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Ontario embarks on Round 2 of ambitious smart grid upgrade
Smart Grid News
Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund will contribute almost $24 million to a total investment of roughly $54 million to continue the province’s initiative to build a smarter electricity grid. Ontario is a very good candidate for smart grid technology and services. It is the most heavily-populated province with almost 40 per cent of Canada’s population. As a news release from Ontario’s government explained, the construction of a smart grid is part of a commitment to develop an economic plan for the province.
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Energy East has benefits: Just not the ones many people think
The Globe and Mail
There is something about pipelines and oil that causes some switch to flip in people’s brains. Otherwise normal rational people somehow feel called upon to spout arrant nonsense as soon as the topic is raised. Take the Energy East pipeline proposal to convert an underused natural gas pipeline to carry western Canadian oil instead and to extend the pipe to Montreal and Saint John. This is a fine idea and the proposal has many benefits for all parts of Canada. But those benefits are not the ones so often trotted out by its “friends.”
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Solar Industry & Ontario Fire Chiefs announce new solar safety training program
CanSIA
In an effort to continue to improve the safety of firefighters and the people they protect, the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) announced the completion of a new training program for firefighters. The program addresses safety considerations and fire fighting protocols for successfully fighting fires where photovoltaic systems are in place.
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Court sides with OPG on Darlington environment review
Clarington This Week
A federal judge has decided against environmentalist groups and cleared a hurdle for the overhaul of the Darlington nuclear station. A federal court ruling declined to order a more extensive environmental review of plans to overhaul the Darlington nuclear station.
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Ontario Energy Board won't probe Bruce nuclear overhaul
Toronto Star
The multi-billion-dollar plan to overhaul six reactors at the Bruce nuclear generating station won’t be submitted to the Ontario Energy Board for scrutiny. Nuclear critics had called for public examination of the project, expected to cost in the range of $15 billion. An energy official confirmed that energy minister Bob Chiarelli won’t send the issue to the energy board for hearings.
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Queen's Park kicks in cash for 'power' pilot project
Vaughan Citizen
PowerStream has teamed up with a private sector tech firm to test out what they’re hoping proves to be a bright idea for saving you money. And the province has kicked in $1.35 million toward the $3.5 million pilot project, dubbed Advantage Power Pricing, by the local utility company and Ottawa-based Energate Inc.
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Nominations reopened in 2 award categories
OSEA
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is excited to announce its 5th Awards celebration during this years Powering Prosperity dinner on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 6 PM. As Ontario's premier sustainable energy event, celebrating excellence, innovation and best practices in the sustainable energy sector, Powering Prosperity shines the spotlight on our community, public and industry leader's and their contributions to a more sustainable energy economy.
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Nuclear pivotal for clean-air Ontario
WNN
Nuclear generation has played a pivotal role in helping the province of Ontario meet its aims to improve air quality and meet climate change targets, according to a report co-authored by Bruce Power and the Asthma Society of Canada. Since 2003, Ontario's energy policy has focused on phasing out coal. The report, entitled Clean Air Ontario, looks at the implications of world use of greenhouse gas-intensive energy sources such as coal and their contributions to air quality and poor human health, and highlights the success of Ontario's program to shut down its coal plants.
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New Brunswick to bring in fracking moratorium
Energy Now
The premier of New Brunswick says his government will introduce legislation for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas during the fall legislative session that begins Wednesday and he wants it passed by Christmas. The Liberals, who won a majority government in the September election, campaigned on a promise to bring in a moratorium, saying more information is needed before allowing shale gas fracking to continue. Premier Brian Gallant said his government will refuse to approve permits for hydraulic fracturing if the legislation is not passed by the end of the year.
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How wind energy is subsidizing Albertan ratepayers
CleanTechnica
A recent Pembina Institute fact sheet discusses how wind energy is subsidizing Albertan ratepayers. The author, Ben Thibault, said that during 2013 Alberta’s electricity was 65 per cent less expensive when wind was generating over 600 MW than when production fell below 300 MW. He also had some interesting insights into other wind sector issues.
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Ontario embarks on Round 2 of ambitious smart grid upgrade
Smart Grid News
Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund will contribute almost $24 million to a total investment of roughly $54 million to continue the province’s initiative to build a smarter electricity grid. Ontario is a very good candidate for smart grid technology and services. It is the most heavily-populated province with almost 40 per cent of Canada’s population. As a news release from Ontario’s government explained, the construction of a smart grid is part of a commitment to develop an economic plan for the province.

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Premiers Wynne, Couillard set 7 criteria for Energy East
The Globe and Mail
TransCanada Corp. must consider the effect of the Energy East pipeline on global warming if it wants Ontario and Quebec to give the $12 billion project their blessing. That requirement was one of seven Premiers Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard agreed to jointly impose in a meeting of their two cabinets in Toronto.

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Ontario Power Generation given approval to increase electricity rates
CTV News
Ontario Power Generation has been given approval by the province's energy regulator for a 10 per cent increase in the rate it is paid for electricity. The Ontario Energy Board says OPG had requested an increase of 23.4 per cent, which it says would have added $5.31 to the typical monthly residential hydro bill.

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Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment
BNN
Canada’s green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands. About $25 billion has been invested in Canada’s clean-energy sector in the past five years, and employment is up 37 per cent, according to a new report from climate think tank Clean Energy Canada. That means the 23,700 people who work in green energy organizations outnumber the 22,340 whose work relates to the oil sands, the report says.
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The world's largest solar power plant is now online
PVBuzz
The world’s largest solar power plant is up and running in California, with the completion of Topaz, a 550 megawatt plant; the Topaz solar project completed its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase, making history not only as the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come on-line in the U.S. but also as the largest solar plant on-line in the world. Reports are talking about a plant with 9 million solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles.
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Germany's biggest utility, E.ON, is divesting fully from centralized power plants
Green Tech Media
Executives from E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, announced plans today to leave the centralized power business in order to focus exclusively on distributed energy and "empowering customers." In a strategy approved by the utility's advisory board yesterday, E.ON is preparing to split into two separate companies sometime next year. The new (as-yet-unnamed) company will take on the company's coal, gas and nuclear assets, as well as its trading business and hydropower plants.
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Solar Canada 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: December 8 & 9, 2014
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OSEA's Annual Powering Prosperity Awards Dinner
La Primavera Banquet Hall, Vaughan, ON
January 29, 2015
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For more details contact: Nicole Risse at 416-977-4441 ext. 3 or nicole@ontario-sea.org

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