APPRO PowerBrief
May. 14, 2015

Review panel okays Lake Huron site as potential nuclear-waste site
The Globe and Mail
A federal review panel has given its stamp of approval to a controversial plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron. The three-member panel released its report recently, saying the project "is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects" and is the "preferred solution" for isolating low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.More

Ontario approves second wind energy project in Manvers Township
My Kawartha
Opponents waiting for a decision from the Province about another controversial wind energy project in Manvers Township may have another battle on their hands. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced recently that "a Renewable Energy Approval was issued to Settlers Landing Nominee Ltd. to construct a wind farm within the Township of Manvers, in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The facility is known as the Settlers Landing Wind Park." More

Ontario prepares for more climate action
With its announcement on April 13 the Government of Ontario has arguably set the primary direction for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the province if not the country for the foreseeable future. Confirming that Ontario will move to adopt a cap-and-trade system, Premier Kathleen Wynne said, "Climate change needs to be fought around the globe, and it needs to be fought here in Canada and Ontario."More

The Canadian energy year in review
2014 was a tumultuous year for the energy industry in Canada. The year saw the continued growth of high cost renewables, the collapse of the oil and gas markets, and a sudden increase in the number of crude by rail shipments. It was also a busy year for any energy regulators. We saw what amounted to a reversal of the National Energy Board's Mainline decision, a continuation of the battle to build pipelines across Canada, and a new Ontario-Quebec energy alliance.More

Hydro-Québec publishes its Sustainability Report 2014
Hydro Québec
Hydro-Québec is proud to present the thirteenth edition of its Sustainability Report, which highlights the company's many initiatives in the area of sustainable development. Drafted in line with the Global Reporting Initiative's international G4 guidelines and a view towards continuous improvement, the Sustainability Report 2013 reflects the information needs of our readers. More

Alberta NDP's rise to power raises hopes for renewable energy
The Globe and Mail
It is not quite euphoria, but the renewable energy industry is optimistic that Alberta will be more welcoming to alternative power projects under the New Democratic Party than it was when the Progressive Conservatives were in power. With Rachel Notley's left-of-centre party about to take office, there is hope that a provincial renewable energy policy will be put in place for the long term.More

All you need to know about Tesla's big battery announcement
Utility Dive
Elon made us wait long enough. Shortly after midnight on the East Coast, the Tesla CEO took the stage at a highly anticipated event at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, where the crowd was reportedly made up of intrepid reporters, utility executives, and Tesla owners who hate their utilities.More

California adopts ambitious 40 per cent by 2030 GHG reduction target
Power Mag
California will seek to reduce its greenhouse gases (GHG) by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a new executive action by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. orders. Executive order B-30-15 issued on April 29 comes ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. California is one of 20 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia) with targets to slash GHG emissions. Its major initiatives are outlined in Assembly Bill 32, which was signed into law in 2006.More

Green bonds and traditional funding combine to finance hydroelectric projects
As funding needs increase for all types of hydroelectric and additional renewable energy infrastructure — so called green projects — money from municipalities and federal jurisdictions may likely combine with green bonds from private investors to complete project-finance. But, do internationally recognized laws exist that define green bonds? Is there concern about what types of investors are moving toward green bonds as a means of environmentally friendly infrastructure investment?More

How will FERC's latest ruling affect Gas-electric market coordination efforts?
Black & Veatch
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken an active role to improve natural gas and electric market coordination, since the electric industry has become increasingly dependent on natural gas as a primary fuel source. As these industries operationally converge, FERC has to balance not only each industry's scheduling preferences, but also regional differences across the U.S. More

Developers submit plans for world's largest fuel cell installation in CT
Utility Dive
The biggest fuel cell array in use today is the Gyeonggi Green Energy fuel cell park in South Korea, which provides 59 MW of capacity. Connecticut would take the fuel cell crown away if this project gets built as planned. The state is only one of three in the U.S. where fuel cells are manufactured, while the fuel cell industry has long been waiting for a game changer to push it into profitability.More

Upcoming Industry Events

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

Platts 10th Annual Northeast Power and Gas Markets Conference
New York, NY, USA
Dates: May 28 & 29, 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

Future of Canada's Utilities Summit
Transformation, Collaboration & Innovation
Four Point by Sheraton, Toronto Airport
Dates: June 17 & 18, 2015

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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