APPRO PowerBrief
Apr. 23, 2015

Ontario Court of Appeal decides Ostrander Wind Farm project and sends dispute back to the ERT
In an important decision for stakeholders in the Ontario renewable energy industry, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the Divisional Court of Ontario's February 2014 decision, which had reinstated a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) previously revoked by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT). The REA was for the construction and operation of a wind farm in Prince Edward County.More

Canada-India contract strengthens nuclear ties
World Nuclear News
A long-term uranium supply contract signed by Cameco and India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has been welcomed by the two countries' prime ministers as they look to further cooperation and collaboration between their nations. The contract was signed in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first official visit by an Indian prime minister to Canada in 42 years. It is Cameco's first contract with India, and was made possible by a nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries that came into force in September 2013.More

APPrO shares its approach to competing in a changing energy landscape
APPrO President Dave Butters recently explained how APPrO manages the continual flow of challenges cropping up for players operating in the energy sector. Featured in an executive periodical that highlights how Canadian business leaders are setting priorities and directions for their companies, he drew attention to the most critical shared objectives he believes the industry is facing. "We seek to understand the issues that will affect the business success of our members and to help them be as profitable as they can be in a complex, changing environment," Butters says.More

2015 Canadian Energy Person of the Year: Call for Nominations

The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established by the Energy Council of Canada in 2001 to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels with the energy sector. Nominations for the Canadian Energy Person of the Year award are based upon the nominee's remarkable accomplishments in the business or public sectors and the community at large. Accepting nominations for 2015! Deadline for nominations will be May 15, 2015.

Candidates may be nominated by any Member of the Energy Council of Canada, any of the Canadian sectoral energy associations and their members, or by others active in Canada's energy industry.

Click here for full information on what to include in your nomination submission.

For more information please contact Brigitte Svarich, Director of Operations: or call (613)232-8239 x 602 More

OEB sets new summer electricity prices for households and small businesses
Ontario Energy Board
Recently, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced new time-of-use (TOU) electricity prices for households and small businesses starting May 1. The price is increasing by approximately $5.71 per month on the "Electricity" line, and about 4.6 per cent on the total bill, for a household that consumes 800 kWh per month. Increased costs from Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) nuclear and hydro-electric power plants make up about half of this increase. Costs from new generation sources are another driver, representing about one-third of the increase.More

Work begins on Ontario's 16-MW Yellow Falls hydropower plant
Hydro World
Construction has begun on the 16-MW Yellow Falls hydroelectric plant, majority owner Boralex Inc. said in a release. The project — located on the Mattagami River about 18 kilometers south of Smooth Rock Falls — is expected to cost between $71.5 million and $75.4 million to complete. Boralex said it expects the plant to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.More

Community-owned green energy projects helping to drive new business in Southwestern Ontario
This Earth Day marks a major turning point for both our planet and our global economy, with a surge in the use of zero emissions renewable energy. According to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), there was a 31 per cent jump in renewable energy sector investment across Canada in 2014 with $8 billion spent on developing green energy projects.More

Yukon government paves way for fracking
Energy Now
Yukon's energy minister says the territory needs to stop allowing British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to oil and gas. "I think it's important to be a net contributor to the country," Scott Kent said. "We shouldn't rely on the hard work of residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan."More

Canadian Dam Association forms working group to address dam design and construction
Hydro World
The Canadian Dam Association has created a Working Group on Design and Construction to address the issues of design and construction of dams and how the subject is covered by the current Dam Safety Guidelines and associated Technical Bulletins. The need to complement existing documents, including bulletins published by the International Commission on Large Dams, will be examined.More

California power grid seen able to handle 100 per cent renewables
California's power grid could handle taking 100 per cent of its supply from renewables such as wind and solar, and meeting the goal for half that amount will be no problem, the state's chief energy regulator said. Governor Jerry Brown in January set one of the world's most ambitious targets for cleaning up power generation, saying 50 per cent of supply should come from renewables by 2030, a dramatic increase from the current goal of 33 per cent by 2020.More

Measuring the effects of utility-scale solar growth
Renewable Energy World
For so long it seemed like a pipe dream, yet in less than a decade utility-scale solar has reached $100 billion worth of capacity. Figures from the Energy Information Administration show that it delivered 5 percent of California's electricity in 2014. The time has come to evaluate the impact which this technology can have, not just in the United States but globally. More

Can other cities match Georgetown's low-cost switch to 100 percent wind and sun?
Renewable Energy World
This is probably not the first place you've read about Georgetown, Texas, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017. But few articles hit upon the two key reasons Georgetown was able to make this move when so many other cities with abundant renewable resources are stuck with a majority-coal-fired electricity supply. If cities had these keys, many could obtain 100 per cent renewable energy at a surprisingly low cost.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

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

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

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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