APPRO PowerBrief
May. 15, 2014

108 MW of solar goes online in Ontario
Renew Grid
Solar project developer Recurrent Energy has announced the commercial operation of 10 solar photovoltaic projects totaling 108 MW in Ontario. The projects will provide electricity to the Ontario Power Authority for the next 20 years through feed-in-tariff agreements. In October 2013, Fiera Axium Infrastructure and MetLife affiliates announced a joint commitment to acquire eight of the projects. Fiera Axium purchased the two remaining arrays. The acquisition was completed following commercial operation of the installations.More

Is Ontario energy storage financeable?
Mondaq
The Independent Electricity System Operator (the "IESO") has issued a request for proposal ("RFP") for the procurement of 35 MW of energy storage services. This represents the first phase of the two-phased procurement framework proposed by the IESO and the Ontario Power Authority (the "OPA") in response to the Ministry of Energy's Long Term Energy Plan (also discussed here and here), which provides for the procuring of 50 MW of energy storage by the end of 2014. More

200,000 flashlight booklets sent to people near power plants
CTV News
People living within 10 kilometres of the Darlington and Pickering, ON, power plants are being mailed something to go in their nuclear disaster survival kits: a flashlight. Ontario Power Generation launched a campaign that's a bit heftier than the average pamphlet. They've sent out flashlight-shaped booklets that detail what to do in a nuclear emergency to 200,000 homes and businesses in the area. More

Sudbury green group wants $1 million solar farm
Northern Ontario Business
Bob Jeffery, vice-president of the SUN Co-operative board, said the group has made an application with the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, which offers small green power generators a chance to sell power to the provincial grid at a guaranteed rate. "We're waiting for what they call a determination of eligibility," Jeffery said.More

NextEra wind project in Lambton County receives energy board approval
The Observer
Ontario's Energy Board has approved an application from NextEra Energy paving the way for its 92-turbine Jericho Wind project. The approval allows NextEra to build a substation and more than 15-kilometers of transmission lines to deliver electricity to the grid from its turbines. The power lines will run along Thomson Line, a county road, and connect the Jericho substation to one in nearby Middlesex County.More

TransCanada files Eastern Mainline Pipeline project description with National Energy Board
Willms & Shier
TransCanada filed its Eastern Mainline Project Description with the National Energy Board (NEB) today. TransCanada proposes to construct and operate a new natural gas pipeline along its existing Canadian Mainline in Southeastern Ontario, from Markham to Iroquois. In its letter to the NEB, TransCanada states that it needs the new pipeline to continue servicing customers following the proposed transfer of Canadian Mainline facilities to Energy East Pipeline and its conversion to crude oil.More

108 MW of solar goes online in Ontario
Renew Grid
Solar project developer Recurrent Energy has announced the commercial operation of 10 solar photovoltaic projects totaling 108 MW in Ontario. The projects will provide electricity to the Ontario Power Authority for the next 20 years through feed-in-tariff agreements. In October 2013, Fiera Axium Infrastructure and MetLife affiliates announced a joint commitment to acquire eight of the projects.More

Ontario Power Generation moves to cleaner energy future
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has burned the last piece of coal at its Thunder Bay Generating Station, which will now prepare to run on advanced biomass. OPG has been executing Ontario's strategy to move to cleaner electricity sources over the past several years. More

New Board members appointed to OPG and Hydro One
Government of Ontario
Ontario has announced the following appointments and re-appointments to the board of directors for both Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One: Ontario Power Generation Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, LLP and Head of the Toronto Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change International Business Group.More

Nuclear energy attitudes mixed in Saskatchewan
The Star Phoenix
Half of Saskatchewan survey respondents said they have positive impressions of nuclear power and two-thirds would support the province using nuclear power in the future, according to results from a recent study out of the University of Saskatchewan. The study, funded by the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, aimed to generate public discussion and debate around nuclear issues. It is the largest survey conducted on attitudes in Saskatchewan about nuclear energy to date.More

Stakeholders form micro-grid alliance
Renew Grid
A new organization has formed to provide a collective voice for companies and other stakeholders involved in microgrids. The Microgrid Alliance (MGA) aims to bring together parties that want to accelerate the growth and development of microgrids. Founding members include General MicroGrids, Landis Gyr, Homer Energy, Alstom, Enbala, EarthSpark International, ESTA International and Green Energy.More

EIA report: Hydroelectric power, other renewables forecast to grow
Hydro World
A report released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects national growth amongst renewables — including hydroelectric power — in coming decades. According to EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014, the increase in kilowatt hours generated by renewables will fall second only to natural gas through 2040, while nuclear, coal, petroleum liquid and other forms will flatline or decrease.More

Utilities: What are renewables' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
Utility Drive
Execs from three influential utilities did a SWOT analysis on renewable energy, assessing its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats for their companies at WindPower 2014, the just-concluded annual industry conference. The utilities were quick to define the strengths. More

Xcel Energy breaks wind power record in Upper Midwest
North American Wind Power
Xcel Energy achieved a milestone when wind power met 46 per cent of customers' electricity needs in the company's Upper Midwest service territory. When the record was set, wind resources provided 1,622 MW of the 3,512 MW Xcel Energy's customers were using in Minnesota and neighboring states. The previous record was set in April 2013, when wind generation met 42 per cent of customer demand.More

M&A activity focuses on strategic opportunities spanning the power and utilities industry landscape in first quarter
PR News Wire
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the North American power and utilities industry decreased on a volume basis in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period the prior year and prior quarter, as companies focused their efforts on deals that may drive growth and provide return potential, according to PwC's US quarterly deals snapshot North American Power & Utilities Deals: Q1 2014.More