APPRO PowerBrief
Jul. 25, 2013

Ontario begins long-term energy plan review
Canadian Energy Law
Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli launched a formal review of the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan by releasing a discussion guide and calling on Ontarians to join the conversation. "It's critical that we plan Ontario's energy future with input and advice from every corner of the province," he said. The discussion guide poses questions relating to several topics including Ontario’s mix of energy sources, energy conservation policies and new, intelligent technologies that change the way power is generated, delivered and consumed. The review will be based on a consultation process with the public, municipalities, the energy sector and Aboriginal communities and leaders.More

Experts say: Ontario power conservation message short-circuiting with public
CBC News
Amid scorching temperatures that led to warnings about power blackouts, Ontario's energy minister told an audience in Toronto that conservation was the main way to ensure the stability of the electrical grid. But industry experts say the Ontario government has done a poor job of driving home the message of conservation to the public.More

Ontario's new energy vision puts conservation first
Government of Ontario
Ontario is moving toward a new, innovative approach to energy planning by developing a new policy that will ensure the province invests in conservation measures before building new generation, whenever it is cost-effective to do so.More

Toronto pipeline critics call for Enbridge to double energy conservation
Hazmat Magazine
Canadian environmental organizations want Enbridge Gas Distribution to more than double its investment in Ontario energy conservation, rather than construct a new pipeline to import U.S. shale gas to the Greater Toronto Area. It's a move the eco-groups say would save taxpayers millions, curb the rising demand for natural gas, and ease the environmental burden of importing product derived from controversial fracking practices.More

Ontario's power grid handling heat with ease
Toronto Star
Eight years ago, almost to the day, Terry Young was warning Ontario that a heat wave gripping the province could force rolling blackouts. "We may have to take action without warning," warned Young, spokesman for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). "What we're trying to prevent is having to institute any rotating power cuts."More

A look at Alberta's newest and largest wind farm
Alberta Oil
For a province where fossil fuels are king, it's interesting that Canada's first commercial wind farm was built in Alberta TransAlta's 21 MW Cowley Ridge in 1993. Since that was built, 752 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 1,117 MW have been installed in Alberta, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The province ranks third in Canada behind Ontario and Quebec for installed wind energy capacity.More

Global clean energy investment rebounds in Q2
North American Wind Power
Global investment in clean energy was $53.1 billion in the second quarter of this year (Q2) up 22 per cent from the first quarter, finds a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The report attributes the quarterly rebound to an upturn in the financing of wind and solar projects and a 170 per cent surge in equity funding for specialist companies on public markets.More

EU to invest additional 1.4 billion in research and innovation
The European Commission, EU Member States and European industry announced this month that they will invest 1.4 billion over the next seven years in research and innovation partnerships for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology with the private sector and Member States under the programme Horizon 2020. These research partnerships will boost the competitiveness of EU industry in five Public-Private Partnerships, called "Joint Technology Initiatives" (JTIs). The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) Joint Undertaking is one of five proposed research and innovation partnerships under Horizon 2020 and builds upon the success of the first generation of the programme from 2008-2013.More

Ontario begins long-term energy plan review
Canadian Energy Law
Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli launched a formal review of the province's Long-Term Energy Plan by releasing a discussion guide and calling on Ontarians to join the conversation.More

NEMA smart grid interoperability standard receives ANSI approval
National Electrical Manufactuers Association
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ANSI/NEMA SG‑IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme.More

Mississauga gets $175,000 grant to develop plan for waterfront
The City of Mississauga has received a grant of $175,000 to be used to plan the redevelopment of the old Lakeview Generating Station site. The Green Municipal Fund grant was announced by Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources.More

American Vanadium announces energy storage and renewable microgrid initiative for remote communities
Stock House
American Vanadium announces it has engaged Hon. Robert Nault to develop energy storage and renewable microgrids for remote communities and First Nations in Canada and the United States. This is a key initiative for American Vanadium which recently became the Master Sales Agent in North America for Gildemeister's CellCube energy storage system, the world's leading vanadium redox flow battery. More

Renewables outpace coal, oil and nuclear in the U.S. during first half of year
North American Wind Power
Renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass, hydro and geothermal, accounted for 24.93 per cent of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity installed in the first six months of this year for a total of 2,144 MW, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update report.More