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The calendar year is coming to a close, and APPrO would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer APPrO PowerBrief subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 8, 2015.





20. OPA publishes status report on generation procurement
APPrO
July 3, 2014: As part of its 2013 annual report, the OPA has released an overview documenting the full range of its current generation procurement business. Entitled, “Procuring Generation for a Cleaner, More Reliable System,” the summary reads as follows.
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19. Don't blame renewable energy for Ontario's rising power prices
Toronto Star
From May 22, 2014: It is not surprising that electricity prices are an issue in the Ontario election campaign. It is an opportunity for healthy debate, and an opportunity to set the record straight. No one can dispute the fact that hydro bills are rising. We all feel the pain. But wiping out the structure of an entire green energy program, including all the positive work done over the years, because it is thought to be politically expedient is not only misguided but would be a huge setback for Ontario.
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18. Siemens secures order for largest wind farm in Ontario with K2 Wind Power Project
Digital Journal
From May 8, 2014: Siemens Canada announced that it will supply, install and commission one of the largest Canadian wind turbine orders from Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung), Capital Power, and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development). The SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines for the K2 Wind project (K2 Wind) will be located in Goderich, ON. 
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17. Achtung, Ontario! Renewables are a money pit
Financial Post
From August 14, 2014: Germany – the country on which Ontario modelled its approach to renewable energy development – has a $412 billion lesson for Ontario. That’s the amount the country has spent on subsidies in support of solar and wind energy, among other renewables, over the past 20 years, all in the push to wean the country off fossil fuel and nuclear generation.
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16. What should Toronto do with the Hearn Power Generating Station?
CBC News
From July 10, 2014: This week, city councillors vote on a motion that could begin to bring one of Toronto’s most unusual buildings back to life. The Hearn Power Generating Station was opened in 1951 to provide electricity for the fast-growing Toronto region. The building — almost as big in volume as the Rogers Centre — once housed 8 giant turbine generators used to produce power.
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15. OWA, Parks Canada to develop hydro potential of Ontario's canals
APPrO
From June 26, 2014: Parks Canada and Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) announced March 21 that they would be collaborating to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of two of Ontario’s historic canal systems. The new framework is expected to foster new infrastructure investment, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal.
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14. CEA releases vision 2050: It's decision time for Canada's electricity system
Canadian Electricity Association
From April 3, 2014: The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a groundbreaking new report today entitled Vision 2050: The Future of Canada’s Electricity System. The report sheds light on the urgent need for informed decision-making both in policy development and on-going infrastructure investment if Canada is to maintain the reliability, affordability and sustainability of the electricity system that Canadians rely upon.
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13. Bruce B nuclear reactor life extension granted by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Owen Sound Sun Times
October 1, 2014: Canada's nuclear safety regulator granted Bruce Power permission to temporarily continue to run Bruce B reactors 5 and 6 beyond the assumed design life of their pressure tubes. But the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, in its decision released Sept. 17 on its website, says it will take another look at that decision next February and April when public hearings into the renewal of Bruce Power's site operating licence for all eight reactors will be held.
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12. Sault Ste. Marie co-generation plant to shut down
SooToday.com
From October 9, 2014: Brookfield Renewable Power says it will decommission its 110-MegaWatt gas-fired cogeneration plant in Sault Ste. Marie after failing to reach a power-purchase agreement with the province. Julie Moffatt, a Brookfield Renewable Power spokesperson, said employees at Lake Superior Power were given notice today. The closure will affect 10 employees, with two staying on to maintain the site.
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11. OPA expands Ontario's Industrial Electricity Incentive program
Canadian Manufacturing
From July 24, 2014: The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is expanding an energy incentive program for industry to include other energy-intensive sectors that didn’t previously qualify. Launched in January 2013, the expanded Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program will see electricity costs reduced for eligible firms working in sectors like data processing, refrigerated warehousing and greenhousing as the OPA launches the third phase of the initiative.
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