APPRO PowerBrief
Oct. 23, 2014

Ontario approves Veresen 40 MW project
RechargeNews
Ontario has approved Veresen's 40MW Grand Valley III project, leaving the Canadian energy company’s wind capacity set to more than quadruple over the next three years. Calgary-based Veresen is principally a natural gas company, focusing on pipelines and processing facilities, but it branched out into power production nearly a decade ago to diversify its revenue stream.More

Energy storage procurement update
Ontario Power Authority
The OPA has posted the final Energy Storage RFQ. The comment period for the final RFQ will be open until November 7, 2014. Please review the information provided on the Questions and Answers section of the Energy Storage webpage on the process and guidelines for final Energy Storage RFQ comment period.

Responses to feedback received for the Draft Energy Storage RFQ

Responses to the feedback received during the Draft RFQ question & comment period are now available Questions and Answers section on the Energy Storage webpage. The OPA would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the Draft RFQ and provide feedback.

Energy Storage RFP engagement

The OPA intends to engage stakeholders throughout the Energy Storage procurement, including providing opportunities for interested stakeholders to review, ask questions and provide feedback on the draft the draft and final Request for Proposals (RFP) documents. Engagement on the draft RFP is expected to begin in Q1 2015. Details will be sent by email to Energy Storage subscribers and posted on the stakeholder engagement section on the Energy Storage webpage when they are available. More

IEI Stream 3: Question & answer document, contract prescribed forms posted
Ontario Power Authority
Thank you to all who submitted questions regarding the IEI Stream 3 Program documents and application process. A Question and Answer (Q&A) document is now posted on the IEI Stream 3 Website which addresses questions received regarding the IEI Stream 3 Program Rules, IEI Stream 3 Contract (the “Contract”) and the Application process that may be of interest to potential Applicants. More

Re-energizing the conversation
Mowat Centre
This report looks at how the public and small consumers can be effectively engaged and represented in the policy, regulatory, and siting areas of energy policy debates to help secure social licence. We conclude that there is need for coordinated, informed, and literate engagement on energy policy in Ontario. This engagement should be designed to respond to the single most pressing policy problem in energy planning: insufficient public dialogue and understanding of the real trade-offs inherent in energy policy as decision-makers try to balance environmental, economic, and reliability considerations.More

Poll: Renewables would boost First Nations' support for mining in Ontario
MINING
A new poll among Northern Ontario First Nation community residents exploring their attitudes towards renewable energy and resource develop shows a high level of support for provincial government renewable energy and conservation initiatives. The results, presented Thursday by Oraclepoll Research President Paul Seccaspina at the Renewables & Mining Summit and Exhibition, shows the communities are specially favourable to solar power, with more than 8 in 10 supporting the technology.More

OPA extends 40-year contract to Delhi power generator
Simcoe Reformer
A Delhi company has become a player in Ontario’s market for renewable energy. Last week, the Ontario Power Authority offered Green Bug Energy a 40-year contract to supply renewable electricity to the provincial grid. Green Bug will do so in partnership with Norfolk County with a unique installation at the Quance Dam in Delhi. At the heart of the dynamo is an Archimedes screw about three metres in diameter. More

Hydrogen fuelling station latest concern over Caledon warehouse project
Metro
A hydrogen fuelling station and the potential for on-site production of the chemical are the latest concerns over a giant distribution warehouse currently under construction in Caledon. The town’s fire chief, deputy fire chief, the former Ontario minister who signed off on the project’s building permit and a sitting councillor now running for mayor all say they knew nothing about the possible use of hydrogen, an extremely flammable hazardous material.More

Orillia Power banking on bright future
Orillia Packet and Times
The Sunshine City is starting to live up to its moniker. Orillia Power Generation announced the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre as the first of four rooftop solar installations planned for local buildings over the next few months. “They’ll be bringing in power when the sun is shining,” president and CEO Keith McAllister said. “It not only delivers green energy, but also decreases our reliance on traditional energy sources.”More

Wind farms, roads stoke debate in Rideau-Goulbourn
Ottawa Sun
The ward is very much ground zero for the wind farm debate in the Ottawa area. Residents want to have a voice in where the province allows a new wind power generation project. One company, Prowind, has been looking at North Gower area for a new wind farm. The city estimated the ward's population at 27,000 at the end of 2012. Communities include Richmond, Ashton, Burritts Rapids, Manotick, Kars and Munster. More

Is Victoria all-in on Site C? No, energy minister Bennett insists
Vancouver Sun
After years of the B.C. Liberals talking up the case for a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam at Site C on the Peace River, you have assumed the government was leaning toward building the thing. They went to the trouble four years ago of exempting the project from review by the independent B.C. Utilities Commission. They green-lighted BC Hydro to go on spending $300 million (and counting) on reviews, consultations and analysis of the project.More

Bay of Fundy tidal project draws closer to power generation
The Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotia is one step closer to connecting the power of the Bay of Fundy tides with the grid. The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy announced it successfully installed the second of four underwater cables in the Minas Passage on Sunday. “What this project means for FORCE is that it’s the final piece of our puzzle to complete our infrastructure,” Anne-Marie Belliveau, director of operations at FORCE, said in an interview.More

Ontario approves Veresen 40 MW project
RechargeNews
Ontario has approved Veresen's 40MW Grand Valley III project, leaving the Canadian energy company’s wind capacity set to more than quadruple over the next three years. Calgary-based Veresen is principally a natural gas company, focusing on pipelines and processing facilities, but it branched out into power production nearly a decade ago to diversify its revenue stream.More

Lower Mattagami project one step closer to completion
CNW
The Lower Mattagami River hydroelectric re-development project is one step closer to completion. Two new units at Smoky Falls/ Kâpâškilehtehk Generating Station are now operating adding 178 MW to OPG's clean energy portfolio. The $2.6 billion project continues to track on time and budget. "Many of our community members have worked hard on this project," said Moose Cree First Nation Chief, Norm Hardisty Jr.More

'Double whammy' could spike energy costs
EnergyNow
Hang on to your wallet and put on an extra sweater. Energy industry players say they've learned from last year's so-called polar vortex and are bracing for what the Farmer's Almanac says will be another bitterly cold season — one that's already being dubbed the "T-Rex" of winters. But a number of factors, including unpredictable winter temperatures and the strength of the Canadian dollar, could create a perfect storm and trigger a spike in energy prices, much like the one that occurred last year. More

Finding core support for nuclear power
Maclean's
There’s little love for nuclear energy in Canada, where reactors, mostly in Ontario, generate 15 per cent of the country’s electricity — only opposition and indifference. At least, that’s Jeremy Whitlock’s impression. The manager of non-proliferation and safeguards at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. says the industry is vilified one minute, ignored the next. A recent Pacific Basin nuclear conference in Vancouver was an example of the latter. More

DIF selects Radian Generation to manage portfolio of solar projects
Renewable Energy Focus
Radian Generation to provide solar asset management services for Canadian solar projects totalling 65 MW. DIF, an independent fund management company with an extensive global portfolio of solar projects, has chosen Radian Generation, LLC to provide commercial and technical asset management services for more than 65 MW of solar projects in Ontario. More

TECO Energy sells coal subsidiary for $170 million
MINING
TECO Energy joined the group of companies being hit by a slump in coal prices by announcing it will sell its TECO Coal subsidiary to Kentucky-based Cambrian Coal, part of the Booth Energy Group. The $170 million sale price includes future payments of $50 million if certain coal benchmark prices reach specified levels over the next five years, the firm said.More

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