APPRO PowerBrief
Aug. 14, 2014

Report: Australia faces unprecedented oversupply of energy
ABC News Online
South-eastern Australia will not need to ramp up energy generation for the next 10 years, even under a worst-case scenario, a report says. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report says Australia is facing an energy glut never before seen in the history of the national electricity market.More

Rising rates seen crimping this high yield renewable energy play
The Globe and Mail
The threat of rising interest rates and a lack of near-term growth prospects could continue to hold back shares of hydro, wind and solar company Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. Shares of Longueuil, QC-based Innergex, one of Canada’s largest independent power producers (IPPs), are up about 15 per cent over the past 12 months, but have been flat year-to-date.More

Achtung, Ontario! Renewables are a money pit
Financial Post
Germany – the country on which Ontario modelled its approach to renewable energy development – has a $412 billion lesson for Ontario. That's the amount the country has spent on subsidies in support of solar and wind energy, among other renewables, over the past 20 years, all in the push to wean the country off fossil fuel and nuclear generation.More

How Ontario is winning the war on coal (according to an American)
National Post
Canadians aren't known for boastfulness. Recently, though, the government of Ontario couldn't help beating its chest a little. In April, eight months ahead of a schedule plotted 11 years ago, Ontario's energy ministry announced the closing of the Thunder Bay coal-generating plant, on the shores of Lake Superior. "The Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario’s last remaining coal-fired facility, has burned its last supply of coal," Ontario's energy ministry stated.More

Strong Saskatchewan sun shines on solar farmers
The StarPhoenix
Recent 140-kilometre-per-hour winds couldn't move Kyle Parker's solar panels in White City. "How the solar panels survived is beyond me," said Parker, co-owner of Prairie Solar Power (PSP), a company that sells power generated from its White City solar farm to SaskPower. He hopes the panels survive as long as possible with a long-term business plan firmly in place. The 120-panel farm has been in the works for three years. The company started to install the solar panels about a month ago.More

Smart meters that started fires in Saskatchewan not used in Ontario
Toronto Star
After 12 days of checking while homeowners waited uneasily, Ontario officials have finally confirmed that no homes or businesses in the province have the same model of smart meter blamed for eight unexplained fires in Saskatchewan. The Ontario Energy Board said Monday that 77 local utilities have finished their checks and determined that none has installed the Sensus Corporation Generation 3.3 meters installed by SaskPower, which has decided to remove them as a precaution.More

195 MW Forrest Kerr hydropower plant begins operation
Hydro World
AltaGas' 195 MW Forrest Kerr hydropower plant is now generating energy, following the final commissioning of the project's powerhouse and high-voltage switchyard in July. The run-of-river plant is now delivering power via the Northwest Transmission Line at Bob Quinn, British Columbia, the utility said, though the plant will not be in full commercial operation until the end of the third quarter. HydroWorld.com reported in May that the project was nearing completion after the weir, intake structure, desanding area and radial gate control valve were all commissioned.More

NAFTA environmental body wants to probe oilsands
EnergyNow via The Canadian Press
Investigators from an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement want to investigate whether Canada is enforcing its laws on toxic leakage from giant oilsands tailings ponds. Canada has already told the Commission on Environmental Cooperation that it doesn't have that right. The disagreement sets up a second fight between the Harper government and the three-nation body intended to ensure free trade doesn't degrade environmental enforcement.More

SolarCity losing money but keeps growing fast
Utility Dive
Rive promised “a big announcement” on solar loans and said the Silevo solar module “gigawatt manufacturing site” in New York is being selected. SolarCity installed 1.2 megawatts of rooftop solar per day in Q2 2014, thanks to more crew productivity produced by better scheduling and incentives as well as improved Zep mounting hardware that cut system installation time to less than a day.More

Wind energy to rescue as EDF takes part of U.K.'s nuclear fleet offline
Renew
French nuclear giant EDF Energy has been forced to shut down one quarter of its nuclear fleet in the U.K., but the national grid operator says it is not an issue because there is plenty of back-up – from wind energy. EDF Energy says it was forced to shut down four nuclear reactors – equivalent to one quarter of its total nuclear generating capacity – after discovering a fault in a boiler unit, the Financial Times reports.More

Report: Australia faces unprecedented oversupply of energy
ABC News Online
South-eastern Australia will not need to ramp up energy generation for the next 10 years, even under a worst-case scenario, a report says. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report says Australia is facing an energy glut never before seen in the history of the national electricity market.More

Report warns that Ontario's hydro pensions are 'not sustainable'
The Globe and Mail
Rich pensions for employees of provincial electricity agencies are "not sustainable" and Ontarians may be forced to pay higher hydro prices to subsidize them, a government-commissioned report warns. The province's Liberal administration kept the report secret for nearly five months before quietly posting it online before the long weekend. More

Licence amendment for Darlington
WNN
The Canadian nuclear regulator has approved a one-year extension to the operating licence of the Darlington nuclear power plant. This will allow extra time for preparation of information by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in support of its application for a licence extension to 2028. OPG submitted a licence renewal application to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) last December and submitted additional information to support its application in February.More

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