APPRO PowerBrief
Apr. 16, 2015

Cap and trade system to limit greenhouse gas pollution in Ontario
To fight climate change — one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced — Ontario is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our children and grandchildren. Climate change is already hurting our environment, causing extreme weather like floods and droughts, and hurting our ability to grow food in some regions. Over the near term, it will increase the cost of food and insurance, harm wildlife and nature, and eventually make the world inhospitable for our children and grandchildren.More

Planning for electricity infrastructure
Ontario Ministry of Energy
The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 (PPS 2014) provides policy direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning. It is issued under section 3 of the Planning Act and pertains to all decisions in respect of the exercise of any authority that affects a planning matter made on or after April 30, 2014.More

Ontario's clean energy plan wins green approval
Digital Journal
The objective of the Ontario government's plan is to create a market for clean energy solutions. When considered alongside British Columbia's provincial carbon tax and Alberta's legislation for companies that emit high levels of pollution, the new decision results in 86 per cent of Canadian GDP being subject to carbon pricing.More

Siemens lands 100MW in Ontario
Siemens has confirmed a contract to supply turbines at the 100MW Grand Bend wind farm in Ontario, Canada. The deal with Grand Bend Wind Limited Partnership covers 40 of the German manufacturer's SWT-3.2-113 direct drive machines (pictured). Grand Bend will be built some 220km south-west of Toronto. All 120 of the 55-metre rotor blades for the facility will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario.More

Yukon government accepts all 21 recommendations of the select committee on risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing; announces position on shale gas development
Energy Now
The Yukon government has responded to the report of the Yukon Legislature's Select Committee on the Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing and accepts all 21 of its recommendations. A key element of the government's position is that any proposed hydraulic fracturing activity would require the support of affected First Nations. More

Fortis commissions 335-MW Waneta hydropower plant expansion
Hydro World
A 335 MW expansion of British Columbia's Waneta hydropower complex has been completed, according to majority owner Fortis Inc. Fortis, which bought a 51 per cent share of the US$900 million project in August 2010, developed the expansion in partnership with Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust (CPCBT) — which is wholly owned by the provincial government. The facility is located near the Waneta Dam on the Pend d'Oreille River. The expansion project also included the construction of a 10-kilometer-long, 230 kV transmission line. More

Municipal guide to biogas
Biogas Association
The Municipal Guide to Biogas was created to enable Ontario municipalities to better understand the biogas opportunity in several of their operations — green bin organic material collection, wastewater treatment, and landfill. This guide outlines the benefits of biogas for your municipality, and showcases real examples of systems across Ontario. The business case for biogas depends on a range of variables, which are outlined in this guide.More

Hydro-Quebec names interim president, CEO
Hydro World
Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec's Board of Directors has selected present executive Lise Croteau to serve as its acting president and CEO, effective May 2. Croteau, who currently serves as Hydro-Quebec's Vice President of Accounting and Control, takes over for Thierry Vandal, who announced his intentions to leave the company after 10 years as President and CEO in February. Vandal still had two years remaining on his term.More

Québec launches the 'Plan Nord toward 2035, the 2015-2020 Action Plan'
The government of Québec launched on April 8, 2015 its new version of the Plan Nord by presenting the "Plan Nord toward 2035, the 2015-2020 Action Plan." This new version pursues the main objective of the first version of the Plan Nord, launched in 2011 by the Prime Minister of the time, Mr. Jean Charest: the economic and social development of Québec's territory north of the 49th parallel by the exploitation of natural resources, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.More

Japan returns to nuclear to get economy back on track
Nuclear Energy Insider
As part of the Strategic Energy Plan of Japan, the country's government has decided to include nuclear as one of four base load energy sources. While recent polls say that the majority of those surveyed are still concerned over plant safety, consumers and industry are struggling to meet the escalated costs associated with alternative, non-nuclear energy sources.More

Rate design for electricity distributors
Ontario Energy Board
As part of the Renewed Regulatory Framework in Electricity, the Board indicated that the revenue decoupling consultation would move forward. The Board believes that distributors should have a rate design that provides greater stability for the consumer and sends a price signal to consumers that links use to cost drivers. More

New report urges provincial governments to adopt carbon pricing policies
Energy Now
All provinces, including Alberta, should adopt or strengthen carbon-pricing policies to position Canada for success in a global economy that increasingly values low-carbon activities, according to a new report released today. The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Canada's Ecofiscal Commission says delay in implementing climate policy will mean higher future costs for all Canadians. More

Global wind growth hits all-time high
Renewable Energy World
Recently the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched its flagship publication the Global Wind Report: Annual Market update. The report details wind power's remarkable growth in 2014, during which the industry installed more than 50 GW of wind power bringing the worldwide total installed capacity to just about 370 GW. More

Chinese ministry stops 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project
Hydro World
A letter sent by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection to the China Three Gorges Corporation has halted development of the country's 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project. The project — slated for construction on an upper stretch of the Yangtze River known as the Jinsha River in China's southwest region — has been blocked primarily due to concerns regarding its impact on an ecologically significant portion of the country.More

Upcoming Industry Events

Mindfirst Lunch Seminar: Ontario Capacity Auction - Analysis of Feasibility and Criteria for Design Elements
Toronto, Ontario
Date: April 29, 2015

IPPNY's Annual Spring Showcase & Conference
Commemorating 15 Years of Competitive Market Transition
Desmond Hotel / Albany, NY
Dates: May 5 & 6, 2015

14th Ontario Power Summit
Toronto, Canada
Dates: May 12 - 13, 2015
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PipeThink Lunch Seminar:
Natural Gas Markets in Ontario
Presented by Mindfirst Inc.

Toronto, Ontario
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 Canadian Energy Summit
Allstream Centre, Toronto
Dates: May 26 - 28, 2015

Canadian German Conference on Renewable Energies in Buildings
Allstream Center, 105 Princes' Blvd Toronto, ON
Dates: May 29, 2015

Building-Integrated PV Fact-Finding Visit to Germany

Munich, Germany
Dates: June 8 - 11, 2015

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