APPRO PowerBrief
Jan. 29, 2015

OEB, OPG seek input on proposed rate hikes
The Manitoulin Expositor
Every year, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) set out a schedule of accounts that contain credits and debits and puts in motion the process to reconcile those accounts to bring them to zero. An advertisement in this week’s Manitoulin Expositor announces a public hearing process that will take written submissions on the proposed plans by the OEB to reconcile those variance accounts.More

Ending Ontario's wind experiment
Financial Post
How do we ensure that when one government abuses its power, we don’t have to live with the consequences for a generation? Through the supremacy of our democratically elected legislative assembly in Ontario. In 2009, the Ontario Liberals misused their majority when they stripped municipalities of their long-standing land planning rights in order to impose the wind turbine experiment.More

Back-up generator hooked up to province's electricity grid
CBC News
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says it has beefed up its electricity system by successfully connecting its back-up generator to the grid. The Crown corporation said there may be brief power outages over the next week, as testing continues on the $120 million generator. "Hydro does not anticipate any issues meeting customer demand in the days ahead. Our existing generation fleet across the province is performing well and reserves remain strong," a news release read.More

Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund update
Gowlings
On Dec. 19, 2014, the Ontario Power Authority (now merged with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, the “IESO”) announced the availability of new interim funding under the auspices of the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (the “AREF”). The AREF is designed to fund the planning stages of renewable energy project development for Aboriginal communities within the province of OntarioMore

Niagara Region signs onto solar power deal
St. Catharines Standard
Niagara Region is getting into the solar power generation business. A staff recommendation to enter into MicroFIT deals with the Ontario Power Authority first discussed at corporate services committee was given final approval by regional council. The deal between the OPA and Region will see 16 photovoltaic projects installed on the roofs of Region-owned buildings.More

Western Canada's largest solar farm earns its place in the sun
Journal of Commerce
When the switch is thrown in February, Western Canada's largest solar farm, consisting of 4,032 solar panels that can track the sun in an almost science-fiction fashion, will begin earning revenue for the City of Kimberley, B.C. It will also mark several firsts in solar technology advancement in the province.More

Report: Renewable costs (including hydro) competitive with fossil
HydroWorld
The cost to generate power from renewable sources (including hydro) has reached parity with or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a recent press release from the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA’s report, Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014, concludes that hydropower, biomass, geothermal and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than coal, oil and gas-fired power stations, even without financial support and despite falling oil prices. More

Manitoba Hydro seeks big rate hikes to cover costs
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro says it needs rate increases about double the rate of inflation over the next two years to help ensure its financial integrity. Hydro will appear before the Public Utilities Board in the coming weeks to ask for rate increases of 3.95 per cent in each of the next two years. The hikes are part of its 20-year plan to have ratepayers help pay for the construction of a new mega-dam and transmissions lines.More

New-generation solar panels far cheaper, more efficient: scientists
Reuters
A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain's Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building's windows may become a "holy grail" for India and African countries, Senthilarasu Sundaram, one of the authors of the study, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More

Greenhouse growers want co-gen approval to offset costs
Chatham Daily News
Cheaper hydro and tax incentives that Ontario municipalities just can't offer, are making the U.S. market an attractive draw for one Ontario greenhouse operator – and likely more. Nature Fresh Farms of Leamington announced earlier this month that it’s embarking on a $200 million investment in a 175-acre greenhouse facility in Delta, OH, to be built over the next seven years.More

Top 10 energy predictions for 2015
Business Spectator
For the last two years, I have drawn on Russian imagery to illustrate the state of the clean energy industry. In 2013, it was the battle of Borodino: the clean energy sector had suffered a bruising time, but it had survived and was poised to regain ground. In 2014, it was the River Neva in St Petersburg which provided the analogy for an energy industry frozen for aeons, but about to undergo profound and rapid phase change. This year I want you to go back in time, over 66 million years. Dinosaurs roam the earth – in fact they dominate it. They are magnificent creatures, honed by 135 mmillion years of competition, huge and fearsome. The very earth trembles as they walk.More

Hydroelectric power tops Canada's biggest infrastructure projects list
Hydroworld
In terms of value, hydroelectric power dominates infrastructure projects in Canada. In a recent list of the Top 100 Canada's Biggest Infrastructure Projects for 2015, hydropower took the top four spots, as well as ranking 10 more times. More

Hydro tunnel 'performing exactly as designed'
Niagara Falls Review
Nearly two years after water first started flowing through the new Niagara Tunnel to the Sir Adam Beck generating stations, a Niagara Falls regional councillor says the $1.5 billion project is "not producing anything." "Sir Adam Beck 1 is at 20 per cent (capacity), Sir Adam Beck 2 is also less than capacity and our tunnel is at zero... not producing any power," Reg. Coun. Bart Maves said.More

OEB, OPG seek input on proposed rate hikes
The Manitoulin Expositor
Every year, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) set out a schedule of accounts that contain credits and debits and puts in motion the process to reconcile those accounts to bring them to zero. An advertisement in this week’s Manitoulin Expositor announces a public hearing process that will take written submissions on the proposed plans by the OEB to reconcile those variance accounts.More

APPrO Upcoming Events

OSEA's Annual Powering Prosperity Awards Dinner
Location: La Primavera Banquet Hall, Vaughan, ON
Dates: January 29, 2015
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The 6th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Dates: January 29 – 30, 2015
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The Future of Energy Storage - M1 Energy Seminar
with Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor
Location: Offices of Bennett Jones, Toronto, Ontario
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
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