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New FIT pricing offered in Ontario
Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator released the FIT/microFIT price schedule which will be applicable to FIT 4.0 applications and to any FIT or microFIT contracts awarded after Jan. 1, 2016. Reflecting global trends, the energy prices for rooftop and non-rooftop Solar projects in all project tranche sizes decreased between 23.4 per cent and 29.5 per cent. According to the IESO, the interest in solar PV has greatly exceeded the IESO's target levels of solar energy generation and lowered prices are an attempt to balance supply and demand.
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Ontario's net metering model on the drawing board
The Province of Ontario is accepting feedback on a proposed transition of the current microFIT program to a net metering program which it wants to implement by late 2017 or early 2018. The net metering program will focus on renewable energy systems that are 10-KW or less but may impact larger systems potentially even commercial scale systems.
Economic benefits of wind energy in Ontario in the spotlight
By 2030 wind energy in Ontario will have stimulated over $14 billion in economic activity in the province providing
well-paying jobs to thousands of workers and injecting millions of dollars directly into local economies, according to the results of a new study released on the opening day of the Canadian Wind Energy Association's 31(st) Annual Conference and Exhibition, that took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 5-7.
One size does not fit all: Changing approaches towards Aboriginal engagement
Canadian Energy Law
Attaining an Aboriginal community's consent to a development project should not be viewed as a line item on a to-do list. Corporations that want to operate successfully in areas subject to Aboriginal interests must therefore find new ways of building or rebuilding relationships and the first step is developing mutual trust.
Albertans willing to pay carbon tax
Half of Albertans who participated in a new survey supported a carbon tax and were willing to pay it.
The poll found that number held even if the tax were applied to individuals as well as companies.
"It doesn't surprise me," said Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank that commissioned the poll from Ekos Research.
"There's always a strong constituency around responsible development and addressing greenhouse gas pollution and it seems to be getting stronger."
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G20 ministers adopt IRENA renewable energy toolkit
G20 energy ministers adopted a renewable energy toolkit developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) during a first-ever meeting in Istanbul last week. IRENA reported that the G20 account for 75 per cent of the renewable energy deployment potential in the world’s energy sector and 70 per cent of the power sector investment potential through 2030.
66-MW McLymont Creek hydro plant in British Columbia begins operating
The 66-MW McLymont Creek hydro plant, owned by AltaGas Ltd., began operating last week.
The powerhouse systems and high-voltage switchyard were commissioned in September, and the facility is now delivering power to the Northwest Transmission Line, according to a press release. AltaGas expects final project commercial operations to be achieved in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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Here is what the G20 Nations are pledging on climate change
Recently, 119 submissions were on the website of the UN body overseeing the talks that involve more than 190 nations intending to seal the deal in Paris in December. Those pledges cover 146 countries, because they include a single commitment from the 28-nation European Union. The 10 biggest polluters all submitted documents. Iran is the biggest yet to do so. That country is the 11th biggest emitter, accounting for about 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse gases, according to World Resources Institute. Other holdouts include Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Qatar, which hosted the UN climate talks in 2012.
Falling storage costs could roil U.S. utility markets
Cost-competitive lithium-ion batteries for grid-scale energy storage could seriously disrupt U.S. utility markets by the end of this decade, according to an analysis released by Moody's Investors Service.
"That's good news for utility customers and the power grid, but bad news for merchant power generators and utilities," Greentech Media reports.
Japan: Goto city aims to become 'Island of Energy' by harnessing offshore wind
Renewable Energy World
Off the coast of Kagoshima island, a part of Goto City in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan's first on-gird 2-MW floating offshore wind turbine is about to complete its mission as a demonstration project. Goto City is now planning to take the demonstration FOWT project to the next level by deploying over 500-MW worth of offshore wind power.
Elon Musk and SolarCity just unveiled what could be the 'world's most efficient' solar panel
Recently in New York City's Times Square, SolarCity, the nation's largest installer of residential solar panels, and company chairman Elon Musk introduced what they claim is the world's most efficient rooftop solar panel, achieving a peak efficiency of 22.04 per cent.
The labour management partnership of the Unionized ICI Construction Industry has invested $260 million into 95 joint union/employer training centres across Ontario. MORE
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Tecogen sells combined heat and power system to new high-rise condominium in New York
Tecogen® Inc., announced the sale of a combined heat and power system for installation in a multi-story condominium located on Manhattan's West Side. The building is in the early stages of construction and is expected to be sufficiently completed to accept delivery of the equipment in the second quarter of 2016. This is the fifth new high rise building in New York City from the same property management company to include Tecogen CHP systems in their buildings. The sale also brings total 2015 year-to-date CHP module sales into the New York City multi-unit-residential market above 2014 full year market segment sales.
New supercomputer advances next generation solar energy technologies using organic and hybrid solar cells
The sun, that yellow dwarf star at the heart of our solar system, has lit up our skies for nearly 4.5 billion years. Through the process of nuclear fusion, the sun's abundant hydrogen stores are converted to helium. The energy produced during this process is released, or radiated, beyond the sun's surface, bathing its planetary neighbors in light and heat.
Russia plans to sign contracts for 30 to 40 overseas reactors
Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom is planning to sign agreements in the next five years for the construction of between 30 and 40 nuclear reactors abroad, the company's deputy head Kirill Komarov said. Mr Komarov told the Russian Nuclear Society that at the end of 2014 Rosatom's 10-year portfolio of overseas orders stood at $101.4BND. By 2020, this should grow to $150BND, Mr Komarov said. The company's total portfolio of orders exceeds $300BND, he said.
Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 2 "The Present"
Renewable Energy World
Aggressive state policy and cost reductions for clean energy have created two business model crises for electric utilities: stagnant sales and exponentially rising production from distributed renewable sources.
This is the second of four parts of ILSR's Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy report being published in serial.
NextEra to invest $100 million in energy storage technology
Renewable Energy World
NextEra Energy Inc. plans to invest $100 million in energy storage systems over the next year to back up its fleet of solar and wind energy plants.
NextEra is the world's biggest producer of wind and solar power, and will use the battery systems to manage energy fluctuations caused by cloudy weather and lulls in the wind, Jim Robo, chief executive officer of the Juno Beach, Florida-based company, said at an analyst conference.
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