APPRO PowerBrief
Mar. 6, 2014

Ontario Premier announces new Advanced Energy Centre to be based at MaRS
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the creation of the Advanced Energy Centre, a partnership between the public and private sectors and MaRS Discovery District that will drive economic growth and sustainable job creation. Uniting founding industry partners Capgemini and Siemens, as well as utility and government representatives, the Centre will work collaboratively to consolidate and extend Canada's early lead in next-generation energy technologies — such as those in the energy data and energy storage space — capturing new domestic markets and transforming these local successes into international market opportunities for Ontario.More

Healthy response to FIT 3
The Feed-In Tariff program continues to attract strong interest from developers. During the most recent FIT Program application window, the Ontario Power Authority received 1,982 applications representing a total of 493.71 megawatts of generation capacity. The application window ran from November 4 to December 13, 2013. These applications are for renewable energy projects (solar, wind, waterpower and bioenergy) with a proposed capacity of 10 to 500 kW.More

Ontario to move forward on energy storage
Ontario has experienced extraordinary growth in renewable power production, with wind and solar leading the way. However, as these new sources are highly dependent on wind strength, cloud cover and sun position, renewable power production does not always match up well with predictable periods of customer demand. Lamentably, power authorities are occasionally forced to sell excess power production to neighbouring jurisdictions, often at less than desirable prices. More

Ontario and Manitoba partner on energy innovation
Government of Ontario
Ontario and Manitoba formally agreed today to work together to advance energy innovation, support clean, renewable power and promote economic development in both provinces. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Canadian Energy Innovation Summit. The agreement will enable Ontario and Manitoba to collaborate on growing the energy sector in a number of key areas, including conservation, efficiency, security and reliability.More

Continued positive reliability outlook for Ontario's electricity system
Canada News Wire
The outlook for Ontario's bulk electricity grid continues to be positive in the near term, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said in its latest 18-Month Outlook. The report anticipates adequate resources to meet demand throughout the summer of 2014. Approximately 3,100MW of new generation is expected to come online during the report timeframe, almost all of it transmission-connected renewable generation.More

Ontario Premier announces new Advanced Energy Centre to be based at MaRS
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the creation of the Advanced Energy Centre, a partnership between the public and private sectors and MaRS Discovery District that will drive economic growth and sustainable job creation.More

How to cut your hydro bill without really trying
Toronto Star
Before Christmas, Ontario Energy minister Bob Chiarelli warned that energy prices are going nowhere but up, and if you don't like your hydro bill, then do something about it. He challenged us to change our behaviour by choosing how much we pay for power under the province's three-tier electricity pricing.More

Alberta should begin phasing out coal
Medicine Hat News
In a recent interview, Premier Alison Redford expressed frustration with Ottawa's foot-dragging on the GHG-regulation file. She has good reason to feel this way because the federal government has shown an appalling lack of political will (to put it mildly) on climate-change abatement.More

Bob Chiarelli: Ontario remains committed to nuclear power
Ottawa Citizen
The shelving of $15 billion worth of new power reactors is just a bump in Ontario's long-term nuclear energy strategy, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli assured Canada's struggling nuclear industry. "This decision was not taken lightly," he told delegates attending the Canadian Nuclear Association's annual Ottawa conference and trade show. "Nuclear is and will continue to be the backbone of Ontario's supply mix over the coming decades. The government will not commit to building nuclear generation that we do not currently need."More

Power sector needs transformation, execs say
A majority of utility executives believe the industry needs to be transformed, according to the "Itron Resourcefulness Index," a global survey of the state of the utility industry by technology and services company Itron, released January 28. Itron surveyed more than 600 utility executives and 800 consumers across 14 countries to measure perceptions on issues critical to the operation of gas, water and electric utilities. The objective was to understand the views of consumers and executives on current challenges and long-term solutions for efficient operation of the industry, including resource use, supply, efficiency and technology investment.More

10-MW solar project sparks up in Canada
Renew Grid
GDF SUEZ Canada has announced that the 10-MW Beckwith Solar Project in Ontario has entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority. GDF SUEZ Canada is part of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, which manages a range of energy businesses in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. GDF says the $50 million project is located about 50 kilometers from Ottawa and consists of 44,000 solar panels on approximately 80 acres of land.More

Hydroelectric power key in Manitoba Hydro, Great River Energy memorandum
Hydro World
A recently signed memorandum of understanding will investigate the sale of up to 600MW of electricity from Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro to American power cooperative Great River Energy. The deal, which could begin in 2020, would see Great River Energy meet some of its long-term electricity needs via proposed Manitoba Hydro hydroelectric projects.More

Guessing game: Tesla's gigafactory and energy storage aims
Renewable Energy
Tesla made a splash with its proposed $5 billion "Gigafactory" and its eye-popping numbers: a 10 million square foot facility on an entire land area of 500-1,000 acres, with output of 35GWh/year of battery cells and 50GWh/year of battery packs by 2020. That will be enough to support 500,000 of the company's forthcoming Gen-3 vehicles, compared with a little over 20,000 annual demand for its cars today.More

Successful operation of PCR solution
Commodities Now
Following a successful first two weeks of operation of the new day-ahead market coupling solution developed by the Price Coupling of Regions (PCR) initiative, the involved European Power Exchanges now look forward to cover more regions with the PCR solution. The aim is to create a single European day-ahead market. The PCR solution went for the first time into operation in North-Western Europe and South-Western Europe, which account for about 75 per cent of European electricity demand.More