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Lower Mattagami project one step closer to completion
CNW
The Lower Mattagami River hydroelectric re-development project is one step closer to completion. Two new units at Smoky Falls/ Kâpâškilehtehk Generating Station are now operating adding 178 MW to OPG's clean energy portfolio. The $2.6 billion project continues to track on time and budget. "Many of our community members have worked hard on this project," said Moose Cree First Nation Chief, Norm Hardisty Jr. "I'm proud of them, and the continuing economic opportunities our partnership with OPG will bring to our community for decades to come."
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OPG may delay further payments to Bruce municipalities
BlackburnNews.com
Municipal councils in Bruce County are being warned by Ontario Power Generation they may not receive hosting payments next year for the proposed deep geologic repository. OPG has written to councils included in the hosting agreement, informing them the money they receive each year as part of the hosting agreement will be deferred if a license to begin constructing the DGR is not granted by the end of 2015. The OPG hosting agreement annually pays $650,000 to Kincardine; $250,000 to Saugeen Shores; $70,000 to Huron-Kinloss; and $40,000 each to Arran-Elderslie and Brockton, but the payments can be deferred and held in trust should a milestone in the project be missed.
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'Double whammy' could spike energy costs
EnergyNow
Hang on to your wallet and put on an extra sweater. Energy industry players say they've learned from last year's so-called polar vortex and are bracing for what the Farmer's Almanac says will be another bitterly cold season — one that's already being dubbed the "T-Rex" of winters. But a number of factors, including unpredictable winter temperatures and the strength of the Canadian dollar, could create a perfect storm and trigger a spike in energy prices, much like the one that occurred last year.
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Albertans solidly support development of more wind energy
CNW
Environmentally and economically, there are too many upsides to renewables like wind energy for Alberta to ignore. This is confirmed by recent public opinion research done by Nanos Research on behalf of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Nanos Research examined the views of Albertans on a wide range of electricity issues, focusing on the largest sources of electricity generation currently operating in Alberta. The research found that almost 80 per cent of Albertans surveyed say the Government of Alberta has not done enough to develop wind power and other renewable forms of large-scale electricity generation.
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Nuclear industry study suggests it's better for environment than wind
Yahoo
The province of Ontario — like many jurisdictions around the world — is slowly shifting away from the use of nuclear power in favour of "green" technologies such as those powered by wind. It’s expected by 2025, nuclear reactors will supply only 42 per cent of the province's power compared to 59 per cent in 2013. Well, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) isn’t taking the industrial snub lying down.
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Canada's clean energy sector has 'huge potential'
Techvibes
Canada is missing out on green energy revolution, according to a recent report from Clean Energy Canada. Private investment in green energy is growing, the report says. Last year more than $200 billion was invested in clean energy deployment, a figure not far off the $270 billion that was invested in fossil fuel power generation over the same period.
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Canadian solar modules to power key solar projects in Honduras
Digital Journal
Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it executed a sales contract to supply photovoltaic modules to two utiliy scale projects totaling 146.4 MWp in Honduras. These two projects, entitled Project Developer/EPC Solar Power S.A. de C.V. and Companía Hondurena de Energia Solar S.A. de C.V., will be constructed in the southern region of Honduras between December 2014 and March 2015. Each project powers approximately 73.2 MWp, bringing the total to 146.4 MWp.
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Researchers aim to harvest the sun's energy in cheap, new ways
The Globe and Mail
To a Grade 4 science class the idea of photosynthesis could hardly be more straightforward: It’s that thing plants do when they turn sunlight into food. But with world demand for energy expected to double by mid-century and scientists warning that fossil fuel emissions must be throttled back at the same time to avoid the worst effects of climate change — photosynthesis is increasingly looking like a road map to the future.
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Comverge, Constellation to merge demand response businesses
RenewGrid
Comverge and Constellation, both big players in the demand response (DR) market, have signed an agreement to merge their commercial and industrial (C&I) DR businesses. The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal or many details, but they claim the combined enterprise "will become one of the largest demand response companies in the industry." The partners say the merged business will be operated as a new standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation and will focus on delivering a full spectrum of DR offerings to C&I customers across the U.S.
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Plan to build solar plants in African, Middle Eastern deserts scrapped
Canadian Manufacturing
It sounded like a good idea: Build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 per cent of its electricity needs by 2050. But the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat following disagreements over funding and persistent political instability in the desert nations where the plants were going to be built.
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IEA: Renewables to drive power generation growth in Africa
Bloomberg
Renewable energy will satisfy much of Africa’s expanding power needs by 2040 as the continent unlocks vast hydropower resources, the International Energy Agency said. Energy demand south of the Sahara Desert will grow 80 per cent as the economy quadruples in size during the period, the Paris-based institution said in a report released today. Renewable energy and hydropower will supply almost half of the growth.
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Outlines of Orleans-Niagara wind farm aired
The Daily News
Officials from Apex Clean Energy are introducing themselves and broad outlines of plans for a 200 MW wind farm in rural sections the northwest corner of Yates and neighboring Somerset. Around 100 people, including officials from both the Town of Yates and Orleans County Legislature, took in an open house in Barker, where the Lighthouse Wind energy project would be centered.
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Asia-Pacific Report: Japan's energy crisis
The Vancouver Sun
The energy reality in Japan today tends to smack you in the face as soon as you get there — or, more accurately, drip down your face. Tokyo can be surprisingly warm in late September — highs during my recent visit reached 27 C, with humidity to match. In most Asian cities, this would warrant a full-scale air-conditioning assault.
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Lower Mattagami project one step closer to completion
CNW
The Lower Mattagami River hydroelectric re-development project is one step closer to completion. Two new units at Smoky Falls/ Kâpâškilehtehk Generating Station are now operating adding 178 MW to OPG's clean energy portfolio. The $2.6 billion project continues to track on time and budget. "Many of our community members have worked hard on this project," said Moose Cree First Nation Chief, Norm Hardisty Jr. "I'm proud of them, and the continuing economic opportunities our partnership with OPG will bring to our community for decades to come."

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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 "break-up." Hydro One has also resigned from the association that represents the industry sector.

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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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