APPRO PowerBrief
Jan. 23, 2014

First new unit on Lower Mattagami project generating clean, renewable power
Yahoo News
A new 67-MW unit at Little Long Generating Station is now generating clean, renewable, emissions-free electricity for Ontarians, ahead of schedule and on budget. Little Long Station is part of the Lower Mattagami Project. The project is a unique partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) — one that is creating jobs, local economic benefits through employment and the involvement of local businesses, and more clean energy, with virtually no environmental impact.More

Elementa and the Ontario Power Authority finalize energy-from-waste power purchase agreement
Market Wire
Elementa has reached an agreement with the Ontario Power Authority to increase Ontario's energy supply through a new commercial-scale, energy-from-waste demonstration project in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, announced by David Orazietti, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). Elementa will generate electricity at its signature municipal waste-fuelled plant to be built at Sault Ste. Marie.More

Ontario government appeals Ontario wind decision
Net News Ledger
The Ontario Government is seeking to overturn itself in a court hearing that starts in Toronto. Wind Concerns Ontario states, "The rare and endangered Blanding's turtle had a good day in July 2013 — the Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the Ontario government's decision to allow a wind turbine project at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County on the grounds that the project would cause 'serious and irreversible harm' to the endangered turtles native to the area".More

Electricity grid poised to expand in Leamington
Windsor Star
Hydro One has pledged to move forward with building a Leamington transformer station after intensive lobbying by local officials. The utility halted the project in 2012 citing weak economic conditions in Windsor, ON. County leaders protested that the demand for electricity was needed for the greenhouse industry in Leamington, ON, and Kingsville, ON.More

New public service announcement warns of winter water dangers
Canada News Wire
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) continues its water safety campaign with a television public service announcement illustrating the dangers of snowmobiling near dams and hydroelectric stations. In the 30-second spot, snowmobilers start out across ice-covered water, past caution signs warning them of approaching danger. Suddenly, the ice cracks, a hole opens and then it's too late. More

Wind projects commissioned in Quebec hit 1,050 MW in 2013
2013 was a record year in Quebec where a total of eight wind farm projects totalling approximately 1,050 megawatts have been commissioned, including the Viger-Denonville wind farm project, the first community wind farm project in Quebec from the call for tenders A/O 2009-02. This trend should continue in 2014 with eight additional wind farm projects, including four community wind farm projects, to be commissioned for a total of approximately 436 MW. More

Report: Fuel liquefied natural gas operations in B.C. with renewable electric energy
Vancouver Sun
Oil and gas companies planning to develop liquefied natural gas operations in British Columbia should be forced — or strongly encouraged — by the provincial government to run their plants with renewable electric energy instead of greenhouse gas-emitting natural gas, says a Clean Energy Canada report. The report, Lock in Jobs, Not Pollution, says B.C.'s proposed LNG industry would create more jobs and less pollution if electricity is used to power the plants. More

First new unit on Lower Mattagami project generating clean, renewable power
Yahoo News
A new 67-MW unit at Little Long Generating Station is now generating clean, renewable, emissions-free electricity for Ontarians, ahead of schedule and on budget. Little Long Station is part of the Lower Mattagami Project.More

Aging Toronto Hydro system fell short during ice storm
Toronto Star
Bottlenecks in Toronto Hydro's aging outage management system during the ice storm left freezing customers unable to report power losses and prevented line crews on the streets from reaching the control room quickly to report completed repairs, a Star investigation has found.More

Straw to be turned into power
Manitoba Co-operator
After years of development, a St. Adolphe company is planning to use its biomass burners to help power small communities Spinning it into gold may be out of the question, but one Manitoba company is hoping to turn straw and other agricultural waste products into electricity.More

Five groups bidding for transmission line to Fort McMurray
Edmonton Journal
Less than a year after the Alberta Utilities Commission ruled that a competitive process will decide construction and operation of new power lines, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has selected five bidders for a new line to Fort McMurray. The five consortiums include AltaLink LP and Atco Electric, the companies now building the two large transmission lines out of the Edmonton region.More

Vancouver area farmers look to cogeneration and on-site power
Farms and nurseries in Canada's Delta municipality near Vancouver are increasingly looking to power and heat their facilities with cogeneration and on-site biogas plants. Houweling Nurseries in the town of Ladner has received council approval to build two natural gas-fired cogeneration plants featuring two 4.4-MW Jenbacher combustion engines from GE.More

Grid-connected energy storage is set to 'explode'
Renew Grid
Market research firm IHS estimates that only 340 MW of commercial grid-connected energy storage systems (ESS) were installed across 2012 and 2013, with these installations generally demonstration projects. However, the firm forecasts annual installations will reach over six GW in 2017. The U.S. will be the largest region for grid-connected ESS installations between 2012 and 2017, IHS says, accounting for 43 per cent of MW capacity installed during that period. More

Survey finds that cyber-security is a big problem for the smart grid
Renew Grid
Sixty-one per cent of energy executives consider security to be a big problem for the smart grid, and 64 per cent believe that the grid is not prepared for security threats, according to the 2014 Smart Grid Cybersecurity Survey conducted by research firm Zpryme. The survey polled 111 energy executives and was sponsored by SMART Modular Technologies, a company that designs, develops and deploys current and next-generation memory products. More

Door opens slightly for private energy investment in Mexico
Panam Post
After several days of intense negotiations, the Mexican Senate today approved the partial reform of the nation's energy sector — specifically, Articles 25, 27, and 28 of the Constitution. With 95 votes in favor and 28 against, the energy sector will open to private investment, both local and international. Since 1938 and the mass expropriation of foreign assets in the oil industry, private participation in the energy sector has been a controversial topic, facing great resistance. More

Westinghouse bags U.K. reactor deal
Nuclear Energy
Following news that Toshiba Corporation has agreed in principle to buy a 60 per cent share in the U.K.'s NuGeneration Limited (NuGen) Moorside project, Westinghouse Electric Company has reported that it will supply the new-build project with three AP1000 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 3.4 GW. GDF Suez is also working in partnership with Toshiba and NuGen on the project. The first unit is expected to be online in 2024, helping to support the U.K. government's low carbon and energy security objectives at a time when existing power plants are retiring and low-carbon generation is required to meet national and international commitments. More