APPRO PowerBrief
May. 16, 2013

Saugeen Indian bands buy $72 million stake in power line
Toronto Star
The Saugeen Ojibway Nation has struck a ground-breaking deal with Hydro One to acquire a 30 per cent stake in a major hydro transmission line. It’s a first of its type for an aboriginal group, with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation or SON set to gain part ownership of the line running from the Bruce nuclear power station to Milton, ON.More

Application by Son LP CO. for leave to acquire up to a 30 per cent partnership interest in B2M Limited Partnership, Notice of applications and hearing
Ontario Energy Board
B2M Limited Partnership, Hydro One Networks and SON LP Co. filed three separate but related applications dated March 28, 2013 with the Ontario Energy Board. The Board will consider these applications together in a consolidated proceeding.More

Flywheels could boost Ontario's power grid
Toronto Star
There's nothing like a 4,000-kilogram spinning steel cylinder to smooth out the ups and downs of the power system. At least, that's what Temporal Power is betting on. The fledgling firm showed off its technology to Ontario energy minister Bob Chiarelli.More

Ontario offered firm full value of contract before cancelling gas plant
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government offered to compensate a company for the entire value of a cancelled contract to build a gas-fired power plant, an expensive commitment it had no obligation to make and which appears to have hamstrung later negotiations.More

Trade ruling may not hurt Ontario wind industry, says spokesman
Windsor Star
Stable government policies and a growing market are the main drivers for companies seeking to invest in Ontario's renewable energy sector and not domestic content rules, says the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. A World Trade Organization ruling Monday that made-in-Ontario provisions in the province's Green Energy Act contravene international guidelines may not be that damaging, said Robert Hornung.More

We may soon buy micro-power from a menu
Windsor Star
Consumers might soon buy energy online, shopping for the best price or greenest technology or simply for what a neighbour has for sale. Or maybe we'll just produce power for our own homes, according to a University of Windsor futurist.More

Battery energy storage backing Canadian wind power
Renew Grid
The Wind Energy Institute of Canada is working with S&C Electric Canada to add a grid-scale battery energy storage system to its wind power facility in Prince Edward Island. The system consists of two primary components a power conversion system supplied by S&C via its PureWave Storage Management System, and Durathon sodium nickel chloride battery modules supplied by General Electric.More

Alberta Electric System opens bid process for major transmission project
SILO Breaker
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is initiating a process that will enable companies to participate in an open competition to develop the new 500 kV Fort McMurray West transmission project.More

U.K. postpones massive rollout of smart meters
Renew Grid
The U.K. has delayed its mass deployment of smart meters for a year. In a letter to Parliament, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Parliament Member Edward Davey writes that more time is needed if the smart grid initiative is to "get off to the best possible start and ensure a quality experience for consumers."More

Flywheels could boost Ontario's power grid
Toronto Star
There's nothing like a 4,000-kilogram spinning steel cylinder to smooth out the ups and downs of the power system. At least, that's what Temporal Power is betting on. The fledgling firm showed off its technology to Ontario energy minister Bob Chiarelli.More

Ontario Power Group proposes new nuclear construction at Darlington
Nuclear Power
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has issued a License to Prepare Site for Ontario Power Darlington station expansion. More

Stream 2 of the Industrial Electricity Incentive Program
Ontario Power Authority
Stream 2 of the Industrial Electricity Incentive Program through the OPA is for existing industrial consumers in Ontario that will expand their existing, or build a new, industrial facility. More

FirstEnergy hires adviser to sell hydropower plants
Reuters
The company did not identify the hydro plants to be sold but wants to complete the sale in the second half of the year, FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander said on the company's first quarter earnings call. He said FirstEnergy plans to use the proceeds of the hydro sale to reduce debt, though he did not estimate how much the hydro plants were worth.More

Grid-scale solution stores energy underwater
Renew Grid
The MaRS Cleantech Fund has completed a venture deal with Toronto-based energy storage firm Hydrostor, whose technology converts surplus electrical energy to underwater compressed air and stores it for use at peak times. According to the companies, the technology uses surplus renewable electricity to drive a compressor that pressurizes atmospheric air to the pressure found at the sea floor offshore.More