APPRO PowerBrief
Feb. 28, 2013

Distribution under debate: Proposals for LDC reform raise hopes and hackles
APPrO
There is widespread agreement that most of Ontario's electric distributors need to be larger than they are today in order to meet a range of challenges that are expected to confront the sector in the coming decade. Expected to lay out a path for reform, the Report of the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel was released on December 13, 2012 and immediately provoked divergent reaction from across the power industry.More

IESO selects first commercial grid-balancing services
APPrO
The Independent Electricity System Operator took what it described as a major step forward to increase the participation of alternative technologies such as aggregated loads, flywheels and battery storage in the electricity market. It selected three non-traditional suppliers to provide frequency regulation service, a grid-balancing function normally provided by generators. This is a first for Ontario, the IESO said.More

TCE to generate 900 MW at Lennox GS
APPrO
The OPA and TransCanada Energy have finalized a Clean Energy Supply Contract for a new 900 megawatt gas-fired power plant, which will be located on the site of OPG's Lennox Generating Station near Napanee. This replaces the original contract for a plant in Oakville, ON., that was canceled by the Government in October 2010.More

New members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee
IESO
IESO is pleased to announce the new members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee appointed by the IESO Board of Directors. Joining the Advisory Committee are:

Generators
Michelle Chislett, VP, Solar Development, GDF Suez – International Power, Canada Richard Horrobin, VP, Power Marketing and CIO, Bruce Power

Electricity Service Providers
Rob Coulbeck, VP, Regulatory Affairs, Enbala Power Networks Inc.

Conveyors
Mr. Wayne Smith, Senior VP, Planning & Operating, Hydro One (re-appointed for an additional three-year term) Mr. Todd Wilcox, Chief Operating Officer, North Bay Hydro (re-appointed for an additional three-year term)

Chair
Todd Wilcox, Chief Operating Officer, North Bay Hydro

Congratulations to Todd and welcoming the new members. And, on behalf of the IESO Board and management, IESO would like to pass along our sincere appreciation to John for his dedication and efforts in serving as Chair of the SAC for the past three years.

IESO looks forward to seeing you all at the Summit on March 4 2013.More

SDTC is looking for Canada's Next Cleantech Innovators
Market Wire
Sustainable Development Technology Canada is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs with the announcement of our call for applications to the SD Tech Fund.More

Market and system operations
IESO
IESO Board approves $42 million disbursement of TR Clearing Account. Further to the IESO's response to the Market Surveillance Panel, the IESO Board of Directors has approved a decision to disburse $42 million accumulated in the Transmission Rights Clearing Account. More

Distribution under debate: Proposals for LDC reform raise hopes and hackles
APPrO
There is widespread agreement that most of Ontario's electric distributors need to be larger than they are today in order to meet a range of challenges that are expected to confront the sector in the coming decade. Expected to lay out a path for reform, the Report of the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel was released on December 13, 2012 and immediately provoked divergent reaction from across the power industry. More

2012 was a good year for the wind industry
Windpower Engineering
The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its 2012 market statistics, showing continued expansion of the market, with global installed wind energy capacity increasing by 19 per cent in 2012 to 282,000 MW. More

Upcoming Events
APPrO
Canadian Nuclear Association Conference Trade Show 2013 Westin Hotel, Ottawa, Canada Dates: February 27, 2013 to March 1, 2013 http://www.cna.ca/CNAconf2013 IPPSA 19th Annual Conference The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta Dates: March 10, 2013 to March 12.More

Renewable energy leaders assessing the Ontario Feed-In Tariff
Market Wire
Canada's renewable energy leaders are looking forward to networking and knowledge-sharing at the 4th annual Ontario Feed-In Tariff. The forum will be the first opportunity for the industry to understand the new direction for renewable energy in Ontario under the province's new Premier Kathleen Wynne.More

No inquiry needed to probe gas plant boondoggle
Toronto Star
A stench wafts over power generation in Ontario. Too bad the opposition is so power-hungry it can't sniff out the real story. It's bigger than the two misbegotten gas-fired power plants vaporized at monumental expense. Never mind the paranoia that prompted civil servants to use code names on their correspondence.More