APPRO PowerBrief
May. 2, 2013

Ontario's renewable integration rules hit the ground running
APPrO
A major set of changes is underway affecting how renewable power supplies will be managed on the provincial grid. Much like other jurisdictions, Ontario has to devise ways of coping with increasing volumes of variable generation, recognizing the unique characteristics of each type of supply. But unlike most other jurisdictions, Ontario has to adapt quickly to accommodate relatively large amounts of renewables in short order, starting from a position with surplus baseload generation.More

Ontario's new Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli
APPrO
An experienced cabinet minister and previous mayor of Ottawa, the Hon. Bob Chiarelli was appointed Minister of Energy by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on February 11. Minister Chiarelli brings a wealth of political experience to the position as well as expertise in the area of infrastructure development. Now a cabinet minister and the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, he served previously as the first mayor of the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa from 2000 to 2006.More

South Kent wind plans to break records
APPrO
Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy announced that they had secured financing for the 270 megawatt South Kent Wind facility, allowing the project to move forward into the construction phase. The companies anticipate that there will be an average of 300 workers on-site throughout project construction and approximately 500 workers during peak construction periods.More

Upcoming Events
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COGENCanada CHP Association Seminar 2013
Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary, AB
Dates: May 7, 2013 to May 9, 2013
http://www.cogencanada.org/Seminar2013

Electric Power 2013
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
Dates: May 14, 2013 to May 16, 2013
http://www.electricpowerexpo.com/

IPPNY Annual Spring Conference and Energy Showcase
Hotel Albany - Albany, NY
May 14, 2013 to May 15, 2013
http://www.ippny.org/page/events-3.html

NERC Enforcement in Ontario
Pantages Hotel, Toronto
June 6 to June 7, 2013
http://www.euci.com/events/?ci=1962#16337v0Lx

4th Annual Smart Grid  Modernization Summit
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
June 12th to June13th, 2013
http://www.smartgridsummit.ca

Insight's 12th Annual Ontario Power Summit
St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, Toronto
May 29- May 30, 2013
www.onpowersummit.com More

Nuclear power helps Ontario's air quality
Shoreline Beacon
The return of 3,000 megawatts of Bruce Power nuclear over the past decade has played a major role in improving Ontario's air quality. The Ministry of Environment released its 41st annual Air Quality Report, which showed levels of many air pollutants have dropped, resulting in better air quality. The report states the cleaner air is a result of many initiatives, including the phase out of coal-fired generation plants.More

University of British Columbia unveils smart grid energy storage system
Journal of Commerce
The University of British Columbia is deploying a smart grid energy storage system produced in conjunction with Vancouver-based Alpha Technologies and Corvus Energy. The project integrates one megawatt hour of stored energy, enough to power an average home for 1,000 hours, into a power grid that supports three major campus facilities. More

Ontario Liberals cleaning up another expensive energy mess
The Globe and Mail
Any Ontarian who pays even the slightest attention to provincial politics is by this point acutely aware that their government has spent much of the past year-and-a-half trying to atone for costly, politically-motivated decisions before the last election to cancel construction of a pair of power plants.More

California Governor approves link of State's carbon market with Quebec
Canadian Energy Law
California Governor Jerry Brown approved the link of the state's carbon market with Quebec. The next step is for California's Air Resources Board to consider changes to its cap-and-trade program that will allow it to link with Quebec. The Board is scheduled to meet on April 19th. A spokesman has stated that the Board intends to continue to work on all necessary additional steps to ensure California's efforts to link with Quebec are successful.More

Ontario's new Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli
APPrO
An experienced cabinet minister and previous mayor of Ottawa, the Hon. Bob Chiarelli was appointed Minister of Energy by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on February 11. Minister Chiarelli brings a wealth of political experience to the position as well as expertise in the area of infrastructure development.More

Eight Bruce Power reactors feeding grid
Owen Sound Sun Times
All eight units at Bruce Power were sending power to the grid for the first time in about two decades. Unit 6 at Bruce B returned to service from a planned maintenance outage, marking the first time since the early 90's that all eight units were simultaneously sending power.More

Ontario Liberals suddenly keen to reveal cost of cancelling Oakville power plant
Toronto Star
The minority Liberal government is suddenly eager to reveal a figure on the true costs of scrapping an Oakville, ON, power plant officially put at $40 million before the 2011 election. In an abrupt change of strategy.More

Europe rejects higher carbon prices
Canadian Energy Law
The media reported that the European Parliament has rejected an attempt to raise the costs of emitting greenhouse gases in a contentious 334-315 vote. Siding with opponents of increased energy costs, Members voted down a measure that would have temporarily cut a large surplus of carbon allowances currently being traded. More