APPRO PowerBrief
Mar. 19, 2015

Ontario Superior Court rules in favour of power producers
Capstone Infrastructure Corporation recently announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (OEFC) has not properly calculated the price paid for electricity produced under its power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Capstone and a number of other power producers in Ontario. More

Ontario appoints John Godfrey as special advisor for climate change, creates climate action group
Canadian Energy Law
Former Liberal MP John Godfrey was recently appointed special advisor to the Ontario government on climate change and chair of the government's new climate action group. Godfrey's role will include providing strategic advice and recommendations to Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission targets and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy. More

Hydro One's proposed privatization: knowing the past, understanding the present and a glimpse into a possible future
The Canadian media is abuzz with stories that the Province of Ontario will sell some portion of Hydro One, either through an initial public offering or some form of private sale. Hydro One owns, operates and manages 97 per cent of Ontario's electricity transmission capacity and serves 1.4 million customers located in rural and urban areas through its distribution assets.More

Alberta's largest natural gas-fuelled electricity generation facility now operational
ENMAX Corporation and Capital Power Corporation are pleased to announce that the Shepard Energy Centre located in east Calgary is now fully operational and capable of generating over 800 megawatts of electricity to the Alberta grid. Fuelled by natural gas, the facility is the largest of its kind in the province and an important step in Alberta's transition away from aging coal-fired generation facilities. More

Fuel-thirsty California looks to Eastern Canada, Asia for supply
Energy Now
Fuel producers in California, facing plant outages and upsets that are squeezing supplies, are looking as far off as Asia and eastern Canada for reinforcements. A tanker carrying refined products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel was bound for Los Angeles after loading at the Point Tupper terminal in Nova Scotia, shipping data compiled by Bloomberg show. At least seven other fuel tankers were headed to the U.S. West Coast after leaving Asia, the data show.More

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' just got a little bit clearer
Renewable Energy World
Nearly a year ago, the New York Public Service Commission (Commission) initiated a groundbreaking effort, called 'Reforming the Energy Vision' (REV), to overhaul the longstanding electric utility business model. In the months since starting the REV proceeding, the Commission has sought advice from Department of Public Service staff, industry stakeholders, and environmental non-profits, among others, quietly refining its vision while largely refraining from big pronouncements about the progress of the proceeding. More

Smaller, cheaper flow battery's energy density helps the grid power large cities
PV Buzz
Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications, uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. More

U.K.'s largest biomass combined heat and power plant opened on Tullis Russell site
Packaging Europe
Constructed and operated by one of Europe's leading renewables' operators, RWE, the state-of-the-art plant replaces the former 1950's coal and gas fired CHP power station on the site of premium paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell. It represents a reduction in fossil fuel related carbon dioxide emissions by around 250,000 tonnes per annum, delivering a major contribution to the U.K.'s renewable energy generation targets.More

Non-hydro renewable electricity outshines all other sources and grows 11 per cent in 2014
Renewable Energy World
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, with data through the end of 2014, net electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources increased by 10.9 per cent over the previous year. The contribution to net electrical generation by just solar more than doubled (102.8 per cent) while wind grew by 8.3 per cent, biomass by 5.7 per cent, and geothermal by 5.4 per cent. More

Deepwater gives Alstom green light
U.S. developer Deepwater Wind has given Alstom formal notice to proceed on the 30MW Block Island offshore wind project. The facility off Rhode Island will feature five Alstom Haliade 150 6MW turbines (pictured) and is poised to become America’s first commercial offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind Block Island, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deepwater Wind, recently revealed it has reached financial close on the project.More

The Government of Canada invests in geothermal energy
Canadian Newswire
Yukon MP, Ryan Leef, on behalf of, Minister Aglukkaq announced funding for research and development into potential renewable sources of natural geothermal energy in Yukon. The Government of Yukon, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources' Energy Branch will work in cooperation with the Yukon Geological Survey and the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association to develop maps and reports that will identify sources of renewable energy. More

Indian 'environmental clearance' pending for 20 hydroelectric projects totaling 11,000 MW
India's Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed questions from members of Parliament recently with regard to plans for the development of 20 hydroelectric projects. The projects, awaiting environmental clearance from the State or Union territory Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), would have a total installed capacity of 11,000 MW.More

Solar, wind power aid unprecedented halt in global emissions
Renew Economy
The International Energy Agency has hailed a "surprising" and "unprecedented" halt in the rise of global carbon dioxide emissions — an event it directly credits to the growth in solar and wind power, increased hydro, and the decline in coal-fired generation. The IEA says global CO2 emissions stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014, unchanged from the preceding year, despite a 3 per cent increase in global economic growth. More

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The 6th Ontario Renewable Energy Forum
Delta Hotel, Toronto
Date: March 26, 2015
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Developing Stronger Links: The Canadian Energy Storage Supply Chain
Presented by National Research Council, in collaboration with MaRS
Toronto, Ontario
Date: April 09, 2015

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