APPRO PowerBrief
Sep. 25, 2014

Bruce B nuclear reactor life extension granted by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Owen Sound Sun Times
Canada's nuclear safety regulator granted Bruce Power permission to temporarily continue to run Bruce B reactors 5 and 6 beyond the assumed design life of their pressure tubes. But the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, in its decision says it will take another look at that decision next February and April when public hearings into the renewal of Bruce Power's site operating licence for all eight reactors will be held.More

NSI: Harnessing the ocean's energy
Bullet News Niagara
Introducing ocean energy is a great way to conclude this month’s article series focusing on renewable energy. To help battle the effects of climate change, scientists, governments, organizations and more are putting emphasis on the possibilities that lie within the ocean, to support the renewable sector. The energy from the water bodies can be used to harness thermal (heat) energy from the sun’s heat on the surface, and mechanical (movement) energy from tides and waves.More

Behind the scenes at Muskrat Falls, as a megaproject takes shape
CBC News
It may not look like much now, but the huge construction site at Muskrat Falls will eventually turn into a power plant that will dramatically boost the height of the falls to generate hydroelectric power. Right now, workers are building a temporary dam at the site. It's holding back part of the river so workers can stay dry while they build the power-generating facilities. When that's finished, work will continue on two large dams to help raise the water levels. More

Merging energy agencies won't keep electricity rates from rising
Newstalk1010
The opposition parties say the Liberal government's decision to merge only two of Ontario's numerous energy agencies won't result in the savings needed to keep electricity rates from rising even higher. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will merge with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) on Jan. 1, 2015 "to increase efficiencies and contain costs,'' according to the Ministry of Energy. More

Local utilities to lobby for a piece of infrastructure spending
Toronto Star
Local hydro utilities want to make the case that they need investment, just like transit systems and highways. So they’re rolling out a $300,000 ad campaign, complete with its own website, to deliver the message about the need to invest in the electricity distribution system – which is industry jargon for local hydros.More

Opposition to OPG's nuclear repository grows
BlackburnNews.com
Ontario Power Generation’s plan to build an underground nuclear repository a kilometre from Lake Huron has hit another roadblock. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan has filed a resolution that urges the Obama administration to oppose any such plan in the Great Lakes Basin.More

Enbridge invests $225 million to boost wind power portfolio
Canadian Manufacturing
Enbridge Inc. will buy additional ownership stakes in two Quebec wind projects from existing partner EDF EN Canada Inc. Enbridge will invest approximately $225 million to acquire an additional 17.5 per cent stake in the 300 megawatt (MW) Lac Alfred Wind Project and an additional 30 per cent stake in the 150 MW Massif du Sud Wind Project. Both transactions are subject to customary closing conditions and are expected to be completed in mid-October.More

Opinion: N.W.O. has 2 options for cheaper hydro
The Chronicle-Journal
The lights are on in the Ontario provincial cabinet room but it doesn’t look as if anyone is home. Hydro One has managed to do the impossible — to transform itself into a power company that is powerless to plan a reasonable course for Ontario residents and industries that use electricity. Nuclear power boondoggles; a shameful billion dollar cost to start and then abort construction of needed gas plants; environmentally damaging bird-grinding, noise-making windmills that charge far above the market rate for electricity; and an inability to look around at other provinces for solutions, have all caused huge economic and individual hardship.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. More

Canada risks being left behind as green energy takes off
BNN
The shift to clean energy is producing huge economic gains, but Canada risks being left behind if the federal government doesn't get on board, a new report warns. That's the message from energy and climate think tank Clean Energy Canada, which paints a picture of a world increasingly embracing – and investing in – green energy alternatives. Clean energy is now "business as usual, it is not boutique any more," said Merran Smith, director of Clean Energy Canada. "This is where the puck is going ... The world has changed and there is no going back."More

North America's largest 100 per cent biomass-fueled power plant opens in Canada
IndustryWeek
Ontario is now home to North America’s largest power plant fueled completely by biomass. The Atikokan Generating Station conversion is complete, and the station is now generating electricity and helping meet local power needs in northwestern Ontario, according to an announcement.More

Construction delays key to shrinking nuclear global power production
Fierce Energy
Experts are reporting that 75 per cent of nuclear reactors under construction worldwide are facing delays, which, in turn, make them much more costly. According to the "World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014," other countries are in no better position than the United States when it comes to delivering nuclear reactor projects on time and on budget.More

Bruce B nuclear reactor life extension granted by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Owen Sound Sun Times
Canada's nuclear safety regulator granted Bruce Power permission to temporarily continue to run Bruce B reactors 5 and 6 beyond the assumed design life of their pressure tubes. But the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, in its decision says it will take another look at that decision next February and April when public hearings into the renewal of Bruce Power's site operating licence for all eight reactors will be held.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

OPG releases performance report
OPG
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

APPrO Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Climb the Turbine
Toronto's Wind Turbine, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
Dates: October 4 – 7, 2014
Sign your team up: www.climbtheturbine.com
All funds go to the TREC Education foundation's educational programs (http://treceducation.ca/our-programs/kids-world-of-energy/r.e.-design-challenge)

evolvingENERGY
Presented by the International District Energy Association
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada
Dates: October 28 - 30, 2014
http://www.decanada.ca

4th Annual Hydro Plant Maintenance & Reliability Conference
Seattle, WA
Dates: November 4-6, 2014
Contact: Tyler Kelch, Marketing & PR Coordinator
1.312.894.6310
tylerke@marcusevansch.com
Register: http://bit.ly/1oSoh8R

APPrO 2014 – Transformation Underway
26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: November 18 & 19, 2014
New speakers and content updates: http://bit.ly/VgjTVc
Add a calendar reminder now: Outlook or iCal
Contact: 416-322-6549 ext 226 or carole.kielly@appro.org
Join the conversation: http://bit.ly/get_social_at_appro2014 More