APPRO PowerBrief
Sep. 18, 2014

OPG releases performance report
OPG is continuing its transition as a clean, efficient and financially sustainable organization. With the closure of its last coal burning unit in April, OPG became a generator virtually free of emissions that contribute to smog or climate change.More

Canada invests in First Nation's 4.4 MW Winchie Creek hydro project
Hydro World
The Canadian government announced it is investing $554,487 in the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation's 4.4 MW Winchie Creek hydroelectric project to be built in British Columbia. The Ministry for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada said the funding will help finance professional and technical costs of developing Winchie Creek near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. That work is to include project planning, hydrology/environmental studies and engineering designs.More

CHPSOP 2.0 Webinar and Comment Period
Ontario Power Authority
On Sept. 29, 2014, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will host a webinar for interested stakeholders to learn more about the upcoming Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0 (CHPSOP 2.0). Following a presentation on the draft CHPSOP 2.0 program documents, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and the OPA will request feedback.More

Developer shelves 65 MW Similkameen hydropower plant in British Columbia
Hydro World
Fortis Generation Similkameen LP has shelved plans to develop the 45- to 65 MW Similkameen River hydroelectric project on the Similkameen River in British Columbia. Fortis Generation Similkameen, a unit of Fortis Generation, said that results of its most recent feasibility studies found the hydro project not financially viable. Last year, Fortis had said it was in the process of public consultations, interaction with First Nations groups and feasibility studies. More

Atikokan Generating Station operating on biomass
Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass. Biomass is an emerging fuel source that is recognized as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The station is the largest power plant in North America fuelled by 100 per cent biomass. “Th e conversion of Atikokan will ensure a clean, reliable, sustainable and local supply of electricity for the region,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. “I am very happy to see this facility playing an active role in helping us deliver on the commitmen ts in our Long - Term Energy Plan.” More

Biodiesel entrepreneur buys Mattawa sawmill
Northern Ontario Business
A shuttered former Tembec sawmill in Mattawa has been sold to a southern Ontario green-tech startup company. The Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation (MBEDC) announced that the BioNorth Technology Group led by Frank Benincasa, a former construction executive who’s dived into the biodiesel sector, acquired the 187-acre mill property in August.More

Atlantic Power plummets as dividend lowered, CEO steps down
Atlantic Power Corporation
Shares of Atlantic Power crumbled more than 30 per cent after the owner of a fleet of power generation assets in the U.S. and Canada slashed its dividend to 12 cents annually, while also announcing its chief executive officer is stepping down and that a sale is not in the company's current best interests.More

Bioenergy plant could boost lagging B.C. small cap
The Globe and Mail
A new bioenergy plant and a more promising U.S. housing market should help resurrect the share price of small-cap lumber company Conifex Timber, analysts say. Shares of Vancouver-based Conifex, which operates two sawmills in northeastern British Columbia, have been lagging their larger industry peers since the company went public in 2010.More

Alstom supplies equipment for hydro projects in Canada, Bhutan
Hydro World
Electrical equipment manufacturer Alstom has received major contracts to supply a transmission link for Canada's 824 MW Muskrat Falls hydropower development and transformers for Bhutan's 720 MW Mangdechhu hydro project. Alstom said it will supply a 900 MW 350-kilovolt bi-pole high-voltage direct current transmission link from Nalcor Energy's Lower Churchill project on mainland Labrador to Newfoundland Island. The line is to extend 1,100 kilometers from the Muskrat Falls development near Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, to Soldiers Pond, Newfoundland.More

Report: Canada falls behind global growth of offshore wind power
The Globe and Mail
The amount of electricity generated around the world from offshore wind farms will quintuple over the next six years, but little of that is likely to come from Canada. A new report from British-based research firm GlobalData says offshore wind will continue its dramatic expansion for the rest of this decade. Power produced from turbines located in oceans grew from less than one gigawatt in 2006 to 7.1 GW in 2013, and will rise to almost 40 GW by 2020, the report predicts.More

The shift in financing new build
The nuclear industry is undergoing a major shift – from one where projects were almost exclusively government owned and sponsored to one where private finance is being sought, George Borovas, partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, said recently. Borovas spoke at the World Nuclear Association's 2014 Symposium in London. Shearman & Sterling's nuclear projects group is intertwined with its finance group. Among the projects it is involved with, the firm is advising on the world's largest nuclear arbitration dispute - concerning Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj over construction delays and budget overruns at the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in Finland.More

Report: Australian emissions rise after carbon tax repeal
Carbon emissions and electricity demand in Australia have risen in the two months since the government repealed a tax on emissions, bucking a nearly six-year long trend of decline, an energy consultancy said on Thursday. Consultancy Pitt & Sherry, which tracks electricity use and emissions in Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM), said emissions would continue to grow unless new policies were introduced.More

OPG releases performance report
OPG is continuing its transition as a clean, efficient and financially sustainable organization. With the closure of its last coal burning unit in April, OPG became a generator virtually free of emissions that contribute to smog or climate change.More

Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas wins Canadian cogeneration plant contract
Spanish oil engineering company Tecnicas Reunidas has won a 31-month turnkey contract from Fort Hills Energy to build a cogeneration plant in Canada worth $250 million, the company said in a statement. Fort Hills Energy is owned by Suncor Energy with a 40.8 per cent stake, Total E&P Canada Ltd with 39.2 per cent and Teck Resources Ltd with 20 per cent. More

Ontario set for 1.7GW wind binge
Some 1.7GW of wind capacity will be brought online across Ontario by the end of 2015, more than half the total power-generation capacity expected to be added in Canada's most populous province during that time, according to the grid operator. The past year has seen a bulge of high-profile wind projects commissioned across Ontario, including Samsung and Pattern Energy's 270MW South Kent; NextEra Energy's 125MW Summerhaven; and Capital Power's 105MW Port Dover and Nanticoke.More

APPrO Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Climb the Turbine
Toronto's Wind Turbine, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
Dates: October 4 – 7, 2014
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All funds go to the TREC Education foundation's educational programs

Presented by the International District Energy Association
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada
Dates: October 28 - 30, 2014

4th Annual Hydro Plant Maintenance & Reliability Conference
Seattle, WA
Dates: November 4-6, 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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