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Innergex, First Nations to develop 6 British Columbia small hydro projects
HydroWorld
Hydro developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has signed an agreement with the In-SHUCK-ch Nation to develop six run-of-river hydroelectric projects totaling 150 MW in British Columbia. Innergex and the In-SHUCK-ch, which represents the Samahquam Nation and the Skatin Nations, agreed on commercial terms for a 50-50 partnership to develop the projects on six creeks in the nation's traditional territories between the Harrison and Lillooet lakes. Projects include Rogers Creek, Snowcap Creek, Gowan Creek, Kakila Creek, Tuwasus Creek and Billygoat Creek.
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OPG: Darlington risks are contained
Toronto Star
Ontario Power Generation says has taken measures to curb financial risks in the $10 billion project to overhaul the Darlington nuclear plant. “This is not to suggest there will be no risks associated with the execution of the project,” OPG acknowledges in a new filing with the Ontario Energy Board. But if costs escalate, OPG says it won’t bear the entire burden.
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After the RFQ, what's next?
ORTECH
The long-awaited Request for Qualifications for the new Large Renewables Process in Ontario is finally here, and developers are gearing up for their September 4th submissions. The Ontario Power Authority then plans to notify qualified applicants by Nov. 4th, and release the next steps in the process around Nov. 4-11. The RFQ document specifies timelines that will be allowed to developers between contract award and Commerical Operation Date. Waterpower projects will receive eight years; on-shore wind receives four; and all other renewable project types receive three years to complete their projects through to operations.
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Canadian solar modules to power North Carolina solar farms
Toolsforgreenliving
Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, announced that the company executed a 44 MWp module sales agreement with affiliates of Entropy Investment Management, LLC and Entropy Solar Integrators, LLC. Entropy will construct seven solar farms in North Carolina in 2014 by using high efficient Canadian Solar CS6X-P PV module series. Over the next twenty years, the projects are anticipated to generate more than 1.1 Mio. kWh of clean, renewable, solar energy. This is equivalent to taking the CO2 emission of more than 94,000 automobiles off the road or powering more than 130,000 homes.
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Renewable energy project YieldCos emerge
Gowlings
The use of 'YieldCos' has been a topic of significant interest in renewable energy finance circles ever since December 2012 when NRG Energy incorporated NRG Yield, which then subsequently undertook an IPO in July 2013 to raise the capital required to acquire a portion of NRG Yield LLC from NRG Energy Inc. Since the NRG transactions, TransAlta Corporation completed an IPO of its YieldCo subsidiary, TransAlta Renewables, and Pattern Energy Group LP completed an IPO of its YieldCo subsidiary, Pattern Energy Group Inc.
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Budget contains important energy measures
Ryerson University
The 2014 Ontario budget received the support of the newly-elected legislature in late July. The Wynne government’s budget plan contains a number of important measures affecting Ontario's energy sector. "It seems clear that the government is anxious to provide targeted relief to key sectors of the Ontario economy and society struggling with the effects of rising energy prices", observed Sean Conway, Hydro One Visiting Fellow for the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University.
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Draft program documents posted for Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program (CHPSOP) 2.0
Ontario Power Authority
The Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0 (CHPSOP 2.0) is being developed to support the efficient use of gas-fired electricity generating facilities that use combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The objective of the CHPSOP2.0 program is to facilitate the increased development of CHP facilities that are up to a maximum capacity of 20 MW in size and that provide thermal energy to operations in the target sectors, specifically: Agricultural Industry Projects and District Energy Projects.
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Ontario, U.S. and Africa: Energy philosophies are worlds apart
Forbes
Ontario’s announcement last April that it had closed the last of its remaining coal-fired power plants and that it has vowed to never build another one rippled throughout the world community — even in Africa, which despite its acceptance of climate change has said that it still needs coal plants.
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Nuclear funds power OPG profit increase
OurWindsor.Ca
Higher returns from funds set aside to deal with used nuclear fuel and decommissioned nuclear stations have helped push earnings higher at Ontario Power Generation. The profit increase came despite declines in both the amount of power OPG produced, and the average price it received.
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Courts worldwide reject anti-wind experts and their evidence
RenewEconomy
Since 1998 there have been 49 court cases in five countries that tested the evidence for and against wind farm health impacts. All but one agreed that wind farms don’t make people sick. The Energy and Policy Institute just published a full report of my research into these court cases in the USA, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand.
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Major court ruling clears the way to let renewables into the grid
Climate Progress
Building wind farms and huge solar arrays means nothing if they cannot transmit that energy to homes and businesses, and a recent court ruling just made connecting to the grid a lot easier. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, commonly known as FERC, doesn’t often draw headlines for fulfilling its duty of regulating electricity, gas, and oil transmission. However a Friday ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirming a 2011 FERC order is poised to usher in major changes in the way utilities and regulators consider transmission and to open pathways for more renewables to enter the grid.
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What's wrong with the electric grid?
Physics Today
The warnings were certainly there. In 1998, former utility executive John Casazza predicted that "blackout risks will be increased" if plans for deregulating electric power went ahead. And the warnings continued to be heard from other energy experts and planners. So it could not have been a great surprise to the electric-power industry when, on 14 August 2003, a blackout that covered much of the northeastern US dramatically confirmed these warnings.
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Innergex, First Nations to develop 6 British Columbia small hydro projects
HydroWorld
Hydro developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has signed an agreement with the In-SHUCK-ch Nation to develop six run-of-river hydroelectric projects totaling 150 MW in British Columbia. Innergex and the In-SHUCK-ch, which represents the Samahquam Nation and the Skatin Nations, agreed on commercial terms for a 50-50 partnership to develop the projects on six creeks in the nation's traditional territories between the Harrison and Lillooet lakes. Projects include Rogers Creek, Snowcap Creek, Gowan Creek, Kakila Creek, Tuwasus Creek and Billygoat Creek.

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Achtung, Ontario! Renewables are a money pit
Financial Post
Germany — the country on which Ontario modelled its approach to renewable energy development — has a $412 billion lesson for Ontario. That's the amount the country has spent on subsidies in support of solar and wind energy, among other renewables, over the past 20 years, all in the push to wean the country off fossil fuel and nuclear generation.

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Report: Australia faces unprecedented over-supply of energy
ABC News Online
South-eastern Australia will not need to ramp up energy generation for the next 10 years, even under a worst-case scenario, a report says. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report says Australia is facing an energy glut never before seen in the history of the national electricity market.

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China surpasses Germany as world's biggest solar market
PV-Buzz
China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s biggest solar market in 2013, with newly-installed solar capacity in the country jumping 232 per cent to 12 gigawatts from a year ago, a new study has found. This milestone is credited to the country’s government policies on renewable energy which are now spurring solar installations in industrial zones and large companies’ rooftops, as well as in public infrastructure and in rural communities.
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Mexico to offer $4.9 billion in electric projects
EnergyNow
Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector. The Federal Electricity Commission wants to build several power plants, but didn't set a date for the opening of bidding. Commission director Enrique Ochoa said Monday the bidding will be open to private and foreign firms.
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The war on coal in the American Midwest
Slate
When coal industry veterans in states such as West Virginia and Kentucky invoke a "war on coal," they're talking about a conspiracy — a cabal of federal bureaucrats who don't like the industry (or modernity, or energy) trying to drive a job creator and economic-growth engine out of business. But the reality is much different. A host of economic, political, and environmental concerns are pushing organizations—many of them profit-seeking businesses—to try to use less coal or stop using it altogether.
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    Achtung, Ontario! Renewables are a money pit (Financial Post)
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