APPRO PowerBrief
May. 22, 2014

Policies that raise energy costs limit economic growth
Fraser Institute
Limiting the availability and raising the cost of energy can hurt Canada's overall economy and weaken future growth, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, Energy Abundance and Economic Growth, examines the long-term relationship between economic growth, energy availability and energy consumption with evidence from Canada and around the world. "Energy use and economic output grow together over time, and the evidence shows that if you limit energy use you damage future economic growth prospects," said Ross McKitrick, study co-author, Fraser Institute senior fellow, and economics professor at the University of Guelph. More

New reactor plan needs more work, court tells OPG
Toronto Star
A federal court has sent Ontario Power Generation back to do more work on its proposal to build new reactors at its Darlington nuclear station. Mr. Justice James Russell cited the lack of firm plans to deal with nuclear waste as one factor in the decision. In a 211-page ruling, he ordered a federal review panel to re-consider that and other issues about the proposed reactors.More

Don't blame renewable energy for Ontario's rising power prices
Toronto Star
It is not surprising that electricity prices are an issue in the Ontario election campaign. It is an opportunity for healthy debate, and an opportunity to set the record straight. No one can dispute the fact that hydro bills are rising. We all feel the pain. But wiping out the structure of an entire green energy program, including all the positive work done over the years, because it is thought to be politically expedient is not only misguided but would be a huge setback for Ontario.More

Will the Ontario Green Energy Act survive?
Paris Star Online
The Green Energy Act has been a subject of bitter controversy since the day it was introduced in the Ontario Legislature five years ago. In moving first reading on Feb. 23, 2009, then energy and infrastructure minister George Smitherman said the bill had three major goals — expand renewable energy production, encourage energy conservation and create directly and indirectly more than 50,000 green jobs.More

Toyota invests $27 million to cut energy costs at Ontario plants
Windsor Star
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, announced that it will spend $27 million at its Cambridge, ON, assembly plant to help the automaker cut energy costs and reduce demand on the local and provincial power grids. When completed in 2015, the Combined Heat and Power project will benefit the environment and community, as well as generate competitive cost savings for Toyota, the automaker said. More

Wind farm connected to grid
Vulcan Advocate
The Blackspring Ridge Wind Project is now connected to the Alberta grid. The wind farm will provide 300MW of clean renewable energy to the province, enough to power the equivalent of 120,000 homes, said a project update from the two project owners, EDF Canada and Enbridge. The operations and maintenance building is now complete and ready for operation.More

Policies that raise energy costs limit economic growth
Fraser Institute
Limiting the availability and raising the cost of energy can hurt Canada's overall economy and weaken future growth, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, Energy Abundance and Economic Growth, examines the long-term relationship between economic growth, energy availability and energy consumption with evidence from Canada and around the world. 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

FERC grants key approval to 3.5 GW wind transmission project
Renew Grid
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC approval to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates. As proposed, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line is an approximately 750-mile, overhead, direct current transmission line that will deliver up to 3.5GW and connect wind energy from western Kansas with utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east.More

PJM power prices expected to rise as regulations take hold
Utility Dive
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has placed a cap on power supply imports and the use of limited demand response programs, which can only be called upon 10 times for up to six hours at a time over the summer, and that will likely drive up electricity prices at PJM Interconnection capacity auction for 2017 supply. In 2013, prices hit a three-year low at $59.37 per MW per day. The rule changes could lift prices between $75 to $100 per MW per day, according to projections from American Electric Power, UBS AG and Standard & Poor's. More

U.S.-Israel joint renewables technology program seeking new project proposals
Renew Grid
BIRD Energy, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Israel Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources, has launched a new funding cycle for joint project proposals with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. To be considered, a project proposal must include research and development (R&D) cooperation between U.S. and Israeli entities: two companies or a company and university or research institution.More

Germany sets new record, generating 74 per cent of power needs from renewable energy
Climate Progress
Germany's impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 per cent — of the country's overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country's power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International. More