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Massive project gives new life to old hydro dams
The Globe and Mail
Halfway between Timmins and James Bay, ON, it's below zero and already snowing in October. The weather, though, does little to stop 1,100 workers stationed here. Men and women, professionals and apprentices — including many First Nations people — have been working year-round since 2010 to lay the foundation to power Northern Ontario for future generations.
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Ontario releases Long-Term Energy Plan
The Government of Ontario
Ontario's updated Long-Term Energy Plan, Achieving Balance, encourages conservation and lays out a plan for clean, reliable and affordable energy for Ontarians, where and when they need it. The 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) balances five principles that will guide future decisions: cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management before building new generation.
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Ontario's power producers welcome updated energy plan
APPrO
Ontario's power producers welcomed the Ontario Government's release of its updated Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) president David Butters said. Butters noted that timely and cost-effective electricity investment in Ontario depends on confidence in a policy environment that is consistent, transparent and fair over a long period. "The LTEP provides a sensible and flexible framework for providing reliable and increasingly clean electricity for Ontario," he said.
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Ontario to offer 'on-bill' financing for energy-efficient renovations
Hamilton Spectator
Consumers will get an extra incentive to do energy-efficient renovations on their homes under a new conservation program in Ontario's latest long-term energy plan. Upfront financing will be provided, with homeowners paying it back over time on their utility bills, increasing the value of their properties while helping to cut pollution and save energy, said sources familiar with the plan to be unveiled Monday by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli.
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Canadian energy company installs microgrid demonstration project at head office
Renew Grid
PowerStream, a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services in the Toronto and central Ontario areas, has unveiled a microgrid demonstration project at its head office. PowerStream says it is using the demonstration project to evaluate a microgrid's performance while it is both connected to and disconnected from the provincial grid. According to the company, the microgrid demonstration project marks the next phase in its efforts to support smart grid development at the provincial level and leverage smart technologies in Ontario's electricity sector.
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Clean wind energy continues to support Ontario's electricity supply under new energy plan
Canada News Wire
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased the Government of Ontario has indicated that wind energy will make an important contribution to Ontario's limited, short-term needs for new electricity supply. As part of the Long-Term Energy Plan update announced today, the Ontario Government will request proposals for the supply of 600 megawatts of new, clean wind energy over the next two years.
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All eyes on power grid
Calgary Herald
Every three seconds, more than 20,000 bits of data flow into the Alberta Electric System Operator's control room. Received from all parts of the province — from coal plants and wind turbines to transmission lines and interties — the information paints a real-time picture of all that is happening on Alberta's electricity grid. And 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, people trained to interpret that information are keeping watch.
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Massive project gives new life to old hydro dams
The Globe and Mail
Halfway between Timmins and James Bay, ON, it's below zero and already snowing in October. The weather, though, does little to stop 1,100 workers stationed here. Men and women, professionals and apprentices — including many First Nations people — have been working year-round since 2010 to lay the foundation to power Northern Ontario for future generations.

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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.

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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.

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3rd Canadian German Solar Beer-Fest co-located at Solar Canada 2013
The Bier Markt, 58 The Esplanade, Toronto
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December 8, 2013 to December 8, 2013
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Metro Toronto Convention Centre
December 9 to December 10, 2013
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5th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference
Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto
January 28, 2014 to January 29, 2014
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Rwanda's 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydropower project receives $113 million
Hydro World
The board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has allocated a total of $113 million to the Rusumo Falls hydropower project, siphoned from the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund, as well as from the Sustainable Energy for All division of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund. This funding will support the continued development of the civil infrastructure.
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Hitachi develops 1 MW energy storage system
Renew Grid
Tokyo-based electronics company Hitachi says it has developed a one MW, all-in-one, container-type energy storage system as a core energy product for ensuring the stable use of distributed renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, while maintaining power supply-demand balance. Hitachi notes that the energy storage system — dubbed CrystEna — fuses Hitachi Group's electricity grid control technologies and Hitachi Chemical lithium-ion batteries and will be offered as a packaged system.
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