APPRO PowerBrief
Oct. 2, 2014

New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule Available
Ontario Power Authority
As required by the August 29, 2014, Minister's direction, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT Programs on an annual basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review. The new price schedule will be effective immediately for the FIT Program and will apply to any FIT contracts that are offered after September 30, 2014, including FIT contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 procurement. The new price schedule will not apply to any FIT contracts offered pursuant to the July 30, 2014, Offer List. The new price schedule will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the microFIT Program and will apply to Application Approval Notices that are issued on or after January 1, 2015.More

Ontario seeks more studies on offshore wind turbines
Toronto Star
Three and a half years after it slapped a moratorium on off-shore wind power projects to do more research, the Ontario government has issued a call for further study. The province has posted a notice requesting bids for a “technical evaluation of sound propagation modelling methodologies to predict Offshore Wind Farm noise impacts in Ontario.”More

PowerStream and Korean utility partner on microgrid, smart grid tech
Renew Grid
Ontario-based PowerStream has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Electric Power Corp., South Korea's only electric utility. PowerStream says the MOU specifically references the use of microgrid and smart grid technologies with an objective of developing a large-scale application that would serve as a model for further advancement of these technologies in worldwide electricity distribution systems. More

Nova Scotia introduces fracking legislation
Energy Now
Nova Scotia is moving ahead with legislation that would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas, but the proposed law also includes an exemption that would allow fracking for testing and research purposes. Energy Minister Andrew Younger insists the exemption in the Petroleum Resources Act does not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry. "Anybody could come to the door and ask for whatever they want," Younger said. "What this allows is for cabinet to consider a research project only." Only three test wells have been hydraulically fracked in Nova Scotia since 2007, all of them in the Kennetcook area, where Denver-based Triangle Petroleum failed to make the natural gas there flow.More

GRID20/20 nets Ontario Smart Grid grant for demo project
Renew Grid
GRID20/20 Inc. has formally received a grant agreement totaling nearly $1.7 million from the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund for a demonstration project. The project will include two Ontario-based utilities, each focusing on different grid optimization practices offered by the GRID20/20 OptaNODE solution. GRID20/20 says it will install its distribution transformer monitoring (DTM) intra-grid sensors throughout target areas of the utilities' distribution grids.More

Energy Storage Questions and Answers Webpage
Ontario Power Authority
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has recently added a Questions and Answers tab to the Energy Storage webpage. To view the new page, please visit: http://www.powerauthority.on.ca/generation-procurement/energy-storage/questions-and-answers.

The list of Questions and Answers will be updated and expanded upon throughout the Energy Storage stakeholder engagement process. Questions and comments on the OPA-led Energy Storage procurement can be submitted via email to storage@powerauthority.on.ca. More

Developers plan huge $8 billion, 2.1-GW wind plus storage project in California
Renewable Energy
Four energy companies are proposing an $8 billion renewable energy project that would supply Los Angeles with more than twice the power generated by the Hoover Dam. The project includes a 2,100-megawatt wind farm in Wyoming, a 525-mile (845-kilometer) power line and a $1.5 billion storage facility, the developers said today in a statement. Duke- American Transmission, a joint venture of Duke Energy Corp. and American Transmission Co., Dresser-Rand Group Inc. and two others will propose the project to the Southern California Public Power Authority by early 2015.More

Solar may be largest global power source by 2050: IEA
EnergyNow Media
Solar power might become the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050 as falling costs boost installations, according to the International Energy Agency. Photovoltaic plants may provide as much as 16 per cent of global electricity, and concentrating solar facilities could generate another 11%, the IEA said in an e-mailed statement. The Paris-based organization details what is required to reach these figures in two scenarios it sets out to reach the goal. More

The Canada-China FIPA: Energizing Canadian oil & gas investment in China
Canadian Energy Law
Ottawa announced the ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (the Canada- China FIPA). The Canada-China FIPA, which comes into force on October 1, 2014, is the newest addition to Canada’s growing list of foreign investment protection agreements (FIPAs). A FIPA is not a full-blown free trade agreement, but rather a bilateral agreement between two signatory states intended to protect and promote foreign investment through legally-binding rights and obligations to protect foreign investors.More

Which countries are responsible for climate change?
The Guardian
As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts. Turn your sound up to hear the introduction to the mapMore

Whither Energiewende after dismantling the philosophy of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)
Wind Works
One of two succinct and hard-hitting presentations by Volkmar Lauber explaining the abrupt U-turn of the German government on the use of feed-in tariffs to drive the Energiewende. Lauber has been observing and writing about Germany’s use of feed-in tariffs for more than a decade (see below) from the other side of the German-Austrian border in Salzburg. His presentations will resonate with those of us in the English-speaking world who have stared in disbelief as Germany has unraveled the world’s most successful renewable energy policy—and one that granted opportunity to all German citizens not just corporate titans in Frankfurt and Berlin. More

New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule Available
Ontario Power Authority
As required by the August 29, 2014, Minister's direction, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT Programs on an annual basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review. The new price schedule will be effective immediately for the FIT Program and will apply to any FIT contracts that are offered after September 30, 2014, including FIT contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 procurement. The new price schedule will not apply to any FIT contracts offered pursuant to the July 30, 2014, Offer List. The new price schedule will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the microFIT Program and will apply to Application Approval Notices that are issued on or after January 1, 2015.More

Behind the scenes at Muskrat Falls, as a mega-project 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

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

APPrO Upcoming Events

GEDO14AB - Ontario & Alberta’s Green Energy Doors Open 2014
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Register: http://www.gedo14ab.deassociation.ca
Contact: Ana Medina gedo14ab@deassociation.ca

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)

14th Annual Power of Water Canada Conference
Presented by The Ontario Waterpower Association
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Dates: October 19, 2014 to October 21, 2014
APPrO Members receive a 10% discount (enter code "REG10OFF2014" online)
http://conference.owa.ca/register/
Contact: Janelle Bates, Marketing and Events Coordinator
866-743-1500
jbates@owa.ca

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

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
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