APPRO PowerBrief
Jul. 17, 2014

Quebec premier says province ready to sell power to U.S.
CTV News
Armed with the knowledge that his New England counterparts saw their energy costs explode last winter, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is making it clear the province has plenty of power for sale. Couillard attended the conference of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in New Hampshire on Monday, with energy emerging as a hot topic.More

New Brunswick's nuclear plant returns to service after maintenance
CTV News
The Point Lepreau Generating Station in New Brunswick has been connected to the province's electrical grid again after two months of maintenance work. NB Power says the nuclear station is operating at 77 per cent reactor power as it monitors equipment performances on its way to full power. NB Power says the outage took longer than expected because it took the opportunity to work on the station's transformers. More

Top court upholds Ontario's logging rights on First Nations land
The Globe and Mail
Aboriginal communities cannot always look to the federal government to protect their rights, after the Supreme Court ruled that the provinces have the power to oversee development of aboriginal lands by outside businesses. Taken together with the same court’s ruling two weeks ago on aboriginal rights to control their ancestral lands, the decision affirms the rights of provinces but also demands a high standard of those governments in protecting native interests.More

Aboriginal group plans first legal challenge to pipeline
The Globe and Mail
A B.C. First Nation will launch a court challenge of the Conservative government’s decision to approve the Northern Gateway pipeline project, the first in what is expected to be a flood of lawsuits ahead of the deadline. The Gitxaala Nation, through whose traditional territory oil tankers would pass, will ask the Federal Court to consider how the $7.9 billion project would infringe on its rights, including aboriginal title.More

Late notification in Alberta power plant pitch
Sherwood Park News
Imperial Oil wants to build a proposed gas-fired cogeneration plant on its property, located on Strathcona County’s western boundary at Baseline Road and 34th Street. The project would have a power output of 43 megawatts, and burn natural gas to power gas turbine generators, while the excess heat would be used to create steam needed for other processes at the company’s Strathcona Refinery.More

Power outage numbers dwindle more than a week after Arthur
CTV News
The number of utility customers still without power in the Maritimes has dwindled to less than 5,500 more than a week after post-tropical storm Arthur hit the region. NB Power says about 5,500 people are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on, most of them in the Fredericton area. Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Power says all but a handful of its customers have been reconnected. More

Proposed gas-fired power plant at Strathcona Refinery sparks worries
Edmonton Journal
An Edmonton woman living near a proposed gas-fired power plant says area residents are being kept in the dark after she received a notice for submissions from the province’s utilities regulator less than a week before they’re due. Imperial Oil filed an application in late April to construct and operate a 43-megawatt cogeneration gas-fired power plant within the existing boundaries of the Strathcona Refinery, just east of Edmonton. More

Cogeneration a vital part of $1 billion Exxon Mobil project
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production
A 130 MW cogeneration unit is set to play a part in a substantial investment being made by Exxon Mobil in, Antwerp, Belgium. Exxon Mobil has announced that it will invest more than $1bn at a Belgian refinery where it will install a new delayed coker unit to produce marine gasoil and diesel fuel. In a statement, Irving-based Exxon said that it will expand the Antwerp facility's ability to meet energy needs throughout northwest Europe.More

Hampden sawmill has almost doubled its production
Farm Focus
In 2010, Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Ltd. in Hampden (Newfoundland & Labrador) boasted one of its best years of production on record — about 8 million board feet of lumber. That now seems like an eternity ago to the Osmonds. Upgrades to the sawmill plant and fine-tuning their production has the company aiming for close to double that this year.More

Why nanogrids may be bigger than microgrids
Smart Grid News
Nanogrids are "big business" compared to microgrids, says Navigant Research as reported by FierceSmartGrid. What's more, they have the potential to strongly influence the future of microgrids and even the "macrogrid" as well. In fact, developing nations may leapfrog the U.S. and the rest of the developed world in nanogrid deployment. After all, many countries are skipping the landline telephone and jumping directly to mobile technology.More

Microsoft follows Apple's green lead with major wind energy investment
The Inquirer
Microsoft has announced its "largest wind project to date", following in the footsteps of rival Apple, which last week invested in its third solar farm. Microsoft has committed to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Renewable Energy for wind energy in Illinois, which follows a similar agreement that the firm signed last November for wind energy from the Keechi Wind Project in Texas. More

Doubts over ice wall to keep Fukushima safe from damaged nuclear reactors
The Guardian
In fading light and just a stone's throw from the most terrifying scenes during Japan's worst nuclear accident, engineers resumed their race against time to defeat the next big threat: thousands of tonnes of irradiated water. If all goes to plan, by next March Fukushima Daiichi's four damaged reactors will be surrounded by an underground frozen wall that will be a barrier between highly toxic water used to cool melted fuel inside reactor basements and clean groundwater flowing in from surrounding hills.More

Security firms: Hackers targeting U.S. utilities
Utility Dive
U.S. and European utilities are being targeted by highly sophisticated hackers, according to two new reports from cybersecurity firms Symantec and F-Secure. Known as "Dragonfly" or "Energetic Bear" by security groups, the hacks appear to be coming from Eastern Europe, according to Symantec, with other reports claiming they are coming from Russia.More

Quebec premier says province ready to sell power to U.S.
CTV News
Armed with the knowledge that his New England counterparts saw their energy costs explode last winter, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is making it clear the province has plenty of power for sale. Couillard attended the conference of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in New Hampshire, with energy emerging as a hot topic.More

Samsung & Pattern complete South Kent Wind, continue with 3 others
Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced April 14 that construction was complete on the South Kent Wind project and that the facility was fully operational. The 270 MW wind project is billed as the largest in Canada. (The Gros Morne project in Quebec is actually larger, but it is composed of several phases.) More

What should Toronto do with the Hearn Power Generating Station?
CBC News
City councillors vote on a motion that could begin to bring one of Toronto’s most unusual buildings back to life. The Hearn Power Generating Station was opened in 1951 to provide electricity for the fast-growing Toronto region.More

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