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TransCanada adds 3 additional solar facilities to company's power portfolio
EnergyNow
TransCanada Corporation has announced it has acquired three additional Ontario solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions. Each of the newly-built facilities has a generation capacity of 10 MW, with Liskeard 3 and 4 both located in the New Liskeard region and William Rutley located east of Ottawa. These three new facilities were completed at a cost of approximately $182 million, bringing TransCanada's investment in its Ontario solar program to almost $400 million.
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Capstone Infrastructure Corporation announces completion of Goulais Wind Project financing
WawaNews.com
Capstone Infrastructure Corporation announced approximately $76 million in new project-level financing for the 25 MW Goulais Wind Farm. The project is now under construction in the Algoma district, north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Capstone is developing the site in partnership with the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways.
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Sault Ste. Marie co-generation plant to shut down
SooToday.com
Brookfield Renewable Power says it will decommission its 110 MW gas-fired cogeneration plant in Sault Ste. Marie after failing to reach a power-purchase agreement with the province. The closure will affect 10 employees, with two staying on to maintain the site.
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NRG Energy buys Ontario-based solar firm Pure Energies
CBC News
America's largest independent electricity producer has purchased Pure Energies Group, a Toronto-based installer of residential rooftop power systems. New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc. owns a stable of conventional power generation plants that make electricity out of coal, natural gas and nuclear, including a few large wind and solar farms.
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Local hydros covet Hydro One assets
Toronto Star
Ontario’s local hydro utilities are considering a plan to buy Hydro One’s electricity distribution business and carve it up among themselves. The proposal has caused a rift between the local hydros and Hydro One, with Hydro One accusing the local hydros of plotting its "breakup." Hydro One has also resigned from the association that represents the industry sector.
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BD3 project puts carbon capture on the table
Estevan Mercury
The opening of the project at BD3 doesn’t mark the end of the carbon capture story but the beginning of a much longer saga that will see the continued use of coal power for much longer than we otherwise would. That’s what Mike Monea said he believes when SaskPower’s president of carbon capture and storage initiatives spoke to media during the grand opening of the much-anticipated carbon capture project at Boundary Dam Power Station.
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NB Power eyes cheaper refurbishment plan for Mactaquac dam
CBC News
NB Power is studying the possibility of utilizing new technology so that it can refurbish the Mactaquac Generating Station near Fredericton, while the dam is still operating. ​Gaëtan Thomas, the president and chief executive officer of NB Power, told Information Morning Fredericton that advancements in technology could allow for a cheaper option of refurbishing the province’s largest power generator.
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Albertans favour greener energy grid
Lethbridge Herald
As Alberta’s newly sworn Premier Jim Prentice takes command of a province fuelled almost entirely by oil and gas, a recent survey tells him Albertans want more wind energy and other renewables powering their homes and industries. Nanos Research was engaged by the Canadian Wind Energy Association to examine the views of Albertans on a wide range of energy issues, including the various forms of electricity generation.
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Canada launches $1.25 billion large-scale carbon capture, storage plant
MINING.com
Canadian power utility SaskPower has unveiled the world’s first large-scale coal-fired power station equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the province of Saskatchewan. The move, hailed by the industry as a turning point in combating climate change, will help the potash-rich province to trap about 90% of its emissions, or about 1m tonnes of carbon dioxide. Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said in a statement the project represents a “historic milestone” on the road to a low-carbon energy world, and should prove that capturing carbon emissions from a big coal plant is possible.
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NERC's polar vortex review bares natural gas dependency, equipment vulnerabilities
POWER Magazine
Despite record low temperatures and widespread generation outages during the polar vortex, bulk power system reliability was maintained, says the North American Electric Reliability in a newly released analysis of the extreme cold weather event that engulfed most of the nation this January. However, while system operators were faced with “many difficulties,” they “were able to successfully maintain reliability through extensive previous training and preparation,” says the entity tasked with ensuring the reliability of the bulk power system in the U.S., Canada, and a part of northern Mexico in a 49-page review of the event.
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U.S. Energy Department approves transmission line to deliver Quebec hydropower to New York
HydroWorld.com
The U.S. Department of Energy issued a presidential permit approving construction and operation of a 1,000 MW transmission line to carry Quebec hydroelectric power to customers in New York City. The proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line would carry hydropower and some wind power from Canada's Quebec Province, across the border at Champlain, N.Y., to Astoria, Queens, New York. DOE issued a final environmental impact statement in August, endorsing the 336-mile transmission line's route in the U.S., while Quebec and Canadian agencies reviewed environmental effects in that country.
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TransCanada adds 3 additional solar facilities to company's power portfolio
EnergyNow
TransCanada Corporation has announced it has acquired three additional Ontario solar power facilities from Canadian Solar Solutions. Each of the newly-built facilities has a generation capacity of 10 MW, with Liskeard 3 and 4 both located in the New Liskeard region and William Rutley located east of Ottawa. These three new facilities were completed at a cost of approximately $182 million, bringing TransCanada's investment in its Ontario solar program to almost $400 million.

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New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule Available
Ontario Power Authority
As required by the August 29, 2014, Minister's direction, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT Programs on an annual basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review. The new price schedule will be effective immediately for the FIT Program and will apply to any FIT contracts that are offered after September 30, 2014, including FIT contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 procurement. The new price schedule will not apply to any FIT contracts offered pursuant to the July 30, 2014, Offer List. The new price schedule will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the microFIT Program and will apply to Application Approval Notices that are issued on or after January 1, 2015.

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Bruce B nuclear reactor life extension granted by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Owen Sound Sun Times
Canada's nuclear safety regulator granted Bruce Power permission to temporarily continue to run Bruce B reactors 5 and 6 beyond the assumed design life of their pressure tubes. But the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, in its decision released on its website, says it will take another look at that decision next February and April when public hearings into the renewal of Bruce Power's site operating licence for all eight reactors will be held.

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