APPRO PowerBrief
Sep. 26, 2013

Oliver targets U.S. coal dependence as oil sands controversy builds
Business News Network
Faced with U.S. pressure over oil sands emissions, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver sought to turn the focus to America's dependence on coal-fired electricity in a speech in New York City recently. Speaking to a high-profile energy conference, Oliver said the burning of coal for power is the world's biggest climate threat, one that Canada has met head on.More

The sun begins to shine on solar power
The Globe and Mail
Samir Basaria touches the screen of his iPad and it displays exactly how much electricity each of the 33 solar panels on the roof of his south Ottawa home is generating. Another touch, and the Web-based application shows an hourly tally of power that he has sold to Ontario's electricity grid. Another touch, and there’s a timelapse video of solar strength and cloud cover above his home.More

Renewable energy approval Aboriginal Consultation Guide
Environmental Registry
The purpose of this notice is to inform the regulated community and general public of the decision to finalize the "Aboriginal Consultation Guide for Preparing a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application" which provides guidance and direction on the Aboriginal consultation requirements under Ontario Regulation 359/09 (REA regulation). More

Ontario paying wind farms for non-generation of power
The Manitoulin Expositor
Ontario's Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli announced that the province would begin to pay wind power generators not to produce energy in an attempt to save taxpayers upwards of $200 million annually. Since 2006, Ontario has seen a surplus in energy but until Sept. 11 the government has paid for all generated electricity, needed or not.More

Alterra hydro plant resumes operation
Vancouver Sun
Alterra Power says its Montrose hydro facility is back on line several months after it was damaged by a rock slide. The Vancouver-based renewable energy company completed repairs to the facility's penstock, a pipe that supplies water to the power generating plant. A 200-to 300-metre segment of the five-kilometre penstock was damaged by the December 2012 rock slide. More

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Arizona utility signs 50 MW geothermal purchase deal
Renew Grid
Arizona-based utility Salt River Project (SRP) has signed an agreement with CalEnergy for the purchase of 50 MW of geothermal energy from a number of plants located in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. CalEnergy and its affiliates, subsidiaries of MidAmerican Energy Holdings and TransAlta, own and operate the facilities.More

Fortum, DCNS, AW-Energy sign agreement for wave energy project in France
Hydro World
A research and development agreement signed by Fortum, DCNS and AW-Energy will lead to a new 1.5 MW wave energy project off the Brittany coast in northwest France. Per the agreement, Fortum will be responsible for the project's development and serve as owner of the marine power demonstration park. Meanwhile, DCNS will manage the site development and construction work, and AW-Energy will contribute its "WaveRoller" generating units.More

Beacon power starts up flywheel energy storage facility in Pennsylvania
Renew Grid
Beacon Power LLC has begun commercial operation of its latest flywheel energy storage facility, located in Hazle Township, PA. The first four MW of energy storage capacity began providing frequency regulation services in the PJM Interconnection market. The balance of the 20 MW plant will be progressively commissioned until full capacity is reached in the second quarter of 2014.More

The sun begins to shine on solar power
The Globe and Mail
Samir Basaria touches the screen of his iPad and it displays exactly how much electricity each of the 33 solar panels on the roof of his south Ottawa home is generating. More

The government wants to pay you for your energy
The Record
It's not often someone comes along and offers you money for nothing. Yet, that essentially is what the government of Ontario is doing with its microFIT program. You now have the opportunity to be paid for something you're probably not using anyway, your roof.More

Hydro One explores Oshawa hydro deal
Toronto Star
Oshawa Power and Utilities Commission has discussed selling its electric utility to Hydro One, says chief executive Atul Mahajan. But Mahajan said in an interview that many other possibilities are also on the table, including the status quo.More

EPA proposes carbon pollution standards for new power plants
United States Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants in order to combat climate change and improve public health. In addition, EPA has initiated broad-based outreach and direct engagement with state, tribal, and local governments, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others to establish carbon pollution standards for existing power plants and build on state efforts to move toward a cleaner power sector. More

Alstom, ScottishRenewable Power sign MOU for tidal energy project
Hydro World
Alstom will provide tidal power devices for an installation in the Sound of Islay, per a memorandum of understanding signed with ScottishPower Renewables. The tidal array will be located off Scotland's west coast between Islay and Jura. More

Companies unplug from the electric grid, delivering a jolt to utilities
The Wall Street Journal
On a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River, two big wind turbines crank out electricity for Kroger KR 0.25 per cent Turkey Hill Dairy in rural Lancaster County, PA, allowing it to save 25 per cent on its power bill for the past two years. Across the country, at a big food-distribution center Kroger also owns in Compton, CA, a tank system installed this year uses bacteria to convert 150 tons a day of damaged produce, bread and other organic waste into a biogas that is burned on site to produce 20 per cent of the electricity the facility uses.More