APPRO PowerBrief
Apr. 18, 2013

Ontario power plant cancellations: Top bureaucrat aware of sky high Mississauga, Oakville costs
Toronto Star
The former boss of Ontario's civil service says she was aware scrapping power plants in Oakville and Mississauga came with buckets of costs beyond the $230 million revealed by the government. Within two months of the Liberal government's decision to nix the Mississauga power station during the October 2011 election it became clear the tab was rising, Shelly Jamieson, former premier Dalton McGuinty's secretary of cabinet until December 2011, told a legislative committee investigating the scandal surrounding the power plant cancellations.More

Kitsault Energy is planning a multi-phase dedicated energy corridor and energy export terminal
Financial Post
With nearly 350 acres of industrial and residential land, full B.C. Hydro service, and a deep water port, Kitsault makes both economic and environmental sense as the preferred location to be the Liquefied Natural Gas terminal site for the export of natural gas that is found in Northeast British Columbia to Asia and other markets. LNG pipeline routing to Kitsault has already been proposed by others. More

Cancelling gas plant project actually cost $275 million
Toronto Sun
Ontarians will pay $275 million to cancel the Mississauga gas plant not $190 million, as the Liberal government previously claimed. Auditor General Jim McCarter, in a special report released, said the biggest hit was the $149.6 million that taxpayers had to reimburse a U.S. hedge fund which loaned money to the builder at an interest rate of 14 per cent.More

Environmental groups go to court over Ontario's Darlington nuclear station
CTV News
A coalition of environmental groups has gone to Federal court demanding a judicial review of a positive environmental assessment involving one of Canada's largest nuclear generating stations. Ecojustice and the Canadian Environmental Law Association representing Greenpeace Canada, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Northwatch claim the refurbishing and long-term operation plans for Ontario's Darlington Nuclear Generating Station haven't come under enough scrutiny. More

Siemens and Teradata team up over grid big data
Gigaom
Utilities are increasingly embracing the tools needed to manage big data, and on Monday data warehouse software firm Teradata said it's teamed up with power grid giant Siemens for a better way to manage the massive data flowing off the smart grid. More

Nomination period extended for the 2013 Green Power Leadership Awards
Renewable Energy Markets
There is only one week left to nominate an individual or organization for a Green Power Leadership Award. The nomination period has been extended one week to April 22, 2013. Sponsored by Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. EPA, the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace.More

Power grid a good idea
TB News Watch
Goldcorp and 21 First Nations have come to a landmark agreement that could bring hydro electricity to Ontario's Far North. While the billion-dollar project must still get approval from the province and there is at least one other bid being considered, it's good news for everyone.More

Ontario paying a high price for Green Energy Act
National Post
The handy thing about the Ontario Liberals spectacular mishandling of the energy file, as an example of poor governance, is that there is really something for everyone. A shameless political decision that came with a significant cost to the treasury? Hello, gas-plant cancellations.More

Ontario power plant cancellations: Top bureaucrat aware of sky high Mississauga, Oakville costs
Toronto Star
The former boss of Ontario's civil service says she was aware scrapping power plants in Oakville and Mississauga came with buckets of costs beyond the $230 million revealed by the government.More

Ottawa energy co-op connects third solar project to grid
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa's first energy co-op has announced it connected its third 10-kilowatt solar project to the grid. "As the sun was being captured by the panels, we got to see the first click over of the first kilowatt hour being produced," Janice Ashworth, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative.More

Connecticut bill would modify state's renewable portfolio standard to include some Canadian hydro
Hydro World
A bill that would modify Connecticut's current set of renewable portfolio standards is drawing fire as opponents say it would negatively impact jobs, consumer choice and electricity prices.More

The coming crisis in electricity generation
Intelligent Utility
For more than 100 years electricity generation and distribution systems have evolved to become one of the most reliable services imaginable, one which has been the foundation of the industrial expansion and prosperity of the developed world. Our society is totally dependent upon this and even relatively short and localized interruptions in the power supply cause major disruptions to everyday life.More