APPRO PowerBrief
Mar. 28, 2013

Niagara Tunnel hydro power project completed
Renewable Energy Foucus
Ontario's new Niagara Tunnel is now in service to produce more clean, renewable electricity at the Sir Adam Beck generating complex. The Niagra Tunnel will annually produce more power, on average, than cities the size of Niagara Falls or Kingston use every year and is one of the best value renewable energy initiatives in Ontario, says Ontario Power Generation.More

CAW owned and operated wind turbine begins operation in Ontario
Power Engineering
A CAW owned and operated wind turbine started operating generating clean wind energy to the electrical grid in Port Elgin, ON. "This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an environmental milestone for our union this is the first union owned and operated wind turbine in Canada," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. The start of the turbine comes after nine years of planning, preparation, construction and testing.More

Ontario launches energy-saving program for Aboriginal communities
Canada News Wire
Ontario is taking another step to help consumers reduce electricity consumption and manage electricity costs. The Ontario Power Authority and First Nations Engineering Services are pleased to officially launch the saveONenergy Aboriginal Conservation Program, the first of its kind in Ontario.More

Estimate for cancelling Ontario gas plants could be wrong: Bob Chiarelli
Inside Halton
The controversial $40 million tab for scrapping a power plant in Oakville, ON, could be just plain wrong, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli admitted. With opposition parties pressuring the government over an estimate that the actual cost was $638 million, Chiarelli broke ranks with his predecessor Chris Bentley and former premier Dalton McGuinty.More

Nomination Period is Open
2013 Green Power Leadership Awards
Sponsored by Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. The CRS Market Development Awards recognize individuals, companies, or other renewable energy industry leaders that are building the market for green power.More

Hearn generating station gets new development plans
Toronto Star
It's the ultimate fixer-upper and definitely among the biggest. Renewed efforts are quietly under way to develop the old Hearn Generating Station on Toronto's waterfront for a mixed-use facility that includes retail and ice rinks. More

Bruce Power in the process of phasing out coal
Shoreline Beacon
Bruce Power has been in the process of making overview presentations across the region and found its way to the Saugeen Shores committee-of-the-whole meeting. The purpose of the presentations are to provide updates on how the Bruce site ended 2012 and what people can look forward to in the coming year.More

We're going to be short power
The Chronicle Journal
Thunder Bay is prepared to go political in its ongoing effort to keep the Thunder Bay Generating Station open. The Ontario government put a hold on converting the power plant from coal to natural gas, after the Ontario Power Authority said the region's power needs could be met in other and cheaper ways.More

Energy minister reject's panel recommendation
The Observer
Bluewater Power's president says she was happy to hear Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli won't force local electricity distribution companies to merge, even if she didn't hear him say it in person. Chiarelli announced his decision on mergers $225-a-plate Electricity Distributors Association Gala at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel.More

Ontario launches energy saving program for Aboriginal communities
Canada News Wire
Ontario is taking another step to help consumers reduce electricity consumption and manage electricity costs.More

Hydro Quebec buying power from 68 MW wind farm
Renew Grid
TransAlta has completed the 68 MW New Richmond wind farm, located in the Gaspesie region of Quebec. More

Alberta committee prepares report on hydro development
Hydro World
A report produced by the Alberta Legislature's Resource Stewardship Committee could help increase hydroelectric power in the northern part of the province, HydroWorld.com has learned. More

BC Hydro contracts with imperial for Northwest Transmission Line
Renew Grid
Imperial Metals says it has entered into a transmission development agreement with BC Hydro for the construction of an extension to the Northwest Transmission Line.More

Lincoln cuts wind power line deal
Niagara Advance
Wind energy is going underground in Lincoln. The town announced they've struck a deal with Niagara Region Wind to bury a nearly five-kilometre stretch of transmission lines set to run through the town if wind turbines go up in West Lincoln and Wainfleet.More

Is Earth Hour losing its power?
CTV News
Is Earth Hour losing it's power? The number indicate that may be the case in London. Earth Hour was started in 2007, encouraging residents in cities around the world to turn off all non-essential lights, appliances and gadgets for one hour. More