APPRO PowerBrief
Feb. 26, 2015

Ontario dismisses wind challenge
Ontario has dismissed an appeal involving the 8.1MW Clarington wind project owned by Sierra Nevada Power after opponents withdrew their objections. The Environmental Review Tribunal said the parties reached a settlement agreement and closed the case. The proponent agreed to erect an anemometer for additional wind monitoring.More

CEA report: Electric utilities must innovate today to meet shifting needs of tomorrow's customers
Canadian Electricity Association
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a new report called Electric Utility Innovation: Toward Vision 2050 that sheds light on the reality that much of Canada’s electricity infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life and discusses the impact of the changing role of electric utilities on decisions about renewal. The report emphasizes the need for a systematic approach to innovation to ensure utilities have the mandate and means to invest in innovation going forward, allowing them to meet the needs and expectations of tomorrow's customers.More

Environmental Commissioner has guarded praise for conservation policy
Ontario's Environmental Commissioner said that he has adopted a wait-and-see attitude towards the government's Conservation First philosophy. In releasing his 2014 Energy Conservation Progress Report, "Planning to Conserve," Gord Miller praised the shift to considering cost-effective conservation before building new generation or transmission facilities: "Conservation has long been undervalued, and last year the government made significant progress in changing that by reorienting its energy policy."More

Ontario announces remote electrification readiness grants
Ontario is investing in six projects that will help prepare 18 diesel-dependent First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario for connection to the province's power grid. With funding from the Remote Electrification Readiness Program, the following communities and organizations will develop community readiness plans to identify opportunities for job-specific training, relevant health programsMore

NextEra connects Ontario wind farm to grid
NextEra Energy's Goshen Wind Energy Centre in Ontario, Canada, has begun generating power, the company said recently. The wind farm has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Independent Electricity System Operator. It has a total capacity of 102 megawatts.More

Canada turns to Alaska for help with its oil pipeline problem
The Motley Fool
TransCanada Corporation has been trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil south through the continental U.S. for six years. Because of those delays it decided to try another direction and build the Energy East Pipeline to Canada's east coast, but that's now being pushed back as well. Meanwhile, rivals Kinder Morgan Inc. and Enbridge Inc. aren't having any luck with their west coast-bound pipelines through British Colombia.More

SDTC looking for Canada's next cleantech innovators
On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs. Through the SD Tech Fund™, SDTC supports technologies that address the challenges of Clean Air, Soil, Water and Climate Change, including technology solutions.More

SolarCity to utility industry: Here's how you can solve solar revenue losses
Utility Dive
The nation's biggest solar installer has never been shy about stirring the pot with utilities, especially in recent weeks. In January, Jonathan Bass, vice president for communications at SolarCity, wrote a firmly-worded post called "Monopoly Money," in which he took Arizona Public Service and other utilities to task for pushing claims about misleading installer sales tactics to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission. More

Canada energy industry deflation squeezing service providers
Financial Post
After years of enduring spiralling operating costs Canada's oil and gas industry is being hit by price deflation, as producers push to share the pain of low crude prices with contractors, service providers and suppliers. Lower costs have eased some of the bite from slumping oil prices for producers who have seen profit dive over the last six months.More

What Apple just did in solar is a really big deal
Renewable Energy World
It was a year ago that Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to a climate-change heckler at the company's annual shareholder meeting with an impassioned rebuttal in which he famously told investors who care only about profits to "get out of the stock." Now Cook is putting his prodigious sums of money where his mouth is, proclaiming the "biggest, boldest and most ambitious project ever," an $850 million agreement to buy solar power from First Solar, the biggest U.S. developer of solar farms.More

Canadian National Geothermal Database and Provincial Resource Estimate Maps
Here you will find the data produced by the British Columbia Resource Estimate Mapping project created using the NTS (National Topographic System) grid cell data commonly used throughout Canada. The data has been made available to you to download and use for personal, academic and business use in order to assess and identify geothermal resource potential. The data is intended to serve as a geothermal exploration tool for making informed business decisions and mitigating investment risks.More

Explore the world in a new way with IEA Energy Atlas
If an atlas is a window on the world, the new IEA Energy Atlas offers panoramas on every aspect of energy on a global basis and for 138 individual countries, with interactive maps and customisable charts that detail and compare a host of data based on the Agency's authoritative statistics. Available on the IEA website's statistics area, the Energy Atlas provides its wealth of data in 40 varying map views across eight topics.More

Geoscience BC Awards Geothermal contract to Kerr Wood Leidal
Geoscience BC
Geoscience BC is pleased to announce that Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL), with their sub-consultant GeothermEx, has been awarded the contract to carry out an assessment of the economic viability of geothermal energy for electrical power generation in British Columbia. This study will give insights as to whether or not geothermal electricity generation might be economic at known locations across B.C.More

Application period now open for the 2015 Green Power Leadership Awards
Sponsored by Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. They are given every year at a ceremony at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference.More

Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night
Green Prophet
Solar energy is a pretty hot topic right now. It's cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable than traditional energy sources. But the problem has remained of how to use solar energy without any sun — when it gets dark! An Israeli company thinks it might have found the answer. Brenmiller Energy, an alternative energy company, has announced that it will build a 10-megawatt solar field in the town of Dimona in southern Israel. More