APPRO PowerBrief
Jun. 19, 2014

Nova Scotia projects seal financing
RechargeNews
Travelers Capital says it has successfully arranged $57 million of non-recourse project financing for a portfolio of four community wind projects in Nova Scotia totaling 24 MW. Travelers, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, also acted as loan and security agent. The package was funded by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.More

Fort Frances takes 8 generators offline
Fort Frances Times
Rainy River water levels are the highest observed in 85 years, compounding the high inflows to the basin both upstream and downstream of the Rainy Lake outlet. The high water levels on the Rainy River and Little Fork River have backed up to the dam and are impacting the Fort Frances and Boise powerhouses.More

Environment board OKs Yukon Energy's LNG generators
CBC News
Yukon’s environmental assessment board is recommending approval of Yukon Energy’s proposal to replace its aging back-up diesel generators in Whitehorse with ones that run on liquefied natural gas. Ken McKinnon, acting chair of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board, says the board hired the best consultants in Canada to review the project.More

Solar-sensitive nano-particles that could lead to cheaper, more flexible solar cells
PV Buzz.
Scientists at the University of Toronto has designed and tested a new class of solar-sensitive nano-particles that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells. The researchers Zhijun Ning (post-doctoral researcher) and Professor Ted Sargent describe the new technology as being made up of solid and stable light-sensitive nano-particles called colloidal quantum dots that are better gas sensors, infra-red lasers and infra-red light emitting diodes.More

BC Hydro names new President & CEO
Hydro World
Canadian utility BC Hydro has announced the appointment of Jessica McDonald as its new President and CEO, effective July 14, ending a three-month search that began when current President and CEO Charles Reid announced his plans to retire. McDonald has held a number of posts under various administrations in the British Columbia government since 1991 and most recently served as an independent consultant specializing in management, organizational performance, and commercial mediation and negotiation. More

Regina restaurateur energized by old veggie oil
Leader-Post
A Regina restaurateur thinks the leftover grease from french fries, fish and chips, and other greasy goodies could be the solution to Saskatchewan's power grid strain. Adam Sperling, owner of La Bodega and Slow Pub, envisions a Regina powered by restaurants' waste vegetable oil. The Environment Advisory Committee member plans to bring forward a motion that the city conduct a feasibility study involving a pilot project of vegetable oil electricity generation at three locations of varying size. More

Chile rejects proposal for 2,750-MW HidroAysen hydroelectric project
HydroWorld
The proposed 2,750-MW HidroAysen hydroelectric project was rejected by the Chilean government yesterday following a three-hour meeting of the country's ministers of agriculture, energy, mining, economy and health. The controversial plan, which would have included the 600-MW Baker 1 and 360-MW Baker 2 on the Baker River, plus the 460-MW Pascua 1, 770-MW Pascua 2.1, and 500-MW Pascua 2.2 on the Pascua River, was unanimously refused by the ministers.More

Proof that Google intends to take over the power grid
SmartGridNews
Google is developing software and hardware to help utilities manage the grid more efficiently, according to unconfirmed reports. The search-engine giant is in the early stage of developing both hardware and software tools. The effort is led by Arun Majumdar, vice president of the company’s energy unit. More

U.S. Senate lauds Texas for measure that increases energy
Chron
At a recent U.S. Senate hearing, Texas was heralded as an energy policy leader. That Texas is singled out as an energy leader is not uncommon, but what made this compliment so interesting is that it was for an obscure bill passed last year by the state Legislature to allow cogeneration facilities to sell electricity to multiple customers in microgrid-type arrangements.More

Brussels plans legally-binding targets for cutting Europe's energy usage
CHPA
European countries could be forced to cut their energy usage through new legally-binding targets, under plans from Brussels designed to bolster energy security. Günther Oettinger, energy commissioner, said that Europe needed to use less energy in order to reduce its dependence on risky imports from countries such as Russia.More

U.S. 'Green Steam' project inaugurated
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production
The cities of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts have inaugurated a joint district energy network. The $112 million "Green Steam" project includes a 30-mile (48-km) pipe network that will serve 250 business district and biotechnology corridor customers, including 14 high-rise buildings, with steam from the 256 MW natural gas-fired Kendall combined heat and power station in Cambridge.More

Nova Scotia projects seal financing
RechargeNews
Travelers Capital says it has successfully arranged $57 million of non-recourse project financing for a portfolio of four community wind projects in Nova Scotia totaling 24 MW. Travelers, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, also acted as loan and security agent. The package was funded by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. More

11 firms to help draft N.S. renewable electricity market rules
Halifax Herald
Eleven energy companies have signed up to help draft the rules to create a renewable electricity market in Nova Scotia. But several of them aren’t saying yet whether they plan to get into the retail business. Nova Scotia Power was directed by the province last fall to develop a possible market structure, in consultation with stakeholders. The proposed tariffs and procedures must be approved by the Utility and Review Board.More

Canadian firm gets funding for Dutch wind farm
Earth911
A Canadian firm says it has raised 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) to build a major new windmill farm 85 kilometers off the Dutch coast near Germany.More

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