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CEA releases vision 2050: It's decision time for Canada's electricity system
Canadian Electricity Association
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a ground-breaking new report entitled Vision 2050: The Future of Canada’s Electricity System. The report sheds light on the urgent need for informed decision-making both in policy development and on-going infrastructure investment if Canada is to maintain the reliability, affordability and sustainability of the electricity system that Canadians rely upon.
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Another energy price increase could be looming for residents of Eastern Ontario
Consumers reeling from a freshly approved 40 per cent increase to natural gas rates could soon be facing even larger hikes to their monthly gas bills, thanks to a request now before the National Energy Board to increase gas transportation fees by as much as 52.3 per cent in Eastern Ontario.
The National Energy Board is reviewing a submission from some of the largest natural gas companies in Canada that looks to increase the rates charged to companies that are moving gas across the Canadian Mainline — the line that moves natural gas across the country and is the primary source of fuel for homes in Eastern Ontario.
Co-operative wants $1 million solar farm in Sudbury
Sun Co-operative, a not-for-profit organization, has made progress over the winter months toward the construction of a $1 million solar farm on Vale-owned property.
Bob Jeffery, vice-president of the Sun Co-operative board, said the group has made an application with the Ontario Power Authority's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, which offers small green-power generators a chance to sell power to the provincial grid at a guaranteed rate.
A new direction for Ontario energy conservation?
Response from Peter Love, Summerhill's Chief Energy Conservation Officers to Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli's speech on energy efficiency and conservation demand management at the Ontario Electricity Distributors Association's (EDA) AGM. Peter Love, the Chief Energy Conservation Officer at Summerhill (one of Canada's preeminent energy efficiency engagement company) can comment on the merits and benefits of the current approach to energy conservation in Ontario.
Brookfield Renewable Energy adds Irish wind farms to holdings
A Toronto company with a significant presence in the Ottawa-area, has announced a major $280 million deal that will add a major portfolio of Irish wind farms to its holdings. Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP, has purchased the portfolio of Ireland's Bord Gais Energy, which includes 321 megawatts of operating wind capacity across 17 wind projects in eight counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The portfolio has an additional 125 megawatts currently in construction and an approximate 300-MW wind development pipeline.
Ontario Waterpower Association, Parks Canada announce canal management collaboration
The Ontario Waterpower Association and Parks Canada have announced a collaboration to manage and develop the hydroelectric power potential of Ontario's national historic canal system.
Titled Towards a New Business Relationship: Waterpower on Parks Canada Agency Waterways, OWA said the framework is expected to foster new infrastructure investment and support the long-term sustainability of the province's Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal.
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Bruce Power employees invest in company's future
Bruce Power's innovative employee-ownership program has reached an all-time high with 87 per cent of its 4,100 employees investing their own money into the company.
"Since 2001, we have created an innovative public-private partnership at Bruce Power, securing not only $7 billion of private invetsment in public assets, but also creating a unique model that allows for both individual employee and union ownership," said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power's President and CEO.
Materials experts create spintronic thermoelectric power generators
Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. While such an idea may seem far-fetched today, significant progress has already been made to realize these devices. Researchers at the Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Utah have fabricated spintronics-based thin film devices which do just that, i.e. convert even minute waste heat into useful electricity.
Nova Scotia selects marine power developers for Bay of Fundy project
The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has selected a pair of marine and hydrokinetic technology developers to deploy arrays in the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy test site.
The announcement, which came alongside provincial approval of $3.6 million in tidal industry funding which allows OpenHydro and Black Rock Tidal Power to participate in research and development efforts in the Bay of Fundy's Minas Passage.
Hydro-Quebec Distribution signs PPA for output of 150-MW wind facility
Hydro-Quebec Distribution has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output of the planned 150-MW Mesgi'g Ugju's'n wind project in Quebec. The project is owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Mi'gmaq communities Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj, according to a March 24 news release.
The contract stipulates a selling price of 10.12 Canadian cents per kWh in 2014 dollars, with an annual adjustment based on 100% of the consumer price index until the end of 2016 and on 20 per cent thereafter.
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Manitoba Hydro selects consortium to construct 695-MW Keeyask hydropower plant
A team led by engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a $1.25 billion contract from Manitoba Hydro to construct the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric plant.
The consortium — BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership — includes Bechtel, Barnard Construction and EllisDon. The group could begin work on the plant by the end of the year, with Keeyask generating power in 2019. Completion is targeted for 2020.
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Energy Council of Canada
The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established by the Energy Council of
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IEA: R&D, not 'silver bullet' hype required on energy storage
Energy storage technologies are not the "silver bullet" they have sometimes been hyped as, but nonetheless have a crucial role to play in a decarbonised electricity system, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The IEA has published a technology 'roadmap' for energy storage, covering electricity and thermal storage systems.
The document attempts to address the three questions of where energy storage technology is today, what long-terms goals for energy storage development and deployment might be and finally what priority actions are required to put increased development and deployment of energy storage into practice.
RES Americas debuts energy storage system
Renewable Energy Systems Americas has announced the operation of its first energy storage system.
RES Americas says it conceived, developed and constructed the energy storage system, which it will own and operate. Located in Sunbury, OH, the system comprises a four-MW/2.6 MWh lithium battery that will provide frequency regulation to grid operator PJM Interconnection.
Kansas House rejects bill that would repeal RPS
A bipartisan coalition in the House refused to accept a controversial Senate bill to repeal a state law mandating utility companies acquire 20 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Legislation tied to renewable portfolio standards strikes an array of diverse political interests ranging from Gov. Sam Brownback's consistent advocacy for Kansas wind farming, lawmakers intent on expanding employment with alternative energy companies, as well as legislators and lobbying groups opposed to government mandates or regulation of the energy sector.
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