APPRO PowerBrief
Jul. 2, 2015

Decision on new hydro line in Essex county expected soon
Horti Daily
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said recently that an Ontario Energy Board decision on an application for a new hydro line and station in Essex County could be made within two to three weeks. "We're in the process of trying to get approval for the new transmission facility," Chiarelli said following a news conference to tout the province's energy savings programs for industrial users, such as greenhouse growers. "We're trying to do some catch-up in terms of the explosion and expansion of the greenhouse sector."More

Electricity programs aim to keep greenhouses north of the border
CBC News
The province's energy minister took a trip to the Windsor-Essex region to promote electricity programs that are helping local greenhouses and hopefully keeping them motivated to stay in Ontario. Three area greenhouses have been contracted to produce electricity for the grid, through the Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program.More

OWA supporting small waterpower expansion
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) has developed a new Feed-in Tariff 4.0 Web Portal and has expanded its Roster of Subject Matter Experts to support those interested in participating in the Independent Electricity System Operator's (IESO) Feed-in Tariff 4.0 program. The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program was developed to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy sources, including waterpower, for electricity generating projects and provides specific incentives for community and Aboriginal participation.More

2014 National Award Case Study — John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Once completed in 2018, this $1.1 billion project to replace the 68-year-old John Hart Generating Station will increase the generating station's annual power output by almost 10 per cent, as well as improve earthquake preparedness and reliability and address environmental concerns; the innovative underground powerhouse will enhance public safety and improve the facility's environmental footprint in Vancouver Island's Elk Falls Provincial Park.More

B.C. First Nations new clean energy strategy condemns Site C
Energy Now
A new coalition of First Nations communities is advancing a clean energy strategy that will put British Columbia at the forefront of renewable energy generation in Canada, while accommodating Aboriginal rights and title and protecting B.C.'s environment. "We see B.C. taking responsibility for its people, the environment and the global climate by choosing to derive all new electricity generation from clean energy as we define it: From renewable resources with the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations," said Garry Feschuk, councillor and heriditary chief of the shishalh (Sechelt) Nation.More

Oil sands producers prepared to take greater leadership role to tackle climate change
Energy Now
Canada's oil sands producers are prepared to take a greater leadership role on climate action as part of the growing global intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said recently. "Alberta has world-class energy resources and oil sands companies are committed to developing world-class solutions the world needs for a cleaner energy future," said CAPP president Tim McMillan. More

Upcoming developments in Alberta's carbon emissions regulations
As an expression of its commitment to make significant headway towards meeting Alberta's climate change responsibilities, the newly elected NDP government in Alberta has promised to increase the cost of emitting greenhouse gases in the province by imposing more stringent emission reduction targets and increasing the costs of exceeding such targets.More

The drive for 100 per cent renewable energy
In April, Vancouver, Canada, committed to run on 100 per cent renewable energy, following other cities and towns that have made similar pledges, from Sydney, Australia, to the small Bavarian town of Wildpoldsried. Gary Peters finds out which methodologies are being introduced in the goal to achieve 100 per cent green energy. More

3 ways the world's energy sector is about to change
Raw Story
Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that scopes out the power generating landscape through 2040.More

Prairie Breeze III signs PPA
The City of Grand Island has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for approximately 36MW of power from Invenergy's Prairie Breeze III. The power from the wind energy centre, which is to be built in Antelope County, Nebraska, is the City's first direct renewable energy purchase. The announcement comes after a city council resolution to approve the Grand Island Utilities Department's negotiation and execution of a PPA.More

Clean Energy Collective brings 'community solar' to Eagle Ford
Biz Journals
A Colorado-based company bidding for a lucrative contract in San Antonio is bringing "community solar" to businesses and homes in several areas in the southern end of the Eagle Ford shale region in Texas. Clean Energy Collective has entered in a solar power partnership with NEC Retail in Robstown to generate 700 KW of solar energy for the electricity provider's grid.More

Russia and Saudi Arabia agree to cooperate in nuclear energy
World Nuclear News
Russia and Saudi Arabia recently signed an agreement to cooperate in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The document was signed by Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko and the president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) Hashim Abdullah Yamani.More

Wano announces post-Fukushima long-term plan
The World Association of Nuclear Operators (Wano) has published a long-term plan that will pave the way for the organization to become more effective and to correct shortfalls that contributed to its inability to identify and direct the global industry support necessary to have prevented the Fukushima-Daiichi accident. Wano said in a statement that the plan, known as Compass, covers the period from 2015 to 2019 and is intended to "guide the organization through the next five years in a manner that supports Wano's existing activities." More

Upcoming Industry Events

27th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: November 17 & 18, 2015
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