APPRO PowerBrief
Jun. 25, 2015

Extreme weather events impose significant risks for energy delivery in Canada
District Energy
As energy delivery systems age, communities continue to grow and an increasing amount of our economic activity relies on a continuous supply of electricity, natural gas, and thermal energy, Canadian homeowners and businesses are more at risk from widespread and prolonged outages from extreme weather events, says a report released today by Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). The International District Energy Association (IDEA) served in an advisory capacity in the project.More

National Energy Board: More testing needed for Ontario's Line 9 pipeline
Metro News
The National Energy Board is demanding Enbridge conduct more tests along its Line 9 pipeline before the oil can begin to flow, a reversal from just 15 months ago. In a decision recently, the federal watchdog said Enbridge must conduct hydrostatic testing along three sections of pipe between Hamilton, ON, and Montreal "to provide the necessary level of confidence in the pipeline's safe operation."More

Study: Compressed air energy storage technology could save Ontario $8 billion
Energy Now
A new technology to store excess energy generated by green energy sources could save Ontario up to $8 billion over a 20-year period, according to a study commissioned by NRStor and General Compression Inc. Ontario has made great strides in eliminating carbon emissions, but there is more work to be done, says Dr. Andrew Ford, author of the study and Professor Emeritus at Washington State University. More

Wind-farm developer can allege province destroyed documents
An offshore wind-farm developer has won permission to allege in court that the Ontario government destroyed documents relevant to a lawsuit against the province. In a recent statement, Trillium Power Wind Corp. said the Superior Court of Justice has allowed the new allegation in an amended $500 million statement of claim. Trillium's unproven claim now includes allegations the Ontario government "intentionally destroyed evidence relevant to the central issue in this litigation and purged emails, records and documents from its files."More

Fast evolving drones creating new options for energy industry
Energy Now
Fast-evolving drones are creating new options for industries and businesses across Canada as developers promise to make their operations safer, cheaper and more accurate. Take the roofing industry. Michael H. Cohen, president of Toronto-based drone operator Industrial SkyWorks, says that in the past, inspecting roofs for heat loss meant climbing up on the roof to do it manually. "The industry had for 30 years been walking roofs with handheld thermographic cameras at night, an incredibly dangerous and inefficient activity," he said in an interview.More

U.S. and South Korea update cooperation deal
World Nuclear News
Nuclear power cooperation between South Korea and the USA has been formalised and extended for another 20 years with the signing of their 123 agreement, which allows South Korea a little more freedom to manage nuclear fuel. The signing of the new deal, in Washington DC, by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se "charts a joint path forward to address critical issues facing both civil nuclear programs, such as used fuel management and assured fuel supply," said the US National Nuclear Security Administration.More

IEA: Renewables will outpace coal, gas, nuclear by 2030 under current GHG pledges
Utility Dive
No more than 2°C of warming has been the global target for climate change mitigation since the Cancun climate summit of 2010. It is expected to be the focus of the December climate conference in Paris under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Leaders planning that event hope a new global emissions reduction agreement can be reached that can slow, and eventually reverse, global warming.More

U.S. Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes
Energy Now
The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America's heartland can be traced to the stepped up rate that drilling wastewater is injected deep below the surface, according to a study in Science that looked at 187,570 injection wells over four decades.More

Renewable energy responsible for first ever carbon emissions stabilization
Renewable Energy World
Carbon emissions in 2014 remained at the previous year's levels of 32.3 billion metric tons — a milestone that points to the impact worldwide renewable energy investment is having in the face of a 1.5 per cent annual increase in global energy consumption, according to a new report from REN21. The tenth annual Renewables 2015 Global Status Report cites "increased penetration of renewable energy" and improvements in energy efficiency as the chief reasons for the noted emissions stabilization.More

Japan offshore wind project to add largest turbine ever used at sea
Renewable Energy World
A floating offshore wind project in northern Japan will soon add a 7-megawatt turbine, the largest of its kind ever to be used at sea. The new turbine will join a smaller 2-megawatt model, which has been generating power at the project about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima since November 2013. The turbines are part of a pilot project led by Marubeni Corp. and funded by the Japanese government.More

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