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OWA, Parks Canada to develop hydro potential of Ontario's canals
APPRO
Parks Canada and Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) that they would be collaborating to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of two of Ontario’s historic canal systems. The new framework is expected to foster new infrastructure investment, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal. The two organizations announced the release of a report on waterpower management in national historic canal systems in Ontario.
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Aboriginal Transmission Fund draft rules posted
APPRO
To prepare for the launch of the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF) later in 2014, the OPA has released the fund’s draft rules for comment. The ATF is available to First Nations and Métis communities that are exploring equity positions in new, major transmission lines in Ontario where the OPA has identified a need for transmission capacity. The ATF will provide up to $20,000 in funding to support eligible First Nations and Métis communities, to a maximum of $500,000 per transmission line.
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PSEG CEO: Utility of the future will sell less electricity, have 'more meaningful role'
Utility Dive
Reducing your customer's need for your main product is not widely seen as a successful business strategy, to put it mildly. For many years, the electric utility industry would have agreed with that assessment. Sell more electricity, the line of thinking went, and earn more money.
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Rainy River water levels may threaten hydro turbines
CBC News
Record-high water levels on the Rainy River are posing a problem for hydro infrastructure — and part of the river's dam may have to be closed, officials say. If flood waters get into the generators, they'll lose some of their control over water levels, said Matt DeWolfe, engineering advisor to the International Joint Commission's International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.
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Ice storm panel: Highrises need backup generators
Toronto Star
Highrise apartments and condominiums need far bigger backup power systems in case of extended power outages, says the chair of the panel that studied Toronto Hydro’s response to the ice storm last December. In some ways the city simply lucked out that no elderly or disabled people died in highrises because of the blackout, David McFadden said in presenting the report.
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New French energy policy to limit nuclear
WNN
France's nuclear generating capacity will be capped at its current level under a long-awaited draft energy policy announced today by energy minister Ségolène Royal. French president Francois Hollande's 2012 election pledge was to limit nuclear's share of French generation at 50 per cent by 2025, and the closure of France's oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim, by the end of 2016.
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SolarCity announces plans to build the world's largest solar panel plant
Tools For Green Living
Just after signing a major agreement to acquire Silevo, SolarCity announced in a blog article it’s planning on building one of the world’s largest solar panel production plants in upstate New York. The plant, to be located in Buffalo, is expected to produce enough solar panels to produce one gigawatt (1 billion watts) of power within its first two years.
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The global market for commercial generators
Digital Journal
Commercial generators, also referred to as gensets, are used to supply full power, temporary power, supplemental power or emergency back-up power to retail businesses, industrial manufacturers, construction outfits, municipalities, telecommunication centres and institutional operations. Generators may be relied on in times of power interruptions or blackouts, although are also used on a regular basis – especially in regions where power supplies may be inconsistent.
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Massachusetts orders state utilities to modernize grid
RenewGrid
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued two orders requiring state electric distribution companies to modernize the electric grid. Although other states have certainly done their part to spur smart grid efforts, the Gov. Deval Patrick administration claims the DPU orders make Massachusetts "the first state in the nation to require electric distribution companies to take affirmative and far-reaching steps to modernize the electric grid."
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Turning salmon waste into biodiesel
The Labradorian
Dr. Deepika Dave, a research scientist with the Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University is currently working to address one of the key issues in the province’s aquaculture industry - what do to do with salmon waste. Dr. Dave is leading the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development’s (CASD) marine biodiesel research team in creating biodiesel and other value added products from salmon waste.
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Why automatic standby generators are better than portables
Seaside Courier
Portable generators are readily available from many retailers and home centers, they’re familiar to users and thus easy to operate, and they store easily in a shed or garage. However, automatic standby generators offer many advantages over portables during a power outage.
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OWA, Parks Canada to develop hydro potential of Ontario's canals
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Parks Canada and Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) that they would be collaborating to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of two of Ontario’s historic canal systems. The new framework is expected to foster new infrastructure investment, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal. The two organizations announced the release of a report on waterpower management in national historic canal systems in Ontario.

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Nova Scotia projects seal financing
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Travelers Capital says it has successfully arranged $57 million of non-recourse project financing for a portfolio of four community wind projects in Nova Scotia totaling 24 MW. Travelers, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, also acted as loan and security agent. The package was funded by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

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Fort Frances takes 8 generators offline
Fort Frances Times
Rainy River water levels are the highest observed in 85 years, compounding the high inflows to the basin both upstream and downstream of the Rainy Lake outlet. The high water levels on the Rainy River and Little Fork River have backed up to the dam and are impacting the Fort Frances and Boise powerhouses.

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13th Annual Outage Management for Power Plants Conference
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