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Canadian power producers want to keep U.S. border open
WKZO
“In a very real sense, the North American electricity market is borderless,” Canada’s electric industry wrote to U.S. energy regulators last month. There are more than 35 high-voltage connections across the border. Another six lines will be in service by the end of the decade or are planned, the Canadian Electricity Association wrote to the U.S. Department of Energy, which is currently conducting the first Quadrennial Energy Review. For the most part Canada is a major exporter to the United States - especially in the eastern half of the continent.
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Saskatchewan unveils world's first commercial-scale carbon capture & storage project
Canadian Energy Law
SaskPower unveiled the world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture & storage (CCS) project at its Saskatchewan Boundary Dam facility. The project is expected to reduce emissions by one million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road. Some of the carbon released by the plant will be liquefied and sold to oil companies to help extract more crude from the ground (known as enhanced oil recovery), while captured sulphur dioxide will be sold for industrial use. The remaining CO2 will be injected through a steel pipeline more than 3km underground where it is to be stored permanently. Of the $1.4 billion spent to retrofit the Boundary Dam facility, the federal government provided $240 million.
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Biomass research centre opens in northern Ontario
Pulp & Paper Canada
Confederation College officially opened the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (OPG-BLRC) in early September. The facility, located in Thunder Bay, Ont., offers opportunities for demonstration, training and applied research related to biomass energy, including fuel quality, emission and combustion efficiency. “The new Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre will provide hands-on training for students in this emerging bio-energy field and will be integral to the success of many upcoming small to mid-size biomass projects here in Northern Ontario,” said Lorne Morrow, CEO of CRIBE (Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy), a contributor to the project.
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OPG: Bruce nuclear waste site is safe
OurWindsor.Ca
Burying nuclear waste deep underground near the Bruce nuclear station is safe and sustainable, Ontario Power Generation says in its final submission to a federal panel. But part of OPG’s submission is at odds with that of nearby First Nations, who have not yet given their blessing to the project. OPG wants to entomb low and intermediate level waste in a “deep geologic depository,” or DGR, 680 metres below the surface at the Bruce station, near Kincardine on the shore of Lake Huron.
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B.C. unveils liquefied natural gas tax framework
Canadian Energy Law
Recently, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act was introduced into the British Columbia legislature. The Bill reflects the culmination of the Province’s goal to introduce an LNG tax framework, which was initially unveiled in February 2014. The Bill provides for a tier 1 tax rate of 1.5 per cent and a tier 2 rate of 3.5 per cent. The LNG tax applies to the net income from all liquefaction activities in British Columbia. Effective for the taxation years beginning on or after Jan 1, 2017, the tax rate on net income will be 3.5 per cent.
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Canada developer certifies commercial operation of 195 MW Forrest Kerr hydro project
Hydro World
Canada's AltaGas announced its 195 MW Forrest Kerr hydropower project in British Columbia completed a 72-hour testing period required to achieve commercial operation under its electricity purchase agreement with power purchaser BC Hydro. The developer said that a certificate of commercial operation date had been delivered to BC Hydro. "The final test phase went as planned and Forrest Kerr has officially started delivering clean power to British Columbia," AltaGas Chief Operating Officer David Harris said.
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Benefits of coal-fired power plants outweigh nominal health risk
Troy Media
Wind power currently accounts for only 4 per cent of power in Alberta and provides power only 33 per cent of the time. Wind power cannot be "dispatched" (powered up or down on demand). In fact, wind and solar need 25/7 conventional coal, natural gas or hydro back-up to part of the grid.
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Reversible PTFE thrust bearing commissioned at OPG plant, a first in North America
Hydro World
This month, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) commissioned the first successfully reversible polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thrust bearing in North America at the 175-MW Sir Adam Beck Pump Storage Generating Station, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, according to OPG officials. Part of the Niagara Plant Group, the OPG facility utilizes Lake Erie as its drainage basin, fed by the Niagara River. Near Queenston, Ontario, the facility began service in 1958 and has six generating units.
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Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power
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Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery. In anissue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report that they’ve succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device. Key to the innovation is a mesh solar panel, which allows air to enter the battery, and a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery electrode. Inside the device, light and oxygen enable different parts of the chemical reactions that charge the battery.
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Tapping consumer motivations to drive smart grid engagement
Intelligent Utility
Why do we care about consumer engagement? Aside from fulfilling a promise often made to consumers—and regulators—as part of utility smart grid deployment plans, a 2013 Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) study (Smart Grid Economic and Environmental Benefits) found that customer participation and behavior was a key driver of available smart grid economic and environmental benefits, accounting for up to 30 per cent of potential benefits.
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Canadian power producers want to keep U.S. border open
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“In a very real sense, the North American electricity market is borderless,” Canada’s electric industry wrote to U.S. energy regulators last month. There are more than 35 high-voltage connections across the border. Another six lines will be in service by the end of the decade or are planned, the Canadian Electricity Association wrote to the U.S. Department of Energy, which is currently conducting the first Quadrennial Energy Review. For the most part Canada is a major exporter to the United States - especially in the eastern half of the continent.

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IEI Stream 3: Question & answer document, contract prescribed forms posted
OPA
Thank you to all who submitted questions regarding the IEI Stream 3 Program documents and application process. A Question and Answer (Q&A) document is now posted on the IEI Stream 3 Website which addresses questions received regarding the IEI Stream 3 Program Rules, IEI Stream 3 Contract (the "Contract") and the Application process that may be of interest to potential Applicants.

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Ontario approves Veresen 40 MW project
Recharge News
Ontario has approved Veresen Inc.'s 40MW Grand Valley III project, leaving the Canadian energy company's wind capacity set to more than quadruple over the next three years.

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Mozambique approves negotiations for 1,000-MW Chemba hydro project
Hydro Review Worldwide
Mozambique's Council of Ministers has approved a resolution authorizing negotiations toward construction of the 1,000-MW Chemba hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River in central Mozambique. Government news agency Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (AIM) reported the project is to be developed as a public-private partnership of government-owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EdM) and a private capital hydro development firm, Sheza. Government spokesman Henrique Banze said Chemba, to be built between Sofala and Tete on the Zambezi, is to ensure availability of energy to meet demand in central and northern regions of Mozambique, including expected growth in the area.
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U.K. on-site power investment increases
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production
A report by SmartestEnergy's Energy Entrepreneurs has found that manufacturers in the United Kingdom increased their investment in commercial-scale on-site power by an estimated $91.4 million to a total of $281.7 million. Appetite for solar PV and CHP technologies is increasing as rising energy costs and fears over energy supply motivated a 36 per cent jump in investment.
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