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OEB moving forward with fundamental change in rate design to remove volume risk
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The Ontario Energy Board has invited input from stakeholders and concerned citizens on what may be the most fundamental change in electricity rate design in more than a generation. Electricity distributors in Ontario will move to a system like basic telephone or cable services that rely primarily on monthly fixed charges to ensure that electric distributors have the revenue necessary to maintain their networks. Although energy charges will still depend on the customer’s level of usage, the practice of covering the costs of the distributor’s network though charges that vary with usage will soon be gone, assuming the Board’s plans are achieved. Utility revenue will remain steady even if customers stop buying electricity from their local electricity distributor.
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OPA publishes status report on generation procurement
APPrO
As part of its 2013 annual report, the OPA has released an overview documenting the full range of its current generation procurement business. Entitled, "Procuring Generation for a Cleaner, More Reliable System," the summary reads as follows. The FIT Program for renewable energy continued to account for a significant amount of the wind, solar and bioenergy under contract to the OPA. The OPA procured 143 megawatts of FIT projects and 29 megawatts of microFIT projects in 2013. Annual procurement targets are set by the government for these programs.
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Segway inventor thinks new Stirling engine will get you off the grid for under $10,000
Forbes
For the new issue of Forbes Magazine I wrote an article about David Crane, the visionary CEO of NRG Energy. When I met Crane for lunch a couple weeks ago, no sooner had we sat down than he began singing the praises of this new contraption he had in his basement. The machine — which can generate 10 kilowatts of continuous power, fed by Crane’s natural gas line — is a new iteration of an old creation, the Stirling engine. This version, called the Beacon 10, was created after a decade of engineering by famed inventor Dean Kamen.
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Hackers find open back door to power grid with renewables
Businessweek
Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals can cause blackouts. Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. Where traditionally the grid took power from a few sources, it’s now absorbing it from thousands.
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Middle East, North African countries to spend billions on smart grids, solar integration
RenewGrid
Middle East and North African (MENA) countries will spend billions of dollars over the next decade to modernize their electric grids and add solar generation resources, according to a new study by Northeast Group LLC. The report says this spending will include $9.8 billion cumulatively for smart grid infrastructure by 2024, which will help enable the incorporation of $27.9 billion in new solar resources.
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Miller revamps Big Blue 800 Duo Pro welder/generators to deliver more fuel savings
Equipment World
Boost power output while saving fuel with Miller’s revamped Big Blue 800 Duo Pro diesel-engine welder/generators, which offer estimated fuel savings of 34 per cent when compared to two single operator units. The Tier 4 Final compliant unit delivers a 33 per cent increase in rated power output that results in 27,000 watts of generator power and up to 800 amps of weld power for a single operator, or 400 amps each for two weld operators.
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Falling wind power costs allow consumers energy to eliminate surcharge
RenewGrid
Citing the decreasing cost of wind power, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved Consumers Energy's request to eliminate a renewable energy surcharge for the utility's customers. "The elimination of the renewable energy surcharge reflects the falling cost of wind-generated energy," says MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "Technology improvements make wind energy more efficient, reducing its cost and benefiting customers."
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Renewables dominate new U.S. generation in May
RenewGrid
Renewable energy, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, provided 88.2 per cent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity for the month of May, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Citing the FERC statistics, renewable energy advocacy group the SUN DAY Campaign says two new "units" of wind power provided 203 MW, five units of solar provided 156 MW, one unit of biomass provided 5 MW, and one unit of hydropower provided 0.2 MW.
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A charger that generates power when you shake it
Business Week
Most of the innovative lights designed with the developing world in mind use solar power. The devices charge in the sun during the day and can be used to read or cook by at night, a critical source of clean energy where electricity is in short supply. But they're not usually fun. Enter Spark, a gadget that generates power when you shake it like a maraca. The palm-sized plastic shell contains a rechargeable battery that, when rattled for 12 minutes, powers the attachable LED light for an hour.
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Statkraft announces sale of Finnish hydroelectric power assets
HydroWorld
European energy producer Statkraft has entered into an agreement with a Finnish consortium for the sale of hydropower assets in Finland. Under terms of the $325 million deal, a consortium that includes Vantaan Energia, Turku Energia, Oulun Energia, Pori Energia and Oulun Seudun Sanko will assume Statkraft's shares in three hydropower projects that, cumulatively, accounts for about 66 MW of installed capacity.
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Wisconsin Energy to buy Integrys Energy Group for $9.1 billion
RenewGrid
Wisconsin Energy Corp. has entered an agreement to acquire Integrys Energy Group Inc. for $9.1 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will be named WEC Energy Group Inc. The merger brings together Wisconsin Energy's electric and gas utility - We Energies - and Integrys' electric and gas utilities - Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities.
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Utilities prepare for future of change
APPrO
According to credible experts the electric power industry is about to see major restructuring. No one knows how widespread it will be or how quickly it will take over, but in all likelihood big change is already underway. Some experts are warning of major threats to the viability of existing utilities while others are saying it’s a huge opportunity and market participants should waste no time preparing to make the most of the new reality. Although the most dramatic change is expected in certain regions of the US, Canadians will likely see side effects and moderate versions of the same disruptions.

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Why automatic standby generators are better than portables
Seaside Courier
Portable generators are readily available from many retailers and home centers, they're familiar to users and thus easy to operate, and they store easily in a shed or garage. However, automatic standby generators offer many advantages over portables during a power outage.

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OWA, Parks Canada to develop hydro potential of Ontario's canals
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Parks Canada and Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) that they would be collaborating to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of two of Ontario's historic canal systems. The new framework is expected to foster new infrastructure investment, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal.

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APPrO PowerBrief listings for July 3, 2014

13th Annual Outage Management for Power Plants Conference
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Dates: July 29 - 31, 2014
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APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: November 18 & 19, 2014
Register: http://www.appro2014.com
Add a calendar reminder now: Outlook or iCal
Contact: Carole Kielly at 416-322-6549 ext 226 or carole.kielly@appro.org

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