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Ontario approves 102MW NextEra bid
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NextEra Energy Canada has received renewable energy approval (REA) for the 102MW Goshen wind project to be constructed adjacent to Lake Huron in Ontario. The Environment Ministry consented to the developer’s plan to install GE turbines. Goshen will employ 62 1.6MW-100 units and one 1.56MW-100 machine on 80-meter towers. The Ontario Energy Board in 2013 granted leave to construct a collector substation, a 25-kilometer 115kV transmission line and an independent breaker station connecting to a 115kV Hydro One Networks’ circuit.
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Solar power surging to forefront of Canadian energy
The Globe and Mail
In what was once a rocky hayfield in southeastern Ontario, a very 21st-century type of farm is taking shape. Construction workers are piecing together rectangular racks supported by galvanized steel posts. Tractors pulling loads of solar panels trundle by. Others teams attach one-by-two metre solar modules into groups, and mount them gingerly onto the racks.
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Canada approves Berkshire buy of SNC-Lavalin's AltaLink
EnergyNow
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A)’s energy unit won Canadian approval for its planned purchase of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s AltaLink electric transmission business after committing to reinvesting in the country. The subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire has agreed to maintain AltaLink’s staffing and keep the company’s headquarters and senior management in Alberta, Industry Minister James Moore said in a statement yesterday. Berkshire Hathaway Energy also promised to reinvest all of AltaLink’s earnings back into the company or elsewhere in Canada for at least five years.
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MNO signs agreement with Ontario Power Generation
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The Métis Nation of Ontario and the MNO Georgian Bay Traditional Territory Consultation Committee signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario Power Generation. The MOU outlines the process for continued consultation that will be followed between the MNO and OPG for the Deep Geologic Repository for low and intermediate level waste and OPG's nuclear waste operations in Kincardine, ON.
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Manitoba Hydro signs deal to provide 25 MW of power to SaskPower
HydroWorld
Manitoba Hydro has finalized a deal that will see the Canadian utility supply 25 MW of power to SaskPower from November 2015 to May 22. The agreement is worth more than $93 million when combined with another recent short-term sale between the utilities, Manitoba Hydro said, with more potential SaskPower purchases coming in the future. "We want to ensure that we are able to meet the growing demand for power across the province, and keep power reliable, affordable and sustainable," SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson said.
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Alberta band signs energy deal with Chinese firm
EnergyNow
A First Nation says it has signed a deal with a Chinese company to explore and develop oil and natural gas on its land near Calgary. The Nakoda Stoney Nation says it has signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based Huatong Petrochemical Holdings Ltd. Under the terms of the deal, Huatong is to provide the funding and Nakoda Oil & Gas Inc. is to be the primary operator of the joint venture. The Stoney reserve at Morley is about 60 km west of Calgary.
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Experts: Ontario's 75 utilities hinder rise of electric cars
CTV News
Ontario's overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province's plan to boost electric car ownership, some experts say. The experts say Ontario's 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed so the grid can support what the province expects will be an influx of electric cars in the next few years.
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Towns grapple with power dam subsidy reduction
CBC News
A small township north of Timmins is taking a big blow to its coffers with the reduction of a provincial subsidy. But, unlike Wawa, Fauquier-Strickland will continue to pay for provincial services, even though the mayor says the township will lose $81,000 from its $1.4 million budget.
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OPA cancels contract with Horizon Wind
CBC News
Horizon Wind says it will evaluate its options after the Ontario Power Authority dealt a blow to plans for a wind farm on the Norwester Escarpment. Because of significant delays in the Big Thunder project, it has terminated a contract with the developer, the OPA confirmed. The authority added in a statement that Feed-in Tariff contracts give either party the right to cancel in the event of unanticipated developments ("force majeure" events) that delay projects past 24 months.
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IESO announces energy storage projects
North American Windpower
Ontario's grid operator, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), has announced new energy storage projects meant to help increase grid reliability and efficiency, as well as to maximize the output from wind and solar power. The IESO selected technologies from five companies, including Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., Convergent Energy and Power LLC, Dimplex North America, Hecate Energy, and Hydrogenics Corp. The grid operator says the energy storage facilities will connect to the high-voltage transmission network in southern and northern Ontario or the distribution system in southern Ontario.
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Key oil, gas states make moves to investigate earthquakes in fracking regions
Black & Veatch
The idea that recent sequential earthquake activity, particularly in Ohio and Oklahoma, is related to hydraulic fracking and water disposal operations is gaining traction in some key drilling states. While there is no hard data to conclusively support the theory, action on the part of regulatory agencies will potentially present oil and gas companies with a fresh set of challenges – and opportunities.
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How SDG&E is dealing with high penetrations of rooftop solar
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The imminence of high penetrations of rooftop solar is giving U.S. electric utilities anxiety — and with good reason. But most utilities today have less than 1 per cent rooftop solar penetration on their grids. They can see the challenge of operating their grid with high penetrations of rooftop solar coming on the horizon, but it’s not here for many — yet. But in the sunny area around San Diego where utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has its service territory, it’s an entirely different story.
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Ontario approves 102MW NextEra bid
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NextEra Energy Canada has received renewable energy approval (REA) for the 102MW Goshen wind project to be constructed adjacent to Lake Huron in Ontario. The Environment Ministry consented to the developer’s plan to install GE turbines. Goshen will employ 62 1.6MW-100 units and one 1.56MW-100 machine on 80-meter towers. The Ontario Energy Board in 2013 granted leave to construct a collector substation, a 25-kilometer 115kV transmission line and an independent breaker station connecting to a 115kV Hydro One Networks’ circuit.

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Bluewater Power CEO: Hydro One has been an 'unwilling seller' of its assets
Sarnia Observer
A city councillor is calling on Bluewater Power to expand its delivery of electricity to the rest of Lambton County. While the municipally-owned utility has done a "great job" of "keeping the lights on" in Sarnia, Point Edward, Petrolia, Warwick, Alvinston and Oil Springs, Coun. Andy Bruziewicz suggested Bluewater Power needs to grow across Lambton County during an annual corporation update at a city council meeting.

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OPA expands Ontario's Industrial Electricity Incentive program
Canadian Manufacturing
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is expanding an energy incentive program for industry to include other energy-intensive sectors that didn't previously qualify. Launched in January 2013, the expanded Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program will see electricity costs reduced for eligible firms working in sectors like data processing, refrigerated warehousing and greenhousing as the OPA launches the third phase of the initiative.

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APPrO PowerBrief listings for July 31, 2014

CUEE - Canadian Utilities Equipment & Engineering Show
International Centre, Toronto
Dates: September 9 & 10, 2014
Attendee registration: www.microspec.com/reg/CUEE2014
Exhibitor registration: www.cuee.ca
Contact: Patricia Klayh, Event Manager at 905-265-5360
pklayh@mearie.ca

GEDO14AB - Ontario & Alberta's Green Energy Doors Open 2014
Date:
Saturday, October 4th
Register: http://www.gedo14ab.deassociation.ca
Contact: Ana Medina gedo14ab@deassociation.ca

APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: November 18 & 19, 2014
Earlybird deadline is September 1: APPrO Members: $995; Non-members: $1495.
Delegate registration: http://bit.ly/register_appro2014
Exhibitor registration: http://bit.ly/appro2014_spaceagreement
Contact: 416-322-6549 ext 226 or carole.kielly@appro.org
Add a calendar reminder now: Outlook or iCal
www.appro2014.com

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