APPRO PowerBrief
Oct. 1, 2015

Federal Court of Appeal overturns lower court's revocation of Darlington Nuclear Project license — Nuclear Project allowed to proceed
On September 10, 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) overturned the decision of the Federal Court of Canada (FCC) in Greenpeace Canada v. Attorney General of Canada, 2014 FC 463, which had (i) revoked the Site Preparation Licence (Licence) issued to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to construct new nuclear generation units at the existing Darlington nuclear facility, and (ii) ordered that the environmental assessment (EA) under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 1992)1 be returned to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) for further consideration.More

Ontario energy association appoints chair, vice-chair and elects new board of directors
Energy Now via The Canadian Press
The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) has appointed Mr. David McFadden as Chair and Mr. Anthony Haines as Vice-Chair of OEA Board of Directors. In addition, the OEA has elected a new Board of Directors for 2015-2016. All changes took effect at the close of the OEA Annual General Meeting.More

Manitoba Hydro announces final route for transmission line to Minnesota
Hydro World
Manitoba Hydro has announced the final preferred route for its Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project. As part of the process for securing a license for the transmission line under The Environment Act of Manitoba, the utility filed an environmental impact statement with provincial regulators. The route will travel from Dorsey Station northwest of Winnipeg to the Manitoba-Minnesota border. Detailed mapping of the route is available on Manitoba Hydro's website.More

Mexico wants Canadian energy companies to invest
Energy Now
Canadian energy companies looking south for new opportunities should cast their eyes beyond the U.S., according to Mexican politicians and businessmen attending an event recently at Calgary's Petroleum Club. The delegation, speaking at a forum hosted by the Economic Club of Canada, said Mexico's energy sector is open for business now that the country has lifted the state monopoly that existed for more than 75 years.More

Canadian clean energy investment grows 88 per cent in one year
Energy Mix
Investment in clean energy generation approached $10.7 billion in 2014, an 88 per cent increase since 2013, with Ontario accounting for 42 per cent of the total at $4.55 billion, according to Tracking the Energy Revolution Canada 2015, the annual tracking report released by Clean Energy Canada.More

NRG Energy to reorganize, seeds new renewables company
Power mag
NRG Energy has embarked on a "reset" that will see a separation of its core distributed generation and fossil fuel businesses. The company, headquartered in Princeton, N.J., wants to "simplify" NRG Group to cut down expenses and debt. In a transition that will begin now and be fully effective on Jan. 1, 2016, it will separate its home solar business, renewable assets, and electric vehicle charging business into one green company — "GreenCo" — that will stand on its "own two feet financially and will have its own investment proposition," CEO David Crane told investors in a hastily scheduled strategic update call in September.More

DOE announces funding to boost low-impact hydropower tech
Hydro World
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected seven organizations for a $6.5 million program to advance the manufacturing and installation of low-impact hydroelectric power technologies. The program, announced by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) in April, is intended to address three areas: rapidly deployable civil works technologies, innovative methods and materials for hydropower construction, and powertrain components.More

U.S., China solar PV players team up, invest $100 million in Chile, Uruguay and Japan
Renewable Energy World
Private equity infrastructure specialist Hudson Clean Energy Partners and Hong Kong-based independent power producer Sky Solar Holdings recently announced they are putting as much as $100 million of equity capital to work in developing an international portfolio of solar PV projects. More

New York considering carbon tax
Energy Mix
Assembly members Kevin Cahill and Barbara Lifton have introduced a carbon tax bill into the Assembly that would tax carbon emissions with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions in New York State. Currently, the bill would implement a carbon tax that would start at US$40 per metric ton of CO2 and increase in $10 increments annually.More

California's solar equipment list saves time and money
Renewable Energy World
California's commitment to solar energy development has created a large market for solar energy technologies of all sizes. In Senate Bill 1, enacted in 2006, the state legislature directed the California Energy Commission to establish criteria for which PV equipment would be eligible for rebates under the state's solar electric incentive programs, along with conditions for those incentives and rating standards for solar incentive programs. More

China to announce cap-and-trade program to limit emissions
NY Times
President Xi Jinping of China will make a landmark commitment to start a national program in 2017 that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, Obama administration officials said. The move to create a so-called cap-and-trade system would be a substantial step by the world's largest polluter to reduce emissions from major industries, including steel, cement, paper and electric power.More

Enel plans new life for old, unused power plants
Smart Cities Council
The growth of renewable energy and distributed generation, the drop in demand for electricity in Europe, enhanced energy efficiency and other factors have left Italian utility Enel, a council lead partner, with a large number of power plants that are no longer competitive to operate.More

First ever cross-border wind farm
Energy Mix
Between the U.S. and Mexico, the first-ever cross-border wind farm was officially inaugurated late last month. Customers of San Diego Gas & Electric will reap the benefits of this partnership. The wind farm, named Energía Sierra Juárez 1, has an installed generation capacity of 155-MW and is expected to generate the yearly consumption of nearly 70,000 homes. More

First Japanese simulator sale for L-3 MAPPS
L-3 MAPPS is to supply a severe accident simulator to Westinghouse for an unnamed customer in Tokyo. The contract is L-3 MAPPS' first sale of a plant simulator into the Japanese market. The contract to deliver a full-scale 1,000-MWe pressurized water reactor simulator equipped with severe accident simulation capability is part of a larger project that Westinghouse is fulfilling for its Japanese customer, L-3 MAPPS said. More

How aggregated storage can help utilities create a 'new kind of demand response'
Utility Drive
"Demand response" has traditionally been a fairly simple concept: When demand spikes, utilities pay some customers to reduce their load. The assumptions in that exchange were pretty simple: The customers involved had flexible load, and the price benefits that customers would get on their utility bills when they signed up for the program more than made up for whatever losses or inconvenience they incurred. When the utility put in the call, the customer started using less power.More

Lithium-Ion the 'new silicon' as storage approaches prime time
Energy Mix
Lithium-Ion is becoming "the new silicon," as energy storage follows the path of radical cost reductions that spurred the explosive rise of solar technology over the last 15 years, writes Andrew Beebe, managing director of Obvious Ventures, in a post on Greentech Grid.More

Subsea cables installed for 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project
Hydro World
The principal contractor hired by Atlantis Resources Ltd., James Fisher Marine Services Ltd., successfully laid four subsea cables at Atlantis Resources' planned 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project located in the Inner Sound development zone of Scotland's Pentland Firth. The four cables are housed in individual bore holes about 0.5 km each, drilled earlier this year, which run from the foreshore into the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth and down to the seabed," according to Atlantis Resources.More

Out of the utility death spiral and into the black
The fastest-growing companies in America generate billions from platform business models that match suppliers directly with customers, free from the debt burden of ownership of physical assets. In spite of the success of such models, most electric utilities are heading in the opposite direction and maximizing capital investment as a vehicle to maximize returns. In an era of declining sales and explosive growth of distributed energy resources, utilities should look to other industries — from transportation to hospitality to apps to music — to figure out what a platform-based future looks like.More

The duty to accommodate: Legal obligation is evolving in groundbreaking ways
Merging human rights issues such as family status, the aging workforce, religious observance and transgender identity are creating new challenges for employers and their in-house counsel. The legal obligation to accommodate the needs of workers (up to the point of undue hardship) is being interpreted in groundbreaking ways by courts, human rights tribunals and arbitration boards.More

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The 4th Annual Green Energy Doors Open
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2nd Annual Western Power Summit
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