APPRO PowerBrief
Mar. 14, 2013

Brookfield Renewable completes acquisition of New England hydropower projects
Hydro World
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has completed its acquisition of 19 hydropower projects and eight upstream storage reservoirs from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The lot comprised of facilities primarily located on the Kennebec, Androscoggin and Saco rivers in Maine and New Hampshire is valued at about $760 million and will add 351 MW of hydroelectric power to Brookfield Renewable's portfolio.More

South Kent Wind Project will see up to 500 workers on site during peak construction
Chatham Daily News
Construction of the South Kent Wind Project is slated to begin soon, which will see approximately 500 workers on site during the peak construction period. Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group announced that financing has been secured for the 270 megawatt project that will have 124 Ontario-made turbines erected from the eastern border of Tilbury to the western border of Ridgetown, south of Highway 401.More

Ontario Power Generation records higher profit on lower prices
Toronto Star
Ontario Power Generation reported higher profit in 2013 while receiving lower prices for its output. But the company won't be paying any dividends to its owner the Ontario government because of the big list of expensive projects looming in the near future.More

Former Commons speaker Milliken testifies at Ontario gas plant committee
The Globe and Mail
The Liberals and opposition parties all claim former House of Commons speaker Peter Milliken supported their side when he testified at a committee looking into the government's cancellation of gas plants in Oakville, ON, and Mississauga, ON,. Milliken was called by the Progressive Conservatives as an expert witness on parliamentary privilege, which is at the core of their contempt motion against the Liberal government for initially refusing to release documents on the cancelled energy projects.More

Ontario drags its feet on offshore wind opportunity
Toronto Star
Is the offshore wind opportunity in Ontario permanently dead in the water? It was in February 2011, an election year when the Liberal government abruptly killed the ambitions of any wind developer looking to place wind turbines in the Great Lakes. More

Debate rages over energy-from-waste incineration plants
There is a burning question facing municipalities across the province. What do we do with our garbage when the landfill is full? Across much of the GTA, the answer for now seems to be energy-from-waste plants, the modern, cleaner face of incineration.More

Going clean and green: Abandoned iron ore mine transforming into hydro plant
In the Canadian province of Ontario, Toronto-based company Northland Power plans to turn an old steel mine into a 400 megawatt pumped hydro power storage facility. A clean energy developer says that the proposed project will, "facilitate the energy storage and the integration of wind and solar power generation onto Ontario's grid, and enable the company to pocket the difference between peak and off-peak electricity prices along the way."More

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NAEMA 2013 Spring Conference and Annual Meeting
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Dates: March 20, 2013 to March 22, 2013

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Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary, AB
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Hotel Albany - Albany, NY
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Energy industry warns about focus on natural gas
The Globe and Mail
Leading U.S. power executives are warning that North America's shale boom is undermining the competitiveness of nuclear and renewable power for electricity generation, and could leave the system dangerously dependent on natural gas. "The single biggest challenge we have is the pressure from regulators to build all gas, all the time, and I think that is going to be a mistake," James Rogers, chief executive officer for Duke Energy told an energy conference in Houston.More

Hydro Ottawa backs away from LRT expropriations
Ottawa Citizen
Hydro Ottawa has informed the Ontario Energy Board that it likely won't need to expropriate five properties along the route of the new light rail transit system after all. In a letter to the OEB, the utility said the City of Ottawa has made significant progress toward obtaining agreements to acquire the required property interests.More

Multi-million dollar solar projects
Bayshore Broadcasting
It's very exciting news for Brockton and West Grey. First Ontario Energy Incorporated is planning to construct and operate solar facilities in both Brockton and West Grey. In Brockton, the plan would be to set up a 40 mega watt solar farm on 70 acres of privately leased land just east of Walkerton.More

Hydro power viewed as carbon solution
Calgary Herald
Alberta should pursue the development of hydro electricity possibly through private public partnerships to reduce its carbon footprint, says an all-party committee of the legislature in a report released Monday. The 34-page report of the standing committee on resource stewardship says Alberta should consider the development of dams and run-of-river hydro projects to meet a projected demand for nearly 12,000 megawatts of new generation over the next two decades. More

Brookfield Renewable completes acquisition of New England hydropower projects
Hydro World
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has completed its acquisition of 19 hydropower projects and eight upstream storage reservoirs from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.More

Obama nominates new Energy Secretary and EPA administrator
Renew Grid
resident Barack Obama has announced his nominations for the new U.S. Department of Energy Secretary and the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.More

Energy firms plan for higher carbon costs
The Globe and Mail
Canada's energy companies are factoring a carbon price into their business planning, even in the absence of federal climate regulations.More

Western joins Hydro One's engineering partnership
Western News
Western recently announced a new partnership with Hydro One, Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and University of Waterloo to increase enrolment and career opportunities for female students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More

Toronto Hydro: Rate hike needed to fix aging equipment
CBC News
An electrical switch failure that left thousands in Toronto's east end without power for as long as 30 hours may become more common, as the city's infrastructure ages and upgrades lag behind, a Toronto Hydro spokesman says. The city utility is asking the Ontario Energy Board for $1.4 billion over the next three years which translates into a rate hike of about $2 monthly on each residential bill, said Blair Peberdy, Toronto Hydro's vice-president of communications.More

Power returns to thousands of Toronto customers after more than 30 hours
Power has finally started to return for thousands of residents at about 20 apartment buildings in the Thorncliffe Park area more than 30 hours after they lost electricity and heat. "Crews continue their work to restore 3 remaining buildings at southeast end of Thorncliffe," Toronto Hydro said on their Twitter account. More