APPRO PowerBrief
Aug. 8, 2013

APPrO launches Power Memory Project to honor achievements
APPrO has kicked off a wide-ranging educational and media initiative designed to highlight key events in the history of Ontario's power sector and recognize notable achievements of market participants. Known as the "Power Memory Project," it will be a first-of-its-kind collection of historical facts and images disseminated through social media, online and printing publications, and in connection with various events at the upcoming 25th anniversary Canadian Power Conference in Toronto this fall.More

Development of a new renewable energy competitive procurement process
Ontario Power Authority
On June 12, 2013, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to make changes to the FIT Program, including removing large projects from the program and providing a new competitive procurement process that considers input from stakeholders, municipalities and Aboriginal communities to help identify appropriate locations and siting requirements for these projects.More

New Northern Ontario hydroelectric project creating jobs
Government of Ontario
Ontario is creating up to 100 new construction jobs in Northern Ontario while renewing its commitment to clean, renewable electricity with the New Post Creek hydroelectric project. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partner, Coral Rapids Power, a wholly owned company of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), are moving forward to develop approximately 25 megawatts of renewable hydroelectric power through the construction of a generating station on New Post Creek near its outlet to the Abitibi River.More

Ontario, your future is green 20
Toronto Sun
If Ontario is ever going to recapture its place as the economic powerhouse of this country, we have to play to our strengths. Unlike Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., we don't have oil and gas deposits. We can't rely on traditional manufacturing anymore either, because most of those jobs have been outsourced overseas. No matter what certain politicians and pundits claim those jobs are never coming back.More

Centennial Energy Institute lights the way forward
Toronto Star
A brilliant idea has long been depicted in cartoons as a light bulb poised over the thinker's head. Now, after more than a century in use, the familiar tungsten-filament light bulb itself has given way to some brighter ideas, including compact fluorescents and light-emitting diodes, that turn electrons into more light and less heat.More

Renewable energy
The Windsor Star
The Ontario government's recent announcement that it will add 900 megawatts of new renewable energy to the provincial grid is welcome news indeed. Projected to come online starting in 2014, the new electricity will be sufficient to power over 125,000 homes every year and create over 6,000 jobs. It shows Queen's Park is committed to building up renewables and is to be applauded.More

Environmentalists split on green energy projects
Toronto Star
Cindy Sutch, who lives amid the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, about 45 kilometres northeast of Oshawa ON, is a vocal advocate for the preservation of southern Ontario's rain barrel. And like most environmentalists, she also supports efforts to reduce the province's reliance on fossil fuels. But recently, a handful of wind energy projects proposed for the moraine have thrown this pair of ordinarily simpatico beliefs into conflict. More

New Northern Ontario hydroelectric project creating jobs
Government of Ontario
Ontario is creating up to 100 new construction jobs in Northern Ontario while renewing its commitment to clean, renewable electricity with the New Post Creek hydroelectric project.More

B.C., Alberta premiers talk energy exports in Ontario
Global Toronto
Senior bureaucrats in Alberta and British Columbia have been tasked with thawing a frosty relationship between the two provinces around energy exports. More

Wind farm proposed on Leslie Spit
Toronto Star
Wind turbines on the Leslie Street Spit? A little-known renewable energy company claims to be working on a wind project at the base of the spit. Details of the proposal are sketchy, and the proponent is something of a mystery. More

Alstom wins supply contract for Quebec's La Romaine 3 hydropower project
Hydro World
Alstom has been awarded a contract worth more than $87.5 million to supply equipment for the La Romaine 3 hydropower project, has learned. The Hydro Quebec-owned project is one component of the 1,550 MW La Romaine complex, which is located on the north short of Quebec's St. Lawrence River.More

California's 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain pumped-storage project gets state go-ahead
Hydro World
The proposed 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain pumped-storage hydropower project has been approved by California state water quality officials, paving the way for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $1.4 billion plant would be constructed on the site of a former Kaiser Steel iron ore mine, with water being drawn from three wells on surrounding properties.More

JPMorgan to pay $410 million in U.S. FERC settlement
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says it has approved a stipulation and consent agreement under which JP Morgan Ventures Energy (JPMVEC) will pay $410 million for allegations of energy market manipulation. According to FERC, the allegations stem from JPMVEC's bidding activities in electricity markets in California and the Midwest from September 2010 through November 2012.More