APPRO PowerBrief
Mar. 7, 2013

Alstom selected for massive offshore transmission project
Renew Grid
European transmission system operator TenneT has awarded Alstom a contract for the DolWin3 offshore project, which connects North Sea wind farms to the mainland grid and has an investment volume of more than one billion euros. As the general contractor for TenneT, Alstom will supply and construct both the onshore and offshore converter stations, as well as the connecting cable systems, for DolWin3.More

Energy firms plan for higher carbon costs
The Globe and Mail
Canada's energy companies are factoring a carbon price into their business planning, even in the absence of federal climate regulations. Ten of the country's top oil and gas and power companies say they currently use a shadow carbon price to quantify and manage the risk of higher costs that would arise from future carbon constraints.More

IESO's 18-Month Outlook Points to Continued Reliability as the Supply Mix Evolves
IESO
The next 18 months will see a significant amount of renewable energy integrated into Ontario's bulk power system, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) says in its latest 18-Month Outlook. During that period, the IESO is expecting more than 3,200 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity to be connected to the transmission system, including Ontario's first two transmission grid-connected solar projects, located in Haldimand County and Elgin County.More

Upcoming Events
APPrO
IPPNY Annual Spring Conference and Energy Showcase
Hotel Albany - Albany, NY
May 14, 2013 to May 15, 2013
http://www.ippny.org/page/events-3.html

IPPSA 19th Annual Conference
The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
Dates: March 10, 2013 to March 12, 2013
http://www.ippsa.com/2013_conference

Ontario Feed-in Tariff Forum 2013
APPrO member discount: enter "appro20" when registering.
Dates: April 2, 2013 to April 4, 2013
http://www.ofit2013.com/registration/

Ontario Power Perspectives
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville
Dates: April 16, 2013 to April 17, 2013
http://www.ontariopowerconference.com/ More

PEVs a double-edged sword for utilities
Fierce Energy
Plug-in electric vehicles represent both opportunities and challenges for utilities. For example, variable rate PEV plans could be a lucrative business model or be a double-edged sword. According to Pike Research, these plans may have little impact because the difference in price to the consumer may not justify the effort and risk associated with creating a new rate program for EV owners. More

Solar out, grid and energy storage technologies in
Smart Grid News
A Bloomberg report says the Silicon Valley investors who helped fire up the solar industry are having second thoughts and are now putting their money into electric grid and energy storage technologies.More

Obama nominates new Energy Secretary and EPA administrator
Renew Grid
President Barack Obama has announced his nominations for the new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary and the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. Obama has named Ernest Moniz, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative, to replace departing Energy Secretary Steven Chu.More

Alstom selected for massive offshore transmission project
Renew Grid
uropean transmission system operator TenneT has awarded Alstom a contract for the DolWin3 offshore project, which connects North Sea wind farms to the mainland grid and has an investment volume of more than 1 billion euros. 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. 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. More

Will Drones soon be helping utilities repair the grid?
Renew Grid
Lately, the use of so-called "drones" by the Obama administration has been the subject of much public debate, but could unmanned aircraft help utilities assess damage to the grid and, thus, reduce outage-response time? According to the Electric Power Research Institute, which just finished up new test flights of two drone prototypes, the answer is getting ever closer to "yes."More

Want a stable grid? Tune the generators, researchers say
Smart Grid News
Researchers have discovered that there's more to power grid synchronization than the transmission lines alone. According to a report on phys.org, researchers at Northwestern University, Stanford and Los Alamos National Laboratory found that "the leading factor for grid stability is not the network structure itself, which most previous studies have focused on, but the relation between the network structure, the state of the grid, and certain parameters of the generators." More