APPRO PowerBrief
Aug. 20, 2015

Wind power hits lowest price on record
The Hill
The cost of electricity from wind power fell to its lowest point on record recently as the industry continued its growth pattern, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). A recent report from DOE said wind power that utilities bought in purchase power agreements, the main measurement for comparing costs, was 2.35 cents per kilowatt hour, the drop of two-thirds from its 2009 peak.More

Oxford County commits to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050
Oxford County
A motion put forward by County Councillor Trevor Birtch (City of Woodstock) and passed unanimously by County Council will see Oxford County rely on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. Oxford County is the first municipal government in Ontario to commit to a 100 per cent renewable energy target. The motion means Oxford County's municipalities will continue to pursue federal and provincial support for renewable energy projects.More

Update: Emera eyes natural gas LDCs, Caribbean renewables for growth opportunities
Electric utility owner Emera Inc. will consider acquiring natural gas LDCs in an effort to bolster its footprint in the North American energy infrastructure business. Expansion into natural gas distribution came up as part of the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company's long-term strategic review, CEO Chris Huskilson said on a recent conference call. Emera will be scouting opportunities within North America and the Caribbean, where its operations are currently centered. More

RES selected for demand response pilot program in Ontario
PV Buzz
RES is pleased to announce being selected to participate in an IESO Demand Response (DR) Pilot Program. RES will use cutting edge "smart-grid" technology to shape the electricity consumption profile of commercial energy users such as supermarkets and retail chains. RES' solution delivers the ability to shape power demand for its clients across Ontario, in response to the IESO's requirements. More

Ontario's power trip: How hydro is walloping Ontario business
Financial Post
Recently there has been a constant din of noise from all business segments in Ontario about the high price of electricity and its effects. Electricity prices have risen as they have absorbed the high costs of 20-year contracts for renewable energy in the form of wind and solar as additions to Ontario's electricity grid. Ontario currently has a huge surplus which results in as much as 20 per cent of our generation exported at fire sale prices.More

Nominations open for QUEST's 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards
QUEST is now soliciting nominations for the 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards, which will be presented on October 27, 2015 at QUEST’'s 9th Annual Conference and Tradeshow. The QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards are presented annually to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.More

Engineers can reduce wind energy costs
Clean Technica
A new maintenance technique developed by engineers from the University of Sheffield could end up making wind energy cheaper. As published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the new technique could allow engineers to predict when the bearings inside a wind turbine will fail by using ultrasonic waves to measure the load transmitted through the ball bearings. Developed by engineers from the University of Sheffield, the new method allows engineers to record the stress on the wind turbine, and forecast the remaining service life.More

Survey: Critical challenges facing electric utilities
Black & Veatch
The electric utility industry finds that nearly every part of its century-old business model is beset by significant changes — new technologies, tighter environmental regulations, regulatory pressures and changing customer preferences. As if this wasn't enough of a challenge, industry management also faces low customer growth, low or negative growth in customers' energy usage, aging infrastructure, an aging workforce, cybersecurity concerns and, above all, the absolute need to maintain reliable service.More

Sites shift from coal power to solar power
Power Magazine
Recently announcements were brought from India and the state of Wisconsin regarding the repurposing of sites previously associated with coal-fired power generation for future solar power generation. In India's capital of Delhi, the 240-MW coal-fired Indraprastha Power Station, which was closed in 2010, will be the site of a new 5-MW solar photovoltaic installation. As India's Economic Times noted, the solar plant is more symbolic than anything, given its capacity. More

Power generation and the fluctuating demand of electric transportation
Intelligent Utility
There are occasions when the economics of transportation indicates cost benefits for commercial transportation vehicles to draw electric power from the grid, either directly in real time or during off-peak generation periods using energy storage technology. Commercial electric transportation systems usually involves the installation of a single cable above or third rail beside railway tracks, or pairs of parallel cables installed above some main roads in a city. More

Upcoming Industry Events

27th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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