APPRO PowerBrief
Aug. 28, 2014

Ontario clears 100MW Cedar Point project
Provincial regulators have approved Suncor Energy's 100MW Cedar Point wind project near Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. The Environment Ministry has issued a renewable energy approval, authorizing construction of 46 Siemens SWT 2.3MW 113 turbines (pictured) in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. Appeals to the Environmental Review Tribunal may be filed within 15 days.More

Ontario may buy more energy from Quebec
Niagara This Week
Premier Kathleen Wynne is raising the possibility that Ontario may buy more electricity from Quebec, a move environmentalists have been urging her government to pursue. The Liberals need to examine the issue, but any changes would have to be a good deal for Ontario, she said during a joint press conference with Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard. She suggested importing more Quebec power may help spur industrial development in hard-hit northern Ontario.More

Ontario budget proposes new energy measures
The 2014 Ontario Budget passed the legislature in late July with important new energy measures. A first edition of this budget was defeated in the spring, triggering the June 12th provincial election which re-elected the Liberal government headed by Kathleen Wynne. Premier Wynne had committed to re-introducing her fiscal plan which was done in a special summer session of the legislature.More

OPA awards 500 new FIT 3 renewable energy contracts
Canadian Energy Law
Last month, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) awarded 500 renewable energy contracts, representing 123.5 megawatts of power, under its Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. According to the OPA, these contracts represent enough energy to power approximately 15,000 homes. "The FIT contracts we are about to offer represent significant investment in Ontario and in our electricity system. They show that the transformation of our electricity system to be cleaner and more sustainable is well on its way," said OPA CEO Colin Andersen.More

AMO: London leads Ontario in power conservation
London Community News
The Forest City has a greener shine to it. While playing host to the Association of Municipalities annual conference, London was named one of the top energy conservers in Ontario at the Community Conservation Awards. Staged by AMO, Ontario Power Authority and the Electricity Distributors Association, the awards have promoted conservation activities for three years now. London, Peel Region and Halton Hills were recognized.More

Opinion: Nuclear innovation benefits Canada
The Starphoenix
Alexander is executive director of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. Fifty-two years after Canada's first nuclear power reactor delivered electricity to Ontario's power grid, nuclear experts from 20 countries will be in Vancouver this week for the Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference with the theme, "Fulfilling the promise of nuclear technology in the 21st century." It raises the questions: "What promise?" and "Why Canada?" Nuclear power plants produce about 17 per cent of the electricity in Canada. More

The Catch-22 of energy storage
The Green Energy Collective
Pick up a research paper on battery technology, fuel cells, energy storage technologies or any of the advanced materials science used in these fields, and you will likely find somewhere in the introductory paragraphs a throwaway line about its application to the storage of renewable energy. Energy storage makes sense for enabling a transition away from fossil fuels to more intermittent sources like wind and solar, and the storage problem presents a meaningful challenge for chemists and materials scientists... Or does it?More

Enbridge has figured out an easier way to ship crude to the U.S.
Enbridge said it found a way to ship more Alberta oil to the U.S. that doesn’t require a review similar to the one faced by Keystone XL: switching crude from one pipeline to another before it crosses the border. The State Department, responsible for approving cross-border energy projects like the Alberta Clipper and the proposed Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in a statement that Enbridge can go forward with its plan under authority granted by previously issued permits. More

Fierce Innovation Awards: Apply today!
Fierce Innovation Awards
Smart, innovative solutions that address the challenges facing the energy industry are needed now more than ever. Is your company on the cutting-edge of industry innovation? The publishers of FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid are now accepting applications for the Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition. This program will recognize products and services with proven, quantifiable track records that are helping to address pain points felt by utility companies today and in the future.

Application deadline just extended! Friday, August 29, 2014More

Canadian Public-Private Partnership 2014 Awards Applications Due Sept. 4th

The deadline is approaching to submit a project for the CCPPP 2014 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

Qualifying projects may submit in the following three categories:

• Project Financing
• Service Delivery
• Infrastructure

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon (EDT), Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Download the application form at: For more information, please contact Carla Walmsley, the 2014 Awards Coordinator, at 416-861-0500 or

Were we wrong about Germany? Can renewables make a grid MORE reliable?
Smart Grid News
Germany's long-standing push to move to renewable energy has been getting harsh criticism of late. Critics say it has made electricity far more expensive and the grid far less reliable. In the first half of 2014, nearly 29 per cent of Germany's electricity came from renewable sources – a new record. Yet the country has one of the world’s most efficient grids. In terms of reliability, only Japan and Singapore rival Germany for reliability. Germany lost just under 16 minutes per customer in 2012. Compare that the United States, where electricity was unavailable for 244 minutes per customer in 2008.More

DOE report: U.S. wind power prices reach all-time low
Renew Grid
U.S. wind power prices have reached an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, which details trends seen in the U.S. wind industry last year, says the national average levelized price of wind power purchase agreements signed in 2013 fell to around $25 MW/h.More

Utilities may increasingly build their own private networks to meet future communications requirements
Black & Veatch
Smart grid investments are increasing utilities’ telecommunications network requirements, as growing connectivity is creating new types of data and control functions. This means utilities are challenged to leverage all available spectrum choices, including public and private carriers and unlicensed spectrum, in order to maximize their wireless communications capabilities. However, a large percentage of utilities have concluded that they should build their own private wireless networks to meet specific operational requirements. More

Ontario clears 100MW Cedar Point project
Provincial regulators have approved Suncor Energy's 100MW Cedar Point wind project near Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. The Environment Ministry has issued a renewable energy approval, authorizing construction of 46 Siemens SWT 2.3MW 113 turbines (pictured) in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. Appeals to the Environmental Review Tribunal may be filed within 15 days.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

Innergex, First Nations to develop 6 British Columbia small hydro projects
Hydro developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has signed an agreement with the In-SHUCK-ch Nation to develop six run-of-river hydroelectric projects totaling 150 MW in British Columbia. Innergex and the In-SHUCK-ch, which represents the Samahquam Nation and the Skatin Nations, agreed on commercial terms for a 50-50 partnership to develop the projects on six creeks in the nation's traditional territories between the Harrison and Lillooet lakes.More

FERC grants key approval to 3.5 GW wind power transmission line project
Renew Grid
Clean Line Energy says its Plains & Eastern Clean Line project has obtained a key regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The agency has granted the project permission to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate bilateral agreements for 100 per cent of the transmission line's capacity. According to the developer, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project will deliver up to 3.5 GW of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.More

APPrO Upcoming Events

CUEE - Canadian Utilities Equipment & Engineering Show
International Centre, Toronto
Dates: September 9 & 10, 2014
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APPrO 2014 – Transformation Underway
26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: November 18 & 19, 2014
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