APPRO PowerBrief
Jan. 31, 2013

Finishing touches put on Darlington Energy Complex
Durham Region
Before workers begin refurbishing reactors in the Darlington nuclear station, they're going to spend hours training at the Darlington Energy Complex. The new 300,000 square-foot building is 95 per cent complete. One of the features is a yet to be constructed training centre, which will have a full mock up of a reactor core and tool testing facility where workers will train prior to doing the refurbishment work in the station.More

EDF brings 300MW online in Quebec
Wind Power Monthly
The company commissioned the 150MW Massif du Sud wind project and the first 150MW phase of the Lac Alfred wind farm. Both projects are 50 per cent owned by Calgary-based pipeline giant Enbridge. EDF EN is currently constructing the 150MW second phase of Lac Alfred and will break ground soon on what will be Canada's largest wind farm, the 350MW Riviere-du-Moulin project.More

BC Hydro powers up Site C megaproject
Vancouver Sun
BC Hydro filed a multi-volume environmental impact statement for its proposed Site C dam on the Peace River, setting in motion a public review process for the $7.9 billion megaproject. The five-volume statement was filed with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. More

Rule challenge at Ontario Energy Board
Ontario Energy Board
A number of entities that have renewable energy supply procurement contracts with the Ontario Power Authority in respect of wind generation facilities collectively filed with the Ontario Energy Board an application under section 33(4) of the Electricity Act.More

Hydro-Quebec seeks partners for maintenance and refurbishment services
Hydro World Weekly
Hydro-Quebec invites expressions of interest for partnering arrangements to provide hydropower equipment manufacturing and refurbishment services using Hydro-Quebec's SCOMPI robot technology. The robot is a well-tried technology and was developed by the renowned Hydro-Quebec Research Institute in a major program to fight cavitation, which damages the steel surface of turbines and requires costly repairs.More

Countries worldwide propose to build 1,200 new coal plants
Coal Power
While the war on coal is working, reducing coal generation and consumption and associated carbon dioxide emissions here in the United States, many world economies are looking towards coal for future generation needs. China, India, Russia, and Germany, to name a few, are building coal-fired power plants. Worldwide coal plant construction grew 5.4 per cent over the past year and now represents about 30 per cent of installed capacity.More

Nova Scotia looks to get its second wind
The Chronicle Herald
Reuben Burge may be in the business of turning the very air into something that keeps us warm, full and happy. Just don't think of him as some misty-eyed romantic. Sure, he grew up on a family farm on Pictou County's Dalhousie Mountain. But when he looks out at the string of white 80-metre wind turbines now snaking over the same mountain, he doesn't see some childhood dream.More

OPG Power Ventures proves size isn't everything
Proactive Investors
Size isn't everything. In fact in the dysfunctional Indian power market being a scale producer can often hamper your prospects. This may explain OPG Power Ventures measured approach to expansion, which is aimed at achieving the maximum profit from each megawatt of electricity generated rather than adding capacity for capacity's sake.More

Fuel for power generation to lead energy growth through 2040
Coal Power
Fuel for power generation will account for about 55 per cent of demand-related energy growth through 2040, ExxonMobil forecasts in its latest annual energy forecast. Like several other forecasters, the Irving, Texas–based oil and gas company also predicts that natural gas will emerge as the leading source of electricity generation by 2040.More

Power plant conversion push ramped up
The Chronicle Journal
The city's energy task force is warning of eventual blackouts and brownouts if the conversion of the Thunder Bay, ON, Generating Station to natural gas doesn't go ahead. At a news conference, members of the task force re-stated their concerns over what they say is a looming power shortage in the region, one that can only be offset by an operating Thunder Bay, ON, Generating Station.More

Hydro launches energy education program
The Telegram
At Hazelwood Elementary in St. John's, NL, Hydro launched a new education program, aimed at teaching grade-school students more about how they get their electricity. The Power Your Knowledge program was launched before a group of Grade 6 students who were given a presentation on the topic of electrical safety.More

IEA recognizes historic shift in the economics of petroleum
APPRO
The fundamental patterns of international petroleum trade are undergoing dramatic change. Although the U.S. has traditionally been viewed as the world's largest consumer of petroleum products, it may not be importing petroleum from distant shores much longer. According to a report from the International Energy Agency, because of new extraction technology, by 2020 the U.S. will be a net exporter of natural gas, and by 2035 it could be exporting oil as well.More

Silver Spring Networks introduces smart grid solutions atop one network platform
Financial Post
The utility industry's leading smart grid conference and exposition, Silver Spring Networks extended its Smart Energy Platform with new Demand Side Management and Distribution Automation solutions, and expanded the tools, services and membership of its broad partner ecosystem. Silver Spring, a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, has connected more than 13 million homes and businesses worldwide with its IPv6 networking platform.More