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99 MW of new solar power projects coming to Ontario
The Ontario Power Authority has just extended its solar feed-in tariff program and selected another 99 MW of solar power projects to receive payments from it. This comes from 330 new contracts. In case you’re not familiar with feed-in tariffs, they are when renewable energy power producers are guaranteed a specific rate for the electricity they produce and send back into the grid for a specific period of time (e.g., 15 years or 20 years).
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Canadian Solar sells utility solar plants to RET Capital
PV Magazine
The Ontario-based solar company oversaw turnkey engineering, procurement and construction and will also provide operations and maintenance services for the projects. Canadian Solar has sold two 10 MW-ac solar power plants to Renewable Energy Trust Ontario Holdings (RET).
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Kitchener energy program for low-income households proves popular
Waterloo Region Record
A program to help some of Kitchener's poorest homeowners and tenants save energy has seen the number of participants more than triple in just one year. The Home Assistance Program is funded by the Ontario Power Authority and administered by local utility companies. Anyone eligible for the program gets a detailed home energy assessment, and the installation of energy-saving equipment. The program also will replace very old and inefficient appliances such as a refrigerator, dehumidifier or window air-conditioning units.
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Power prices zap Ontario's oil gains
Financial Post
According to the Globe and Mail, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her province “is ready to shield Canada from the economic tsunami caused by declining oil prices and a sinking dollar.” Ms. Wynne’s comments came after an RBC report estimated the fall in oil prices will actually help the Canadian economy by boosting household purchasing power by $8.9 billion this year.
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Road use agreement to be proposed for Suncor wind project
Sarnia Observer
Lambton County's public works department is gathering comments from residents about power lines Suncor Energy plans to build near or on county road allowances as part of its 46-turbine Cedar Point Wind energy project. Lambton residents have until Feb. 3 to submit comments to Jason Cole, the county's manager of public works, by e-mail at, or by phone at 519-845-0801, ext. 5370.
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Quebec hydro deal, new submarine cable perfect combination
The Guardian
Building a new power cable has been a priority for P.E.I. governments since at least 2005. There are now two aging underwater transmission cables supplying most of P.E.I.’s electricity needs from New Brunswick as part of a five-year energy deal which expires in 2016.
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Looking to the future for more sustainable energy
Hatch Ltd.
With nine decades of continuous service, Hatch's power unit has a reputation for excellence and innovation in hydro, wind, solar, thermal and nuclear power, and transmission and distribution. Also active in petrochemicals with major assignments in the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, we are now working towards integrating different technologies to supply renewable energy as part of existing thermal schemes.
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Canadian university studying how to make biofuels from farm waste
Renewable Energy
A research team from Guelph University in Ontario are investigating how to cook farm waste in order to turn it into biofuel. The scientists have concluded that cooking farm waste in order to turn it into biofuel should now be possible and also makes sound economic sense. The team is particularly interested in using ‘wet’ waste that is usually difficult to use and have developed a fairly simple procedure to transport the waste and produce energy from it.
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TransCanada acquires 8th solar plant in Ontario from Canadian Solar
Cleantech Canada
TransCanada Corp. has acquired a solar power generation facility in the New Liskeard region of northeastern Ontario as part of a multi-year agreement with Canadian Solar Inc. The Liskeard 1 power plant is worth about $60 million, according to Canadian Solar. The plant has 10 megawatts of generating capacity and a 20-year agreement to sell its output with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
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China to expand nuclear power network offshore
Nuclear Energy Insider
China, where 27 nuclear power plants are under construction, has announced a major plan to expand its nuclear network. The scheme to develop offshore nuclear power projects was revealed by the country’s leading economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission. The new plan is expected to give a much needed boost to China’s nuclear power sector, driving high-end equipment manufacture and optimising power generation in a country that largely relies on thermal power for electricity.
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China's Three Gorges sets new bar for annual hydroelectric power production
China's 22,500 MW Three Gorges project has again broken the world record for annual hydroelectric power production, besting a mark set in 2013 by Brazil's Itaipu. The plant — located on the Yangtze River — generated 98.8 billion TWh through the end of 2014. China Three Gorges Corporation said the hydropower project's output is roughly equivalent to burning 29 million metric tons of coal, eliminating 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
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APPrO Upcoming Events

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OEA Industry Networking Luncheon
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Date: January 26, 2015
Special guest speaker: Bruce Campbell, President and CEO, IESO.

OSEA's Annual Powering Prosperity Awards Dinner
Location: La Primavera Banquet Hall, Vaughan, ON
Dates: January 29, 2015
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The 6th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Dates: January 29 – 30, 2015
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"Art of the Deal" - IPPSA's Twenty First Annual Conference
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, AB
Dates: March 8, 2015 to March 10, 2015

The 6th Ontario Renewable Energy Forum
Delta Hotel, Toronto
Date: March 26, 2015
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Contact: Iria Heredia, tel: 613 627 2787

Chicago, IL
Dates: April 21 - 23, 2015

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    Ontario electricity gets taken for a spin (OurWindsor.Ca)
Solar power generation rates set to drop again in Ontario (Barrie Advance)
Alberta expected to unveil updated climate change strategy by month's end (Edmonton Journal via Calgary Herald)
Canada's first crowd-financed energy efficiency investment (CoPower Inc)

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