APPRO PowerBrief
Feb. 5, 2015

Another record setting year for Canadian wind energy in 2014
enerG Magazine
For the second consecutive year, Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with the most growth centered in Ontario (999 MW), Quebec (460 MW) and Alberta (350 MW), says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Canada ended 2014 with nearly 9,700 MW of installed wind energy capacity, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over three million average Canadian homes every year.More

Wind turbine working group challenges Minister of Energy
The Manitoulin Expositor
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an open letter to Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli from the Multi-municipal Wind Turbine Working Group. Ontario electricity ratepayers continue to watch with alarmed disbelief as their hydro bills skyrocket. The media repeatedly show examples of adverse impacts to our manufacturing industry, commercial enterprise, agricultural viability, and of families forced to choose between paying utility bills and buying groceries. As an organization representing a dozen municipalities, we are very disturbed at the rapidly increasing cost of electricity.More

4 environmental groups appeal work on Darlington nuclear plant
Clarington This Week
A legal battle over the future of the Darlington nuclear plant continues as environmental groups appeal a court decision in favor of the overhaul of aging reactors. Four environmental groups have appealed a federal court ruling in November which declined to order a more extensive environmental review of Ontario Power Generation’s plans to overhaul four Darlington nuclear reactors. More

Ubiquity Solar working to set up pilot plant in Sarnia
Sarnia Observer
The start of construction on a $11 million pilot plant in Sarnia is taking longer than expected, but the CEO of Ubiquity Solar says it's getting closer. The company has been assembling financing and making plans to establish a pilot plant at Sarnia's TransAlta Bluewater energy Park to make high-performance polysilicon bricks and wafers for use in photovoltaic cells for the solar energy industry. More

How one company plans to store energy in giant balloons under Lake Ontario
Financial Post
Under an unassuming building on the edge of Toronto Island, a 30-centimetre steel pipe extends deep underground before jutting out into Lake Ontario. The pipe stretches nearly four kilometres to a series of unworldly fabric balloons packed full of compressed air. An old marine salvage technology, the balloons, or airbags, have found a new function anchored under 70 metres of water.More

Wind and solar a small part of province's generation
The Prince Albert Daily Herald
Solar and wind power are a growing but still statistically insignificant part of Saskatchewan’s power supply. Janson Anderson is SaskPower’s director of customer programs. His team is responsible for energy efficiency, conservation and self-generation programs. While the numbers of customers who are completely off the grid aren’t available, there are 220 wind and 330 solar producers in the province.More

Sask First Nations see turbines, battery storage as solution for remote communities
Beacon News
California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. This is the type of plant that can ramp electricity production up quickly to meet demand — almost always using natural gas. This time, however, the winner was a battery storage project. This may seem surprising to us in Canada, but California produces a lot of extra wind and solar power at times when it is not needed, so storing that energy and saving it for peak periods of the day helps avoid the need for new power plants.More

B.C.'s carbon tax shift works
Financial Post
B.C. brought in a carbon tax, fuel use dropped 16 per cent while it rose 3 per cent in the rest of Canada We Canadians hesitate to pat ourselves on the back, even when we do something well. Like B.C.’s carbon tax shift. Around the world, prominent economic authorities, like the World Bank and OECD, and business and environmental leaders have called it one of the world’s best climate policies: an environmental and economic success. More

A look inside Canada's coal-to-biomass power plant conversion
Triple Pundit
Kicking the coal habit isn’t easy, but as Ontario has learned — the air is cleaner when it’s done. With the closing of the Thunder Bay Generating Station earlier this year, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation.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. 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

Another record setting year for Canadian wind energy in 2014
enerG Magazine
For the second consecutive year, Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with the most growth centered in Ontario (999 MW), Quebec (460 MW) and Alberta (350 MW), says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Canada ended 2014 with nearly 9,700 MW of installed wind energy capacity, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over three million average Canadian homes every year.More

Canadians ask National Energy Board to include climate change when reviewing the massive energy east pipeline
Energy Now via Canada NewsWire
More than 100,000 messages from people across Canada were hand delivered today to the National Energy Board's (NEB) office in Calgary demanding climate change be included in the NEB's review of the Energy East tar sands pipeline. With participation from 350.org, Leadnow.ca, the Council of Canadians, Greenpeace & Avaaz, it is the largest petition ever delivered to the National Energy Board. More

IEA/NEA roadmap calls for nuclear capacity to double by 2050
NucNet
Global nuclear capacity must more than double by 2050, with nuclear supplying 17 per cent of the world’s electricity generation, to meet the International Energy Agency "2 Degree Scenario" for the most effective and efficient means of limiting global temperature rise to the internationally agreed maximum, a roadmap written by the IEA and the Nuclear Energy Agency says.More

Deutsche Bank predicts solar grid parity in 80 per cent of global market by 2017
cleantechnica
Investment bank Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will be at grid parity in up to 80 per cent of the global market within 2 years, and says the collapse in the oil price will do little to slow down the solar juggernaut. In his 2015 solar outlook, leading analyst Vishal Shah says solar will be at grid parity in most of the world by the end of 2017. That’s because grid-based electricity prices are rising across the world, and solar costs are still falling. More

Q&A with the New York Power Authority on public and private sector microgrids
Microgrid Knowledge
Public and private sector microgrids each play roles in keeping the lights on in a crisis. Kristin Barbato, vice president, Customer Energy Solutions at New York Power Authority(NYPA), recently spoke with marcus evans about the interplay of these resources, how to create more of them, and model projects.More

A sunny future for rooftop solar power
Asian Scientist Magazine
Over the past five years the world has seen a dramatic fall in the cost of solar energy, particularly rooftop solar panels or solar photovoltaic power. It is now a real alternative and considerable player in the power markets. In Australia, more than four GW (peak generation capacity) of solar panels are mounted on more than a million Australian roofs to date, adding up to about seven percent of Australia’s electricity generation capacity. More

ACWA CEO: Solar will soon take on base load fossil fuels
Clean Technica
The head of $25 billion Saudi power firm ACWA Power says that the cost of solar technologies are falling so quickly that within a few years the combination of solar PV and solar towers with storage will be able to compete directly with base load fossil fuels. Paddy Padmanathan, whose company has 15GW of mostly fossil fueled generation in its portfolio, but is rapidly expanding into solar, says the plunging cost of solar PV, and the dispatchable nature of solar towers with molten storage, make them a compelling option.More

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The Future of Energy Storage - M1 Energy Seminar
Offices of Bennett Jones, Toronto, Ontario
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
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The 6th Ontario Renewable Energy Forum

Delta Hotel, Toronto
Date: March 26, 2015
Register: http://ofit2015.com/registration/
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Contact: Iria Heredia, tel: 613 627 2787
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