APPRO PowerBrief
Feb. 12, 2015

Thunder Bay OPG Plant now running on biomass
Net News Ledger
Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel.More

Opportunity to contribute to report on Small Hydropower worldwide
The International Centre for Small Hydropower is preparing an updated World Small Hydropower Development Report for 2016 and is seeking contributors. The aim of this report is to provide up-to-date information on small hydropower (capacity up to 10 MW) for policy makers and practitioners in order to advance development of this technology. It includes contributions by reputable institutions and experts from various countries in a joint effort to report on the global status of small hydropower.More

Siemens celebrates 1,000th Ontario-built wind turbine blade
CleanTech Canada
Siemens Canada Ltd. is celebrating the production of the 1,000th wind turbine blade at its 253,000-sq.ft. plant in Tillsonburg, ON. The facility in Tillsonburg, located southeast of London, ON, has been manufacturing 49- and 55-metre wind turbine blades since 2010.More

Transitions in Hydro-Quebec's leadership and vacancy at a key managerial position signal change for the hydropower giant
Two of Hydro-Quebec's top leadership positions and a high-profile managerial assignment will each change. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Thierry Vandal, Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs and Secretary General Marie-José Nadeau and Georges Abiad, project manager of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), are transitioning away from the Canadian government-owned utility.More

Point Lepreau Generating Station update
Sackville Tribune-Post
Point Lepreau Generating Station operated at 100 per cent reactor power during January, putting about 660 megawatts on the New Brunswick grid. The net capacity factor for the month was 100 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced. The station's monthly target for the fiscal year is 94 per cent.More

Ministry of Energy officials will meet with Sarnia-Lambton bitumen upgrader group in March
The Observer
The Ontario government needs to send a strong message of support in order to help Sarnia-Lambton attract a $10-billion bitumen upgrader, says a retired Chemical Valley executive. "That will give us a lot more leverage with the private sector, and you need leverage because you need people to listen to you," Bowman Centre associate Walter Petryschuk said.More

Gulf Coast crude import opportunities grow for Canadian energy producers
Financial Post
With light oil imports falling to their lowest levels to date and heavy oil imports declining in North America's largest refining market, analysts say there['s a growing opportunity for Canadian energy companies to ship more of their product to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Washington, D.C.-based Energy Information Administration said that light, low-sulphur oil imports in the Gulf Coast had been "virtually eliminated" in recent years. More

Engineer pursues biological solar power
A Binghamton University engineering researcher designed a biological solar cell that's a million times more effective than current technology. Preliminary data on Seokheun "Sean" Choi's next advancement is a thousand times better than that. His cell also works in the dark, and is self-sustaining. More

ISO-NE to release new Energy-Efficiency Measure database for resources in the FCM
ISO Newsire
New England is a national leader in developing energy-efficiency (EE) policies and programs. The region now has 1,500 megawatts of EE resources providing capacity in the Forward Capacity Market (FCM), and this amount is likely to increase as the six states are expected to invest more than $6 billion in EE between 2017 and 2023.More

Midcoast Energy moves in on Eaglebine assets
Eagle Ford Texas
Midcoast Energy Partners L.P. recently announced its new ventures into the Eaglebine shale play in East Texas through two key transactions totaling approximately $160 million. According to a press release from Enbridge Energy Partners, the expansion on behalf of the corporation includes the construction of a new natural gas pipeline gathering header and the acquisition of various midstream assets.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,, the Council of Canadians, Greenpeace & Avaaz, it is the largest petition ever delivered to the National Energy Board. 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

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

NY Prize competition promotes building of community-based microgrids
District Energy
"This is to promote clean energy," said Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority. He spoke to a group of nearly 100 people including state energy leaders and business owners as part of a Winter Energy Tour. Speakers brought up New York State's deep history in energy including breakthroughs by Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.More

Turkey's 10th Development Plan includes $16 billion for hydroelectric power
The Turkish government has allocated $16 billion to developing the country's hydroelectric power sector through 2018, per Turkey's recently announced 10th Development Plan. The country's state press service, Anadolu Agency, said the $50 billion plan is intended to diversify the country's power generating portfolio, with allocations for nuclear, coal and natural gas facilities also included.More

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