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Ontario appoints new CEO, Board of Directors to lead energy agency merger
Ministry of Energy
Ontario intends to appoint Bruce Campbell as CEO of the new Independent Electricity System Operator as the government moves ahead with the merger of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Amalgamating the agencies will streamline electricity sector planning by reducing overlap and is expected to save millions of dollars going forward. The merger supports the government's commitment to improve agency efficiency, reduce costs and help mitigate future cost impacts to ratepayers.
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Inventive audience participation and high-value experts featured at power event, November 18 and 19
APPrO
Under the title of “Transformation Underway,” the annual conference of Ontario’s power producers is trying out new techniques for audience participation while also offering an impressive line-up of speakers including top business leaders and senior technology experts. “We know there are challenging issues coming up and we wanted to face them in a direct way,” said Jake Brooks, Executive Director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO).
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Hydro rates increase for Ontario
Sun News
It's jolt time. Ontario is raising its hydro rates again Saturday as time-of-use electricity customers switch over to the winter hours schedule. That means running a dishwasher or clothes dryer in peak hours - 7-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. - will gobble up electricity at the rate of 14 cents/kWh. Middle-of-the-day hydro, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will cost 11.4 cents/kWh, while overnight, weekends and holidays will set users back 7.7 cents/kWh.
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Bruce Power generates work for building trades
Daily Commercial News
Ontario’s building and construction trades are looking forward to decades of work on a $12 billion project for Bruce Power, which involves the refurbishment of six nuclear units at its facility on the shores of Lake Huron. "If you look at projects around the province, you probably won't see another project that will be this significant in terms of building trades activity sustained over a long period of time," said James Scongack, Bruce Power's vice-president of corporate affairs.
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Siemens to provide wind energy for 100,000 Ontario homes
CleanTechnica
Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division has been awarded two new orders for onshore wind projects in Ontario, Canada — projects that will have the capacity to power more than 100,000 homes. Siemens will provide the turbines, installation, and commissioning of 137 2.3 MW turbines to two separate Ontario wind projects — 180 MW Armow Wind project, and the 100 MW Cedar Point II project.
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Terminate Ontario wind, solar contracts, says Fraser report
Northern Ontario Business
Costly wind and solar project contracts are primarily to blame for Ontario’s rising power prices, according to a Fraser Institute study. The 40-page report co-authored by Ross McKitrick and Tom Adams entitled, “What goes up, Ontario’s soaring electricity prices and how to get them down,” details how the province’s annual power cost has risen by more than 50 per cent since 2004, while wholesale market prices have been declining.
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Resolute Forest Products ramps up production at pellet plant
Biomass Magazine
Resolute Forest Products Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting progress with the development of its Thunder Bay pellet project. “We’ve just completed the construction of our Thunder Bay pellet plant, which is now in the ramp-up mode,” said Richard Garneau, president and CEO of Resolute Forest Products, during an investor call. “It will produce 45,000 metric tons of pellet annually under a 10-year supply agreement with the Ontario Power Generation ...This innovative project together with our other initiatives speak to the momentum we are developing in our wood products business.”
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Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Program now open
Ontario Power Authority
The ACEP will support Aboriginal participation in Ontario’s energy sector by providing up to $90,000 in funding to First Nation or Métis communities for local energy planning activities and the development of a Community Energy Plan; or $25,000 in funding to make updates to an Existing Community Energy Plan. Remote communities are eligible for an additional $5,000 in funding.
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OPG's nuclear training facility is one-of-a-kind
Canadianmanufacturing.com
Ontario Power Generation unveiled its new training facility for the refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear plant, which it says is the first of its kind in the world. The facility features a life-size model of a nuclear reactor face, and Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says it will help ensure Darlington’s refurbishment is on time and on budget. OPG Board Chair Bernard Lord says it’s hoped the training facility will prevent any surprises during the refurbishment process, and while there are contingencies built into the $10 billion budget, OPG believes the project could come under budget.
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The Proposed Security for Courts, Electricity-Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, 2014
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
The proposed legislation is being reintroduced. The revised bill incorporates feedback received during committee hearings. The Police Services Act will be amended to maintain existing security measures at courthouses. It will ensure court security guards have the powers to maintain the safety and security of courthouses.
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Ontario appoints new CEO, Board of Directors to lead energy agency merger
Ministry of Energy
Ontario intends to appoint Bruce Campbell as CEO of the new Independent Electricity System Operator as the government moves ahead with the merger of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Amalgamating the agencies will streamline electricity sector planning by reducing overlap and is expected to save millions of dollars going forward. The merger supports the government's commitment to improve agency efficiency, reduce costs and help mitigate future cost impacts to ratepayers.

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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.

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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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The Canadian Electricity Association kicks off Electricity in Ontario initiative
The Canadian Electricity Association
Canada is in the midst of a national debate about electricity policy and pricing as provinces and industry work to ensure that the system and its infrastructures—currently among the most reliable in the world—are ready to meet the future needs fo Canadians and the economy. The Electricity in Ontario information initiative will focus on a key question: Are Ontarians getting value for the money they pay for electricity?
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Deadline extended for nominations to Powering Prosperity Awards
APPrO
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) announced on November 4 that the deadline for nominations to its Powering Prosperity Awards would be extended to November 21. Members of the power industry may nominate deserving individuals for public recognition at a gala event planned for January 29. The Powering Prosperity Awards highlight “excellence, innovation and best practices in the sustainable energy sector, shining the spotlight on champions whose ideas and actions are advancing Ontario's prosperity and our transition to a more sustainable energy economy,” OSEA explains.
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Deutsche Bank sees all 50 US states at solar grid parity by 2016
Renew Economy
Rooftop solar PV will reach grid parity in 50 U.S. states by 2016 – up from just 10 now – setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake in household and commercial rooftop solar in the world’s biggest economy. That’s the prediction of Vishal Shah, the leading solar industry analyst at Deutsche Bank, who says that declining system costs, customer acquisition costs, financing costs and rising volumes should drive significant scale benefits. Shah’s prediction was included in his first report on the newly listed Vivint Solar, which is the number two installer in the U.S..
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Energy development research opportunity onboard the International Space Station
CASIS
Energy Development Research Opportunity On The International Space Station The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has issued a Request for Proposals targeted towards energy technology development from the International Space Station (ISS). CASIS is the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.
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Procuring energy derived from biomass: Efficient or costly?
Strategic Sourceror
Despite the fact that renewable energy reduces the world's carbon dioxide emissions, some experts have asserted it's detrimental to economic development. Why does it cost so much? The procurement of green power may be viewed as admirable, but one can't deny that it also increases residential and commercial energy bills. The Economist noted Germany and Denmark as two examples of countries with significant renewable energy output and high costs to accompany it.
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Poor nations go for solar, wind at twice the pace of rich ones
Renewable Energy World via Bloomberg
Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded. A study of 55 nations — including China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya — found that they’ve installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier nations, which installed 213 MW, according to a report released today by Climatescope.
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