APPRO PowerBrief
Nov. 20, 2014

OPG nuclear units boost output, cut costs
Toronto Star
A rise in nuclear generation and continued cost-cutting boosted earnings for Ontario Power Generation in the three months ended Sept. 30. The company, owned by the province, reported net profit before an extraordinary item of $119 million — up from $30 million the previous year.More

Pellet, cogen plants could be 'driver for change' on First Nation
Northern Ontario Business
While Whitesand First Nation’s long-running renewable energy project is still pending final approval from the province, there’s no shortage of suitors according to David Mackett, community development officer for the northwestern Ontario community. “We have received very strong offers for our wood pellets, which is quite amazing to us. We haven't started building but the response has been huge,” he said.More

OPG DGR joint review panel needs additional time to write report for Minister, CNSC
Owen Sound Sun Times
The Joint Review Panel reviewing Ontario Power Generation's nuclear waste repository project north of Kincardine has closed the public record, but said it needs more time assess the evidence submitted "due to the volume and complexity of the information received." The Joint Review Panel (JRP) for the Deep Geologic Repository Project for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste (DGR) gave notice it had closed the record for the environmental assessment (EA) and that data is available on the public registry.More

Invitation to CHPSOP 2.0 Webinar
Ontario Power Authority
As discussed in the September 29, 2014 CHPSOP 2.0 webinar, the OPA will host a technical webinar to provide prospective Applicants with an overview of Exhibit J - Calculation of Monthly Payment in the CHPSOP Contract. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions following a presentation by the OPA.More

Bruce Power to produce Cobalt-60
Shoreline Beacon
Along with generating electricity, Bruce Power is also expected to provide radioactive isotopes used to sterilize medical equipment for years to come. Recently, it was announced that the Tiverton-area nuclear generator has signed a multi-year agreement to supply Cobalt-60 to its long-time partner Nordion.More

Fuel storage capacity expanded at NL Power's generating station in Grand Bank
The Southern Gazette
Newfoundland Power has increased the fuel storage capacity at its generating station in Grand Bank by a third. Karen McCarthy, the company’s manager for customer and corporate communications, said the move was made in light of the island-wise power outage events in January stemming from generation shortfalls on Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s system.More

Evaporators some of 'largest' ever shipped on Sask roads
The StarPhoenix
They look like giant booster rockets being transported to their launching pad. At 30 metres (100 feet) long, 10.5 metres (35 feet) wide, 11 metres (36 feet) high and weighing in at a hefty 209,000 kilograms (460,000 pounds), they're among the biggest - if not the biggest - pieces of equipment ever shipped on Saskatchewan highways. They're called evaporators and they're heading (very slowly) to K+S Potash Canada's Legacy Project, the site of K+S's $4.1 billion solution potash mine under construction near Bethune, 56 kilometres northwest of Regina.More

Why B.C.'s future should be a geothermal one
Vancouver Observer
In B.C., the Site C dam debate seems to be begging for forward-thinking action. The future is not in flooding some of the province’s best agricultural, but rather in looking to B.C.’s enormous renewable energy potential that does not involve outdated mega-dam technology. Given BC Hydro’s apparent insistence on the need for massive base load power generation to meet rising industrial demand from extractive sector operators – mining and natural gas extraction - the government should consider geothermal energy options.More

Nexant opens first Canadian office
Renew Grid
Nexant, a provider of customer-centric services and solutions for utilities, has announced the opening of its first office in Canada. Nexant says its Toronto, Ontario, office team will help its clients navigate a complex regulatory landscape and further enable conservation, clean energy and smart grid initiatives. The company notes it has been working with clients in Canada on sustainable energy and utility solutions from British Columbia to Ontario for the past eight years.More

OPG nuclear units boost output, cut costs
Toronto Star
A rise in nuclear generation and continued cost-cutting boosted earnings for Ontario Power Generation in the three months ended Sept. 30. The company, owned by the province, reported net profit before an extraordinary item of $119 million — up from $30 million the previous year.More

Wind turbine noise doesn't cause harm, Health Canada finds
Toronto Star
Living near towering wind turbines can be extremely annoying but there is no connection between exposure to the wind turbine noise and health effects, says a new comprehensive Health Canada study.More

APPrO Upcoming Events
APPrO
Solar Canada 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: December 8 & 9, 2014
Register: http://www.solarcanadaconference.ca

APPrO 2015 – 27th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Thanks to all attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, staff and committee for another fabulous conference! You make this event great!
Mark your calendars for next year: November 17 & 18, 2015
Check for info in early 2015 http://conference.appro.org
Contact: 416-322-6549 ext 226 or carole.kielly@appro.orgMore

Is Canada ready for a national energy strategy?
Alberta Oil Magazine
Energy makes up 25 per cent of the Canadian economy, but strangely there is no strategy or framework at the national level to foster and manage its development. Around 2007 many different organizations from across the country recognized the risks associated with the lack of such a national strategy and took it upon themselves to tackle the problem and draft their own frameworks. The intensity of the discussion about a Canadian energy strategy reached a peak in 2012 when the Senate of Canada published a report with the exclamatory title Now or Never: Canada Must Act Urgently to Seize its Place in the New Energy World Order.More

Smart grids and other alternative technologies blackout-proof the power grid
Greener Ideal
During the next power outage, you may just whistle to the wind, continue working on your computer and even turn up the furnace. More than ten years ago, Canada and the Eastern seaboard of the USA went through a huge power outage that affected more than 50 million people and businesses. The lessons learned were many, but for energy experts, the needs were clear: a definite need to find sustainable energy alternatives.More

U.S., China agree to increase nationwide carbon reduction targets
POWER Magazine
Reaching an unexpected climate breakthrough, the U.S. and China in a joint statement each announced new targets to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. President Barack Obama set a new target to cut U.S. carbon emissions between 26 per cent and 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025. Chinese leader Xi Jinping, meanwhile, said his country is committing to peak its carbon dioxide emissions around 2030, and that it would also boost its share of non-fossil fuel energy to around 20 per cent by 2030. More

China's renewable energy revolution: What is driving it?
Global Research
Alongside its enormous “black” energy system, China is building a renewables energy system that is now the largest in the world. Following our previous articles on this topic in the Journal, we continue to report the latest trends in development of this renewables-based system, again focusing principally on the electric power system, and utilizing three sources of data from Chinese and international sources – capacity data (GW), electrical energy generation data (TWh) and investment data. We highlight that while the Chinese energy system as a whole is shifting in a green direction, at its leading edge (where new capacity is being added, and fresh electrical energy generated) it is turning green very rapidly.More

APPrO Upcoming Events

Solar Canada 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Dates: December 8 & 9, 2014
Register: http://www.solarcanadaconference.ca

APPrO 2015 – 27th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Thanks to all attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, staff and committee for another fabulous conference! You make this event great!
Mark your calendars for next year: November 17 & 18, 2015
Check for info in early 2015 http://conference.appro.org
Contact: 416-322-6549 ext 226 or carole.kielly@appro.orgMore