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Ontario set to avoid 'over-committing' on new, big energy projects
The Globe and Mail
Still reeling from its $1 billion gas-plant debacle, Ontario's Liberal government says it will avoid making commitments for large-scale new power projects. The province is expected to release its new long-term energy plan, as it faces fierce criticism over the cost of cancelling two gas-fired power plants and rising consumer prices.
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Ontario: First place in North America to end coal-fired power
Government of Ontario
Ontario is one step closer to being the first place in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. Premier Kathleen Wynne welcomed Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project, to the MaRs Discovery Centre in Toronto. They highlighted the closure of Ontario's coal-burning Lambton and Atikokan facilities.
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Wind and sky hold key to Ontario's energy future
Toronto Star
With so much focus on fracking and pipelines right now in North America’s energy sector, it's easy to forget that we still need a revolution in the wind and the sky. There's considerable growth potential for wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy, and in fact renewables are actually expanding in places that get denigrated by foes of fossil fuels — like Texas and Alberta.
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Ontario strengthening energy agency board governance
Government of Ontario
Ontario is appointing Sandra Pupatello to the Board of Directors of Hydro One and Bernard Lord to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to help strengthen the governance of the two agencies. A former Ontario cabinet minister, Pupatello is CEO of Windsor Essex Economic Development and Director, Business Development and Global Markets at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Nuclear faces long road as Ontario maps its energy future
The Globe and Mail
Canada's nuclear industry is looking to persuade Ontario that it's not dead yet. Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli will launch a revised long-term energy plan that will spell out how the current government expects to feed the province's appetite for electricity over the next two decades.
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Ontario set to avoid 'over-committing' on new, big energy projects
The Globe and Mail
Still reeling from its $1 billion gas-plant debacle, Ontario's Liberal government says it will avoid making commitments for large-scale new power projects. The province is expected to release its new long-term energy plan, as it faces fierce criticism over the cost of cancelling two gas-fired power plants and rising consumer prices.

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New regional planning web pages launched in Ontario
Ontario Power Authority
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is providing a more informative and interactive look into the regional planning process in the province, with a newly enhanced and user-friendly section of its website.

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Bob Chiarelli plans progress reports on LTEP, to increase transparency
APPrO
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli told the APPrO conference on Nov. 19, that he is planning to implement a new form of reporting in the power sector.

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BC Hydro to buy power from Alterra's 62 MW hydroelectric project
Renew Grid
Vancouver-based renewable energy company Alterra Power has revised the power purchase agreement for its 62 MW Jimmie Creek run-of-river hydroelectric project. Under the amended agreement, Alterra says the Jimmie Creek project will sell 100 per cent of its power to Canadian utility BC Hydro for 40 years, commencing in August 2016. In addition, Alterra has agreed to purchase the 49 per cent project stake currently held by an affiliate of General Electric Energy Financial Services.
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SaskPower overhauling power grid
Leader-Post
Saskatchewan's aging power grid needs a major overhaul over the next decade to ensure a reliable supply of power, president and CEO of SaskPower Robert Watson says. "We know there is a problem with the grid, and know we have to make it better and more reliable, but it's not going to happen overnight," Watson said.
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Yukon government exploring hydropower project development
Hydro World
The Yukon Development Corporation has received a directive from the territory's government to conduct research and planning on hydroelectric power generation. The exercise is intended to identify potential partners and options for the location and financing of new hydropower plants in Yukon.
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New FERC rule may 'nudge' states to modify distributed solar interconnection
Renew Grid
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a modification to its Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures (SGIA) rule, enabling certain appropriately located, inverter-based generators below two MW to qualify for "fast-track" approval procedures. Previous rules required such small generators to be between two MW and five MW to qualify for fast-track consideration.
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AfDB adds funding for Congo's 4,800-MW Inga 3 hydropower project
Hydro World
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $68 million in financing that will be used by the Inga Site Development and Electricity Access Support Project (PASEL) to support development of Congo's 4,800-MW Inga three hydropower project. The funding comes in the form of a $7.7 million Fragile States Facility grant and $60.6 million as an AfDB grant which, the bank said, accounts for about 43 per cent of the Inga 3's $169 million price tag.
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