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Could First Nations demand consultation on the Hydro One privatization?
Gowlings
Ontario has announced that it will sell part of both the transmission and distribution components of Hydro One. An initial public offering of 15 per cent is expected by 2016, with further shares to be sold over time. Ontario intends to retain a 40 per cent ownership stake. This decision follows the final report from the Advisory Council on Government Assets. The Report and the decision have triggered responses from various stakeholders, including First Nations leaders, some of whom have claimed a lack of required consultation about the sale.
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Canadian Solar completes construction on 100 MW AC utility-scale solar farm in Ontario
PV Buzz
Canadian Solar's wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., reached substantial completion on its 100 MW AC utility-scale Grand Renewable Solar Project. This project, located in the county of Haldimand, consists of approximately 445,000 CS6X MaxPower high-performance Ontario-made modules, and carries the proud distinction of being the largest operational solar farm in the nation.
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Hydro Ottawa acquires 10 run-of-river hydro projects from Fortis
Hydro World
The acquisition of 10 hydroelectric projects by Hydro Ottawa from Fortis, Inc., adds about 31 MW of cumulative capacity to the Canadian utility's fleet. The run-of-river plants, spread across Ontario and New York, will help Hydro Ottawa meet its four-year strategic goal of increasing its renewable offerings to account for about 25 per cent of its overall energy mix.
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Premiers' energy strategy not an empty pledge
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, in the Globe and Mail
Recently, the premiers gathered in Newfoundland and Labrador to steer our country's economy forward. In the absence of federal leadership or partnership, we have come together to make Canada a world leader in delivering secure, sustainable energy that is socially responsible, strengthens efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions and creates economic growth and prosperity from coast to coast to coast.
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Alberta minister says incentives may be possible for oil patch firms
Globe and Mail
The new government of Alberta is open to the idea of offering economic incentives to oil and gas companies as it undertakes a review of the royalties they pay, Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said recently. The review by the New Democratic Party government was a campaign promise. Combined with the government's move to raise the levy on industry carbon emissions, it has unsettled investors and energy companies in the western province, the largest source of U.S. oil imports.
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Mapping the future for energy storage
Energy Storage News
Whether the destination is New York or Newmarket, we use maps to get to where we need to go. Without a route or destination in mind, we are distracted by detours and obstacles. The field of energy storage is no different. With a broad spectrum of industry and technologies at play, the challenge resides in picking a destination and plotting a course that works for all sectors of the value chain.
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New York regulators propose groundbreaking new utility models under landmark REV order
Utility Dive
New utility business models and the nation's first distributed energy markets are fast emerging in New York. Recently, regulators took one big step towards making them a reality as the New York Department of Public Service issued a white paper that starts to crystallize what those new utility models may look like.
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U.S. offshore wind power industry starting to emerge
Renewable Energy World
A few miles off the coast of Block Island, a new U.S. industry is emerging from the Atlantic Ocean. That's where Deepwater Wind LLC is installing a massive steel frame, more than 1,500 tons, that sits on the seabed and juts about 70 feet from the water south of Rhode Island. By the end of next year there will be five of these platforms, each supporting a huge turbine, the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters.
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ConEd will enter New York rooftop solar market through unregulated subsidiary
Utility Dive
ConEd's announcement it will enter the rooftop solar market is the second such move by a utility in recent months. Recently, Georgia Power announced it would enter the residential solar business in the Peach State, an opportunity made possible by a new TPO law signed earlier. ConEd's decision to expand its unregulated business offerings comes at a time of great upheaval for utilities in New York.
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Why the future of microgrids won't look like the past
Utility Dive
The microgrid market is poised to more than double in the next five years, both in terms of installed capacity and annual value. But as grid edge technologies rapidly proliferate, it's a new wave of cleaner, more flexible, and increasingly complex microgrids being developed, and they have the potential to vastly alter the United States power landscape.
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Inside New York's aggressive new community shared renewables program
Utility Dive
Recently, New York regulators unveiled their new plan to expand consumer access to clean energy through a shared renewables program. Solar and wind advocates cheered the proposal, saying it is one of the most aggressive in the nation, but utilities see it presenting new challenges at a time of dramatic change in their regulation and business models.
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What is solar power really worth to Maine?
Rocky Mountain Institute
A recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state's prevailing price. Maine's traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh.
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French energy transition bill adopted
World Nuclear News
French president Francois Hollande's 2012 election pledge was to limit nuclear's share of French generation at 50 per cent by 2025, and the closure of France's oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim, by the end of 2016. Last year, following a national energy debate, his government announced that the country's nuclear generating capacity would be capped at the current level of 63.2 GWe.
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