APPRO PowerBrief
Aug. 15, 2013

Ontario regional energy planning review
Ontario Power Authority
On May 6, 2013, the Ontario Minister of Energy asked the OPA and the IESO to recommend a new integrated regional energy planning process that would focus on improving the way large energy projects, such as natural gas power plants, are sited in Ontario. During the months of June and July, the OPA and the IESO engaged a broad spectrum of municipalities, First Nation and Métis, community associations, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to hear their perspectives about how best to improve these processes. More

Hydroelectric project in northern Ontario expected to create 100 new jobs
Global Toronto
The province says a project involving Ontario Power Generation and a Cree power company will create up to 100 new construction jobs in northern Ontario. The government says that the New Post Creek hydroelectric project about 180 kilometres north of Timmins, ON, will produce approximately 25 megawatts of hydroelectric power.More

Ontario's 25-MW New Post Creek hydropower project moves forward
Hydro World
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partner, Coral Rapids Power (CRP), are moving forward with plans to develop a 25-MW hydropower project on New Post Creek in Northern Ontario, the province's Ministry of Energy has announced. The New Post Creek hydropower plant will include a generating station, dam and powerhouse, with improvements to existing roads and installation of a transmission line also planned.More

Ontario still ahead of the game internationally with commitment to renewable energy despite WTO ruling
The Hill Times Online
Energy markets are fundamentally changing all over the world, and Ontario's green energy policies got that fire going in terms of establishing themselves internationally, says a wind energy expert who doesn’t expect a recent World Trade Organization ruling against Canada forcing the province to alter those very policies to have any negative impacts on the future of its ground-breaking Feed-in Tariff program. More

Pickering nuclear power plant gets five-year licence extension
The Globe and Mail
A federal regulator is allowing the nuclear power plant in Pickering, ON, to keep operating for another five years. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed the plant's licence — which was set to expire next month — until the end of August 2018.More

This is why we need renewable energy
The Huffington Post
Is this the best of times? Is this the worst of times? Are we in the age of discovery or hurtling towards a blazing, horrible finish? Basically, it's up to us. Humanity has been in a search for the "New, New, Thing" pretty much since time started ticking. In short, we are always on the hunt for that tricky pathway to a better future. And this is the case now: We need to find that elusive route to sustainable energy.More

Power tie line transmitter named
The Chronicle Journal
The first step has been taken to develop an east/west power transmission line between Northwestern Ontario and the rest of the province. The Ontario Energy Board has chosen Upper Canada Transmission as the transmitter to complete development work for the East-West Tie Line. And while the Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force says the decision is good news for the region, it also notes that the needs of Southern Ontario remain in the planners’ spotlight.More

Ontario regional energy planning review
Ontario Power Authority
On May 6, 2013, the Ontario Minister of Energy asked the OPA and the IESO to recommend a new integrated regional energy planning process that would focus on improving the way large energy projects, such as natural gas power plants, are sited in Ontario.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.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.More

Officials celebrate as electric vehicle-to-grid technology sells power to PJM power grid
University of Delaware Daily
Joined by government and industry leaders, the University of Delaware and NRG Energy celebrated an important milestone for their eV2g project, becoming an official resource of PJM Interconnection and proving for the first time that electric vehicle-to-grid technology can sell electricity from electric vehicles (EVs) to the power grid. Delaware Government. More

Water issues challenge power generators
Water Management
Water is essential to thermoelectric power generation, but drought and growing competition for water from myriad other uses can have major effects inside the power plant, impacting operations and, ultimately, reliability.More