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GridWatch – June 24, 2015

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Home Automation

Nest’s new video called “The Thoughtful Home” kicks off this months round-up of Home Automation. Nest entered the home automation scene with its “smart thermostat” about two years ago and is on a mission to create a home that’s thoughtful – one that takes care of itself and the people inside it.

Google paid $3 billion US for Nest early this year, a move that many have questioned, but it underscores where the world’s web visionaries see the future going. How close do the Nest devices on shelf today come to the romantic vision projected in the Nest video: “an intuitive household that learns and reacts to your preferences and habits?” In our view the early versions of the technology might be slightly underwhelming on that note, but it’s the technology and the direction of multi-device integration – and the fact, Google’s behind it – that’s very telling of things to come.

The video below by H2 Systems, a more conventional Home Integration Solutions provider, does a great job explaining the concept of an integrated home. One of the key benefits it espouses is “making it much easier for the home owner to get to things they want to get to.” The video also introduces the benefits of remote monitoring and notifications.

Our 3rd featured video in home automation is a report by Forbes on SmartThings, a home automation player that was spun out of a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. SmartThings technology helps consumers to control their appliances with their smartphones, smartwatches and other devices. Home automation activity on crowd funding web sites has been brisk over the past several months, not surprizing. SmartThings’technology has made its way into the heart of Samsung’s full smart home vision, and Samsung snatched up SmartThings last year for $200 billion.

During the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show this year in Las Vegas, Samsung Co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon vowed that all of Samsung’s products would be built on platforms that are open and compatible with other products. And Yoon said that that 90 percent of its products — which range from smartphones to refrigerators — would be able to connect to the Web by 2017. In five years, every product in the company’s entire catalog is expected to be Internet-connected. Not surprizing, if you’ve ever had the opportunity peer inside some of the company’s latest appliances, ovens for example, that have full-on mother boards.

According to CB Insights data, venture investors have been betting that start-ups can successfully take on titans in the smart home space such as Philips and Honeywell by attacking them at a product/service level. They reported that smart home start-ups took $454M in investor funding in 2014, an increase of 57% on a year-over-year basis. But Fortune recently reported, while early adopters, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have bought into the idea of a smart home, mainstream consumers haven’t. Join us as we drill down into the home automation space with the following headlines.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Smart Home Offering Doomed To Fail
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is all set to monopolize the smart home space. But it may be an exercise in futility. Google’s Nest introduced its …

With layoffs at Leeo and Wink for sale, is the smart home crumbling?
Meanwhile, smart home startups like Goji and Plum are so late to market with their products that supporters who gave them money through their …

Are consumers abandoning the smart home?
The report also says that while early adopters may have bought into DIY home automation systems, the average consumer isn’t sold, meaning that companies that want to get into this space need to different features and improve their products to attract the …

Home automation market loses steam
The home automation market, which was gaining attention and experiencing robust growth in 2014, is quickly losing steam. That’s one of the …

Google’s Nest Updates Smart Home Automation Camera …
A year on, Google is ready to showcase its own range of smart gadgets and home automation devices in the IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem …

Sony home automation hub unveiled
Computer Business Review
The new product is expected to be a smart home automation device that will be able to control temperature and appliances remotely.

Vector Security Launches Home Automation And Mobile Security App
Retail Solutions Online
“Today’s busy lifestyle, coupled with technology advancements, has created an increased demand for home automation and mobile security,” …

5 steps to keep your smart home from being hacked
PCWorld-Jun 9, 2015
Consumers who outfit their homes with home automation devices without considering security may be inviting hackers and thieves inside.

GridSmartCity Partners in the News

Elster EnergyICT – How sub-metering can achieve payback in less …
Industry Today (press release)
Many customers are interested in sub-metering their estate to increase their understanding of the energy usage across their portfolio.

Eaton Collaborates with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering to Address Complex Healthcare Power Management Challenges
Eaton Media Release
Power management company Eaton recently announced a collaboration with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) to highlight the critical power management solutions helping the healthcare industry safeguard patients and data. Eaton experts will develop in-depth technical, thought leadership content focused on advancing energy efficiency and power resiliency through lighting, critical power and building efficiency solutions transforming healthcare environments.

College Team Tops 2,000 Miles per Gallon during SAE “Supermileage” Competition Held at Eaton’s Proving Grounds
Business Wire
Power management company Eaton, in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), announced the results of the annual SAE Supermileage(R) competition held at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan.  Universite Laval from Quebec, Canada, achieved 2,098 miles per gallon (mpg) with its student-designed and built vehicle that met the strict competition criteria of a single occupant, and a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine.

Florida Power & Light Company  ongoing high demand for smart grid technology brings S&C Electric Co. manufacturing site to Florida
Money CNN
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today joined Chicago-based S&C Electric Company (S&C) at the opening of S&C’s West Palm Beach manufacturing facility – a site that will turn out thousands of smart grid devices aimed at improving service for 4.8 million customers.

Public input sought for Milton Hydro survey
Inside Halton News
Milton homeowners and small business owners are invited to share their views on local hydro service via a Milton Hydro survey…

Electrical Safety Authority Rules Out Electrical Meter as Source of …
Canada NewsWire
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) today announced that it has ruled out the electrical meter as …

Do Capacity Markets Offer New Business Opportunities For LDCs?
Mondaq News Alerts
The discussion mainly focused on the structure of the capacity markets, which will be implemented by the IESO initially through a Demand …

Market slowly plugging into the advantages of electric vehicles
Business in Vancouver
I couldn’t figure it out. Why was Cara Clairman, CEO of Ontario-based non-profit Plug’n Drive, persuading people to drive more electric vehicles …

Hydro One Sale

Scotiabank and RBC picked to oversee Hydro One IPO
The Canadian Press
Ontario’s Liberal government has selected Scotiabank and RBC Capital Markets as active bookrunners for its controversial initial public offering of Hydro One…

Tab for Hydro One privatization consultants could top $7 million, NDP says
Toronto Star
‎The tab for consultants hired by the Clark commission on privatizing Hydro One and other Ontario government assets could hit $7.5 million, New Democrat MPP Catherine Fife said Tuesday…

Horwath warns of high rates, low accountability if Hydro One sold
Waterloo Region Record
Paul Sauder is hoping to double the size of his small business in the coming months. But the owner of Henry’s Tempeh in Kitchener — which produces the traditional soy product called tempeh — is concerned about the impact that potentially higher hydro rates…

Liberals pass Ontario budget, clearing way for Hydro One privatization
The Canadian Press
The Liberal government used its majority today to pass the Ontario budget, which clears the way for the sale of Hydro One, the huge electrical transmission utility…

Ontario Liberals pull veil of secrecy over Hydro One sell-off
Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled an iron curtain over Hydro One, ensuring one of the largest privatizations in the province’s history will unfold in secret…

Hydro One: Ontario’s privatization plan explained
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has unveiled a plan to privatize Hydro One, a major government-owned electricity agency. If it goes through, it will be one of the largest privatizations of a government asset in a generation in Canada…

Andrea Horwath profiting from looming Hydro One sale
Toronto Star
After losing her bearings in the last election, Andrea Horwath has belatedly found her voice on the Hydro One privatization…

Positives and negatives of partial Hydro One sale
Toronto Sun
Sparks are flying at Queen’s Park as the Kathleen Wynne government prepares to pass legislation that sets up the sale of up to 60% of publicly-owned Hydro One to private interests…

Bob Chiarelli, Letter to the Editor: Selloff will help Ontario, Hydro One
Toronto Star
The Ontario government strongly disagrees with Keith M. Summers’ opinion piece about broadening the ownership of Hydro One in order to invest in much needed infrastructure across Ontario…


Energy retrofits become an investment vehicle
Toronto Star
Energy savings has suddenly become a commodity that investors believe is a hot market with money to be made. Efficiency Capital Corp. has just launched as a for-profit company, with the goal to finance $100 million in energy efficiency retrofits over the next five years…

Report calls for ban on energy sales at home: Roseman
Toronto Star
Knock, knock. Who’s there? “I’m your energy supplier and I’m here to lower your price,” says a friendly person at your door, claiming to have a great deal you can’t afford to miss. For many years, Ontario has allowed independent retailers to visit customers at their homes…

Collingwood, PowerStream still discussing services agreement behind closed doors
Simcoe News
Collingwood council is set to receive an update on the status of a service agreement between Collingwood and Collus PowerStream…

Ontario to ban door-to-door energy marketers
The Liberals said Tuesday they hope to ban door-to-door energy retailers through the Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity …

Construction of Sarnia power plant beset by worker safety problems
The Globe and Mail
Around noon on a Thursday in April, a vertical support beam gave way inside a power plant under construction near Sarnia. The floor above the beam, on which the plant’s turbine was sitting, pressed down with 100 tonnes of force, putting a crack in a column…

Ontario to ban door-to-door energy marketers
CBC News
The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), which represents local electrical utilities, welcomed the proposal. “Local utilities deal with countless complaints from customers who feel they have been misled at the door,” the EDA’s Raymond Tracey said…

Strengthening Consumer Protection in Ontario’s Energy Sector
Government of Ontario News
Ontario is enhancing the capabilities of the Ontario Energy Board … electricity retailers and gas marketers to sell energy retail contracts at the …

Lake Erie cross-border power-line project reaches milestone
The Globe and Mail
A bold plan to build a billion-dollar underwater electrical transmission line across Lake Erie has reached a crucial milestone with filings to key regulators in Canada and the United States…

Electric Vehicles

Britain has twice as many taxpayer-funded electric car charging …
The Independent
The Government and local councils have splashed millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash on building thousands of electric car charging points …

Street Lights to Charge Electric Cars
Discovery News
In the future, electric cars might be able to park at street lights to charge up. BMW’s MINI demonstrated this new technology, called the Light …

BMW Bites The Bullet On Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
We’ve been having a lively discussion about fuel cell electric vehicles over here at CleanTechnica, and along comes BMW to stir the pot.

Tesla trucks? Sort of: co-founder in ambitious electric truck start-up
Associated Press
Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars. Now, the Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks…

The 10 best electric vehicles
It’s 2015, and the age of the electric car is finally upon us. A decade ago, road-ready electric vehicles were few and far between, but today …

GM using old Volt batteries to power office building
The company, which is close to launching the second-generation Volt hybrid plug-in car, repurposed five used batteries from the first-generation Volt to power the General Motors Enterprise Data Center at its Milford Proving Ground…


Canada is a secure, reliable and responsible producer and supplier …
Net Newsledger
Nuclear energy is a key contributor to Canada’s low-emissions energy … of the country’s electricity and more than half of Ontario’s electricity.

Group taking battle over nuclear waste burial plan to court
CTV News
Plans to build Canada’s first permanent nuclear waste storage facility are heading to court…

Extended deadline called ‘political posturing’
London Free Press
Nuclear-waste disposal near the Great Lakes has been a political hot potato for months and now it’s been dropped into the upcoming federal election…


Losses in building phase will reap profits: Hydro
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro says six consecutive years of losses will help reap billions in profits in the future…

PEI government looking to own future power plants
CBC News
P.E.I.’s Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure & Energy Paula Biggar says government will introduce legislation this fall to give itself the option to own future electrical generating facilities proposed by private utility companies including Maritime Electric…

Natural advantages make power cheaper in Manitoba: experts
CBC News
Many Ontario residents complain about the high cost of electricity but people in northwestern Ontario, residents face the added frustration of being situated right beside Manitoba, where our neighbours enjoy much lower prices. That cheap power is so close…

Alberta the only place in North America without energy conservation programs
Edmonton Journal
British Columbia puts $54 per capita into energy conservation, smaller Saskatchewan manages to find $24 per capita while the tiny state of Massachusetts spends $90 per capita. But Alberta? There is no funding to encourage energy efficiency…

P.E.I. government buying $50 million power generator
Guardian News
The province, through the P.E.I. Energy Corporation, will own the 50-megawatt combustion turbine generator and will lease it to Maritime Electric…

Former Bombardier exec lands top job at Hydro-Québec
Montreal Gazette
Éric Martel’s sudden exit two weeks ago as president of Bombardier’s business-jet division finally got explained Wednesday…

TransAlta CEO hopes NDP takes different course on coal phase-out
The Globe and Mail
Alberta’s new government should be cautious about accelerating the decline of coal-fired electricity generation because it will have a damaging effect on employment, the head of the province’s biggest investor-owned utility says…


Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown blasts Liberals over Green Energy …
The Kingston Whig-Standard
As new renewable wind and solar energy projects spring up in Kingston, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says the …

Former TD president Ed Clark advising Kathleen Wynne
The Globe and Mail
Ed Clark, the retired bank president and mastermind behind the privatization of Hydro One, has quietly moved to a new job advising Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on business issues, including finding other revenue sources for the cash-strapped province…

One year after Kathleen Wynne’s re-election, so much has changed
The Globe and Mail
All three of Ontario’s major political parties are doing their best to prove that old adage as the province passes the first anniversary of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s majority election victory…

Premier Kathleen Wynne sets out the battle plan for Ontario Liberals
Inport News
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne steadied her troops Saturday for the challenges to come, telling party members that a majority government is an opportunity to take bold action…

Wynne plans to add 15 new MPPs for 2018 election
Toronto Star
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has given in to public pressure, announcing Thursday that her government plans to create 15 new ridings to increase the number of MPPs to 122 from 107 in the 2018 election…

Ontario Speaker rules Hydro One did not mislead the legislature
Hamilton Spectator
The Speaker of the Ontario legislature has ruled that there was no contempt of parliament in the Hydro One dealings with the provincial ombudsman and the government…

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Seeks to Build Party in Northern Ontario
Net News Ledger
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is working to build a PC Party that includes Northern Ontario. In an interview with NetNewsLedger, Brown says that the North matters, and Northern issues matter…


The Ontario Energy Board released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan.

The OEB has published the Quarter 3, 2015 prescribed accounting interest rates applicable to the carrying charges of deferral, variance and construction work in progress (CWIP) accounts of natural gas utilities, electricity distributors and other rate-regulated entities.

The OEB has posted Disclosure Statement templates for Electricity Contracts. The revised Disclosure Statement templates are effective July 1, 2015. Revisions have been made related to the change in the presentation of losses on the consumer’s bill.

IESO’s Electricity Insider Provides Updates on Demand Response and Industrial Conservation Initiative

Ontario Takes Steps to Further Protect Ratepayers: Robust New Tools to Provide Consumers a Stronger Voice

Smart Meters, TOU, Hydro Costs

Industry hydro prices could jump 15%: AMPCO
Toronto Sun
Large industrial users of electricity could see the cost rise by up to 15% within six years, a new analysis by the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO) predicts…

Exploding smart meter heats up Queen’s Park
London Free Press
An exploding smart meter prompted a grilling of Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli Thursday in the Ontario legislature. Progressive Conservative MPP John Yakabuski questioned the safety of the devices after one charred the outside of a brick home last Sunday…

Crisis averted as Ont. smart meter explodes next to gas line
Toronto Sun
Larry Irwin, the vice-president of the local utility — Collus PowerStream — said the company has never used those meters. Onyskiw said she has been told that the way in which the meter was installed on her home might be to blame…

‘Don’t walk, run’ to get help with hydro bills, ombudsman warns
Toronto Star
Customers getting outrageous bills from Hydro One have less than a day to register for help from Ontario’s ombudsman now that the government’s spring budget has passed in the legislature…

Fortis defends smart meters
Castanet News
FortisBC is defending its Advanced Metering Infrastructure project in the wake of calls to halt the installation of smart meters…


Canadian Solar Getting $58 Million Loan for Ontario Power Plants
Bloomberg-Jun 19, 2015
Canadian Solar Inc., the third-largest producer of photovoltaic panels, is getting a loan of C$71.6 million ($58.3 million) from Deutsche Bank AG …

Egan: Solar is the new oil. Again. Skies clear this time?
Ottawa Citizen
Forget the energy evangelists for a moment — trust your own eyes. You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting a solar panel. Hydro Ottawa reports that, in just over five years, some 720 renewable energy projects are now feeding the grid, the vast majority being solar…

Solar Farm Public Meeting Today
Blackburn News
A community public meeting will be held Tuesday to update the public on Ontario Power Generation’s proposed 30MW solar facility at the former Lambton Generating station near Courtright…


Is this a revolution in energy storage?CNBC.com
When it comes to renewables, the challenges facing energy storage are huge. How is technology helping to …

Parker Hannifin Selected by Alevo for Large-Scale Energy Storage
Solar Novus Today
… thermal management systems to several key independent systems operators in the United States and Canada. The energy storage systems …

Don’t fear the battery, Elon Musk tells power companies
Bloomberg News
Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., told electric utility owners they shouldn’t fear that his battery systems will put them out of business — instead, they should buy them…

Tesla Motors Inc turns to Dalhousie University professor for help with battery technology
National Post
Halifax’s Dalhousie University will get to play a role in Elon Musk’s quest to change the world as the result of a somewhat audacious request by a senior researcher studying lithium-ion batteries…


Ontario: Canada’s Energy Transition Success Story
Huffington Post
When you look at Ontario’s greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: Shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation…

Canada commits to G7 plan to end use of fossil fuels
The Globe and Mail
Canada has joined other Group of Seven leaders in pledging to stop burning fossil fuels by the end of the century, but Canadian officials are playing down the promise as an “aspirational” target and Stephen Harper says it will only be reached through advances in technology…

Alberta Premier Notley looks to Ontario in energy move from coal
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley now wants to bridge the gap in energy policies between the two Canadian provinces. Notley, elected in a surprise vote last month, is leaning on advisers from Ontario and the federal wing of her New Democratic Party to outline a shift…


Pattern Energy Acquires a One-Third Interest in 270 MW K2 Wind …
… of 140 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and operates under a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

Man hopes to pull plug on proposed wind farm
Toronto Sun
A proposed 150-turbine wind energy project in eastern Ontario is being called a threat to one of Canada’s unique astronomical features…

North Frontenac Township not willing to host wind energy project
The Kingston Whig-Standard
“Having wind turbines dotting our landscape took away from our pristine … In Ontario, the company has eight wind power projects in 10 …

Wind-energy project tied to Maritime Electric considered success
CBC News
A five-year wind-energy research project that Maritime Electric was involved with is being called a success…

Wind energy companies lining up in Lambton County

Sarnia Observer News
Another energy company is proposing a wind turbine project in Lambton County…


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Project to convert oil waste water into power
Blackburn News
In a few weeks a generator in North Dakota will fire up, powered by nothing more than waste water from an oil well…

Big utilities are ready to go small
Mother Nature Network (blog)-Jun 18, 2015
Consider the drought in parts of Brazil or California: hydropower has … gas has quickly replaced coal in much of the U.S. and elsewhere, but …


Evaporating water to produce electricity
Toronto Telegraph News
Can the energy of evaporating water be harnessed to propel self-sufficient devices or produce electricity? A new experiment raises hopes…

Renewable energy progress report
EU News-Jun 16, 2015
… Europe is still ahead of most other regions (e.g. China and the USA) in … Hydro schemes convert the potential energy of the water, flowing …

Subsidies for UK onshore wind energy farms to end in April 2016
Toronto Telegraph News
The UK government Thursday announced decision to end a costly subsidy scheme for new onshore wind farms from 1 April 2016, a year ahead of earlier plans…

GridWatch – May 26, 2015

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Gridwatch May, 2015

Smart devices are a key enabler of unleashing the potential of the smart grid and how homes, appliances, vehicles, energy systems and people interact.

According to GridSmartCity partner, the IESO, by 2030 many homes will become almost self-sufficient and whole communities will have the capability of sharing power amongst themselves. Appliances, energy management systems, storage and generation within a home will work seamlessly together and interact with the smart grid – creating a highly-efficient system of consuming, storing and producing energy.

Leading our edition this month is the IESO’s release of new renewable energy support program, the Energy Partnerships Program (EPP), whose draft rules have been put out for comment. The new program will streamline existing program offerings while improving the ability of communities and organizations to develop renewable energy projects. It’ll be interesting to the extent that energy storage factors in the IESO’s latest offering. This month’s edition of GridWatch provides a full update on energy storage news in fact. To prepare for the launch of the EPP, the IESO has released draft Program Rules for comment. The IESO will be accepting comments on the proposed rules until June 19, 2015. Please use the feedback template available on www.communityenergyprogram.ca or www.aboriginalenergy.ca to prepare your comments and feedback.

Also in this edition, GridWatch will kick off a continuing series on home automation and smart devices. Computerworld predicts Home Automation is where the next big consumer technology culture shift will be. Leadership in the home automation space is up in the air, but Google has made it clear it plans to being in the mix from numerous vantage points. Google’s play into the smart phone and tablet space has enjoyed huge market success led by its Nexus line of smart phone and tablets, and its industry leading Android operating system, which runs more than half of all smart phones sold today. Google’s acquisition 16 months ago of Nest smart thermostats and smoke and CO alarms was also pretty telling. The company has invited in numerous smart device manufacturers to help bring to fruition its vision to provide the central command of tomorrow’s smart home. Now Nest is getting into the solar business. The company, which was acquired by Google GOOGL -0.34% in 2014 for $3.2 billion in cash, last week said it would be giving free thermostats to the next 10,000 customers in California who buy a SolarCity SCTY +0.76% system. More important, SolarCity will be able to tap into those thermostats through the “Work with Nest” program to tailor energy production to household power demands.
Also this month, we provide our usual update this month of GridSmartCity partner news highlighted by the K-Line Group who was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2044 by Deloitte and the National Post.

Home Automation Round-up

Video shows 10 Ten Home Automation Systems

Google’s Nest Learning thermostat earned the top spot in EZVid’s top 10 list of Home Automation devices, reported in this month’s featured video by EZvid. Eaton-Cooper’s Leviton’s Omni-Touch 1 made # 8 on the same list.

How Google and Apple will smartify your home
The next big culture shift is home automation

How Google’s Nest Will Make Residential Solar
Nest, best known for its fancy-looking “learning thermostat,” has dabbled in the energy business. For starters, its thermostat can save you a …

Ecobee: The Small Smart Home Company Taking a Big Swing at …
Motley Fool
The Small Smart Home Company Taking a Big Swing at Google Nest … it has bested not just Nest, but the entire smart thermostat industry.

The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?
Energy Collective
Home security and automation could be the back door for … lights, power strips and plugs were sold last year, and it predicts that figure will …

ADT Teams With Google’s Nest, LG On Home Automation
ADT’s integration with Google’s Nest was expected in the summer. ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney believed that bringing LG and Nest into its …

Technology boosts safety, energy savings
London Free Press
Even automated faucets — commonplace in public washrooms — are making their way into private homes. And yes, the technology exists that …

Honeywell, Tata Power implement first ever automated demand …
Economic Times
Given the gap between the power required for homes and businesses in India, and what utilities can produce, many cities across the country

Apple may be working on an app to control home products, report says
HomeKit has the potential to bring home automation to everyday … such as electrical outlets, garage openers and smart thermostats. ConnectSense. Grid Connect’s ConnectSense Smart Outlet ($79), which will run on Apple’s…

Grid automation company Advanced Control Systems
Electric Light & Power
ACS, celebrating its 40th anniversary in business, is a provider of operational software systems and grid automation solutions for electric …

Smart Homes: From Niche to Mainstream
ADT’s single integrated wireless home automation hub and in-home control panel combines monitoring services with automation capabilities.


Taking the Pulse on Storage … It’s a key factor to realizing exponentially more value out of renewables, but where are with storage? It might be emerging as one of the hottest trends for 2015, and we serve up some of the latest headlines below.

Video About the New Tesla Powerwall Battery

Northern Power Systems Launches Power Conversion Technology …
Northern Power Systems(NPS), a leading renewable energy technology … with energy storage systems and used in grid support applications.

Your Home Doesn’t Matter for Tesla’s Dream of a Battery-Powered
So defection from the electrical grid will remain well out of reach for … the argument for pairing solar with home battery storage will improve.

Eos Energy Storage Closes $23M Funding Round for Cheap Grid …
Greentech Media
The zinc cathode, water-based electrolyte battery technology from Eos hopes to deliver grid-scale energy storage at a new price point, about…

FSP Enters Energy Storage Systems with EMERGY Series Portable …
FSP, the performance power specialist, announces a new line of Energy Storage…

Jigar Shah, DoE and utilities speak at Energy Storage Association …
PV-Tech Storage
As regular readers of PV Tech Storage may know, utilities in the US have … “With the conference, the electrical storage sector now has a…

Will Tesla battery beat iPhone to first $1 billion in sales?
Toronto Star
If Tesla converts even a fraction of those reservations into actual sales, the battery roll-out could measure up as one of the biggest ever for a new product category…

Tesla battery orders have been ‘like off the hook,’ says CEO Elon Musk
National Post
Tesla Motors Inc. is already building a 5-million-square-foot battery factory. It’s not big enough. That was the message from Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk this week while discussing, for the first time, the early response to his new product line of storage batteries…

No free ride for fossil-free
London Free Press
Its wall-mounted Powerwall battery is a home electrical storage system that will allow homeowners with solar panels on their roofs to power…

Beyond the hype, is the Tesla home-powered battery worth the money?
Canadian Business News
When Tesla Motors announced its home-powering battery was going to be available in Canada next year, it did so with much hype, promising a convenient way of storing energy for overnight or backup use…

Tesla Motors Inc’s new battery doesn’t work that well with rooftop solar|
National Post
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase…

Tesla Powerwall in-home battery pack coming to Canada
The Globe and Mail
Tesla Motors Inc.’s innovative in-home battery pack is being brought to Canada by Annette Verschuren, the former Home Depot Canada boss who now runs an energy storage company…

Why Tesla faces problems with repackaging electric car batteries for homes
Globe and Mail
Tesla Motors Inc’s plan to generate new revenue by repackaging electric car batteries as home…

Hydro One Sale Update

Hydro One mistreated, misled customers about billing problems: ombudsman
Global News
Hydro One lost sight of its public interest purpose and treated customers “abominably” after a new information system resulted in huge billing errors for about 100,000 homes, ombudsman Andre Marin reported Monday.

Banks willing to take 75% cut on Hydro One IPO fees, Sousa says
Globe and Mail
Banks are so eager to get a piece of Hydro One Inc.’s initial public offering that they’re willing to accept about a quarter of the fees typically paid out in …

Wynne says there will be oversight of Hydro One after sale
CTV News
Ontario’s premier has defended the partial sale of Hydro One…

Ontario watchdogs slam Wynne’s Hydro One sale
Toronto Star
Taxpayers will be kept in the dark as the government pulls an iron curtain across Hydro One, blocking its $9-billion sale from public scrutiny, Ontario’s outspoken auditor general and seven other watchdogs warn…

Hydro protesters descend on Queen’s Park
Toronto Sun
As the Ontario government gets set to plant a “for-sale” at publicly-owned Hydro One, the front lawn of Queen’s Park sprouted protesters Wednesday…

Horwath blasts Hydro One sale at Brampton town hall
Mississauga News
Provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath made a stop at Professor’s Lake Recreation Centre in Brampton on Thursday for a town hall meeting about the proposed partial privatization of Hydro One by the Ontario government…

Hydro One share deal casts doubts on Wynne’s Ontario labour-costs promise
The Globe and Mail
A generous deal between the Ontario government and the Power Workers’ Union is calling into question Premier Kathleen Wynne’s promise to hold the line on labour costs…

Poll finds Ontarians unhappy with Hydro One privatization plan
The Globe and Mail
A majority of Ontarians are against the Liberal government’s plan to privatize Hydro One, a new poll suggests.
GridSmartCity Partners in the News

K-Line Makes Coveted Best Managed Companies List
National Post
K=line has been named among the top 100 best managed companies in Canada by the National Post and Deloitte. The coveted list recognizes excellence in Canadian-owned and -managed companies with revenues over $10-million.

The IESO is Developing a New Renewable Energy Support Program
The Energy Partnerships Program (EPP), to streamline existing program offerings while improving the ability of communities and organizations…

Battery Storage Payback Takes Only a Few Years in PJM, S&C Finds
Greentech Media
After four months, a battery pilot at S&C Electric Company’s Smart Grid Solutions Demonstration Center in Chicago has earned nearly $7,000.

Elster Introduces Connexo(R) NetSense for Advanced Mesh and …
GlobeNewswire (press release)
Elster introduces Connexo NetSense, the cellular and RF mesh data collection …

Eaton Helps Kentucky Power State’s Largest Solar Installation at …
AltEnergyMag (press release)
Once complete, the solar array is expected to annually produce approximately 2,466 megawatt-hours of sustainable electricity, which is …

Eaton to Provide Solar Inverter and Electrical Equipment for 1.9MW …
Power management company Eaton today announced multiple contracts to provide engineering services, a solar inverter, and electrical…

National honours for K-Line
The Stouffville-based K-Line Group is a winner in the 2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program, recognizing excellence in…

Burlington, Oakville hydro utilities staging powerline safety seminar
Inside Halton News
Local hydro utilities want power workers to avoid a potential tragedy…

#RespectThePower: Powerline Safety Awareness Week May 11 to…
Canada NewsWire (press release)
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and many of Ontario’s local electrical utilities are running public awareness programs around the theme of…

Guelph Hydro Reminds Residents of Power Line Safety
Fountain Pen
Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. remind customers who are undertaking home improvement projects to be aware of the hazards posed by…

Hints To Weather Power Outages
Fountain Pen
North Dumfries Hydro, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and Waterloo North Hydro Inc. are asking their customers…

Electric Vehicles

2017 Chrysler Town & Country May Get Electric-Motor-Based AWD …
Car and Driver (blog
In addition to the promised plug-in hybrid version, the 2017 T&C … said that an all-wheel-drive version would “either lose its foldable Stow ‘n Go…

Electric Vehicles to Get Free Rein on Beijing Roads
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Buyers of electric cars in China are getting yet another boost — freedom on Beijing’s roads. In a fresh effort to promote battery-powered electric…


Premier Asked to Cancel Proposed Nuclear Waste Burial at Bruce Power
Blackburn News
One hundred public interest groups have written an open letter calling on the Ontario Government to direct Ontario Power Generation to withdraw the plan to bury nuclear waste…

Kincardine nuclear waste site gets federal seal of approval
Toronto Star
A federal panel has given an overall seal of approval to the controversial nuclear waste disposal site proposed for a subterranean crypt below the Bruce nuclear station near Kincardine, Ont…


Bay of Fundy tidal power soon to be harnessed
Globe and Mail
After years of preparation, electricity-generating tidal turbines will soon be deployed in the intense underwater current of the Bay of Fundy, and linked to the power grid…

Quebec weighs asset sales in long-term program review
The Globe and Mail
Quebec is weighing privatization of government-owned corporations as part of a long-term review of all programs that it is undertaking, Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Monday…

Alberta NDP’s rise to power raises hopes for renewable energy
The Globe and Mail
It is not quite euphoria, but the renewable energy industry is optimistic that Alberta will be more welcoming to alternative power projects under the New Democratic Party…

Hydro-Quebec to proceed with construction of 400-kilometre transmission line
Canadian Press
Quebecers will welcome the construction of a new 400-kilometre Hydro-Quebec transmission line even though there’s still some opposition to the project…


Patrick Brown’s leadership win boosts NDP numbers, poll shows
Toronto Star
Patrick Brown’s ascension to the Progressive Conservative throne has given a boost to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, a new poll suggests…

Brown highlights Quebec’s affordable hydro rates
Toronto Sun
A historic appearance by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard Monday served to highlight the political separation within Ontario’s legislature…

Patrick Brown wins Ontario PC leadership
Toronto Star
Shunning the old guard that has lost four straight elections, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are pinning their hopes on little-known federal backbencher Patrick Brown.

Ontario Speaker rules Liberals not in contempt for Hydro One offer
The Globe and Mail
Speaker Dave Levac has ruled Ontario’s Liberal government is not in contempt of parliament for offering shares in soon-to-be-privatized Hydro One to power workers as part of a labour settlement…

New poll shows Wynne’s approval numbers drop
Toronto Sun
A new Forum Research poll obtained by the Toronto Sun found that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval numbers have sunk — fewer than three-in-10 voters think she’s doing a good job…


OPG Reports 2015 1st Quarter Results
Strong nuclear fleet performance and higher earnings from nuclear funds result in quarterly income of $234 million

Industrial Electricity Incentive Program
​​New contracts offered under the Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) Program will help companies across Ontario reduce electricity costs, increase competitiveness and better manage their electricity use.

IESO’s JoAnne Butler addresses Ontario Power Summit
​​JoAnne Butler, Vice-President, Market and Resource Development addresses attendees at the Ontario Power Summit on May 12, 2015.

Demand Response Pilot
The IESO is looking for electricity consumers to participate in pilot projects providing up to a total of 100 MW of demand response load following capability. The IESO has issued an RFP seeking submissions ranging from 1 MW to 35 MW of demand curtailment.

Smart Meters, TOU, Hydro Costs

Ontario industries hammered by energy costs
Import News
The labouring industrial electricity customer is not the winner in a plan by the Ontario government to sell off a large stake in Hydro One, says Adam White, of the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO)…

Where’s Wynne on rising hydro rates?
Toronto Sun
One place the Liberals could start saving money is by ending further spending on wasteful, unreliable wind and solar power when Ontario has…

Hydro rate hike fans hard to find
Ottawa Sun
The “strong majority” of Ottawans who are OK with a rise in hydro rates were nowhere to be found on Monday…

Energy minister defends Ontario electricity rates
The Peterborough Examiner
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said in Peterborough on Monday that Ontario residents don’t pay more for electricity than most Canadians…

Mayor wants identical rates for Hydro One, Hydro Ottawa customers
Ottawa Sun
Mayor Jim Watson will ask the province to let all Hydro One customers in Ottawa pay the same rate as customers on the municipal utility…


Solar project launch on target
The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston Solar will be a “100-megawatt solar facility that will generate enough clean power for approximately 17,000 homes in Ontario.”.

Clean energy is Ontario’s future but it’s also the reason your hydro…
Caledon Enterprise
It’s spending millions trying to find new ways of storing the excess, unpredictable power generated by solar panels and wind turbines so that the…

Canadian Solar gets USD 44m for 10-MW Ontario PV plant
SeeNews Renewables
Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ) said … solar products in Canada and China and builds solar power plants globally.


Capstone completes Ontario farm
Ontario company Carlsun Energy Solutions is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor and Surespan Wind Energy is the…

Wind turbines welcome, Green Energy Act isn’t
London Free Press
Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope says his municipality is doing fine with its hundreds of wind turbines, as long as the provincial government stays out of it…


Kodiak Island Goes 100% Renewable Electricity
The average residential electricity rate of more than 18 cents per kWh is a full … The battery storage systems provide 30–90 seconds of bridging…

Which Technologies Will Make New York’s Energy Vision a Reality?
Greentech Media
The electrical utility system and energy markets called Reforming the … behind-the-meter energy storage to manage utility demand charges.

U.S. off-coal plans could benefit Canadian electricity producers
The Globe and Mail
Canadian electricity producers are positioning themselves to benefit from U.S. efforts to reduce reliance on coal-fired power, and are lobbying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its seal of approval.


Hitachi Received Order of 2 Energy Storage for Traction Power…
ACN Newswire
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”), today announced that Hitachi received an order of 2 Energy…

GridWatch – April 29, 2015

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GridWatch April 29, 2015

It this issue of GridWatch we lead of with 2 Round-ups.  One focuses on Microgrids, which have been gaining major momentum, and the other, sizes up reports on Ontario’s plans to sell Hydro One. We also cover our usual broad spectrum of Smart Grid news and a snapshot of headlines generated by GridSmartCity partners.

S&C Electric joins other smart grid leaders in system, hailed as the most advanced microgrid in North America

Unique Microgrid System Demonstrates Distributed Energy Resources and Improves Reliability

CHICAGO/PRNewswire/ — S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, and Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, this month announced the unveiling of one of the most advanced microgrids in North America for Oncor, an electric transmission and distribution company serving 10 million customers across Texas. The microgrid is engineered to maximize newly installed energy storage, renewable generation and improve reliability. S&C teamed with Schneider Electric to combine new hardware and software technologies for the state-of-the-art facility, which includes an integrated demonstration center for Oncor to showcase the microgrid’s advanced capabilities and customer benefits.

S&C and Schneider Electric built the microgrid at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility (SOSF) near Lancaster, Texas. The innovative system consists of four interconnected microgrids and utilizes nine different distributed generation sources, including two solar photovoltaic arrays, a microturbine, two energy storage units and four generators. To turn these diverse generation assets into a microgrid, S&C and Schneider Electric developed a distribution automation scheme that leverages multiple intelligent grid solutions from both companies—enabling the four microgrids to effectively operate independently or as one larger microgrid.

“Improving power reliability and optimizing generation assets requires disruptive technologies that allow customers to work on and off the grid,” says David Chiesa, director, Microgrid Business Development, S&C. “Oncor’s microgrid is showing the world how utilities can help their communities in the future.”

During a loss-of-power event, a combination of S&C’s advanced distribution automation equipment and Schneider Electric’s Microgrid Controller (MGC) use high-speed communications and distributed grid intelligence to automatically detect a problem on the grid. It starts with S&C’s IntelliRupter® PulseCloser™ fault interrupter which detects an interruption in power, tests to see if the issue is temporary or permanent, and if it is permanent dynamically islands the facility. The system then uses S&C’s Scada-Mate™ CX Switches and Vista® Underground Distribution Switchgear to automatically re-configure the distribution system while the MGC autonomously switches to alternative distributed power sources. “It does all of this in a matter of seconds, or faster than a customer could find their flashlight in the dark,” says Chiesa.

The energy storage systems are the backbone of the microgrid, which include S&C’s PureWave® Community Energy Storage System. The onsite energy storage – which stores energy from either the utility feed or any of the facility’s generation sources – provides the voltage signal for the site, enables renewable integration, controls the microgrid frequency and is the first generating source to respond during an unexpected loss of power.

The microgrid system also benefits from advanced grid technologies developed by Schneider Electric, including the PowerLogic® load preservation system, the microgrid controller and a new technology called StruxureWare™ Demand Side Operations (DSO). Schneider Electric’s DSO model delivers economic optimization and dispatch of the microgrid distributed energy resources (DER), allowing the system to maximize renewable energy usage and storage while minimizing energy costs. DSO’s innovative platform makes this possible by leveraging market pricing signals, weather and forecasting information, historical energy usage data and real-time building information.

“Working with Oncor and S&C to demonstrate how DSO cost effectively brings grid scale dispatch and optimization technology to the microgrid is exciting,” says Philip Barton, Microgrid Program Director of Schneider Electric. “By combining S&C’s solutions with Schneider Electric’s PowerLogic load preservation system, microgrid controller and DSO, I am confident that Oncor’s system is one of the most advanced and comprehensive microgrids in the market today.”

To help educate and demonstrate the benefits of microgrids to residents, students, policymakers and businesses, S&C and Schneider Electric were asked to develop a microgrid demonstration facility on the SOSF campus. That facility will be known as Oncor’s Technology Demonstration and Education Center (TDEC) and consists of two exhibits – an immersion room and a demonstration center. In the immersion room, the Oncor microgrid story is brought to life on seven screens for a full cinematic experience. The microgrid story highlights the history of the electric grid and the changes Oncor has made over time.

“Oncor has a rich history of working collaboratively with its vendor partners and this is a great opportunity to showcase those relationships in a state-of-the-art microgrid facility,” says Michael Quinn, Oncor Chief Technology Officer.

The Center, which also serves as the SOSF microgrid control center, displays the new technology that Oncor is using on their system. The demonstration room features a fully functioning SCADA representation of the microgrid to show how the system reacts to a loss of power event such as extreme weather. Once an event is created, the switching devices respond accordingly, clearing the fault, isolating the faulted section and restoring service from an alternate source. The switching devices, controls, communications and software shown are all real and completely functional.

S&C and Schneider Electric demonstrated the system for the first time to attendees of the Third National Microgrids Conference, held in Dallas April 14-16, 2015. Subsequent tours of Oncor’s microgrid can be arranged by e-mailing [email protected]

Video Capturing Launch of Oncor Migrogrid

More on MicroGrids

Collaboration Yields Most Advanced Microgrid in North America
Clean Technica
The most advanced microgrid in North America is the result of a collaboration between Texas utility company Oncor; S&C Electric Company, a leader in smart grid technology; and Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management. The system integrates 9 different distributed generation sources including two solar photovoltaic arrays, a wind powered micro-turbine, two energy storage units, and four generators.

California Tribe installs first renewable hybrid microgrid
Windpower Engineering & Development
The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is installing the first California Tribal renewable microgrid system this summer in Loleta, California. The Bear River Band’s new energy system is the only system of its kind combining wind energy, solar energy, and advanced energy storage.

The Value of Building-Scale Microgrids & Small Wind
Clean Technica
There’s no doubt about it: our energy landscape is changing. If anyone tells you they know what it will look like in 50 years, be very skeptical — there are a lot of unpredictable factors yet to hit the playing field. One likely possibility, though, which a lot of people in the industry are predicting, is that microgrids will play a much larger part than they do now.

What (smart) cities need to know about the future of microgrids
Smart Cities Council
Two recent announcements give us important hints about the future of microgrids. A microgrid encompasses a proscribed area such as a campus, district or military base. It includes some generation on-site or nearby and typically some energy storage as well. If the main grid fails, the microgrid can isolate itself and serve the area’s most critical loads (such as hospitals and shelters).

Utilities explore the microgrid value proposition
he existing centralized transmission grid, and the utilities that stand behind it, still provide the majority of power supplies to the industrialized world. But renewable, distributed energy resources (DERs) will play an increasing role in the coming years in providing energy supply, reliability, security, and emergency care services.

The Marriage of Natural Gas and Microgrids is Greening Manufacturing
The surge in production in natural gas, which not long ago was thought in short supply, has transformed electric generation, allowing it to be cleaner and more efficient. The main beneficiaries are manufacturers, which are voracious consumers of energy, but which now can choose where to get it – from utilities, or by generating it themselves.

Microgrid Market Growing at 18% CAGR to 2019 in Terms of Revenue
Market Watch
The Global Microgrid Market 2015-2019 research report forecasts the microgrid industry to grow at 18.72% CAGR in terms of revenue and 17.29% CAGR in terms of microgrid installed capacity over the period of 2014-2019.

Hydro One Round-up

Christine Van Geyn of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation explains how the sale could play out for Ontarians.

Liberals defend paying $7M to consultants for report on assets sell-off
Toronto Star
The Ontario government is defending almost $7 million in payouts to consulting firms — some with Liberal ties — for work on a recent report advocating supermarket beer sales and privatizing 60 per cent of Hydro One.

Hydro One’s lingering debt: What it means for Ontario’s hydro bills
Business News Network
Tom Adams, independent energy analyst joins BNN’s The Street for a look at how debt issues from Ontario Hydro could mean even higher eletricity bills for Ontario

Could sale of Hydro One be illegal?
Business News Network
In our Business of Law segment, Tim Murphy, Senior Partner with McMillan business law firm, joins Business Day to discuss the Ontario Liberal government’s plans to sell a majority stake in Hydro. At least one law firm has come out saying they view the government diverting the proceeds from a sale of Hydro One to any purpose other than what is authorized by the Electricity Act is illegal.

NDP launch site to fight Hydro One sale
Toronto Sun
Ontario New Democrats have launched a website to battle the Liberal government’s plan to sell a majority stake in publicly-owned Hydro One. The NDP say youpaytheprice.ca is just part of an “aggressive, multi-platform, anti-hydro privatization campaign,” although the party does not have enough power in the legislature to vote any deal down.

NDP campaign to stop Hydro One sale points to cheaper power in public systems
Toronto Star
Party will cite rates that are “half of Ontario’s” in Manitoba and Quebec, at a series town hall meetings aimed at rousing opposition. NDP leader Andrea Horwath says Ontarians who spoke up successfully killed previous sell-off plans under Ernie Eves.

Hydro One sell-off sacrifices customers
The Hamilton Spectator
The Ontario government has announced a multimillion dollar sale of some shares of Hydro One, driven by the need of provincial financing. Hydro customers are being sacrificed by a desperate government that is selling off a major Ontario asset for immediate cash.

Half of Ontarians less likely to vote Liberal if Hydro One sold, survey suggests
CBC News Toronto
Half of Ontarians polled in a new survey say that the selling off of Hydro One will make them less likely to vote for the governing Liberals in the next election.

Hydro One prices first debt deal since Ontario announces IPO plans: More money on similar terms
Financial Post
Hydro One, the transmission and distribution power company owned by the government of Ontario, has come to the market for the first time since its owner opted to sell a 60 per cent stake in the company.

In selling a chunk of Hydro One, Wynne is forgetting Ontario’s history
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is presenting her government’s decision to privatize 60 per cent of Hydro One, the province’s electric power transmission system, as a big win for the people of the provinc

Major hydro merger announced in Barrie
Innisfil Examiner
A powerful new merger brings Barrie out of the minors and into the big leagues. The newly-announced merger between Powerstream, Hydro One Brampton, Enersource and Horizon Utilities by Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli at Barrie’s Ontario Grid Control Centre…

Horizon CEO defends merger
Inside Halton News
A business case for a merger of four utilities will convince city councillors and the community it’s in the best interests of Hamilton, says the CEO of Horizon Utilities…

GridSmartCity Partners in the News

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro seeing gradual decline in consumption
CTV Kitchener
Even though more homes and businesses are being built in Kitchener and Wilmot every year, the area’s power utility says it’s seeing less electricity use.

20-year power purchase agreement signed with IESO
Chatham Daily News
The deal also includes providing Entegrus, the municipal-owned utility company, the option to purchase a 15% equity interest in the project, which will provide revenue to the municipality…

Eaton Supports Largest Hospital Solar Installation in New Jersey to
Business Wire
Power management company Eaton today announced it has provided electrical distribution equipment,…

Guelph Municipal Holdings Recognized for Sustainability …
Exchange Morning Post
Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (formerly Guelph Hydro Inc.) has been recognized for its leadership in helping the communities of…

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference
Biomass Magazine
Biomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz (left) and Managing Editor Anna Simet present Ontario Power Generation’s Faron Rollins with …

Utilities Kingston warns of door-to-door salespeople
The Whig Standard News
Think you’ve had a door-to-door salesman from Utilities Kingston come to your home recently? Think again…

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Selects ACS for Outage Management System
PR Newswire
-Wilmot Hydro Inc. is a local distribution company, which is responsible for distributing electricity to 90,000 homes and businesses…

Luxury electric car rebates for the rich aren’t necessary
Toronto Sun
In response to my column last year, Cara Clairman of Plug ‘N Drive sent a letter to the editor saying the 2,524 electric cars on the road in…

Oncor, S&C and Schneider Electric Complete a Unique Four-Part …
Greentech Media
Near an old, remote frontier post in Lancaster, Texas, S&C Electric Company, Schneider Electric and Oncor unveiled one of the most advanced…

Elster reports rapid expansion in Mena region
Trade Arabia
Elster, an industry-leading provider of electricity meters, related communications solutions, and software solutions for meter data collection and…

Electric Vehicles

Tesla stock moves higher on battery news
Toronto Star
Tesla Motors Inc. climbed the most in almost six months after two analysts said the electric-car maker’s plan to offer storage batteries for homes and businesses is a growth opportunity.

Flurry of plug-ins expected to hit Canadian market next year
Globe and Mail
Some new models promise extended ranges and lower prices, and previously delayed vehicles from Audi and Tesla are set to arrive…

Tesla plugs into new markets with batteries for electricity storage
LA Times
Billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. is expected to announce next week that it will expand into a new business offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers.

Landlords get charged up for electric cars
Globe and Mail
Tenant demand for green infrastructure is pushing commercial real estate owners to invest in charging stalls…

Preparing For Electric Car Growth
Blackburn News
If the popularity of electric cars grows, London Hydro wants to be ready…

Tesla going after BMW, Mercedes by increasing range, adding AWD
The Globe and Mail
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.


Negotiations delay TransCanada’s Bruce Power nuclear reactor updates
Globe and Mail
Bruce Power and the Ontario government are mired in negotiations for a $15-billion deal to refurbish six nuclear reactors, delaying the planned project past a self-imposed deadline and posing new questions about the province’s future energy mix…

Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector
Globe and Mail
Local residents had sought an injunction against the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Takahama…

Darlington Unit 2 Leak: Heavy Water Breach At Nuclear Reactor
Huffington Post Canada
TORONTO – Ontario Power Generation says there was no risk to its staff or the public after a leak of heavy water from Darlington’s Unit 2 …

India’s Modi goes shopping for nuclear power in France and Canada
The Globe and Mail
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to advance the purchase of massive nuclear reactors and fuel from France and Canada to power a resurgent economy, overriding domestic opposition and concerns over liability laws as he embarks on a foreign tour.


BC Hydro won’t meet energy conservation targets
The Globe and Mail
BC Hydro is missing its energy conservation targets by a wide margin and may have to turn to private power producers to make up the difference, Energy Minister Bill Bennett said Thursday.

Quebec transmission line project gets green light
Montreal Gazette
Despite some discontent in the population, the Quebec government will go ahead with a 400-kilometre electrical transmission line project between Montreal and Lac-St-Jean, Minister of Energy and of Natural Resources Pierre Arcand said on Wednesday.

Dam pioneers displeased with Bill Bennett, B.C. Hydro’s Site C visions
Globe and Mail
The four ‘power pioneers’ who helped build the province’s power projects were in Victoria on Thursday to lambaste Energy Minister Bill Bennett for his management of Site C…

Wynne, Couillard chide Harper over emission targets
Toronto Star
The premiers of Ontario and Quebec are again taking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to task over his approach to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

Canada needs new policies to meet emissions reduction goal, Harper says
The Globe and Mail
Canada faces significantly higher costs than the United States to meet the same targets for greenhouse-gas reduction, a difference that is heightened by federal delays in policy action.

Quebec in talks to sell surplus hydro power to Ontario
Yahoo News
Quebec is in talks with Ontario to sell Hydro-Québec’s surplus hydroelectrical power to the neighboring province and hopes to have an agreement soon, a senior government minister said on Tuesday…

Interprovincial climate summit reveals rifts in Canada’s carbon strategy
Globe and Mail
The day after Ontario signed a deal to join Quebec’s cap-and-trade system, the Saskatchewan Premier told an interprovincial summit on climate change in Quebec City that Canada’s efforts to slash its own emissions would not amount to much without efforts in larger countries…

Canadian investment in renewable energy up 8% in 2014
National Post
A United Nations-sponsored report says Canada remained among the top 10 countries in the world for investment in renewable energy last year…


Half of Ontarians less likely to vote Liberal if Hydro One sold, survey suggests
CBC News
Half of Ontarians polled in a new survey say that the selling off of Hydro One will make them less likely to vote for the governing Liberals in the next election.

Province unveils $130B infrastructure push in Ontario budget
Toronto Star
Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s budget Thursday spelled out a massive 10-year, $130-billion infrastructure push fuelled by supermarket beer sales, a sell-off of Hydro One, and flatlined spending.

Liberals will invest $49.8B in GTHA transit over next decade
Toronto Star
All of the $4 billion netted from the sale of 60% of the Hydro One transmission will go toward transportation infrastructure, premier says.

Ontario residents couldn’t afford tax hikes, Kathleen Wynne says
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne says her Liberals rejected imposing tax hikes in the budget because “struggling” Ontarians are still getting over the recession.

Ontario tips the Canadian balance on carbon pricing
Toronto Star
Carefully designed, a rigorous cap-and-trade system can get Canadians to where we should be on a national scale: Cutting carbon output by 2020 to 17 per cent below 2005 levels, and deeper in the future…

Ontario puts a price on greenhouses gases
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement lacked details on the cost of introducing the system or how much greenhouse gas would be reduced…


The OEB sets new summer electricity prices for households and small businesses starting May 1…

The OEB is resuming our review of whether we should adopt a different model regarding the representation of consumer interests in OEB proceedings…

To give customers greater control over their electricity bill and encourage conservation, the OEB announced today that all electricity distributors in Ontario will be required to issue monthly bills by the end of 2016. In addition, distributors are expected to issue bills based on actual meter reads (versus estimated) at least 98% of the time…

Smart Meters, TOU, Hydro Costs

Hydro rates crippling small business, owner says
The Toronto Sun
The margin between profit and loss is just too tight, they can’t afford to waste anything, she said. And with hydro rates set to jump May 1, the cost of electricity is se to become even more of a strain on the small business.

Hydro rates going up May 1
Toronto Sun
Ontario hydro customers are in for a shock as the price of electricity gets set to rise yet again…

Protesters put heat on province over hydro prices
Ottawa Community News
Dozens of Ottawa area residents gathered in front of Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s office on April 18 to protest lofty hydro prices and the provincial government’s plan to partially privatize Hydro One…

Hydro debt retirement charge costs Ontarians $11.5B
Toronto Star
A decision 16 years ago to divide Ontario Hydro into several different companies resulted in a new charge that’s still on all electricity bills — and a multibillion-dollar debt that critics warn will keep driving up power rates for years to come.


SunEdison Completes 37.5 Megawatts of Ontario Solar Projects
Bloomberg Business
SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company, completed two power plants in eastern Ontario with a total of 35.7 megawatts of capacity.

Canadian Solar Inc poised to take off, as global demand rises
The Globe and Mail
Thomas Timmins, a lawyer at Gowlings in Toronto who heads the firm’s renewable energy practice, is not surprised by predictions from one of the world’s biggest solar-panel makers that the world may experience a shortage of solar panels later this year.

Renewable Energy Sources Mean Higher Electricity Bills
Huffington Post Canada
Unreliable and intermittent electricity from wind and solar sources has … In 2009, Ontario launched its Green Energy Act, which subsidizes the…

Wind, solar get reliable as power grids fine tune forecasts
National Post
Sitting in a control center that helps ensure uninterrupted power for 82 million Germans, Gunter Scheibner is proving that renewable energy from the sun and wind can be just as reliable as fossil fuels…

Solar company sues Ontario Power Authority for $9 million
Toronto Star
An Ottawa company is suing the Ontario Power Authority for $9 million over a renewable energy program…


Those tired old lights are eating your budget
Ottawa Business Journal
The hospital had already been working with the team at Hydro Ottawa to find ways to cut its power consumption by replacing old halogen lighting fixtures with much more economical LEDs.

Toronto air quality shows coal phase-out advantage over Alberta
Globe and Mail
Canada’s largest city is now subject to less fine particulate matter than the much smaller capital of Alberta, Edmonton…


Turtles send Ontario wind farm proposal back to environment tribunal
Globe and Mail
Gilead Power Corp. ran into a legal roadblock this week when the Ontario Court of Appeal called a halt to the company’s $80-million plan to install nine wind turbines in Eastern Ontario…

Windmill redevelopment plan hit with First Nations lawsuit
Ottawa Community News
Windmill Development’s plans for the Chaudiere and Albert islands in the Ottawa River are the target of a lawsuit by First Nations members that aims to return the land to aboriginal stewardship…

Asia, Africa likely biggest growth markets for wind power
Globe and Mail
Falling costs and the need to fight smog makes the technology more attractive in those countries…


Obama clean energy loans leave taxpayers in $2.2 billion hole
The Washington Times
Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to a new audit Monday that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised.


European, US energy companies interested in privatization in Ukraine
NRCU – Ukrainian Radio
European and American energy companies have shown interest in the privatization of Ukrainian energy assets and could participate in their…

Opportunities for Funding US-Israel Cooperation for Renewable
Jewish Business News
BIRD Energy was established following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy/EERE and the Israel Ministry of National…

EU powerhouse goes all in on alternative energy
Globe and Mail
In an effort to reduce its contribution to climate change, the country is focusing its energy efforts on renewable sources such as wind and power…



GridWatch – March 24, 2015

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GridWatch March 24, 2015

In this issue of GridWatch we provide an update on Smart Grid and Sustainability news involving leading Universities, including Ryerson’s New Smart Grid Lab and a collaborative position paper on Climate Change just released out of McGill. The latter was a collaborative effort involving 70+ researchers across Canada. We also cover a broad spectrum of Smart Grid News and a snapshot of headlines generated by GridSmartCity partners.

Featured Video

Academia, the Smart Grid and Sustainability

Smart Grid Lab Opens at Ryerson University
Ryerson University and the Ontario Ministry of Energy have unveiled their Smart Grid Laboratory at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid solutions, conduct research, and train employees.

Acting on Climate Change: A solution from Scholars

A 56-page policy document just released in a collaboration by more than 70 scientists, engineers and economists says Canada is in a more favourable position than most countries for a switch to renewable power, including large-scale hydroelectric. The most significant barrier is not technical or economic, but a lack of political will, they said.   The document was led by Sustainable Canada Dialogues whose mandate is to find scholarly consensus on science-based, viable solutions for greenhouse gas reduction.

Self-storing Solar Power Possible with Graphene, says Sunvault Energy
Sunvault Energy, a Canadian renewable energy company, says that graphene-based supercapacitors, developed by UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), have the potential to change the way that we charge portable electronic devices, from smartphones to electric vehicles.

Student Team Testing Smart Grid Security Project
Syracuse University News
Student Team Testing Smart Grid Security Project … simulates key parts of National Grid’s Worcester pilot project and are planning to provide …

Developing Smarter SmartGrids
Scientific Computing
A team led by researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University, with partners from the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are using cloud computing resources to analyze smart grid data from thousands of sensors, called phasor measurement units, or PMUs

SmartGrid & Sustainability

Obama climate change order to push shift to renewables
President Barack Obama last week ordered the US federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 per cent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change. Obama’s executive order also directs the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 per cent of the federal government’s consumption. The White House said U.S. taxpayers could save up to $18 billion in electricity costs by reducing greenhouse gases 40 per cent over the next decade, compared to 2008 levels.

Smart Grid Will Face New Threats and Make More Progress – Solar Energy
Two reports published earlier this year detail anticipated advances in smart grids in 2015, while also pointing to major challenges that threaten to keep our power system stuck on stupid.   In the first report, a white paper, Navigant Research explores a host of smart-grid trends to watch in 2015 and beyond, highlighting both positive and negative signals – though mostly the former.  “Indeed, it is a fast-moving industry in many respects – technological breakthroughs and innovations emerge almost daily – and yet, the utilities expected to implement these new systems and build ever more intelligent (reliable and efficient) grids move at a relatively slow pace,” noted the report.  Once-passive electric utility consumers are becoming proactive consumers” – which the report calls “prosumers” – primarily by generating their own electricity with rooftop solar electric systems. “With federal tax credits for solar panels set to expire at the end of 2016, growth in the number of prosumers will likely accelerate through 2015 and 2016,” projected the report

In the second report, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s inaugural Annual Report, “Connecting Consumers with the Promise of the Smart Grid,” provides an integrated analysis of what SGCC knows about consumer trends related to the smart grid after conducting in-depth research studies and talking to more than 7, 000 U.S. residential consumers. The report highlights the seven key themes and takeaways from the research conducted by SGCC in 2014. In addition to collecting information about consumer attitudes, behavior and experiences with smart grids, the group aspires to provide “thought leadership” to the nascent industry. The strategic plan foresees “connecting with smart-grid industry stakeholders and facilitating dialogue to identify shared objective, shared experience and overcome obstacles to consumer engagement.”

Lend Lease to pioneer large scale battery storage for new Perth
Development groups Lend Lease and LandCorp are to pioneer a major community-level battery storage pilot that could change the way that residential communities source energy, including not being connected to the grid.   The pilot project at Alkimos Beach, a sustainable community develop in the northern suburbs of Perth, will include 1.1MWh of lithium ion battery storage that will service more than 100 homes with rooftop solar panels.

‘Lake Erie HVDC Power Line remedy for US Coal plant retirements
If all goes as planned, a virtual 1,000-megawatt power plant will “open” for business near Erie, Pa., in 2019. It would be just in time to help fill the void left by some of the coal-fired plants that are shuttered or scaled back in the PJM Interconnection in response to U.S. EPA’s climate and environmental rules.  The power will originate not in Pennsylvania, but in Ontario, Canada, transmitted beneath Lake Erie on a billion-dollar, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power line.

SolarCity Combines Its Skills to Finance ‘Microgrids as a Service’
SolarCity, the largest solar installer and financier in the U.S., is now offering “microgrids as a service” by integrating its existing expertise in distributed renewables, inverters, energy storage, and control software. Those elements are already a portion of what makes a microgrid.  Utility giant Duke Energy is working on interoperability between devices in a coalition involving ABB, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco, Elster Solutions, General Electric (acquiring Alstom), Itochu, Itron, Leidos Engineering, S&C Electric Company, and Schneider Electric.


Climate change: Coalition accused of politicising greenhouse gas …

The GuardianProfessor Ross Garnaut, Labor’s former climate change adviser, said there was “nothing at all political in the change in trajectory … these …

Hydro One Sale

Lobbying heats up for Hydro One
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will soon say whether the government will keep Hydro One separate or whole as companies and groups lobby on the government’s review…

Ontario preparing options for electricity distribution overhaul
Globe and Mail
Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ed Clark, her government-assets adviser, are preparing privatization options for the province’s electricity distribution regime…

Wynne won’t rule out selling majority stake in Hydro One
Globe and Mail
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government is leaving the door open to a majority privatization of Hydro One, even as it moves to reassure the public that the province would hold on to significant control of the company in the event of a sale…

Ontario’s Hydro One privatization plan could scare off investors
Globe and Mail
Critics say the government’s plan to retain control of electricity giant would diminish appeal of offering…

What to look for in a Hydro One IPO
Globe and Mail
The low interest rate environment, combined with a virtually bulletproof competitive position, will make the proposed Ontario government initial public offering of part of Hydro One a huge hit with investors…

Liberals eye $10 billion Hydro One windfall
Toronto Star
The province will retain the largest stake in Hydro One regardless of how much of the $16-billion transmission utility is sold…

GridSmartCity Partners in the News

Ontario’s IESO issues RFP for 300MW wind
Ontario’s independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is requesting proposals by 1 September for 565MW of renewable generation including 300MW of wind and 140MW of solar. This is the first of three request for proposals (RFPs) under IESO’s Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) competitive process that supports Ontario’s targeted goal of 10.7GW of non-hydro renewable energy capacity by 2021.
New Suspended LEDs from Eaton / Cooper
Illumination in Focus
Power management company Eaton has announced the introduction of the Corelite RZL light-emitting diode (LED) Suspended Luminaire. The energy efficient linear direct/indirect LED continuous row system provides a cost effective solution in large open ceiling environments, offering up to 55 percent in energy savings over fluorescent luminaires.

Waterloo North Hydro warns customers about potential scam
CBC News
Waterloo North Hydro is warning customers about a potential scam that involves a caller claiming to be from the local utility and threatens to cut off the customer’s electricity if they don’t pay up…

SolarCity Combines Its Skills to Finance ‘Microgrids as a Service’
SolarCity, the largest solar installer and financier in the U.S., is now offering “microgrids as a service” by integrating its existing expertise in distributed renewables, inverters, energy storage, and control software. Those elements are already a portion of what makes a microgrid. (Typical backup generation in a microgrid relies on a diesel gen-set.) Utility giant Duke Energy is working on interoperability between devices in its “coalition of the willing,” but Duke has its eyes on potentially offering microgrid services in the future. Joining Duke in the coalition are companies including ABB, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco, Elster Solutions, General Electric (acquiring Alstom), Itochu, Itron, Leidos Engineering, S&C Electric Company, and Schneider Electric

Big Win for Elster in Mexico
Elster Solutions announced today that its EnergyAxis® smart grid system has been selected to support one of the largest Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) projects ever deployed in Mexico and Latin America.

Is a plug-in hybrid really the best of both driving worlds?
The Globe and Mail
A few weeks ago, I even drove to work without the plug for the electric car I … According to Brian Millar, communications adviser at Plugn Drive, …

Union Gas Supports Waterloo First Robotics Regional Competition
Union Gas Media Release
For the third consecutive year, Union Gas, a Gold Level Sponsor of FIRST Robotics Canada (FRC), will support eight Ontario teams as well as three robotics competitions across the province through a $50,000 grant.

Ontario’s Power Trip: How do you sell ‘ratepayers’ future liabilities’?
Financial Post
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin PerkelOntario has a “surplus baseload generation” ….. I agree that solar power is always going to be cheaper in areas where average daily … None of these trends will change going forward


Power Outages Can be Prevented

Global Smart Grid Federation

Tollgrade Communications, Inc., and DTE Energy will unveil their Predictive Grid Quarterly Report — the first of eight to be released under Tollgrade’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action for a comprehensive grid modernization project with DTE Energy.

Power outages affect thousands across GTA
Toronto Star
Thousands of customers in Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill are without power due to hydro pole fires…

Toronto Hydro systems put to the test
Toronto Sun
When snow and freezing rain knocked out power to thousands this week, changes made at Toronto Hydro following the infamous ice storm of December 2013 were put to the test…

Blackouts hit thousands across GTA
CBC News
Thousands across the GTA lost electrical power on Tuesday night and, by early Wednesday, it was unclear for many when the lights would come back on…

Emergency response could improve, report says
Toronto Star
The ice storm of 2013 saw two years worth of freezing rain fall in two days, the weight of which snapped off branches and toppled trees…


Electric Vehicles

Tesla to offer hands-free steering on Model S in 3 months
Globe and Mail
Tesla Motors Inc. will soon offer upgrades including hands-free steering on its Model S sedan, chief executive officer Elon Musk said on Thursday…

China boosts fleet of electric, hybrid vehicles amid anti-pollution push
Globe and Mail
The Transport Ministry announced Wednesday that officials aimed to add 200,000 buses and 100,000 taxis powered by alternative fuels by 2020…

Benefits of electric vehicles depend on plants producing clean sources
Globe and Mail
Professor Christopher Kennedy says in a journal that shifting to electric vehicles will only reduce emissions if plants generate low levels of greenhouse gases…

More electric car charging stations? Regina is looking into it
Global News
Regina city council has asked for a report into the feasibility of supporting charging stations…


IESO’s 18-Month Outlook Forecasts Adequate Electricity Supply and
Canada NewsWire
TORONTO, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ – Ontario’s electricity system is well resourced to meet electricity demand through the summer and over the next year and a …

Ontario Energy Board Issues Decision Respecting Hydro One’s
Canada NewsWire
TORONTO, March 12, 2015 /CNW/ – Hydro One announced today that the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a decision respecting its …

Ontario’s IESO issues RFP for 300MW wind
Ontario’s independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is requesting proposals by 1 September for 565MW of renewable generation …


EUB hearings into NB Power unfair pricing concerns face a delay
CBC News
An effort to undo decades of unfair pricing of electricity for thousands of commercial businesses in New Brunswick may power down, just a month before scheduled hearings into the issue were to begin.

Hydro-Québec hikes home electricity rates by 2.9%
CBC News
Quebecers will soon be shelling out more for electricity, as Hydro-Québec rates are set to increase 2.9 per cent on April 1.

Hydro-Quebec’s 2014 profit surges 15% to $3.38 billion due to cold weather
Canadian Business News
Cold winter weather helped profits at Hydro-Quebec surge 15 per cent to $3.38 billion in 2014, the provincially owned utility said Thursday…


How do you sell ‘ratepayers’ future liabilities’?
National Post
On the surface the Ontario government’s plan to monetize hidden value buried in the province’s massive state-owned electricity monopolies seems like a good one…

Smart Meters, TOU, Hydro Costs

Ontario’s smart meters aptly named
Toronto Star
Ontario’s rollout of smart meters is the right move, despite a small portion needing to be replaced and their unpopularity among a few groups…

Ontario’s energy minister warns of heftier hydro bills after cold snap
CTV News
Ontario’s Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says residents should be prepared for higher-than-normal electricity bills after February’s deep freeze…

Differential in time-of-use pricing may change: Chiarelli
Toronto Sun
The Ontario government may increase the cost differential in time-of-use electricity pricing to take greater advantage of smart meters, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says…

Rate increase could be coming for hydro customers
CTV News
Hydro customers in Ottawa could be facing another increase in rates…


Kauai struggles to keep up with solar growth

Hawaii has plunged into solar power in the past few years, although the path has not always been a smooth one. The attraction is easy to understand. In addition to its fabled abundance of sun, roughly 75 percent of the state’s power generation comes from very expensive imported oil. The island of Kauai is a perfect example of both the attraction solar has and the hurdles it can present

Solar sails set course for a new journey into renewable energy | Business | The Guardian
The Guardrian
“I didn’t invent solar, I didn’t invent fabric but I found a way to put them together.
Canadian Solar shares surge as spinoff ‘yieldco’ plans move ahead
Globe and Mail
Guelph-based firm plans to hang onto more completed projects through separate company…
Tariffs on Chinese solar panels may hurt Canadian renewables industry
The Globe and Mail

New import tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels threaten to dent enthusiasm for solar power and slow the shift to renewable energy in Canada, some industry players warn.

Is solar having its ‘shale’ moment?
Globe and Mail
Evidence that the tipping point is on the horizon comes from two pieces of research…


Wind could supply a third of the U.S. power needs by 2050
Hamilton Spectator
Wind power could provide more than a third of electricity in the U.S. by 2050 while yielding a net savings in energy costs paid by consumers, the U.S. Energy Department reported in a major study released

New wind energy plan fragile
Whig Standard News
In the coming days, Ontario electricity officials will release new rules for host community engagement for wind energy companies seeking to build wind farms in the province…


Germany shelves plan to subsidize sale of electric company cars
Globe and Mail
The government of German chancellor Angela Merkel wanted one-million electric vehicles on country…

GridWatch – January 26, 2015

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Hydrogen and Electric Vehicles Close Up

Featured Videos

5 Minute charge and 483 km range highlights Honda’s Hydrogen Unveiling

Chevy Volt gets an Energy Jolt led by 32% Increase in Range

Honda Introduces Vehicle Powered by Hydrogen
New York Times
DETROIT — The movement toward alternative-energy vehicles received another push on Tuesday when
Honda unveiled a hydrogen-powered car it aims to begin selling in March 2016 in Japan. While much of the attention on alternative powertrains has focused on electric vehicles — thanks to the success of Tesla’s Model S and the potential of General Motors’ second-generation Chevy Volt (and its concept, 200-mile-range Bolt) — the future is far from set in terms of what may eventually challenge the internal-combustion engine.

Arrival of Toyota’s Fuel-cell
Automotive Authority
Yesterday, we got our first look at Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle due in showrooms next fall,
the 2016 Mirai. Now, we have the all-important pricing details on the hydrogen-powered sedan

First drive: 2016 Toyota Mirai
The hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai will change the way you think about transportation

GM Reboots Chevrolet Volt as Automakers Push Electric Cars
New York Times
DETROIT — While sales of new cars and trucks are soaring, demand for electric vehicles is still sputtering along in the slow lane. But that’s not …

Nissan investing in EV charging stations in ‘more motivated’ Quebec
The Globe and Mail
At the Montreal Auto Show, Nissan Canada announced financial support of the Electric Circuit…

Tesla aiming for ‘at least a few million’ vehicles on the road by 2025, CEO Elon Musk says
Financial Post‎
Tesla should turn a profit in five years after it brings a lower-cost model to market and sells…

Plunging oil prices could kill electric and hyrbid cars
Gas-guzzling cars are gaining favor once again, as low oil prices are cheapening petrol, driving consumers away from more economic and …

Why cheap gas can’t kill the electric car
Washington Post
From 2010 to 2014, U.S. electric car sales surged from almost nothing to about 120,000 per year. But the haters and doubters persist. Analysts …

What’s still killing the electric car
The Globe and Mail
When choosing the most significant cars of 2014, there were two machines at the top of nearly every list: Ford’s new aluminum-bodied F-150 …

Toronto a hub for electric cars in Canada
The Weather Network
These fully electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars are the stars of a five-day event, on until Friday, January 16, marking a special milestone …

University research team shows solar energy extends electric...
Windsor Star
Moore said he’s hoping to launch sales of low-speed electric vehicles — a new Transport Canada classification in North America — with …

10 Must-See Electric Cars at this Year’s International Auto Show
And many of those new vehicles are hybrid and electric. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, doesn’t feel threatened by the competition, …

Cyber Security

Sony Hack: N. Korean Intel Gleaned By NSA During Incursion
Comments by top U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, that blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyberattack …

US military Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked by ISIS … – CBC
The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. military’s central command operations were hacked on Monday. A warning for American …

NSA Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials
New York Times
Mr. Obama’s decision to accuse North Korea of ordering the largest … Still, the sophistication of the Sony hack was such that many experts say …

Risk Management In A Digital World – Addressing Cyber-Security
Mondaq News
In Ontario, several class actions have been certified or partially … of the costly impact of cyber-security breaches, a survey issued in 2012 by …

Hackers Uploaded a Worm to South Korean Nuclear Plants
The reactor controls of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP), the state-run utility affected, are not connected to any … Either way, the worm and them hacks do not reflect well on the state of South Korea’s cybersecurity.

How US Power Generators Are Preparing for 2015
POWER magazine
In mid-November, members of the POWER Generating Company Advisory Team … Our more flexible resources such as hydro and natural gas ….. have a much heightened sense of physical and cyber security awareness.

South Korean nuclear operator strengthens security system against
Networks Asia
Last week it ran a two-day drill in preparation for possible cyber attack. Despite the efforts, criticism has mounted of the company’s security and …

Renewable Energy and Protecting the Grid from Terrorism and
Obviously the reports don’t go into great detail, for security reasons. … more grid-level storage (batteries, compressed air, pumped hydro, and … But as the grid becomes “smarter” it’s also more susceptible to cyber attacks.

Analytics, cyber security top CIO concerns for 2015
ITWorld Canada
“By 2017, 80 per cent of the CIO’s time will be focused on analytics, cyber security and creating new revenue streams through digital services,” …

GSC Partners In the News

Hydro customers to pay more to cover ice storm costs
The Independent Free Press
Starting this month through Oct. 2016, Halton Hills Hydro customers will be paying more on their hydro bills to cover the utility company’s $1.56-million 2013 ice storm costs.

Residential water costs among highest in province
Kingston Whig-Standard
The changes, if approved by city council, are part of a Utilities Kingston report that recommends each sector pay their fair share for water services.

Today marks one year anniversary of December ice storm
570 News
Barb Shortreed, Spokesperson for Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro … decides to swoop in at the last hour, their hydro team is more than prepared.

Schools receive funds for accepting Milton Hydro challenge
Two Milton schools were presented with $750 each for their participation in a Milton Hydro initiative that helps households reduce their energy …

Oakville Hydro’s Sunny Shores Green Energy Solar Park Goes Live
Exchange Morning Post
Picton – Oakville Hydro Corporation and Oakville-based renewable power experts; Spark Solar Group Inc. announced the finalization and grid …

Gearing up for winter’s wrath
Waterloo Record
With the recent acquisition of Brant County Power, CND Hydro will have a bigger pool of people it can call on in an emergency. Shortreed …

‘Spoofing’ suspected in phone scam attempt on Guelph business
Guelph Mercury
That was the case last month when Bollywood Bistro owner Lekhnath Sapkota received a call purportedly from Guelph Hydro demanding an …

The Independent Electricity System Operator and Ontario Power
Canada NewsWire (press release)-Jan 2, 2015
2, 2015 /CNW/ – The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) have now merged, operating as …

Police seek public’s help in copper reel theft
Vulcan Advocate
A copper reel worth $1,000 was stolen from a K-Line Maintenance and Construction work site along Township Road 145, south of Travers Lake …

Gas distributors stand by concerns over Energy East pipeline
The Globe and Mail
In an interview Wednesday, Union Gas Ltd. president Steve Baker said TransCanda the Calgary pipeline company is forcing gas users in …

Making Electric Vehicles Fun
Alternatives Journal
To kick things into a higher gear, the WWF has partnered with Plugn Drive to promote the Transportation rEVolution program, which supports …


Hydro One guilty in workplace death
Kingston Whig-Standard
Hydro One guilty in workplace death Hydro One has been fined $325,000 after a workplace death in 2013 at the company’s Hinchinbrooke Distribution…

Horizon warns of ongoing phone scam
St. Catharines Standard
Horizon Utilities Corp. is again reminding customers of an ongoing phone scam where impostors identify themselves as ‘Horizon Utilities…

Hydro One looks to increase rates by up to 4%
CBC News
Hydro One looks to increase rates by up to 4% Cottage-owners and rural residents in the northwest may have to dig deeper into their pockets to…

Effective January 1, 2015 Board of Directors for the New
Government of Ontario News-
Dr. O’Neill was appointed Chair of the IESO Board of Directors on December 8, 2010. He is the President of O’Neill Strategic Economics and a …

Ontario Power Authority employee fired after trading investigation
Toronto Star
An employee of the Ontario Power Authority has been fired after an investigation into stock holdings involving the cancelled Oakville gas plant.

Fear of trees still lingers after ice storm
Toronto Star
A year after the ice storm, arborist Todd Irvine says people are still gripped by fear of falling limbs and demanding aggressive pruning.


Ontario missing energy conservation targets, says watchdog
Toronto Star
Most of Ontario’s 75 local utilities have missed targets to reduce electricity demand at peak times, says environmental commissioner Gord Miller.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk to examine power system
Toronto Sun
Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk is turning her sharp eye to the subject of power planning in the province for her next annual report.


Ontario and Quebec’s November storm tops $90 million in insured damage: IBC
Canadian Underwriter
Palumbo says the industry is “talking with governments about improving infrastructure, updating flood maps and revisiting land use planning to keep homes off flood plains.”

Debate to bury power lines resurfaces
Global News
The south shore bedroom community of St-Lambert is a picturesque fixture on the Quebec landscape. But the rustic town with tree-lined streets also has a bit of an eye soar high in the sky: power lines.

Quebec ice storm: Why it’s impossible to storm-proof the power grid
CBC News
This time, power was restored relatively quickly – within 12 hours for the majority of Quebecers – which reflects some of the lessons hydro-electricity…


Carbon pricing coming to Ontario, strategy to be unveiled this year
The Globe and Mail
Environment Minister pledges ‘economically positive’ transition to low-carbon economy as province weighs tax, cap-and-trade systems

Smart Meters , TOU, Hydro Costs

MPP sees challenges in 2015 0
The Daily Observer
Last year, the fight against hydro rates spread across Ontario. In April even, a planned province-wide hydro rate protest was held in roughly 24 towns and cities in Ontario.

Jack up peak hydro rates: Enviro commish
Toronto Sun‎
Ontarians should pay four or five times more for “on-peak” than off-peak electricity to…

Kelly McParland: Smart meters, another botched program on
National Post
Take just one example, the “smart meter” program that is at the heart of Mr. Miller’s assessment. The government told Ontarians it would cost $1 …

Smart Grid Sensor Market – Global Industry Analysis and Forecast
Digital Journal
Smart metering and meter data analytics, grid management, and … Elster Solutions, GE’s Digital Energy, Silver Spring Networks, Cisco, Google, …

Smart meters not living up to their billing
Hamilton Spectator-
The auditor general of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, has been very critical of the Ontario smart meter program in her 45-page report delivered on Dec.

Hydro gives customers tight deadline to opt-out of smart meters
MONTREAL – Hydro-Quebec may have already moved ahead and installed its smart meters in over 2.5 million homes, but the company says it …

Smart meters cut power-failure times: Hydro-Québec
Montreal Gazette
Hydro-Québec’s new smart meters shortened the duration of Quebec’s widespread power failures after last weekend’s ice storm, a utility …


Health, environment motivate people to cut energy use, study finds
Toronto Star
Information about health and environmental impacts, not cost savings, prompts people to reduce energy use in homes, says new study.

Energy efficiency
The Economist
The company can develop economies of scale and tap financial markets for … shift power to countries with the right geography for hydro-electric generation. … Given the risk of cyber-attacks, security will need serious thought.

GridWatch – November 2014

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5th Annual Round Table: Tuesday, November 25th to Tackle Timely Subject for 200+ Registered Delegates – Networking Breakfast Starts at 7:30 am – Formal Proceedings at 8:30 am

Recent extreme weather events in Ontario have led many utilities to conduct major reviews of their outage management systems and customer communications protocols.  Numerous initiatives were precipitated by the December 2013 Ice Storm and other recent events, but are we doing enough?  This year’s Round Table key note will make a compelling case that future extreme weather events might occur at a scale and frequency exponentially larger than any of us ever anticipated. Few argue with the need to be ready for a weather event of catastrophic proportions, after the fact, but how many have the required foresight and the leeway before it occurs?

Few argue with the need to be ready for a weather event of catastrophic proportions, after the fact, but how many have the required foresight and the leeway before it occurs?   What are we preparing for, exactly?  How big … is big, in an environment where storms seem to continuously upstage the last?

And what about funding? Is it feasible to pay for extreme weather preparedness initiatives from traditional funding channels?  Probably not based on the current landscape.  So where do we turn?

LDCs strongest play might be seizing the opportunity to develop new products and services of value that help critical mission businesses keep their operations up and running, despite the conditions?  Perhaps therein lies the solution to the funding challenge and how to thrive in today’s ‘more volatile world.’

What are we preparing for, exactly?  How big … is big, in an environment where storms seem to continuously upstage the last? To pick up on this discussion and more, we look forward to seeing our 200+ registrants next week!  The event gets underway at 7:30 am with a Networking Breakfast, and the formal proceedings start at roughly 8:30 am.

Read more severe weather headlines and industry news follows.

Featured Video
Cold weather grips most of North America due to an Omega Block. What is an Omega Block?

Featured Topic …. Extreme Weather

In 49 states, it’s below freezing in at least one spot
By Dave Hennen, CNN Senior Meteorologist … The Arctic air pouring over the relatively warm Great Lakes waters is producing extreme lake-effect snows. … on the ground Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather …

Obama’s China climate deal: Job killer or worth the cost?
“Companies are concerned about direct impacts, such as extreme weather damaging facilities or disrupting power, and also indirect impacts, …

UN Climate Change Report: World Must Phase Out Most Fossil
International Business Times
The world must stop using nearly all electricity from coal, oil and natural …. Climate scientists project that extreme weather events will become

IPCC chief: ‘We need to tell the truth and if that truth is blunt, so be it’
Business Green
… in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and then in … 40 per cent of the electricity has come from wind energy and that’s a

IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of
The Guardian
Carbon emissions, such as those from the Mehrum coal-fired power … the risk of severe heatwaves and other extreme weather and warns of

Canada must move to clean energy quickly, climate activists say
CTV News
… the severity of climate change impacts and extreme weather is not a … and electricity-generation sectors,” spokesperson Ted Laking said.

Nationwide blackout leaves Bangladesh in the dark
Toronto Star
Bangladesh was struggling to restore power late Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighbouring India failed.

NYPA post-Sandy measures strengthening electricity infrastructure

Niagara Frontier Publications
Two years after “Superstorm” Sandy, the New York Power Authority is … New York’s electricity infrastructure against future extreme weather …

U.N. climate change report: “Time is not on our side”
Toronto Star
Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault U.N. report says.

Ontario aims to join forces with Quebec on climate, electricity
Toronto Star
Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard say they and their cabinets will meet next month to discuss energy, climate change and internal trade issues.

UN climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage
The Globe and Mail
Risk of “serious, pervasive and irreversible impacts”.

Wind warning lifted after B.C. storm leaves thousands without power
The Globe and Mail
Environment Canada warns a Pacific frontal system could dump up to 60 millimetres of rain by early Wednesday, though the rainfall is expected to ease in the morning.

Sandy Motivates NY to Explore Microgrids
Climate Central
The Rockaways is also where Long Island’s power lines end. … Extreme weather is almost guaranteed to keep the Rockaways in the dark for

Understanding climate science in 10 easy steps
Greenpeace International (blog)
With higher air and sea temperatures, extreme weather events will happen more … It accounts for 73 % of the emissions from electricity production, … coal plant with CCS (the Boundary Dam project in Canada) is based on this

Severe Weather Rips Through South, Killing At Least Two
The extreme weather was expected to continue roiling the region on … a state of emergency as thousands of people were without electricity.

Industry News

Regulator approves purchase of Brant County Power
Cambridge Times
The Ontario Energy Board has endorsed Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro’s purchase of Brant County Power and the transaction is expected to close later this month.

Ontario & Power: How to spend billions of dollars
Toronto Star
Billions of dollars worth of energy proposals are vying for attention in the province.

Importing power not the answer for Ontario, study says
Toronto Star
Ontario electricity planners have dumped cold water on the idea of importing big volumes of electricity from Manitoba and Quebec.

Liberal bill would tighten security for court and power stations in Ontario
Toronto Star
The Liberal government is moving to update sweeping powers to protect courts and power generating plants.

Hydro Ottawa says power outage due to issue with provincial grid
CBC News
Hydro Ottawa says a power outage that left some 30,000 customers without power Wednesday afternoon is due to a loss of supply from the provincial grid.


Aluminum-air battery may be cure for range anxiety
Toronto Star
Developed by Phinergy, an Israeli start-up, and aluminum giant Alcoa, the aluminum-air battery, its inventors say, could eliminate range anxiety from electric vehicles, adding 1,600 km.

When it comes to green vehicles, Norway’s plugged in
Toronto Star
Thanks to generous incentives, electric vehicles — Nissan Leafs in particular — are commonplace in Oslo


Energy minister won’t heed Fraser Institute report
Toronto Sun
The provincial government is not veering from its plans for solar and wind energy despite a warning in a new Fraser Institute report that it’s driving up electricity prices.


Wind farms outstrip nuclear power
BBC News
The UK’s wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says. The energy network operator said it…

Goderich wind farm given green light by judge
Toronto Star
$850M project can go ahead, despite an ongoing appeal by an area farm family who say they are ‘guinea pigs in the name of green energy.’

Quebec’s rising energy costs aren’t driven by wind power: wind industry
Montreal Gazette
Nolet acknowledged that wind power has been pummeled in the Quebec media recently for contributing to Hydro-Québec’s large surplus and the


Bruce nuclear waste site is safe, says OPG
Toronto Star
Burying nuclear waste near the Bruce nuclear station is safe, says OPG, but its position is partly at odds with nearby First Nations.

Final words on Kincardine nuclear waste site
Toronto Star
Supporters and opponents of a proposed nuclear waste site near Kincardine have made final submissions to a federal panel.

Nuclear plants must give iodine pills to nearby residents, regulator says
Toronto Star
Radiation protection pills will be pre-distributed to people and businesses located near nuclear plants, according to a new regulation announced by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on Friday.

GridWatch – September 2014

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in GridWatch | 0 comments

GridSmartCity Announces Extreme Weather Theme for 5th Annual Round Table

Satellite image from December 22nd Ice Storm

GridSmartCity is pleased to announce our Round Table theme for 2014:”The Science of Dealing with Extreme Weather Events.”

Hosted by Oakville Hydro, our 5th annual event will be presented on Tuesday, November 25th at the Oakville Conference Centre, 2525 Wyecroft Rd. Oakville, ON. Featured keynotes are Chris St. Clair, The Weather Channel, with his presentation on the “Impact of changing weather patterns, increased frequency of storms, tornadoes and major weather events in Ontario”; Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Risk Management and Decision Processes Centre – “Why are we seeing more catastrophes and how can they be avoided or overcome?”; and Paul Kovacs, Economist and Executive Director, The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, University of Western Ontario – “How with proper mitigation measures, including public-private partnerships, damage from disasters could be reduced by up to half over the next 25 years.”

Secure your seat and help us with our planning – Please Register at your first opportunity.

Featured Video
Upcoming GirdSmartCity Keynote Speaker Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan (Wharton Risk Center), discusses the book he co-authored, “At War With the Weather,”  focusing on  how the insurance industry must tackle climate change and hazard mitigation together.

Featured Topic …. Extreme Weather

Three reasons why global warming requires a full stop for new tar
There is new hope with Ontario and Quebec pushing together for a … severe air pollution and extreme weather events are disrupting food …

Power restored after the ‘most damaging storm’ of the year
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Hydro was reporting “no outages” in the city Sunday night after crews spent the weekend restoring electricity following Friday’s thunderstorms.

Heat alert, thunderstorm watches and warning across southern Ontario
CTV News
Also Friday, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were put in place across southwestern Ontario, with active weather expected to …

Toronto Hydro restores power to all customers after overnight outages
CTV News
Toronto Hydro has restored power to all homes affected by a line of severe thunderstorms that swept through the city on Friday night.

Crews work to restore power, clean-up from heavy storm
CBC News
Many people are left cleaning up the damage after Tuesday night’s thunderstorm that ripped down trees and left thousands without power.

‘Shocking’ damage from heavy summer snow will take days to clean up, says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
National Post
Commuters needed hours to get to work, snow-laden branches groaned and snapped and thousands of people were without power Wednesday…

Ontario-Quebec Power Pact

An Ontario-Quebec power pact would have a win-win outcome
Huffington Post
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s recent pursuit of Quebec’s surplus hydro power signals the overdue realization that Ontario’s yearnings for …

Editorial: Energy sales to Ontario could be mutually profitable
Montreal Gazette
Premier Wynne expressed interest in buying Quebec hydro power if Ontario can get a “good deal.” Quebec happens to be generating a …

An Ontario-Quebec power pact would have a win-win outcome
The Globe and Mail
Ontario needs cheaper energy and Quebec has plenty of surplus power to offer.

Québec and Ontario Partner to Strengthen Central Canada’s Economy
Government of Ontario News
Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne … also discussed climate change in light of extreme weather events, …

Ontario talks hydro trade with Quebec and Manitoba
Toronto Star
Most of the output from Ontario Power Generation is sold at regulated prices; privately operated Bruce Power’s energy is contracted at prices higher …

Quebec-Ontario electricity trade is smart, but not simple
The Globe and Mail
The prospect of greater interprovincial trade in electricity would be a game-changer in Canada, and a very positive one…

GSC Partners

Ontario energy supply sufficient unless there is extreme weather: IESO
Sun News Network
TORONTO – Ontario has more than enough electricity supply to get through planned outages in its nuclear plants next year unless there is …

Repair of 11000 Storm-Damaged Trees Nears Completion
“The town’s forestry section and Oakville Hydro worked tirelessly and efficiently to clear potential danger from public areas. This work continues …

New University of Waterloo Antarctic images track climate change …
The University of Waterloo has published a unique mosaic of satellite images showing how climate change is affecting Antarctic sea ice.

Union Gas to lower rates, customers to save on energy costs
Stockhouse-Sep 12, 2014
CHATHAM, ON, Sept. 12, 2014 /CNW/ – Union Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board to decrease the rates its customers pay for natural …

With two new electric car charging stations, now five in the city
Cambridge Times
…is produced and distributed in Ontario, by Ontarians,” Miles said. … Each charging station is connected to an advanced Smart Meter, … EV chargers and hydro’s Smart Metering System can be tested and monitored over time.

S&C on Energy Storage Drivers and Roadblocks
Greentech Media-Sep 6, 2014
S&C Electric
Company is in the thick of the battle for the grid-scale energy storage market. It’s an emerging multi-billion-dollar market, and much …

Oakville lays out ‘ambitious’ five-year energy reduction plan
Oakville Beaver
The Town of Oakville has a plan to reduce its 2012 baseline energy consumption by 15 per cent over the next five years.

New system aims to shorten local power outages
Cambridge Times
Area residents may soon spend less time in the dark as a result of a new computer technology acquired by Cambridge and North Dumfries (CND) Hydro.

Guelph Hydro Introduces Free Real Time Usage Info
Fountain Pen
Guelph, Ontario August 20, 2014 Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the electric distribution utility serving more than 52,000 customers in Guelph…

Town wins energy conservation award
The Independent Free Press
The Town of Halton Hills was one of only three Ontario municipalities to receive the Community Conservation Award from the Ontario Power Authority at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on Aug. 18.

Burlington Hydro asking for temporary rate increase to cover ice storm costs
Hamilton Spectator
Burlington Hydro has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for a temporary monthly rate increase of about 32 cents per residential customer to recover its costs of responding to last winter’s ice storm.

Halton Hills Hydro receives an “A” rating in customer satisfaction survey
Electric Energy Online
Halton Hills Hydro is pleased to report that 90 per cent of their customers are very or fairly satisfied with the service they are receiving from their local electricity utility.

Milton Hydro Hands Out Free Smart Thermostats As Part Of DR Program
Renew Grid
Ontario-based utility Milton Hydro is offering its customers a free ecobee Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Si thermostat that connects to their smart meters.

Burlington Hydro donates $30,000 to Burlington Flood Relief Fund
Burlington Post
Burlington Hydro announced this afternoon it is making a donation of $30,000 to the Burlington Flood Relief Fund in order to provide assistance to where it says is needed most.

Climate Change

U of T professor launches challenge against National Energy Board
Toronto Star
University of Toronto professor Danny Harvey launches constitutional challenge against NEB for refusing to consider climate change while weighing pipeline expansion.


Wynne, Couillard to push national energy strategy at premiers conference
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard recently forged a central Canadian alliance to co-operate on issues and bring prosperity back to their provinces.


Plugged-in to the future
AltEnergyMag (press release)-Sep 11, 2014
The consequent likely ramp up of production of EVs to meet … leads eCamion’s overall vision and is vice-chair of Energy Storage Ontario, …

The future of transport is electric — and it’s here
The Canadian government has set a goal of having 500,000 EVs on the road by … Ontario’s GO Transit published a study in 2010 that found

Nevada lawmakers gathering for special session on Tesla tax breaks
The Globe and Mail
Nevada is considering a package of tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3-billion aimed at cementing a deal with Tesla Motors Inc for a $5-billion battery plant.

Tesla CEO says could sign new deal with Toyota in 2-3 years
Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc and Toyota Motor Corp the world’s best-selling automaker, could sign a new deal over the next two to three years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, as the two firms ready to end an existing program.

Battery factory brings Tesla Motors closer to mass-produced electric car
The Globe and Mail
The California-based electric car maker is a big step closer to mass producing an electric car.

Tesla fires up first two supercharger stations in Ontario
The Globe and Mail
Electric supercar auto maker has plans to expand Canadian network.


How to free Ontario’s electricity market
Financial Post
These are among the legacies of Ontario’s recent power system choices. … Resources like solar and battery storage could well change the …

Norfolk Power sale closes Friday
Simcoe Reformer
Local control of Norfolk’s electrical infrastructure officially ends this week.

Summer’s chill keeps hydro use down
The Record
Put on a sweater, step outside and listen. Hear that? That’s the sound of a cold summer.

Nat Gas

Gas plants scandal: Opposition MPPs want key witnesses to testify
Toronto Star
Critics plan to shame the Liberal government into getting a former McGuinty aide and her boyfriend to testify before MPPs probing the gas plants scandal.

Why Direct Energy is selling Ontario assets: Roseman
Toronto Star
In 2005, the Ontario Energy Board ordered Direct Energy and Enbridge to stop the shared billing relationship. But in 2007, the board decided on a …

Pipeline wars: Union Gas takes a swipe at Energy East
Toronto Star
Union Gas says TransCanada’s Energy East project will increase costs and risks for Ontario natural gas users.


Ontarians fear risks of burying radioactive waste in Bruce County
Toronto Sun
OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Critics of Ontario Power Generation’s plan to store radioactive waste deep below ground at the Bruce County nuclear …

OPG works to calm concerns over nuclear waste dump
Toronto Star
Hearing hears that New Mexico accident wouldn’t happen here, but some are not convinced.

Plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron safe, experts say
The Globe and Mail
Critics in Ontario and Michigan, including state legislators, have condemned Ontario Power Generation’s plan for a deep geological repository.

The real question about nuclear disaster: Federal or provincial issue?
Toronto Star
Ontario health bureaucrats question whether federal officials should meddle with distributing protective pills in a nuclear disaster.

OPG says Darlington risks are contained
Toronto Star
Ontario Power Generation says has taken measures to curb financial risks in the $10 billion project to overhaul the Darlington nuclear plant.

Nuclear funds power OPG profit increase
Toronto Star
Ontario Power Generation reported higher profit in the second quarter, with higher income from its nuclear funds and from sales to other jurisdiction.


The Board has posted the PEG Report to the Board “Empirical Research in Support of Incentive Rate-Setting: 2013 Benchmarking Update”…


SolarShare grows as ‘green bonds’ heat up
The Globe and Mail
… get a stake in a portfolio of rooftop and small ground-mount solar projects. … “[The idea] is to speed Ontario’s transition toward a renewable energy … SolarShare projects sell their power under Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT …

Ontario’s solar energy program offers payment for generating clean …
Waterloo Record
In Ontario, the average residential solar PV system produces as much … From solar panels to LEDs, we have the products and the expertise to …

Canadian Solar shares jump on solar-projects business

The Globe and Mail
Stock rises 24 per cent despite extended U.S. tariff on solar products manufactured in China…

Smart Meters, TOU, Hydro Costs

No plans yet for wider use of digital smart power meters
Winnipeg Free Press
The smart meter has two purposes: It makes it easier for a utility to bill its customers and it teaches … Ontario has also introduced smart meters.

Smart meters blamed for unexplained fires not installed locally
Oakville Beaver
Oakville Hydro confirmed last week that a particular type of smart meter, which has been making headlines for catching fire in Saskatchewan, was not installed anywhere in town.

NDP asking who’s behind smart meter installer exemptions
Global News
The opposition is blasting the government again over the mess that’s become of the province’s smart meter program.

Smart meters in western Canada different those than in Ontario
Barrie Examiner
Fears that newly installed smart meters can catch fire have largely been doused by fire officials across the province.

City seeks smart meter review
Medicine Hat News
The City will hire an independent third party to evaluate the safety of its smart meters to ensure there is nothing overlooked, and it hopes that will help to instill confidence in the public…

Horizon says its smart meters are safe
Bullet News Niagara
ST. CATHARINES – Following recent news coverage regarding fires possibly linked to smart meters in Saskatchewan, Horizon Utilities has issued a …

Smart meter overbilling complaints investigated by Hydro-Québec
So far, the ombudsman has received close to 8,000 complaints against Ontario’s Hydro One. In response to a request from CBC News, Hydro-Québec

SaskPower says smoky smart meter in Regina was caused by power socket
Regina Leader-Post
SaskPower is not adding a smoky smart meter failure in Regina this weekend to its tally of nine meter-related fires that have occurred across the province.


New smart device being tested for homes
Ottawa Sun
Big Brother wants to help save you money on your electricity bill.

US News

Barack Obama seeking UN ‘name & shame’ greenhouse gas reduction pact
Toronto Star
Faced with a gridlocked U.S. Congress, the Obama administration is moving to strike a global agreement that would include “naming and shaming” countries that fail to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Northern California earthquake wipes out power to tens of thousands
Toronto Star
A 6.0 earthquake struck the heart of California wine country early Sunday morning.


Ontario studies noise impacts
Ontario is commissioning an offshore wind study despite a continuing … Energy’s 300MW Wolfe Island Shoals project in Lake Ontario.

Ontario seeks more studies on offshore wind turbines
Toronto Star
The Ontario government wants even more studies of the impact of off-shore wind turbines, three and a half years after imposing a moratorium.

Florida energy firm eyes setting up more wind farms in Ontario
Sun News Network
Ben Greenhouse of NextEra said the company is closely watching Ontario’s new procurement process for green energy projects and would consider …

NextEra Canada Completes Two Ontario Wind Farms
North American Windpower
The 60 MW Adelaide Wind Energy Center and 73 MW Bornish Wind Energy Center, both located in Middlesex County, Ontario, have been …

Grid Watch – June 2014

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in GridWatch, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Featured Video

Featured Trends

After their majority win in Ontario’s election June 18th, the Liberal’s Budget is headed back to Queens Park which includes plans to kill the debt retirement charge as of Jan. 1, 2016, which would offset in part plans to scrap the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.

According the Globe, Ontario’s renewable energy sector is breathing a sigh of relief with the Liberal majority government elected.  It reports, the positive outlook is less a reflection of enthusiasm for Liberal policies, than satisfaction that the Progressive Conservatives did not win. The Tories had promised to dismantle many of the green energy policies that had supported the renewable industry.  During the election, a similar viewpoint was reported in the Star about CANSIA (Canadian Solar Industry Association), who maintained that a Conservative win would be a devastating set-back for renewables. The Canadian Wind Energy Association issued similar warnings.

From a global energy policy perspective, increased targets for cutting greenhouse gas has led the headlines and debate. The US announced plans to cut greenhouse gases by 30 per cent by 2030, targeting the country’s coal-reliant energy industry. 

Green House Gas Reductions

U.S. carbon-cutting plan puts heat on Canada – News – CBC …
Clean Energy Canada’s Clare Demerse calls Obama administration’s plan to cut greenhouse gases 30 percent a political game changer.

Will Canada follow the US lead on cutting carbon emissions?
The U.S. administration is taking on its massive power industry … But the cost of cutting carbon, especially for Canada’s oil and gas …

EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon
Cut carbon
emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide … Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the second phase of the …

Obama to Take Action to Slash Coal Pollution – NYTimes.com

Monday to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 … on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by …

EPA to Seek 30% Cut in Emissions at Power Plants – WSJ

Propose mandating power plants cut U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions 30% … proposal’s details quiet in the run-up to Monday’s announcement

U.S. emissions pledge puts Alberta on the spot
The Globe and Mail
Even without the pressure being put on oil sands, province’s reliance on coal for more than half its power needs will come under spotlight.

GSC Partners

Cambridge Hydro buys Brant Power for $40.2M
Cambridge Times
Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro, also known as Energy+, has purchased Brant County Power Inc. for $40.2 million.

Eaton’s New Web Tool Helps Its Distributors
Industrial Distribution
Pittsburgh, PA – Power management company Eaton launched the MyEaton website for U.S. and Canadian distributors, providing personalized …

Halton Hills Hydro Retrofit
Independent Free Press
A Georgetown company that struck up a partnership with Halton Hills Hydro to retrofit its interior lighting systems was rewarded for the conservation efforts with an incentive cheque for more than $42,000 this week.

Milton Hydro proposes changes to tree trimming in light of storm damage
Inside Halton
Milton Hydro plans to bring an amendment to its tree trimming standards before council in the future as a result of heavy damage sustained by rural Milton during the ice storm.

OPG appeals court decision on new reactors
Ontario Power Generation and Canada’s nuclear regulator have appealed a federal court decision that blocks construction of new reactors at …

Electrical Safety Authority Reminds Ontarians to Be Aware of Electrical Hazards during Stormy Weather
Summer storm brought down powerlines on 25 cars and a bus in Markham, Ontario, trapping people inside.

TD Bank Named Among 50 socially responsible corporations: 2014
First of its kind among Canadian banks, TD’s new “sustainable energy-efficient design” concept branch is expected to be 45 per cent more …

Union Gas, City of Hamilton partner to grow natural gas transit fleet
Canada NewsWire
HAMILTON, ON – Union Gas is partnering with the City of Hamilton to build and maintain a compressed natural gas …

Waterloo Region installing three electric vehicle charging stations – one in
Cambridge Times
WATERLOO REGION – In an effort to promote the use of electric … from one in 2010 to 82 as of this past May, according to Plugn Drive, …

Wind generation is an ‘effective tool’
Hamilton Spectator
Wind energy is being referred to by Ontario’s Independent System Operator (IESO) as an effective tool in managing the province’s electricity …

Waterloo puts in $286,000 claim for winter storm damage
Waterloo chronicle
The city has submitted an expression of interest in applying for nearly $300,000 in provincial funding to help cover some of the costs associated with the December ice storm that downed trees and cut power throughout Waterloo.

WESCO International, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Hazmasters, Inc.
WESCO Distribution, Inc., through its wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hazmasters, Inc. Closing is expected to occur in March 2014


Liberal budget headed back to Queen’s Park
Toronto Star
The Liberals have promised to kill a hydro surcharge for residential users, known as the debt retirement charge, beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, bringing an estimated annual…

Wynne’s Liberals to form majority government; Tim Hudak resigns
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne made history Thursday, outrunning her opponents and leaving predecessor Dalton McGuinty’s controversial legacy in the dust with a stunning majority victory.

PCs hard turn to right fails to gain traction with voters
The Globe and Mail
Tim Hudak will step down as Leader of the Progressive Conservatives, after a night of deep disappointment that left the Liberals in power…

Horwath gamble doesn’t pay off as NDP gains don’t materialize
The Globe and Mail
Results raise questions about her leadership, which some say has led party astray from its founding values.

PC Victory in Ontario Election would be ‘devastating setback’ for…
Toronto Star
John Gorman of the Canadian Solar Industry Association, or CanSIA, in an interview….

Environmental Legislation Killed By Ontario Election
Alternative Journal
Hopes for sweeping new green legislation on everything from protecting the Great Lakes to improving recycling rates have been dashed.

Andrea Horwath says she doesn’t regret sparking election
Toronto Star
If Andrea Horwath has any regrets about triggering the election they are too few to mention.

Ontario Tory leader Hudak insists job numbers are sound
The Globe and Mail
Economists say Progressive Conservative Leader counted some jobs as many as eight times…

Hudak wants to turn off the lights at Ontario Power Authority
Bullet News Niagara
It would be ‘lights out’ for the Ontario Power Authority if Tim Hudak is elected premier in the June 12 provincial election.

Horwath makes pitch for hydro savings
Kenora News
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath says it’s time to get hydro working for ratepayers again. She’d like to see some relief for home owners.

Business worries about politics and energy in election
Toronto Star
Ontario companies watching for signs of how vote could affect energy prices.

Hydro firms scrap over Ontario import market
Toronto Star
It sounds like a simple idea: why not import electricity to Ontario from hydro-rich provinces such as Quebec, Manitoba, or Newfoundland?  but it’s drawing vigorous debate from companies who have a financial stake in the outcome.


Top VC firms, auto manufacturers and energy companies are betting big on Proterra’s American-made EV transit buses
Digital Journal
Battery-electric bus manufacturer Proterra Inc. has raised more than $30 million in additional funding to accelerate further deployment of its industry-leading zero-emission EV transit technology. Participation in this round of funding was bolstered by rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles in transit, as well as additional deployments by existing customers. Kleiner Perkins and GM Ventures led the financing, with significant growth funding from other existing investors.

Alcoa, Phinergy developing aluminum-air EV battery
Alcoa and the electric vehicle battery maker, they are collaborating on new … According to Phinergy, the aluminum-air battery technology can …

EV Battery Maker Claims 1000 Miles per Charge
EE Times
Clean technology company Phinergy, teaming with Alcoa, demonstrated the new electric car battery on a racetrack in Montreal this week in …

Why An Electric Car Saves Fleet Operators $16000 In Lifetime Cost
Green Car Reports
The findings of the Plug-in BC study are consistent with a one-year pilot study in the province of Ontario, where three electric cars were …

New Software Management Systems Are Helping to Transform the
Greentech Media
Loads, electric and thermal storage, and electric vehicles to meet system … Smaller vendors such as Colorado-based Spirae and Ontario’s …

Investors push up Stria’s shares by 26% as new lithium process
Proactive Investors USA & Canada
Lithium is used, in greater quantities, in batteries for electric vehicles, with an … process development, which is taking place at a lab in Kingston, Ontario.

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in: the $10000 question
A cross between a hybrid and an electric vehicle, a PHEV benefits … For the time being, the Ontario government offers a $5,000 incentive on …

International News

The Volvo Group studies potential to test electric roads in a city
Fort Mills Times
In collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration, the Volvo Group will study the potential for building electric roads, where city buses can be…

Northland Power closes financing for big Europe wind project
The Globe and Mail
Northland Power Inc. has closed a $4.2-billion financing for a 600-megawatt wind farm in the North Sea off Netherlands, one of Europe’s largest renewable energy projects.


Report out Wednesday on Toronto Hydro’s response to ice storm
A report on Toronto Hydro’s response to the ice storm in December 2013 will be released on Wednesday. In January, the utility commissioned the…

Haldimand County Utilities Inc. sold to Hydro One
The Sachem and Glanbrook Gazette
Haldimand County has entered into an agreement to sell the shares of Haldimand County Utilities Inc. to Hydro One for $75 million.

OK for utilities to tip police on grow-ops, judge says
Hamilton Spectator
An Ontario court has ruled that a pair of Hamilton drug traffickers do not have a Charter-enshrined right to privacy when it comes to their hydro usage.

Electricity grid to be more distributed: panel
Daily Commercial News
Ontario’s electricity grid will continue towards a more distributed, decentralized system driven through smart grid technologies and that should be embraced, say sector leaders.

Inflation jumps to 2 per cent on surge in energy prices, StatsCan says
Toronto Star
Natural gas costs jumped 26 per cent, gasoline prices 6.6 per cent and electricity rates 4.6 per cent in April, Statistics Canada reports.

Woodstock Hydro Sold to Hydro One, 12 p.m. News Conference Scheduled
AM980 News
Woodstock Hydro has been sold to Hydro One, sources told AM980 on Wednesday. A news conference has been called for 12 p.m. at Woodstock City Hall to confirm the sale, although so far, city officials have only said publicly it’s to “discuss the future of Woodstock Hydro.”

Ontario Liberals offer hydro perks to business
Toronto Star
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli makes more businesses eligible for reduced hydro rates.

Ontario to trim residential hydro bills
The Globe and Mail
Sources say government to eliminate debt retirement charge and offer discounted power to factories and other businesses

Nat Gas

Enbridge customers catch a break from OEB
Toronto Star
The OEB will phase in a sudden a jump in natural gas rates, triggered by the cold winter, over a 27-month period instead of 12 months

Hudak promised inquiry on gas plants
Inside Halton News
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is promising a judicial inquiry into the contentious cancellation of two Toronto-area gas plants, going after the Liberals on a scandal that dominated the last provincial election three years ago.


Pickering nuclear reactors can exceed design operating limit
Toronto Star
Canada’s nuclear regulator says reactors at the Pickering power station will be allowed to operate beyond their stated design limit.

More hearings on nuclear waste burial coming this fall
CTV News
Ontario Power Generation plans to bury 200,000 cubic metres of nuclear waste in underground caverns.

Darlington overhaul risks understated, analyst argues
Toronto Star
U.S. analyst Gordon Thompson argues that the financial risks of overhauling the Darlington nuclear station have been severely understated.

OPG dealt setback on plan for new reactors
The Globe and Mail
Judge orders federal regulator to re-establish review panel and address risk of accident at nuclear sites.

What Forces Are Disrupting Today’s Electricity Market?
What Forces Are Disrupting Today’s Electricity Market? -  Grid Edge Executive Council to analyze disruptors this  week in San Diego.  Greentech Media will bring together a unique group of industry leaders and market experts to discuss how customer behaviors are disrupting the current electric utility business model and how these disruptors are going to play out in the market over time.


U.S. coal curbs would boost B.C.’s Westshore Terminals traffic
The Globe and Mail
Proposed regulations could result in older coal-fired electricity plants being closed and leave…

‘Golden opportunity’ for Hydro
Winnipeg Free Press
A U.S. plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions at power plants by as much as 30 per cent could be a boon to Manitoba Hydro, the province says.

Hydro still seeking best fuel fit for Holyrood
CBC News
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro acknowledges that major breakdowns at its Holyrood generating station last year were caused by the poor grade…

Utilities face growing risk of cyberattack
The Globe and Mail
Technological modernization of North America’s electricity grid creates new opportunities…

Upgrades may not hit pocket book: Newfoundland Power
CBC News
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said it has a proposal to purchase a $119-million gas turbine so it can increase generation, which would allow an…


Energy board proposal for fixed hydro rates called “Robin Hood in reverse”
Toronto Star
The energy board proposal would abolish the kilowatt hour charge paid to the local utility — in Toronto Hydro’s case, 1.538 cents — in favour of a…

Smart Meters, TOU, Hydro Costs

Energy board proposal for fixed hydro rates called “Robin Hood in
Toronto Star
Householders should pay their local hydro utility a fixed monthly amount for electricity delivery, no matter how much power they use, a draft …

Reevely: Province wants to lock in charges to guarantee hydro’s …
Ottawa Citizen
Prepare to pay more for your hydro connection, as the provincial government tries to tidy up a perverse electricity-billing system that costs …

Magna says no new plants for Canada, cites Ontario energy costs
Toronto Star
Ontario energy, pension costs a concern, the company says.

Liberals cut hydro price for low-income families
Toronto Star
Ontario’s Liberals have announced new measures to help low-income families with hydro bills, and will end the hydro debt-retirement charge.

Ontario hydro bills to rise despite end of Debt Retirement Charge
Toronto Sun
The typical Ontario residential hydro consumer can expect to see their bills leap by roughly $120 a year in 2016.


River Run Centre outfitted with a solar panel roof
Guelph Mercury
The roof of the River Run Centre is the latest building in Guelph to be outfitted with solar panels.

Meet the Solar-Powered Plane That Will Fly Around The World
Solar Impulse 2, the second solar powered aircraft created by Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, will make the first round-the-world solar flight in 2015….

Summer Forecast

El Niño Predicted to Begin This Summer
Epoch Times
According to news reports, several countries in Asia are preparing to draw on … The extreme weather caused flooding, typhoons, droughts, and related side-effects such as … starts to winter on record, while Quebec and Ontario endured severe ice storms.

Toronto summer 2014 forecast: Cooler but pleasant temperatures
Toronto Star
12 cool films for a (hopefully) hot summer of 2014: Peter Howell column. The Weather Network is forecasting temperatures in Toronto and … southern Ontario over the next few months, accounting for the cooler temperatures.


Sustainable Electricity Awards honour companies
Daily Commercial News
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) recently named BC Hydro and Power Authority, Hydro Ottawa, and Ontario Power Generation Inc. as winners of the fifth annual Sustainable Electricity Awards, which recognizes companies with sustainable approaches toward challenges in the electricity sector.

Power plants fuelled by sawmill, logging waste to produce electricity this year
Vancouver Sun
In addition to its biomass energy calls, BC Hydro also inked individual energy purchase agreements with Tolko in 2009 for an eight megawatt…

Can little steps have a big enough impact on energy conservation?
The Globe and Mail
Despite initial progress via Power Smart program, demand growth continues at rates that will likely put politicians in a bind.

US News

From Smart to Resilient: How Utilities Are Using New Technology to Protect the Grid
When the government started putting money behind smart grid technologies, “resilience” was an afterthought. Today, utilities are building upon IT deployment from the stimulus to deal with increasing extreme weather.

A sampling of states’ reaction to carbon cuts plan
Washington Post
But it helps that in this hydro-rich state, just 3 percent of electricity is coal-generated. Gov. Jay Inslee praises Obama for his leadership on carbon…

Obama to announce plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
Toronto Star
The Obama administration is rolling out a plan Monday to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global

Governing Liberal Party Prevails In Ontario Election
North American Wind Power
The ruling Liberal Party prevailed in Ontario following an election Thursday – a victory that could keep wind energy well positioned for further …

PCs threaten future of Ontario’s wind industry, association warns
As Ontario gears up for a summer election, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is calling for Tim Hudak and his Progressive …

McGuinty government changed green energy rules to benefit Liberal-linked firms, court filing charges
National Post
A U.S. wind power developer that is seeking $653-million in damages under a NAFTA challenge accuses the government of Ontario of manipulating…

Ontario election: Vote Compass users reveal split on wind power
CBC News
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has said he would also cut “bloated” bureaucracy at Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.

PC Leader Promises Wind Moratorium
Blackburn News
Provincial PC Leader Tim Hudak says it would be very difficult to reverse wind energy projects in rural Ontario that have already been approved.

Grit MPP rips PC plan for solar, wind power contracts
Toronto Sun
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has learned nothing from Liberal government mistakes made in the billion-dollar gas plants controversy.

Siemens Receives Turbine and Service Order for Largest Wind Farm in Ontario, Canada
Wall Street Journal
Siemens Energy announced a major wind turbine and service order in Canada at the AWEA WINDPOWER tradeshow in Las Vegas.

Wind turbines don’t hurt property values, MPAC says
Toronto Star
Municipal Property Assessment Corp. concludes properties near industrial turbines are “equitably assessed” — but group opposing wind farms says the research is flawed.

Grid Watch – March 2014

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Featured Items

IESO Issuses RFP for 50 MW of Energy Storage

The IESO has issued an RFP in its first phase to deliver 50 MW’s of Energy Storage due by the end of this year as part of Ontario’s Long-term Energy Plan.

The IESO’s RFP seeks to procure up to 35 megawatts of grid energy storage from a number of different technologies that can provide ancillary services, and possibly provide other grid services, such as transmission congestion relief or energy time – shifting. .

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan provided for 50 MW of energy storage to be procured by the end of 2014.  As part of that commitment, an energy storage procurement framework, jointly submitted by the IESO and Ontario Power Authority (OPA), was supported by the Minister of Energy. The procurement framework is designed to allow a diverse portfolio of storage technologies in order to learn about the various services that storage solutions can provide, the value of these investments in operations and how storage can best be integrated into Ontario’s electricity markets.

The IESO is seeking responses from a broad range of grid energy storage technologies so that it can determine how best to integrate different grid energy storage facilities into the operation of the IESO – controlled grid and to assess their capabilities at both the bulk transmission and distribution levels.

The technologies must be capable of absorbing grid energy, storing it and then injecting the energy back into the electrical grid.   A diversified portfolio of technologies will also allow the IESO to gain insights into the evolution and future integration of these technologies in Ontario’s electricity markets. The IESO will be hosting a Briefing Session to answer stakeholder questions about this RFP on March 24, 2014.


$6.5 Million Clean Energy Fund Grant supported S&C storage technology installed in Field, BC

S&C Related Story – PR Newswire

MaRs Fure of Energy Summit

Premier Kathleen Wynne hosted energy leaders from across Canada at the Canadian Energy Innovation Summit.
The Summit brought together national, provincial, business and policy leaders from the energy and innovation sectors to collaborate and build economic development strategies for Canada’s clean energy technologies.  At the show Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a new energy innovation centre that will put the public and private sectors around the same table to develop next-generation technologies.

Provincial Media Release on Summit

Future360 Report
maRs Release

GSC Partner Round-up

OPG’s Mock-up Reactor featured in its training facility

Read more about Darlington’s multimillion-dollar mock-up

Eaton LED Products Honored in Next Generation Luminaires(TM
ThomasNet News
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Power management company Eaton today announced that the McGraw-Edison TopTier™ light-emitting diode (LED) 

New Eaton Energy Storage Technology Advances Resiliency of
is leveraging more than 100 years of experience and expertise in utility and industrial environments to bring to market the new Power 

Getting Ready to Start Spring Renovations? ESA says Make Sure Electrical
Canada NewsWire
Make Sure Electrical Work is Legal and Done Right! The Electrical The Electrical Safety Authority encourages all Ontario residents to visit 

Elster Releases Guide to Unlocking the Value of Meter Data
PR Newswire
RALEIGH, N.C.,  – Elster Solutions today announced the availability of a new compendium focused on helping 

S&C Energy Storage System Minimizes Power Outages at BC Hydro
PR Newswire
CHICAGO — S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader and energy storage integration expert shaping the future 

Ice storm thank you event in north Burlington draws large crowd
Burlington Post
It was standing room only last night in north Burlington at an event celebrating the hydro workers, city staff and firefighters who dedicated their time…

Guelph turns up the heat via thermal strategy
Daily Commercial News
When it comes to finding new ways to share energy, Guelph is turning up the heat — literally. The city, its hydro utility and the utility’s alternative energy …

Region commits to utility cost-sharing
Kitchener Post
The region will pay more than $12.8 million for the relocation of hydro infrastructure to accommodate light rail transit.

Halton throws weight behind municipalities on storm costs
Inside Halton
Halton may not qualify for disaster relief assistance, but it will seek to recover what it can of the estimated $3.5-million price tag of December’s ice storm.

Will the next big thing for EV happen in 2014?
Breakout year for infrastructure

Ice Storm Thank You Event

It was standing room only in north Burlington at an event celebrating the hydro workers, city staff and firefighters who dedicated their time in the aftermath of the ice storm that hit the city over the Christmas holidays.

Burlington Post Article


OPA signs 20 year power generation deal with TransAlta
580 CFRA Radio
Ontario Power Generation has signed a 20-year deal with an independent power plant that provides electricity to the provincial grid. The TransAlta…

Electric Vehicles

Building Out The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Greenlots Advocates For Open Standards
North America is at a critical point in making some decisions about its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and how proprietary its charging networks will ultimately be. The choices made could affect drivers for years to come. These decisions need to be made soon because of the unexpectedly rapid rate of EV adoption.

In 2025, 1 in 4 New Cars Sold in Germany Will Be an Electric One
Chancellor Angela Merkel has a dream, and this dream is that, by the year 2020, Germany will be home to 1 million electric cars. According to a recent report pieced together by specialists working with German

Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, Feb 2014: Milestones, Millstones
Green Car Reports
While February’s electric vehicle sales in Canada will have easily topped year-ago numbers, the plug-in market still faces headwinds in 

Hudak’s refusal to invest in auto manufacturing makes no sense
The Harper government, in its 2014 budget handed down just weeks ago, doubled the size of its Automotive Innovation Fund to $1 billion.

Dealers still against electric cars
Top News
Experts have said that car dealers in the country are still against selling electric cars in the country mainly due to their ideological background. They said that dealers are often ideologically opposed to electric cars.

The Many Benefits of Owning An Electric Car
EV WorldBut according to a study performed by the Electric Vehicle Association of Canada, the carbon emission amount of an electric car is 

TripAdvisor Green Certification Expands to Europe, Canada
Environmental Leader
TripAdvisor Green Certification Expands to Europe, Canada and composting, renewable energy use, electric car charging and green roofing.

Electric Vehicle Festival Planned For Windsor
Car Pro Industries Windsor Limited is looking to host EV Fest 2014 over the weekend of September 27th and 28th. The festival is billed as the

Standardized Electric-Car Battery Swapping Won’t Happen: Here’s Why
Standardized batteries are one of the great consumer goods: Who hasn’t bought a pack of AA or AAA cells for some consumer-electronics device by now? The idea that standardized high-capacity lithium-ion battery …

Making people GREEN with envy! Katy Perry ‘spends £300,000 on buying electric cars for each of her five assistants’
Daily Mail
Pop star Katy Perry may have a schedule which sees her travel the world with a team of staff. But the 29 year-old star is increasingly conscious of her carbon footprint and – to combat this – has splashed out on a batch of …Daily Mail ·

Katy Perry Buys Electric Cars for Her Five Assistants
Softpedia News
Media reports say that, all in all, Katy Perry had to part with some £300,000 (€358,757 / $499,050) to secure environmentally friendly vehicles for a select few of her staff.

Why My Next Car Will Be Electric and Yours Should Too

Huffington Post
I’ve always been passionate about the environment. In Grade 6, I started an anti-litter campaign in my elementary school called “Clean Up Your Act” — I was that kid. When I worked at Canada’s Wonderland as a “Pirate …

Why arguments against electric vehicles fail
Soo Today
The same technology that powers my laptop for a couple of years is just as reliable in an electric vehicle. Lithium-ion ion batteries … The Nissan Leaf, for example, is equipped for about 75-miles/charge, is guaranteed for …

Will National Parks Become A Black Hole For Electric-Car Visitors?
Yahoo Autos
Thousands of Tesla Model S electric-car owners are now likely planning their summer road trips, enabled by a fast-growing network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations. But it turns out that at least one popular …
How Tesla Motors Inc’s electric car batteries are adding to China’s pollution woes
Financial Post
As more environmentally conscious Americans do their bit to help clear the air by paying up for an eco-friendly Prius or a sporty Tesla, a damaging form of polluted rain is falling in China. The link is graphite, a vital …

Electric vehicle chargers trial London smart grid hook up
Business Green
The marriage of electric car and smart grid technologies is being trialed in London as developers look to reduce the impact of electric vehicles on…

Natural Gas

Natural gas price hike will also hit hydro bills: Chiarelli
Toronto Sun
A spike in the price of natural gas this winter could drive up more than just your Enbridge Gas bill.

Enbridge seeks 40% natural gas price increase
CBC News
This extremely cold winter may soon start affecting wallets in Ontario, as Enbridge Gas Distribution plans to increase the price of natural gas by 40 per cent.


Nuclear loss drags down OPG profit
Toronto Star
Loss by nuclear generating sector hurts earnings.

Gowlings seeks a nuclear future
The Globe and Mail
Firm pursues a growing global industry, adding to its bench strength from the Heenan meltdown


PC …

Hudak energy policy would block renewable projects, Liberals say
Toronto Star
Ontario’s Conservatives are putting hundreds of renewable energy contracts at risk, along with the province’s reputation say Liberals and NDP

High electricity costs killing jobs: Tim Hudak
Toronto Star
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says companies and jobs are fleeing Ontario’s because it has the highs electricity rates around.

Hudak addresses hydro hikes, outlines PC jobs plan
Ottawa Community News
The rising hydro rate is just another jobs killer, says PC party leader Tim Hudak, and it’s already affecting small businesses, like the Electric and …

Liberal …

Sandra Pupatello to chair Hydro One amid billing fiasco
Toronto Star
The minority Liberal government is replacing the chairs of troubled Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation in a “shake-up” following an overbilling fiasco and a scathing auditor general’s report.

Wynne rejects NDP’s $100 rebate scheme
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne says NDP $100 hydro rebate handout does nothing to bring down costs or improve the system.


Power exports lighten Ontario’s woes
National Post
The Ontario NDP recently claimed that Ontario subsidizes exports of electricity to New York and Michigan. The NDP even claims that the subsidization of electricity exports costs Ontario $1-billion a year.

NDP proposal to fix Ontario’s energy woes veers into crazy talk
National Post
The problem with trying to fix the ballooning energy rates in the province of Ontario is that there isn’t an easy, sensible solution.

Horwath wants $100 hydro rebates for 4.4M customers
Toronto Star
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants Premier Kathleen Wynne to give electricity ratepayers a $100 rebate to help ease the pain of skyrocketing hydro bills.

Smart Meters , TOU, Hydro Costs

Ombudsman to probe Hydro One billing practices
Ontario’s crusading ombudsman will investigate Hydro One’s billing and customer service practices after receiving hundreds of complaints from customers.

Two Hydro One executives depart in wake of overbilling probe
Toronto Star
Two of Hydro One’s top customer service executives have parted ways with the utility in the wake of ombudsman André Marin’s probe of billing practices.

The Progressive Conservatives are calling for Hydro One president and CEO Carmine Marcello to resign immediately over the billing fiasco that has gripped the Crown corporation. Waving a bill a constituent received for …

Ontario’s big industries plead for lower hydro rates
Toronto Star
Province’s industries pay highest electricity rates in North America, says survey by big power consumers.

Hydro, gas use up this winter
The North Bay Nugget
A “pretty average February” has been the only real bright spot for residential electricity consumers served by North Bay Hydro, according to general manager Todd Wilcox.

Hydro prices soar in cold weather
Toronto Star
The current cold snap is pushing Ontario electricity prices into record territory.

Power price pressure will ease, says Chiarelli
Toronto Star
Investments in the system will pay off, says energy minister.

Protestors take to social media to fight hydro rates
Toronto Star
A social media campaign is under way to organize protests against hydro rates across Ontario on April 4.


Solar Power Drops in Canada: Federal Statistics
Statistics show that total output of electricity from solar panels in Canada Ontario was the only province that reported solar power (240 GWh).

rio regulator sets out plans for large solar procurement
Energy minister, Bob Chiarelli is currently reviewing the large renewables procurement report submitted by Ontario Power Authority

Canadian Solar opens Ontario micro-grid test centre
Canadian Solar hopes to work alongside communities, universities and businesses to further develop micro-grid solutions in Ontario

Electrovaya (T.EFL) teams with Canadian Solar on energy project
Electrovaya (TSX-EFL, StockForum), a Mississauga Ontario-based designer, developer and manufacturer of proprietary lithium ion ..

Tories’ election talk clouds horizon for solar firms
Ottawa Business Journal
The prospect of the Progressive Conservatives toppling Ontario’s minority Liberal government has several Ottawa solar firms looking at 

GDF SUEZ Canada Announces Start of Commercial Operation
Canada NewsWire
GDF SUEZ Canada, Inc. today announced that the 10MW Beckwith Solar Project in Ontario has enterer …

Tim Hudak’s jobs plan would kill green jobs
Toronto Star
And yet, that is exactly what Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak proposed in Ontario Solar Manufacturing employs about 50 people at its plant in 

Canadian Solar Gets $47 Million Loan for Ontario Plant
Bloomberg Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the best-performing solar maker last year, received a C$52 million ($47 million) loan from Natixis SA (KN) for a 

Transatlantic dialogue putting Guelph, Canada, on the solar map
pv magazine
Representatives from the Ontario city were in Berlin this week to garner in all sectors of renewable energy, particularly solar PV installations.

Sustainability / Misc

Green energy costs ‘minimal’ for consumers, study shows
The Globe and Mail
The cost of green energy has a relatively small impact on residential electricity bills in Ontario, a new study to be released Friday suggests…Canada, U.S., Mexico are now fierce energy rivals
The Globe and Mail
With the growing shale boom, the reshaped energy landscape is not good for a NAFTA-style partnership

Turn out the lights March 29
Brampton Guardian
An hour of darkness can help shine a light on climate change and energy conservation as Brampton gears up for Earth Hour.

With incandescent light bulbs disappearing, here’s what you could use next
Toronto Star
As energy inefficient incandescent bulbs are phased out, we look at the pros and cons of the other options.

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U.K. deal will help Nova Scotia harness Bay of Fundy power, minister says
The Globe and Mail
Andrew Younger said Tuesday the transmission infrastructure needed to handle up to 64 megawatts of energy could be in place within the next five years.

Newfoundland again asked to cut back power use
The Telegram
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is asking individuals and businesses on the island of Newfoundland, connected to the island’s main grid, to cut …

Newfoundland utilities clash over inquiry into power outages
The Globe and Mail
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro generates power and wants a short-term focus on system reliability…

Manitoba Hydro defends $34B expansion plan amid criticism
CBC News
Manitoba Hydro is defending it $34-billion expansion plan as critics of the Bipole III transmission project call on regulators to slow it down. The Bipole…

International News

China falling behind on 2020 hydro goals as premier urges new dam building
Reuters UK
China, already the biggest hydropower producer, is on course to exceed a target to raise its hydro capacity by 70 gigawatts (GW) over 2011-2015, but …

US News

Hackers seek to disrupt electric grid through ‘smart’ devices
San Francisco Chronicle
Specifically, the 476,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines spanning the country to the millions of digital smart meters now installed in American …

California green energy fails to fill void left by closed nuclear plant; regulators seek new options
Washington Times
California has been at the forefront among states in moving away from fossil-fuel generation, but solar, wind and other green energy make up only a…

Small-scale power grid attack could cause nationwide blackout, study says
Fox News
The study concluded that coordinated attacks in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse,…

As smart-grid funding winds down, energy leaders assess progress
Washington Post
As the Energy Department winds down its smart-grid investment program — supported mainly by a $3.4 billion award from the American Recovery…

Drought Could Drain California’s Hydro Power Supplies
CBS Local
The O’Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

GridWatch – January 28, 2014

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 Round-up of Fourth Annual GridSmartCity Round Table

The 4th Annual GridSmartCity® Round Table assembled on Thursday, November 28th at the Rattlesnake Point Golf and Country Club to examine Horizontal and Vertical Integration … Strategic Partnerships – LDCs and the Municipalities they Serve.  The event continued its tradition of tackling the hard issues. More than 200 industry stakeholders attended representing a broad cross-section of the electricity sector. Read more.

Ice Storm Round Up

Was December’s ice storm an anomaly or a sign of things to come? Predictions aside, the damages, duration of power outages, impact on Ontarians and the clean-up and restoration work by utilities and partners, was of a size and scale not seen for decades.

Featured Video

Burlington Hydro has launched its YouTube Channel, beginning with this series of videos taken by operations staff during the December 2013 ice storm.  The videos capture the magnitude of damage in north Burlington.  For Burlington, and many parts of the province, it was the most intensive storm-related power restoration work in recent history.  The restoration effort in Burlington ran 24/7 engaging every member of the operations team, as well as the support of City of Burlington staff, neighbouring utilities and contractors.

Big storms crushed repair budgets of region’s power companies
The Record
Three big storms in 2013 crushed the repair budgets of local hydro companies, but there’s no talk yet about raising power rates to make up losses.

Ice storm pushed weather losses to record $3.2 billion: Insurance Bureau
Toronto Star
Severe weather losses across the country reached a record $3.2 billion in 2013, according to figures released Monday by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

How $106m ice storm crisis unfolded day-by-day: Toronto Hydro
Toronto Star
Join us for live updates as Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines provides a day-by-day breakdown of how Toronto Hydro went about trying to restore …

Utilities Must Make Every effort to be prepared but what’s a reasonable effort
Globe and Mail

Extreme weather events like the 2013 ice storm or Alberta’s summer flood are enormously costly. Insured losses in southern Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are likely to top $1-billion, while severe flooding in Calgary and surrounding towns cost an estimated $1.7-billion in insured losses. And those figures don’t include the myriad costs borne by homeowners and businesses – financial, emotional and physical.  That’s why utilities like Toronto Hydro must make every reasonable effort to ensure they are prepared. But what is a “reasonable effort”? How much does it cost? And is it ever more costly than a large but rare accident?

Ice storm could force temporary increase in hydro rates
Global News
TORONTO – Hydro bills in Toronto could increase temporarily if Toronto Hydro can’t find the savings needed to offset the cost of cleaning up after the …

Ice storm cleanup could take 2 months, cost $75M
Global News
Last week’s ice storm blanketed the city with ice which broke trees and knocked out power to upwards of 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers at the peak …

Ice storm cleanup will take weeks, officials say – The Record
KW Record
An ice storm last April was followed by a windstorm in July. … It cost the City of Kitchener $310,000 to clean up from the summer windstorm.

Burlington Hydro estimates storm outages cost $1 million
Inside Halton
The ice storm that took out power for thousands of Burlington … The City of Burlington says it is too early to estimate the cost of cleaning up the …

Ice storm cleanup could take 2 months, cost $75M – Toronto …
Global News
Cleaning up fallen branches from last week’s ice storm could take city staff up … The city is estimating the cleanup effort will cost close to $75 million but the …. Food donations offered to Ontario residents affected by ice storm ..

Toronto ‘exploring’ call to army for ice storm help, deputy mayor says …
Globe and Mail
Workers repair power lines on Bayview Ave. in Toronto, Ontario, Monday … But as cleanup cost figures were made public Thursday, Mr. Kelly …

Food donations offered to Ontario residents affected by ice storm
Global News
WATCH: The clean-up from the Ontario ice storm is costing about one … Haines said the cost of cleaning up after storms is usually divided …

Hundreds wait in vain as ice storm vouchers gone
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne had announced on Monday that more than $200,000 for grocery store vouchers would be available from Tuesday through

Toronto’s push for ice-storm cleanup cash may reach to Ottawa
The Globe and Mail
Mayor requests council meeting to request money from Ontario’s Disaster Relief Assistance Program to cover cleanup costs.

Ice storm most ‘devastating’ event to hit Toronto’s trees, climatologist …
Toronto Star
Toronto faces a $75-million cleanup and repair bill for its urban forest in the … The costs are on top of the estimated $1 million per day spent by …

Toronto Hydro workers must wait for ice storm overtime
Toronto Sun
Hydro crew Toronto Hydro’s emergency repair crew known as “Troublemen” — Steve Handley (in the bucket) and Paul Foran — work to restore power …

Toronto ice storm sparks generator purchases
MetroNews Canada
Toronto Hydro saw the problems coming years ago and warned of more frequent blackouts. In 2012, the utility said it needed to invest more than $1.8 …

Hydro Quebec urges public to reduce power during deep freeze
CTV News
Hydro Quebec is asking the public to reduce power during peak hours because frigid temperatures is putting a strain on the entire system. The deep …

2014 Trend Predictions

Market research roundup: forecasting the smart grid future
Smart Grid News market research report roundup articles are intended to give readers a quick update on what the analysts are forecasting for the varied segments of the smart grid sector…

Now we have proof. Utility transformation is at the tipping point
A thorough and revealing survey sponsored by Itron suggests that the long-anticipated transformation of the utility business model is finally near the tipping point. The study surveyed 600 utility executives and 800 consumers from around the world. It included electricity, water and gas utilities…

VERGE winners define the trends to watch in 2014 | GreenBiz.com
“There will be two key trends, both revolving around energy, in 2014. … The second trend is more widespread alternative energy applications…

Opinion: Sustainable Energy and Cleantech Trends for 2014
Dec 18, 2013 – The year 2013 marked a new era for sustainable energy and cleantech. Innovative sustainable technologies have started to mature and are …

More Featured Items

Frigid weather pushes up electricity price
Toronto Star
Frigid weather in Ontario has pushed power prices higher…

Ontario paid $1 billion to dump excess electricity in 2013, NDP claims
Toronto Star
Ontario ratepayers last year paid $1 billion to dump cheap electricity into neighbouring states and provinces, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns says…

Ontario powers up electricity exports but taxpayers …
National Post
The province’s Independent Electricity System Operator on Wednesday released its year-in-review of the province’s energy data. Most of the numbers …

Bruce Power sets record, providing 30% of Ontario’s power in 2013
The Post
59% of Ontario’s electricity generated by nuclear in the province – enough to as a key plank in Ontario’s revised Long-Term Energy Plan.

Ford to unveil solar-powered hybrid concept car at CES
Ford says that by using solar power instead of an electric plug, a typical Ontario hardware store owners and managers say their inventory of 

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, 2013: “Achieving Balance …
Mondaq News
On December 2, 2013, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Energy … kW), and a microFIT annual target of 50 MW (for projects under 10 kW)

Ontario develops plan to add hydropower
Review is currently under way of the Canadian province of Ontario’s new Long Term Energy Plan. By 2018, the province will add more than 

Ontario is tilting at the wrong windmills
The Globe and Mail-Dec 11, 2013
In Ontario, the generation and pricing of electricity have become a month, the Liberal government released its latest long-term energy plan

Ontario Looks to Hydropower for Energy Growth, With $1.6 Billion in
Power Engineering Magazine
Ontario Looks to Hydropower for Energy Growth, With $1.6 Billion in Ontario has launched the latest review of its Long-Term Energy Plan 

GridSmartCity Partners In the News

Innovative Eaton Power System of PIEVs previewed by President Obama
ENP Newswire
President Barack Obama today previewed an innovative plug-in hybrid electric utility truck with a power system developed by diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)…

S&C Electric
Enhanced Wildlife-Protection Option for S&C Omni-Rupter Switches
Birds and squirrels are a leading cause of outages on utility distribution systems. To help address the problem, S&C is pleased to announce an enhanced wildlife protection option for S&C Omni-Rupter® Switches in the upright mounting configuration. The wildlife protection option features unique angled wildlife discs that cover the bases of switch support insulators to prevent animals from making phase-to-grounded part contact…


Many Americans are Plug Away from owing an EV
When it comes to electric cars, most people are worried about their limited range and potential repair costs. Instead, they should be concerned about where to plug the cars in. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned Scientists, which surveyed 914 adults who own cars in a nationally representative telephone sample…


Wynne to rein in Ontario Power after auditor’s tough report on
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government is moving to arm itself with the power to Samir Basaria inspects the solar panels on the roof of his home in Ottawa…

OEB releases  Filing Requirements for Electricity Transmission Applications.

IESO launches Online Prudential Enhancement Working Group

Rural or Remote Electricity Rate Protection Charge announced for 2014


Electrical build puts the focus on water
Toronto Star
Dubbed the Clare Copeland Transformer Station, after Toronto Hydro’s former chairman, it’s one of the biggest infrastructure projects underway in the …


Ontario byelection results could herald or forestall spring election
Toronto Star
Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, and New Democrats are now preparing for an election campaign that might come in May.

Northern Ontario ridings could decide next provincial election: pollster
Less than a year ago, Kathleen Wynne won the Liberal leadership race to become Ontario’s first female premier. A new Forum Research poll shows …

Why Ontario’s economy is running out of energy: Cohn
Toronto Star
In the new Liberal paradigm, a futuristic green industry would be attracted by (unaffordably) high prices for wind turbines and solar panels — in …


Wind Turbines a Concern for Rural Ontario
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Bayshore Broadcasting News asked you what you think the biggest concern is for rural Ontario in 2014, and the Green Energy Act spun out at number…

Ontario adding 3300 MW of renewable energy to grid by 2015
Canadian Manufacturing
The IESO expects total wind and solar generation capacity … TORONTO—The organization in charge of Ontario’s power system said more than …

Smart Grid

Utilidata Raises $20.5M for Voltage Optimization and Beyond
Greentech Media
CVR for Hydro Ottawa and Veridian in Canada, for AEP companies and AMI vendors including Silver Spring Networks, Sensus, Elster

Scammers target smart meters
Welland Hydro-Electric System Corporation is cautioning residents of a potential scam involving its Smart Meters.


TransCanada acquires additional Ontario power plant from Canadian Solar
The Globe and Mail
Deal for Mississippi Mills is the fourth facility TransCanada has acquired from Canadian Solar.

Canadian Solar Surging on Sales of Power Projects
More than 41 percent of the Guelph, Ontario-based company’s third-quarter Demand for solar power has surged in Ontario since the province 

Dunnville couple feeling burned by Certified Solar
Hamilton Spectator
As we originally reported April 30, Crumb borrowed the money after a salesperson told him the Ontario Power Authority’s microFIT program 


Hydro rates: Time of use rates haven’t spurred conservation, study …
Toronto Star
Smart meters are supposed to deliver benefits beyond conservation or changing patterns of use. For example, the meters allow utilities to see where …