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Canada's investment in renewables surged last year, led by Ontario
Investment in renewable energy in Canada almost doubled last year as developers largely in Ontario and Quebec built solar, wind and hydropower projects, Clean Energy Canada said. Spending on generation capacity rose 88 per cent to $10.9 billion, according to a report published recently by the Vancouver-based research group. The industry now employs about 27,000 people, the group's executive director, Merran Smith, said in an interview.
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Kincardine, Arran-Elderslie and Huron-Kinloss select EPCOR to develop new natural gas utility for South Bruce County
Municipality of Kindcardine
Kincardine, Arran-Elderslie and Huron-Kinloss have elected Edmonton-based EPCOR Utilities Inc., as the successful proponent to bring natural gas to their South Bruce communities. The Selection of Epcor follows a six month competitive Request for Information process which identified multiple potential developers to construct, own and operate a new natural gas distribution utility.
Ontario moves to prepare for cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emissions
Borden Ladner Gervais
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change ("MOECC") continues to move towards the introduction of a cap and trade system for the management of greenhouse gas emissions in concert with the regime that is in place in Québec and California and allows trading between those jurisdictions.
New agreement marks step forward in connecting First Nation communities to the electricity grid
Government of Ontario
Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli was in Thunder Bay to witness a signing ceremony for an agreement between Wataynikaneyap Power, a partnership of 20 Ontario First Nation communities, and Fortis-RES, an electricity transmitter. This agreement demonstrates progress towards Ontario's plan to connect 16 remote First Nations communities that currently rely on diesel power to the electricity grid.
Manitoba Hydro to sell hydroelectric power to SaskPower
Manitoba Hydro announced it is selling 100-MW of hydroelectric power to SaskPower, as part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013. The 20-year agreement from 2020 to 2040 will allow SaskPower to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and increase the renewable portion of its power portfolio. The hydropower purchased will cost roughly the same as natural gas-fired generation, according to SaskPower.
Electricity provided under this agreement will come from the 695-MW Keeyask hydro station currently under construction.
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Alberta plans middle-ground strategy to 'bend the curve' on climate
Under intense pressure from falling oil prices and the resulting economic slowdown, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will seek a middle ground between significant greenhouse gas controls and the unbridled development to which the fossil industry became accustomed with past provincial administrations.
Canadian Medical Association votes for divestment and reinvestment
The Canadian Medical Association today voted to divest the organization's investments in companies that produce or market fossil fuels as a primary business. Dr. Courtney Howard, of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, brought forth the motion at the association's annual conference.
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Canadian energy companies should prepare for much tougher access to credit from banks
Canadian energy companies should prepare for a much tougher time getting access to credit as they return to their lenders in the coming months. Low oil prices are expected to force Canadian banks to cut their credit lines for many exploration and production companies by 15 to 20 per cent, analysts at Canaccord Genuity warned. One reason is because many of the hedges that oil producer have in place are maturing, which means their reserves will be assigned lower valuations.
Renewables transition would bring net job gain to Canada
A 25-year transition to renewable energy would create almost twice as many renewable energy jobs in Canada as the number of fossil fuel jobs that would be lost, according to author Guy Dauncey, founder of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association.
Report highlights nuclear energy's positive impact on clean air, jobs in the Great Lakes Region
Former United States Senator and Governor of Indiana Evan Bayh will assist in the release of a collaborative report that highlights the environmental and economic benefits of nuclear energy on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region.
Canada's GreenPAC endorses 18 candidates across party lines
Seven New Democratic Party candidates, six Liberals, three Greens, and two Conservatives have won endorsements from GreenPAC, a political action committee set up to translate Canadians' environmental concerns into political action ahead of the country's federal election October 19.
Apply now to Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition
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Less than two weeks remain to submit your company's cutting-edge product or solution to the Fierce Innovation Awards. Don't miss your chance to apply chances are your competitors won't! Submissions will be judged by a distinguished panel of third-party judges from the executive ranks of major North American utilities. This is an unparalleled opportunity to have your product reviewed by top industry decision-makers.
World solar costs to fall another 40 per cent by 2020
The price of installed photovoltaic solar systems will fall 40 per cent around the world between 2014 and 2020, according to analysis published earlier this month by GTM Research. An average cost of $1.24 will be enough to push the global solar market well above 100-GW by the end of this decade, Greentech reports.
Brooklyn to avoid blackouts with utility-disrupting microgrids
Renewable Energy World
If you want to see how U.S. utilities could lose control of the electricity industry, keep an eye on Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, which spent a week in the dark after Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012.
AltaGas Ltd. Announces acquisition of U.S. natural gas-fired generation facilities for U.S. $642 million, dividend increase and $300 million common share offering
AltaGas Ltd., announced today that it and its indirect wholly owned subsidiary AltaGas Power Holdings Inc. have entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Highstar Capital IV, L.P. and certain of its affiliates to acquire GWF Energy Holdings LLC, which holds a portfolio of three natural gas-fired electrical generation facilities in northern California totalling 523-MW, including the 330-MW Tracy facility, the 97-MW Hanford facility and the 96-MW Henrietta facility (collectively the "Facilities"). The purchase price of the Acquisition is $642 million, subject to certain closing adjustments.
Launch of M1 wing hydrogen refuelling station
ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce the launch of its first public access hydrogen refuelling station today at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, just off the M1, Junction 33 in South Yorkshire, funded by InnovateUK. The site, which as a public access refuelling station is the first of its kind in the UK, consists of a 225-KW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyser, 220-kg of hydrogen storage, a hydrogen dispensing unit and a 30-KW fuel cell system capable of providing backup power generation for nearby buildings.
Ohio solar-storage project will be nation's largest, developer claims
Developed to help the Village of Minister manage its demand, HMV will use S&C's 7-MW PureWave SMS Storage Management System, designed to integrate storage management and power conversion for 3-MWH of lithium ion-batteries. S&C said the system will help Minster better manage energy demand during peak periods and provide reliable back up power. And though no targeted date was set, the company said that once completed the solar+storage system "will be the largest U.S. facility of its kind connected through a municipal utility.
California's 40 years of energy efficiency efforts have saved $90 billion in utility costs
Over the last 40 years, the state of California has been investing in energy efficiencyinitiatives, to the tune of about $1 billion per year, and these efforts have saved its residents some $90 billion in utility costs, created "hundreds of thousands" of energy efficiency jobs, and by the end of the decade will have avoided the pollution equivalent of 41 power plants, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
After 4 states approved a big utility merger, D.C. shocked everyone by denying it over clean energy
In a move that shocked both industry observers and grassroots clean energy advocates, the Public Service Commission of Washington, D.C., unanimously rejected a proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco. Together, they would have created the nation's largest utility.
The commission wrote in its official summary that Exelon and Pepco "have not met their burden of persuading this Commission that the Proposed Merger is in the public interest."
Shale Drillers in the U.S. have learned to do more with less
Shale producers in the U.S. have learned to do more with less. Last year's price crash forced drillers to cut budgets, reducing the number of rigs in U.S. oil fields by 59 per cent from the peak. Crude production, though, has fallen only about five per cent.
U.S., China research institutes sign historic clean power grid accord
Renewable Energy World
China's State Grid Energy Research Institute (SGERI) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) signed a historic clean power memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU will see the two government organizations voluntarily share and exchange information and collaborate on research and development projects aimed at accelerating deployment of renewable energy generation capacity and the integration of emissions-free and cleaner, more efficiently produced electricity on to the nations' respective power grids.
The 4th Annual Green Energy Doors Open
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CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: October 5 - 7, 2015
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15th Annual Power of Water Canada Conference and Trade Show
White Oaks Conference Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Dates: October 18, 2015 to October 20, 2015
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27th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: November 17 & 18, 2015
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2nd Annual Western Power Summit
Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Dates: November 2-4, 2015
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