APPRO PowerBrief
Mar. 13, 2014

Ministry releases decision on Renewable Energy on Crown Land Policy
Government of Ontario
Approximately 87 per cent of Ontario is Crown land, including lands covered by water. The Ministry has developed specific policies and procedures to ensure the effective management of Ontario's Crown land for proposed renewable energy development. On February 10, 2014 the Ministry released the Renewable Energy on Crown Land Policy. A decision notice has been posted to Ontario's Environmental Registry (# 011-6005). The policy modernizes how the Ministry will consider access to Crown land for use in potential renewable energy projects including water, onshore wind, and solar power.More

Hydro Ottawa building 29 MW hydroelectric facility on Ottawa River
Canadian Manufacturing
Hydro Ottawa plans to boost the capacity of its Chaudiere Falls hydroelectric facility by 29 megawatts after signing a 40-year power purchase deal with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). According to Hydro Ottawa, its Energy Ottawa subsidiary will build a new hydroelectric generating station at its Chaudiere Falls facility on the Ottawa River, boosting its hydroelectric capacity to 58 megawatts. The utility said the new 29-megawatt station will generate enough clean energy to power 20,000 homes a year. More

Senvion completes first Ontario wind farm
Clean Energy
The Ontario branch of Senvion Canada, a subsidiary of Hamburg based Senvion SE, just completed commissioning of Oxley wind farm. The wind farm, located in Ontario's Essex County, near Harrow, features three Senvion MM92 type turbines on 100 m towers, adapted for cold climates. The three turbines have an installed capacity of six MW. The wind project has been developed by Oxley Wind Farm, founded by Glen Estill and Henry Verhoeven. It is Senvion's first Ontario project out of a pipeline of about 200 MW the German wind turbine supplier has contracted in the province so far. More

Upcoming Events
IPPSA 20th Annual Conference – 20/20: What do you see?
Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada
Dates: March 16, 2014 to March 18, 2014
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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, USA
Dates: March 31, 2014 to April 3, 2014

All-Energy 2014 Exhibition & Conference
Exhibition Place, Toronto
Dates: April 9 to April 10, 2014
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CanSIA Solar Ontario 2014
Ottawa Convention Centre
Dates: May 7 to May 8, 2014
Contact: 613-736-9077, 866-522-6742 or

APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Save the Dates: November 18, 2014 to November 19, 2014
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Managing crown land for renewable energy
Government of Ontario
Approximately 87 per cent of Ontario is Crown land, including lands covered by water. The Ministry has developed specific policies and procedures to ensure the effective management of Ontario's Crown land for proposed renewable energy development.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

Samsung and Canadian Solar open solar manufacturing facility in London
Digital Journal
The London, ON, community celebrated the start of over 200 local renewable energy jobs at the grand opening of the Canadian Solar Inc. (Canadian Solar) manufacturing facility. This is the fourth manufacturing facility to be created by Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) under the Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA) with the Government of Ontario. More

Another landmark ruling on the Ostrander Point Wind Energy Project
On February 20, 2014, an Ontario Court set aside the 2013 decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal over the Ostrander Point Wind Energy Project. That 2013 decision was notable for being the first decision to grant an appeal of a renewable energy approval (REA) under Ontario's 2009 Green Energy laws, and basing its decision on endangered species concerns. The 2014 Court decision is equally notable, but for different reasons than the Tribunal decision it reverses. More

Aboriginal Transmission Fund draft rules posted for comment
Aboriginal Energy
The Ontario Power Authority is seeking input from First Nation and Métis communities on the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF) draft rules posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The comment period will be open until April 18, 2014. The ATF will provide funding support to eligible First Nation and Métis communities that are exploring equity positions in the development of new, major transmission lines where the OPA has identified a need for transmission capacity (as detailed in Ontario's 2013 Long Term Energy Plan). ATF support funding is intended to cover costs related to undertaking due diligence and assessments of partnership opportunities. Your input will help inform the development of final ATF program rules that encourage meaningful Aboriginal participation in Ontario’s energy sector. The ATF draft rules are now posted at and your comments can be submitted to the OPA by email:

Email Submissions:
Hardcopy Submissions: Ontario Power Authority
120 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1
Attn: Aboriginal Transmission Fund More

Is Quebec's electricity business model broken?
Financial Post
Quebec has a big energy problem. And it is shaping into a potential mess for the next government. Explosive growth in shale gas output in the United States since 2008 and stagnant demand for power at home and abroad in the wake of the last recession has depressed prices and left the province awash in electricity. So much so in fact, that a government-mandated commission that studied Quebec's energy situation recommended this week that the government consider putting on ice all new power production investments, including wind turbine developments and the last two phases of the $6.5 billion La Romaine hydroelectric project in the remote north. More

Call for nominations for the Electrical Council's Lifetime Honorary Member Awards
Electro Federation Canada
Do you know a deserving individual who has shown leadership, commitment and outstanding contributions to the Canadian electrical industry as well as to EFC's Electrical Council? Nominate that special person today — and help them gain industry recognition! Two recipients will be honoured with this award at the EC Annual Conference in Montreal — during the Awards Banquet on May 28, 2014. Click the read more button for more information. More

FERC orders physical security standards for bulk-power system
Renew Grid
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has directed the North American Electric Reliability (NERC) to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the bulk-power system to address risks from physical security threats and vulnerabilities. According to FERC, the reliability standards mandate that owners and operators of the bulk-power system take at least three steps to protect physical security. More

President Obama's proposed budget includes significant funding for renewables
Renew Grid
President Barack Obama has announced his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, which seeks to provide billions of dollars for clean energy and eliminate $4 billion in fossil fuel subsidies. The proposed budget would provide multiple federal agencies with funding to further spur renewable energy development in the country. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would receive approximately $5.2 billion.More

3TIER, Google come together to provide public wind and solar data
Renew Grid
3TIER, a renewable energy assessment and forecasting company, has announced the public release of wind and solar annual averages from its global data sets as part of Google's Map Gallery launch. Through its collaboration with Google, 3TIER says it aims to improve access to wind and solar resource information by making it freely available to both researchers and the general public in Google's platform.More