APPRO PowerBrief
Oct. 10, 2013

APPrO invites nominations for the 2013 Hedley Palmer Award
The Board of APPrO has recently invited all members of the power industry to suggest candidates to receive this year's Hedley Palmer Award. The Hedley Palmer Award is an special form of recognition presented each by APPrO to honour an individual who in the judgment of the APPrO Board has made an outstanding contribution to the Ontario power industry. It has been given to a different individual each year since 1989 during the banquet dinner at the annual IPPSO or APPrO Conference. According to APPrO, it’s the highest honour bestowed annually in the power generation business in Canada.More

Update on Hydroelectric Standard Offer Program (HESOP)
Ontario Power Authority
On Jan. 21, 2013, and June 26, 2013, the Minister of Energy directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to implement a standard offer program for the continued development of hydroelectric capacity in Ontario. The OPA is developing the Hydroelectric Standard Offer Program (HESOP) to procure new hydroelectric capacity in two separate streams:More

Ensuring customers benefit when electric utilities combine
Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity
Investment banker Don Carmichael finds that a provincial tax on utility sales and debt-financed acquisitions by provincially-owned Hydro One are inflating acquisition prices and diverting new-found efficiency savings from customers to shareholders and lenders.More

Ontario launches energy app challenge
Government of Ontario
Ontario is inviting software developers to build new apps that will help Ontarians conserve electricity and save money. In partnership with MaRS Discovery District, the ‘Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge' is offering $50,000 to support the best new apps that use electricity data collected by smart meters.More

Eastern Ontario power plants sold to TransCanada
Ottawa Business Journal
TransCanada didn't disclose the cost of the individual plants but Canadian Solar said they're valued at more than $95 million. The power-generating operations — one in Brockville, ON, and the other in Ottawa — will sell their electricity to the provincial grid under 20-year agreements.More

Upcoming Events
13th Annual Power of Water Canada Conference
October 20-22, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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APPrO 2013 – 25th Anniversary Canadian Power Conference & Power Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
November 19 to November 20, 2013
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APPrO has negotiated special reciprocal discount rates with several generator and industry related organizations. Please contact your association for special promo codes and use them at the association-specific hotlinks below to register for APPrO 2013:

CanSIA - Canadian Solar Industries Association
Canadian Nuclear Association
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
Ontario Waterpower Association
Canadian German Chamber of Commerce
QUEST Canada
Electricity Human Resources Canada More

Faulty bolts shut down Canada's Wuskwatim hydroelectric project
Hydro World
Faulty bolts discovered during a routine inspection of Manitoba Hydro's 200-MW Wuskwatim hydropower project have forced the operator to temporarily shut down three turbine units. Company officials said the weakened bolts were found in the turbines' discharge rings after the units had been in service for about 8,000 hours, though what caused the bolts to weaken has yet to be discovered.More

Fortis pursuing new hydropower plant in British Columbia
Hydro World
Fortis Generation is moving to the next stage in developing a new 45-to 65 MW hydropower plant along the Similkameen River in British Columbia, the distribution utility said. The phase includes public consultations, interaction with First Nations groups and feasibility studies, Fortis said.More

Gas-fired generation falls from 2013 levels but still high
Power Mag
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that although natural gas use for power generation through the first seven months of 2013 is down 14 per cent from historic highs last year, it remains above the 2009–2011 average across the U.S. The drop is the result of higher gas prices relative to coal compared to 2012.More

APPrO invites nominations for the 2013 Hedley Palmer Award
The Board of APPrO has recently invited all members of the power industry to suggest candidates to receive this year's Hedley Palmer Award. More

Energy leaders to debate Ontario's long term energy future on Oct 10 in Toronto
Canada News Wire
With the Government of Ontario expected to announce changes to the province's long-term energy plan this fall, Ontario's energy producers are coming together at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) Annual Conference.More

Queen Elizabeth power station to begin $514 million expansion
The StarPhoenix
The Queen Elizabeth Power Station is powering up a $514 million expansion project that will add enough capacity to power an additional 205,000 homes.More

PJM board approves $1.2 billion in transmission improvements
Renew Grid
The PJM Interconnection board of managers has authorized $1.2 billion in upgrades and improvements to the high-voltage electric transmission system that serves the Mid-Atlantic and all or parts of other states between the Mid-Atlantic and Chicago.More

Power sector to drive most growth in North American natural gas demand
Power Mag
Natural gas demand in the U.S. is poised to grow strongly over the next two decades, and there's no mystery where all that gas will be going. Analysts at the recent LDC Mid-Continent Gas Forum in Chicago agreed that the biggest growth potential — as much as 15 Bcf/d — is in gas-fired power.More