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Licence amendment for Darlington
WNN
The Canadian nuclear regulator has approved a one-year extension to the operating licence of the Darlington nuclear power plant. This will allow extra time for preparation of information by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in support of its application for a licence extension to 2028. OPG submitted a licence renewal application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) last December and submitted additional information to support its application in February.
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Ontario to test storage technologies
Recharge
Ontario's grid operator will test storage technologies from five companies in an effort to build greater flexibility and resiliency into Canada's second largest provincial power system. After an "impartial and transparent" selection process, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) opted to test technologies from Canadian Solar Solutions, Convergent Energy and Power, Dimplex North America, Hecate Energy and Hydrogenics Corp.
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Report warns that Ontario's hydro pensions are 'not sustainable'
The Globe and Mail
Rich pensions for employees of provincial electricity agencies are "not sustainable" and Ontarians may be forced to pay higher hydro prices to subsidize them, a government-commissioned report warns. The province's Liberal administration kept the report secret for nearly five months before quietly posting it online before the long weekend.
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Anishinabek, Nipissing University partner to develop bioeconomy strategy
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Anishinabek Nation and Nipissing University's Biomass Innovation Centre have partnered to develop a bioeconomy strategy that would create economic benefits for First Nations and Northern Ontario, while contributing to Ontario's Green Energy plan and the Northern Growth Plan. The Union of Ontario Indians signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nipissing University's Biomass Innovation Centre to explore business options for using sustainable forestry resources like branches and bark to create advanced bioproducts and biofuels, such as wood pellets.
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Ontario selects technologies for 34MW grid storage trial
PV Tech
The Canadian province of Ontario is preparing to install a variety of new energy storage technologies after finalising details of a 34MW commercial-scale storage trial. Following a competitive tendering process, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has selected technologies from five separate providers, which it now plans to test for their contribution to grid stability.
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Could Ontario and Quebec meet each other's power needs?
Hamilton Spectator
Queen's Park Quebec is awash with cheap power as yet more hydro dams come on stream. Ontario is burdened by rising electricity prices and an aging fleet of nuclear reactors. Time to talk? Kathleen Wynne and her Quebec counterpart, Philippe Couillard, will connect by telephone in mid-August ahead of a premiers' summit in PEI later that month. Electricity and a national energy strategy are on the agenda.
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Off switch hit at Saskatchewan wood-burning power generation plant
Metro
A low-quality fuel source has led to the temporary shelving of a project that generates electricity from old wood at a shuttered pulp mill near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Since early 2012, Paper Excellence, through its Prince Albert Pulp Inc., subsidiary, has been using existing boiler and turbo-generator equipment at the mill to burn waste wood for creation of electricity that’s distributed on the provincial power grid.
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Alberta breaks wind power record — twice
North American Windpower
Alberta broke its wind generation record not once, but twice, last week. Between 11 a.m. and noon on July 24, Alberta produced an average of 1,188 MW of wind power. The province then surpassed that on July 25, peaking at an average of 1,255 MW between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Before last week, the previous record was set on May 29, with an average of 1,134 MW. Angela Anderson, a spokesperson for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), explains that the most recent records were due to a combination of very windy days and new wind farms.
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Replace Alberta's coal-fired generation with solar, paper argues
Canadian Manufacturing
Expanding Alberta's solar generation capacity would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and diversify the province’s electricity supply, according to a new paper published a national industry association. Published by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), the paper argues that Alberta will need as much as 7,000 megawatts of new power generation as it retires its coal-fired plants from service.
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Hydrogenics leads the charge in fuel cells
The Globe and Mail
Investors are stepping back into the volatile hydrogen and fuel-cell sector, lured by the technology’s growing commercial credibility and the promise of near-term profit. One stock gaining attention lately is Mississauga-based Hydrogenics Corp., which analysts expect to be one of the first in the sector’s current incarnation to report earnings in the black, perhaps as early as the fourth quarter.
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Transformer issue cause of widespread power outage
The Guardian
Maritime Electric crews were kept quite busy dealing with a series of power bumps and one big outage. There were approximately four bumps in the morning in the Charlottetown area but no actual outages. The situation was much different during the afternoon as most of the capital city, Stratford and communities in the eastern portion of the province went dark.
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Incinerator power deal gets green light
Surrey Leader
Opponents of Metro Vancouver's waste-to-energy strategy have been dealt a blow by the B.C. Utilities Commission. Regulators there have approved an electricity purchase agreement that will see BC Hydro pay $43 per megawatt-hour for power from Metro's existing garbage incinerator in Burnaby. Critics had argued Metro's garbage-fueled electricity can't count as clean and renewable under provincial law and therefore should be worth much less – closer to the $24 spot price for power exported to the U.S.
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Licence amendment for Darlington
WNN
The Canadian nuclear regulator has approved a one-year extension to the operating licence of the Darlington nuclear power plant. This will allow extra time for preparation of information by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in support of its application for a licence extension to 2028. OPG submitted a licence renewal application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) last December and submitted additional information to support its application in February.

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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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Ontario approves 102MW NextEra bid
ReNews
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.

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New Jersey launches $200 million energy resilience bank for microgrids, distributed generation
Greentech
Following in the footsteps of its tri-state neighbors, New Jersey is establishing an infrastructure bank that is focused on energy resiliency. The names of these institutions vary across Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, but the idea is similar: leveraging public and private capital and the authority of the state to fund energy projects that provide cleaner, more reliable sources of electricity.
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France spurs efficiency, renewables with $13.4 billion energy plan
RenewableEnergyWorld.com via Bloomberg
France's planned energy law will mobilize about $13.4 billion in investment through tax credits and low-interest loans to spur efficiency and renewable power, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said. The law seeks to boost growth and jobs, and reduce bills through energy savings, she said. Measures include tax breaks and zero-interest loans for renovations to insulate homes.
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Experts: Ontario's 75 utilities hinder rise of electric cars (CTV News)
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