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Grid Watch – June 2014

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

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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 …
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?
globalnews.ca
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
www.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
online.wsj.com

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
durhamregion.com
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
ESA
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
Macleans.ca
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.
PITTSBURGH
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

Election/Policy/Politics

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.

Evs

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
CanadianManufacturing.com
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
AutoGo.ca
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.

LDCs

Report out Wednesday on Toronto Hydro’s response to ice storm
CityNews
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.

Nuclear

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?
Greentechgrid
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.

Out-of-Province

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…

Regulatory

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.

Solar

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
Time
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.

Sustainability

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
Greentechgrid
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

Wind
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
CanadianManufacturing.com
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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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.

See IESO RFP

$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
AltEnergyMag
Eaton
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?
PlugNDrive
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

Regulatory

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
Forbes
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
Softpedia
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
windsoriteDOTca
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
Yahoo
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

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

Policy/Politics

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.

NDP …

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
Canoe
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

Solar Power Drops in Canada: Federal Statistics
AltEnergyMag
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
PV-Tech
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
PV-Tech
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
Stockhouse
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.

* * *

Out-of-province

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
Smartgridnews.com
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
Smartgridnews.com
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
www.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
breakingenergy.com
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
Globalnews.ca
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
HydroWorld
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
S&Celectric.com
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…

EVS

Many Americans are Plug Away from owing an EV
PlugnDrive
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…

Regulatory

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

LDCs

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 …

Politics

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
CBC.ca
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 …

Renewables

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
NiagaraThisWeek
Welland Hydro-Electric System Corporation is cautioning residents of a potential scam involving its Smart Meters.

Solar

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
Bloomberg
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 

TOU

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 …

GridWatch – October 23, 2013

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Featured Trends

Ontario issues $50000 prize for best new energy-conservation apps …
The Globe and Mail
The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge is offering $50,000 to support the best new apps that use electricity data collected by smart meters. More than 4.7 million…

RoseWater Energy and PowerStream Partner to Evaluate Benefits of Residential Energy Storage Systems…
Hidden Wire News
RoseWater Energy Group, a provider of next-generation energy storage products, announces a partnership with Ontario-based energy distribution company…

Cancellation of Ontario gas plants to blame for upcoming hike in off
National Post
It’s another sign that the energy system under the Liberals has become an ‘expensive mess,’ said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

Partner News

Finding ‘Made in Burlington’ energy solutions
Burlington Post – Contributor Rick Goldring Mayor of Burlington
It is easy to take energy for granted. That is, until there is a spike in cost or service disruption. But energy is central to our lives: it is a high profile commodity and the subject of daily newscasts, headlines, and water cooler conversations…

S&C to build 4.1 MW Massachusetts solar power project
Electric Light & Power
S&C Electric Co. won a contract for a $9.7 million project with Green States Energy for construction of a 4.1 MW solar photovoltaic farm in 

Union Gas celebrates opening of new Stoney Creek facility
Canada NewsWire (press release)
STONEY CREEK, ON, – Union Gas and the community of Hamilton are celebrating the official opening of a new office and 

Guelph Hydro Employee Receives ESA Award
Fountain Pen
Guelph Hydro is proud to announce that Roy Burch, Manager of Loss Prevention and Environmental Compliance, has been…

Finding ‘Made in Burlington‘ energy solutions
InsideHalton.com
Our city is working with Burlington Hydro and other stakeholders to produce a community energy plan for conservation, to unlock the potential 

Elster Makes Presence Known at European Utility Week
SmartMeters
Elster is showcasing a range of its products and services at this year’s European Utility Week 2013, including advanced meter infrastructure 

Oakville Hydro — Large Company of the Year
InsideHalton.com
The Oakville Hydro Corporation announced this month it has won the title of Large Company of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association.

Energy-savings apps contest builds on Ontario’s smart meter plan
The Globe and Mail
To date, five local distribution centres (LDCs) – London Hydro, Hydro One, Milton Hydro, Festival Hydro, North Bay Hydro and Peterborough 

LED Streetlight Upgrade Project Reaches Half-Way Point
Kingston Herald
The Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro conservation team is helping residents and business owners conserve energy and save money.

TD Bank Group donates $1 million to University of Toronto
Canada NewsWire (press release)
TD Bank Group announced that a $1 million gift to and research in the field of urban forest conservation and biology.

Ontario’s electrical safety record improves, but high-risk behaviour
Canada NewsWire (press release)
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific responsibilities 

Ontario Improving Decision-Making on Large Energy Projects
Government of Ontario News
Earlier this year, the government asked the OPA and the IESO to propose new siting rules for large energy projects. Work was completed over ..

FIT

Ontario reorganizes its FIT program
Windpower Engineering (press release
This follows the public announcements made by Minister Chiarelli at the recent CanSIA Solar Ontario Conference in Niagara Falls. Canadian ...

Ontario’s energy schmozzle
The Chronicle Journal
The Green Energy Plan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program was supposed to leading producers to build their wind turbines and solar panels here.

Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff Program And The LDCs That Connect Them
Mondaq News Alerts
The Ontario Government intends to amend the FIT Program for compliance This original policy intent is reflected in Section 71(1) of the OEBA 

Industry News

Hydro rate rise blamed on Liberals’ private power deals
Toronto Sun
Ontario hydro rates are rising at well above the rate of inflation with no relief in sight, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns says…

Hydro bills to rise as off-peak power rates jump sharply
Toronto star
Ontario consumers face higher rates for electricity starting Nov. 1, especially during off-peak hours…

Ontario drives manufacturers away with overpriced electricity
The Globe and Mail
Thanks to a dysfunctional market, Ontario has become an island of high-priced electricity in a North American sea of surpluses and falling rat…

To sell or not to sell, Orangeville’s hydro dilemma
Orangeville Banner
George Dick listens to the larger hydro utilities kick the tires on Orangeville Hydro all the time. “Any interest in selling?” the local hydro utility’s president is asked…

EVs

Electric vehicle charging stations installed along Highway 401
Windsor Star
Electric vehicles are here to stay,” said Misch, vice-president of Sun Country Highway, a Saskatchewan-based seller and installer of Level 2 

Government support for natural gas powered vehicles urged
Windsor Star (blog)
In Ontario, the province offers rebates of up to $8,500 to buyers of plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles. Despite consumer rebates, EVs are 

Giving Thanks (In Canada) for Electric-Car Charging On Roads
Green Car Reports
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, though the country’s electric vehicle enthusiasts could be forgiven a bit of pessimism. Plug-in car adoption 

NYC ‘Manhole Covers’ To Hide Resonance Chargers For Electric Cars
Green Car Reports
Imagine a future where electric-car charging stations are so well integrated into the cityscape that you literally wouldn’t notice one even if you

2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW’s Radical New Electric Car
Green Car Reports
In building its first battery-electric vehicle, BMW has done precisely what it has been saying for three years it would do: build what may be the ..

Gas

Hydro users will pay for axing gas plants: opposition
Toronto Star
Consumers cringing over the 3 per cent hike in electricity prices coming Nov. 1 — an extra $4 a month for the average household — could get another shock in a few years….

New Democrats recalling Premier Wynne to testify at gas plants…
680 News
The New Democrats are recalling Premier Kathleen Wynne to testify at the gas plants committee, citing new numbers and new information…

McGuinty could have cancelled gas plant with no compensation costs, audit to show
The Globe and Mail
The Oakville contract would have been terminated because of events out of TransCanada’s control, government e-mails allege…

Nuclear

New nuclear scrapped by Liberals
Oshawa Express
“New nuclear will not be part of Ontario’s new Long Term Energy Plan,” says Minister Chiarelli. “The plan will be finalized before the end of this year.

OPG wants to bury 40 years of nuclear waste near Lake Huron
Toronto Star
Imagine a series of underground chambers filled with radioactive nuclear waste, some of which will remain toxic for tens of thousands of years.

Nuclear industry faces “critical decade”: OPG chief
Toronto Star
Canada’s nuclear industry faces a “critical decade” in which it will have to prove that big projects can be brought in on time and on budget, says the chief executive of Ontario Power Generation.

Out -Of-Province

Quebec looks to recharge economy with hydro lure
Financial Post
In a bid to rescue an economy in danger of slipping into recession, the Parti Québécois government has launched a multibillion dollar job creation effort…

Policy

If not new nuclear plants, what’s Ontario plan?
Toronto Star
If the Ontario government has ruled out building new nuclear plants and The McGuinty government based much of its energy policy on a big 

Smart Grid

Renewable-energy micro grids get smart
The Globe and Mail
But the plan to shift completely to renewable energy sources has run into problems. … BCIT’s goal is to use as much renewable energy as possible in the overall…

Ontario issues $50000 prize for best new energy-conservation apps
The Globe and Mail
The Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge is offering $50,000 to support the best new apps that use electricity data collected by smart meters. More than 4.7 million…

Ontario’s latest electricity scheme: Pumped energy storage
Financial Post
They are needed to offset the unreliability of wind and solar power. In Ontario’s electricity business environment, where cost is no object, adding …

Siemens Canada to invest in smart grid research projects with …
Canada NewsWire (press release)
FREDERICTON, NB, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ – Siemens Canada and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have agreed on the scope of two …

Solar

Canadian Solar announces sale of two utility scale solar power plants
CIOL
The power plants will power approximately 3,340 homes, and will provide emissions free energy to Ontarians over their 20-year operational period covered under the Ontario Power Authority.

Local solar company heating up
Guelph Mercury
That is starting to lift, with the province renewing its commitment to solar energy and the FIT program. The past few years have been “a bit of a 

Recurrent Energy sells Ontario solar farms totalling 108MW
PV-Tech
“With 20 solar photovoltaic programmes under construction in the region, Recurrent Energy is proud to help the province of Ontario realise its .

Wind

Ontario ahead of curve on wind
Ontario is the clear leader in the Canadian wind energy market with more than 2000MW in operation and thousands more coming online over the next few years, said Ontario Power Authority CEO Colin Anderson.

Gone with the wind? Proposed Ontario wind turbines may
Sun News Network
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Proposed wind farms in Cavan Monaghan Township and the City of Kawartha Lakes could derail plans for a 

Industry’s approach in wind turbine debate needs improvement
The Globe and Mail
The public and political debate over turbines – particularly heated in Ontario – can be “painful” for the wind power business, Canadian Wind 

Canada

State official to tour Canadian hydro plants
Boston Globe
The top energy official for Massachusetts heads to Canada on Sunday for a tour of massive hydroelectricity dams in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Quebec as…

Canadian Utilities Want Power Line Contacts Prevented
Occupational Health and Safety
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power jointly urged the public, contractors, and heavy equipment operators to identify the location of…

CVTech Group Inc. is awarded contracts with a total value of $45.8
Wall Street Journal
This line will enhance the reliability of the regional electrical network and public utility and heavy industrial markets mainly in Quebec, Ontario 

USA

US Carbon Dioxide Pollution Sees Biggest Drop Since 1990
The Weather Channel
WASHINGTON — The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide …. said Jay Apt, director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. He said in 1994 coal provided 52 percent of the U.S. power and now it is 

Obama energy nominee becomes climate change battleground
Washington Times
President Obama’s nominee to head an obscure but powerful energy panel is in deep trouble on Capitol Hill, but the White House said Thursday it’s still standing…

US Revives Aid Program for Clean Energy
New York Times
… the program remains under Congressional scrutiny after losing hundreds of millions in taxpayer money on investments in failed green energy start-ups like the…

Uranium diet: US nuclear power industry could face fuel shortage
RT (blog)
Russia has been supplying US nuclear power plants with fuel for a dumping price since 1995. But with the HEU-LEU agreement coming to an 

Analysis: US ‘war on coal’ may be good fight for some manufacturers
Reuters
The regulations, which critics call a “war on coal,” will cost industry “tens of 1 U.S. state in terms of installed wind power capacity, according to 

Better late than never: Intel sets sights on smart grid market
Smart Grid News
Intel’s subsidiaries McAfee will help us reach our next step in the Smart Grid challenge, with specialised know-how in software solutions for 

International

The harsh realities of electric vehicles in China
The Globe and Mail
The central government recently reintroduced a program of cash incentives for purchasers of new all-electric vehicles, but it’s proving to be a 

Britain opens nuclear power projects to Chinese investment
Chicago Tribune
“While any initial Chinese stake in a nuclear power project is likely to be a … over time stakes in subsequent new power stations could be majority stakes,” a…

Supergrids and supernodes: Will Europe pave the way to
Smart Grid News-Oct 16, 2013
And now it looks as if Europe may also aggressively pursue high-voltage DC (HVDC) supergrids and supernodes, at least according to the .

Innovation award for “Virtual Power Plants” network
Renewable Energy Focus
The first commercial fuel cell virtual power plant in Germany has been officially opened in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The network features 25 BlueGen…

Energy industry set for big changes
Newstalk ZB
International energy chiefs anticipate a major industry shakeup in the PWC’s Australian utilities leader Mark Coughlin said the industry was 

Deal to Build a British Nuclear Plant Assumes a Role for Government
New York Times
LONDON — In a back-to-the-future bet on its energy policy, the in China, the companies will be “strategic and industrial partners” in the 

GridWatch – September 18, 2013

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Featured Video

Sun News- Turbine stand still
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s announcement that the Province could order wind producers not to generate power when it isn’t needed, while still paying them at a reduced rate, spurred several negative reports. Chiarelli said the reduction in payments would save the province $200 million a year just on the wind turbines. See more on the topic in this month’s featured video

Partner Round-up

New nuclear not needed in Ontario, green groups say
Toronto Star
Ontario Power Generation is planning to do a mid-life overhaul of the Darlington reactors starting in 2016. The Bruce B units are also …

OEA Announces Leader and Companies of the Year at …
Marketwire (press release)
“The recipients, Oakville Hydro, Rodan Energy Solutions Inc. and Mr. David McFadden of Gowlings LLP all demonstrate dedication and …

CFE Mexico orders Elster’s electronic metering products
Energy Business Review
Elster has received a contract for delivery of its electronic meters to the … the contract seeks supply of Elster’s A3 ALPHA meter to help CFE …

System Improvements At IESO Help Transition to More Sustainable …
North American Windpower
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will mark a major milestone with the introduction of a new dispatch tool for …

TD Bank Group Honoured for Leadership in Climate Change Action
Canada NewsWire (press release)
TD Bank Group Honoured for Leadership in Climate Change Action … and renewable energy use are transforming the way we do business for …

Changes to FIT

OPA release draft version of FIT 3 Program Rules
pv magazine
Ontario Power Authority (OPA) publishes FIT 3 draft of proposed update to … Further proposed changes in FIT 3 include the permittance of both …

Important Changes To The OPA FIT Program: New Domestic …
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
The new requirements apply to the Fall 2013 procurement window for Small FIT, microFIT, and pilot solar projects on unconstructed buildings, …

Industry News

Underwater power line to cross Lake Erie
The Globe and Mail
There is often surplus power in Ontario because of over-capacity, Mr. … selling his wind farm developer Ventus Energy Inc. to French energy …

Hydro One explores Oshawa hydro deal
Toronto Star
The fate of Ontario’s 75 local electric utilities has been up in the air since … the report touched off widespread discussion in the industry.

Health groups call on province to phase out coal power
CBC.ca
Coal industry improving: province … conservation and more investment in renewable energy, such as wind and solar. It hopes its campaign will cause the public to pressure Alberta to take the lead from Ontario, which plans to …

Ontario power fee sets new record
Toronto Star
The global adjustment — a fee added to the market price of electricity in Ontario — has reached a record high…

It’s hot market for utilities
London Free Press
London city hall is on the sidelines while other Ontario cities race to cash in on the sale of utilities after Hydro One paid 50% more than book value for one.

EVs

Ford electric vehicles travel 30 million all electric miles
SlashGear
Ford, like many other automakers in the US and around the world, is currently pushing electric vehicles and hybrids heavily. Ford has …

PEI to install 40 electric car charging stations
Cape Breton Post
PEI to install 40 electric car charging stations … Basil Stewart says he hopes the project encourages more residents to use electric vehicles.

Plug-in electric vehicle sales growing fast in N America, says …
Digitimes
In Canada, the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia … Which Chinese Solar Companies Will Survive The Coming Shakeout?

National Plug In Day takes place September 28 and 29
Autoblog (blog)
Test drives, tailgate parties and recharging demonstrations will all be … The first National Plug In Day took place in October 2011, where the …

Can you guess how many Canadians bought plug-in cars last month?
The Globe and Mail
Sales of the Nissan Leaf plug-in car soared 180 per cent in August. … Add in taxpayer-funded incentives ranging from $5,000-$8,231 in Ontario, Quebec … from regulators to sell more electric cars for the benefit of the climate.

Electric vehicles will definitely save money
Canada.com
A recent study by Pollution Probe in Ontario tracked the detailed performance of three electric vehicles and their gasoline powered equivalents …

Gas

Ontario voters not dismayed by Liberal gas plant scandal, poll suggests
The Globe and Mail
A new poll by Innovative Research Group has Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Grits at 37 per cent among decided voters, seven points ahead of Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives.

New auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s first report to be on gas-plant cancellation
Toronto Sun
Ontario’s new auditor general hails from Saskatchewan, the Sun has learned…

Nuclear

Lights out for nuclear power?
Macleans.ca
Germany has pegged its energy future to wind and solar—although it … Increasingly, it seems that the industry’s best prospects for expansion are in the Far East. … and is currently working on plants in Argentina and Ontario.

How Ontario plans to deal with tonnes of nuclear waste: Bury the …
The Globe and Mail
The utility’s disposal plan and a parallel proposal to build a high-level …. benefits to an area that has little industry beyond the nuclear plant.

Nuclear power: Ontario’s reliable, affordable, environmentally …

Canada NewsWire (press release)
… environmentally responsible and safe choice for electricity and jobs … of Ontario’s electrical needs, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) …

Out -Of-Province

Soaring electricity bills become key issue in NS election race
CTV News
“They want to hitch our wagon to Hydro-Quebec, one of the largest utility … is that it has already been discarded as a failure in New Brunswick.

Energy minister rejects 26 per cent Hydro hike
Victoria Times Colonist
B.C. Hydro’s new smart meters transmit data wirelessly, so meter readers are not … which represents B.C. Hydro workers, released a confidential Hydro report…

BC Hydro outlines smart meter refusal cost
CBC.ca
BC Hydro is replacing digital and analog power consumption meters with wireless-enabled ‘smart meters.’ (CBC). BC Hydro has revealed how …

Alberta lagging in wind power generation
Lethbridge Herald
But Alberta’s electrical power strategy still focuses on natural gas and … to install smaller wind turbines and sell their surplus through Hydro’s …

Liberals are failing B.C. Hydro customers
The ProvinceThe public has every right to feel angry and betrayed after learning about a proposed 26.4-per-cent hike in B.C. Hydro rates for 2014 to 2016.

Send Manitoba’s power west
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro needs to find new markets for its power to help finance its current and future operations. Alberta needs to reduce its …

Energy issues debated at meeting of premiers, NE governors
Montreal Gazette
New Brunswick has been pushing for pipeline transportation, … about a 1969 agreement giving Churchill Falls power to Hydro-Québec for 0.25 …

Alberta Wind Farm Risks Underground Pipelines and Continental …
PR Web (press release)
Enmax notes that surplus wind may cost Alberta taxpayers millions of dollars, referring to Ontario, citing “Surplus wind power could cost Ontario …

Policy

Ontario’s power policies an example of what not to do
Globe and Mail
The political firestorm raging in Ontario about the cost of cancelling two … costs and $12-billion to business and industrial costs, transforming Ontario’s … Instead, it simply directed utility regulators to comply with policies that …

In Ontario, electricity bills are reason to weep
The Globe and Mail
If you live in Ontario, deciphering your electricity bill is like trying to crack the … what you fork out goes to pay for decades of bungled energy policy-making. … with 90 per cent of its hydro and wind power sold “under long-term, .

Smart Grid

Smart grid wins: a smorgasbord of projects, funding and acquisition …
Smart Grid News-Sep 13, 2013
Our smart grid wins roundup features a truly varied collection of innovative projects, a first for the EV charging industry, good news for rural …

Capital shows powerful smart-grid potential
Ottawa Business Journal
Last month, the Ontario government launched a second round of applications for its $50-million Smart Grid Fund, putting a spotlight on local …

Ontario Supports Emerging Smart Grid Innovations
Government of Ontario News
Ontario is building on its momentum to create the most connected, efficient and reliable energy grid in the world. With support from the province, …

Solar

Will the iPhone 6 Use Solar Energy for Charging Itself?
International Business Times AU-Sep 15, 2013
Apple’s patented solar technology could be seen in the iPhone 6, according to analysts. According to media reports Apple is now looking to hire …

Guelph solar plant ‘world class,’ province’s energy minister says
Guelph Mercury
… to Ontario firms involved in clean energy alternatives in the province. … Chiarelli said while renewable energy sources such as solar energy …

Rooftop solar panels pose dangers, Ontario firefighters say
A Windsor CBC Report says Firefighters across Ontario are raising concerns about alternative energy sources, particularly solar panels.  Industry experts challenge the notion. See more on this issues featured video.. .

Good news on solar energy front
Toronto Star
By the way, the Ontario Power Authority says that Ontario has at least … As reported in the Star, “A burgeoning solar panel industry in China …

Vine Fresh plants six-acre solar rooftop array
Daily Commercial News
… Fresh Produce Ltd. greenhouse is an eyeopener under Ontario’s Green Energy Act, according to a specialist in the solar power industry. … but it’s been a big issue for the overall utility space in the market place today where …

Good news for the smart meter market: 100M units per year in 2014
Smart Grid News
Quick Take: I recently wrote of my contrarian view that the smart grid is poised for another round of growth. Now research firm IHS is out with a ..

New nuclear not needed in Ontario, green groups say
Toronto Star
Declining power consumption in Ontario means that new nuclear … “To protect electricity consumers and Ontario’s burgeoning renewable energy industry, … of power from green energy projects – hydro, solar, wind, biomass, …

Wind

Ontario paying for wind turbines to not produce electricity
Toronto Star
Ontario will start paying wind power generators not to produce electricity, but the government says the move will actually save ratepayers big …

Ontario Liberals blowing in the wind
Sun News Network
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli argues it’s better to pay wind developers not to produce electricity than to pay them to produce electricity …

Municipalities won’t get a veto on wind turbines: Ontario energy …
iPolitics.ca (subscription)
A growing list of Ontario municipalities say they don’t want wind turbines in their communities, but the province’s energy minister isn’t about to …

Canada

As senators promote symbolic vote, Canadian ambassador touts …
Environment & Energy Publishing
… “ahead of the U.S.” on curbing coal-fired utility emissions and is prepared to … to ship Pennsylvania shale gas to Ontario, displacing fuel from Alberta, and … Before climate activists and the oil industry can sway Obama, they …

U.S.A

Enabling Technologies for the Smart Grid
PR Newswire
An overview of the US market for smart grid, with coverage of the evolution and inspiration through biomimetics and bioinspired designs. Analyses of US market …

‘Dirtiest’ power plants inefficient
Boston Globe
A report released Tuesday by a Massachusetts environmental advocacy group shows the nation’s 50 dirtiest power plants accounted for about 30 percent of the…

International

Ethanol-heavy Brazil ready to shift focus to electric vehicles
Autoblog
Given that Brazilian regulators are scaling back the amount of ethanol in the country’s fuel supply, the country is likely to see a substantial jump …

Smart grid vision and roadmap for India
Metering International
New Delhi, India A Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India has been launched calling for a …

Possible energy crisis in South Korea
The Globe and Mail
South Korea warns of possible blackouts and power outages in the coming months. Julie Noce reports.

Australia breaks wind power record
Herald Sun
Across the country, enough power was generated from wind farms to make toasted … The new high levels of wind power were a result of the growing number of…

Japan to spend nearly $500M on Fukushima crisis
The London Free Press
High radiation levels are spreading at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator said on Monday, and the Japanese government prepared to offer more funding and oversight to try to contain the crisis.

Germany warns EU not to meddle in its energy policy
Globe and Mail
Economy Minister Philipp Roesler says competencies of the executive European Commission and both the federal and state governments in Germany were clearly defined and should be upheld…

GridWatch – June 19, 2013

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GridSmartCity® Utility Partners Formalize the Establishment of a Cooperative

New purchasing powers expected to realize efficiencies of scale for partner utilities

Local Distribution Company (LDC) partners of GridSmartCity (GSC) announced the formation of the GSC Cooperative, an entity that will help bring greater efficiencies and broader scope to the purchasing powers of utilities through cooperative initiatives.

The establishment of the GridSmartCity Cooperative enables its ten member LDCs – Burlington Hydro Inc., Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc., Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., Halton Hills Hydro Inc., Kingston Hydro Corp., Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., Milton Hydro Distribution Inc., Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc., Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc., and Waterloo North Hydro Inc. – to work together with a common focus and achieve scale efficiencies, while maintaining individual autonomy.

Art Skidmore, President and CEO, Halton Hills Hydro Inc., has been named as Steering Committee Chair to oversee the GSC Cooperative, while Jerry Van Ooteghem, President and CEO, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., becomes Vice Chair. Recently appointed General Manager, Neil Sandford, will have the responsibility of managing and administering the Cooperative’s operations.

“We all recognize the great potential that exists when it comes to the power of collective purchasing,” said Steering Committee Chair Art Skidmore. “We’ve taken the important step of formalizing an approach that will offer a full spectrum of cooperative ventures to improve efficiencies within our businesses.”

The GSC Utility Partners Cooperative aligns with the provincial government’s desire for Ontario’s LDCs to find ways to achieve greater efficiencies of scale and scope in their operations.

“It was only practical to establish an entity that pools our resources, creates opportunities for stakeholders and helps streamline our purchasing capabilities,” said Vice Chair, Jerry Van Ooteghem.  “Ultimately, when all is said and done, it will be our customers who benefit.”

More Featured Trends

David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge Award Announced
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
The David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge Award will be available to competing students in Ontario on an annual basis. Each year 

Happy birthday to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act
Toronto Star- Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act turns four this month. And there’s a lot to celebrate. Just 10 years ago, the province got 

City opens first electric vehicle chargers in core
Hamilton Spectator
Two charging stations were officially unveiled at the York Boulevard parkade on Tuesday, though Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr said they’ve

Changes to FIT

Despite changes to FIT focusing on more says for Municipalities, the announcement met mixed reviews.

PRO
“Ontario is not backing down from continuing to build a robust renewable energy sector that creates tens of thousands of good jobs. The Ontario government will replace the Feed-In Tariff Program and give communities and municipalities a stronger voice, more options and new tools when it comes to renewable energy”
Bob Chiarelli
Ontario Energy Minister

CON
“Chiarelli, who offered more details at a solar energy conference in Niagara Falls,  has provided far too little, far too late.”
Garth Manning, Chairman
County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy

Ontario Minister Of Energy Announces Changes To FIT Program …
www.mondaq.com
Canada – Energy and Natural Resources – Ontario Minister Of Energy Announces Changes To FIT Program Rules; Will Comply …

Ontario Minister of Energy announces changes to FIT program rules …
www.canadianenergylaw.com
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced the much anticipated changes the current Liberal …

Ontario revamps FIT program
pv magazine
Ontario is set to introduce a number of major changes to its solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) program that will create a competitive procurement process …

Partner News

GridSmartCity® Utility Partners Formalize the Establishment of a
Canada NewsWire
Local Distribution Company (LDC) partners of GridSmartCity (GSC) are pleased to announce the 

Energy rate hike back on table in Ontario
Globe and Mail
Ontario’s energy regulator will have to reconsider a bid by Ontario Power Generation to hike the price of electricity.The OPG, the government-owned company that produces most of the province’s power, proposed a 6.5-per-cent increase…

Benefits of e-cars touted
Cambridge Times
In a world where convenience reigns supreme, Cara Clairman has her work cut out for her. Clairman is president and CEO of Plug’n Drive, 

Waterloo North Hydro Inc. to receive Fire Safety Award
Canada NewsWire
(Waterloo North Hydro Inc. to receive Fire Safety Award.

Pollination Guelph Plants Garden to Attract Native Bees, Butterflies
Exchange Morning Post
Pollination Guelph volunteers are planting a pollinator-friendly garden in front of 395 Southgate Drive. Pollinators are the insects and birds that 

 Tune into Oakville Hydro Power Line forum
Inside Halton
Oakville Hydro will join Burlington Hydro on Wednesday, May 15 in presenting a joint Power Line Safety Seminar at the Burlington Convention Centre, 1120 Burloak Dr. It is for managers and owner-operators of non-electrical businesses whose workers are …

Industry News
Power plant cancellation documents secured from Dalton McGuinty’s office, top civil servant testifies
Mississauga News
Key bureaucrats who felt “uncomfortable” about the safety of sensitive documents scooped computers from former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s staff before he left office, Ontario’s top civil servant testified yesterday.

Selling London Hydro sparks lively debate
Metro News Canada
The sale of London Hydro may be worth millions to taxpayers, but the voltage was just too high for councillors on Monday night. Two years after the question of cashing in on the major public asset was last on the agenda, it made a return to a council…

McGuinty’s staff purged records after power-plants probe began
Globe and Mail
The e-mail records of a close adviser to Ontario’s former premier were purged five weeks after a legislative committee ordered the government to release all documents in connection with the controversial cancellation of two gas-fired power plants.

Energy rate hike back on table in Ontario
Globe and Mail
Ontario’s energy regulator will have to reconsider a bid by Ontario Power Generation to hike the price of electricity.The OPG, the government-owned company that produces most of the province’s power, proposed a 6.5-per-cent increase…

High Ontario power rates blamed for deterring investment
CBC.ca
A growing number of Ontario mayors and manufacturers say the province’s energy prices and infrastructure are bad for business. According to 

Hydro One replaces over 11000 wood poles to maintain system
Canada NewsWire
Hydro One crews across the province are replacing 11,000 poles this year across its 120,000 kilometer 

Province blows off wind megawatt goal
Brandon Sun
While Manitoba’s neighbours are building turbines like gangbusters, Manitoba’s policy-makers are letting wind power breeze on by.

Moose Creek Energy opens new landfill gas-to-energy plant in …
Canada NewsWire
Moose Creek Energy opens new landfill gas-to-energy plant in Ottawa area.

Water power on the rise
The Chronicle Journal
And advocates of hydroelectric power say the technology is making a comeback, and most of the gains will be in Northern Ontario.

Renewable energy: Flywheels could boost Ontario’s power grid
Toronto Star
The idea behind flywheels is simple, and ancient. They store energy by spinning at high speeds up to 11,500 revolutions per minute in the case of Temporal’s wheels. Temporal’s wheels in fact are tall cylinders, about 75 centimetres in diameter and 1.25…

EVs

Electric-car makers lower prices in race to catch Toyota’s Prius
Globe and Mail
Nissan Canada Inc. said Tuesday it will offer a lower-priced version of its Leaf when the 2013 model goes on sale next month. General Motors …

New 2013 Leaf Introduced To Canadians At Lower Price
Hybrid Cars News
The new Nissan Leaf will show up in Camada with a new base trim level and a revised price. Nissan has announced that Canadian pricing for …

VIDEO: City opens first electric vehicle chargers in core
Hamilton Spectator-May 29, 2013
Two charging stations were officially unveiled at the York Boulevard parkade on Tuesday, though Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr said they’ve …

Bombardier branches out into electric bus business
Globe and Mail
Prototype with electric propulsion system, a new type of battery and a novel wireless charging…

Gas

Gas-plant scandal: Tories launch ad blitz tying Wynne to McGuinty
Toronto Star
With three summer byelections looming, the Progressive Conservatives have launched an ad blitz attacking Premier Kathleen Wynne as the second coming of Dalton McGuinty.

In Ontario power-plant scandal, cover-up is worse than the crime
Globe and Mail
The Privacy Commissioner’s finding that former Liberal staffers deleted emails relating to the controversial gas-plant cancellations only make matter worse, writes Adam Radwanski.

Convert Thunder Bay Generating Station to Gas
Net Newsledger
THUNDER BAY – Without solid action, Thunder Bay could face rolling brownouts. The Ontario Government and the OPGA have yet to commit 

Nuclear

Liability for nuclear plant operators will jump to $1 billion
Toronto Star
Increases from $75 million in case of accidents, says natural resources minister Joe Oliver.

Nuclear waste meetings draw criticism in Bruce County
Toronto Star
Meetings between Bruce County mayors and nuclear waste planners took place for years behind closed doors, local groups have learned.

Aging Pickering nuclear plant seeks five more years
Toronto Star
Canada’s oldest nuclear power plant is seeking to renew its operating license for five years. Critics say it should be closed

Out -Of-Province

Smart meter upgrade would cost Saskatoon $20M
CBC News
The City of Saskatoon is considering buying smart meters. The meters track exactly how much water or electricity is being used by a home. The meters then instantly transmit those numbers to city officials. Kevin Hudson, Saskatoon Light and Power’s…

Private hydro plants fall short on monitoring
Vancouver Sun
Private run-of-river hydro facilities are falling short of meeting both the specific monitoring requirements for their projects as well as general industry guidelines, a consultant’s report commissioned by the federal fisheries department concludes…

Ottawa vows tougher disclosure rules for energy
Globe and Mail
The federal government plans to introduce mandatory reporting standards for Canadian energy and mining companies about the payments they make to foreign governments.

Crafting US energy policy via Canada
Vancouver Sun
Michael Levi tried his best to keep his latest book focused on the future of U.S. energy and not delve deeply into Canadian projects. It was not to be, and he ended up writing an entire chapter on the U.S. environmental movement’s claims on TransCanada…

Policy

New Ontario green energy rules to give municipalities greater
National Post
New Ontario green energy rules to give municipalities greater control over projects and a chance to collect revenue. Keith Leslie, Canadian …

Happy birthday to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act
Toronto Star
Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act turns four this month. And there’s a lot to celebrate. Just 10 years ago, the province got …

Smart Grid

Take a look at this week’s smart grid wins and honors
Smart Grid News
It’s been a good week for smart grid projects of all stripes. Not to mention recognitions from the Edison Electric Institute for utilities judged worthy …

Perhaps it’s time to redefine smart grid
Electric Light & Power
Despite substantial increases in smart grid investment during the past several years, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. grid the same D+ …

Power Engineering International
Power Engineering International-May 23, 2013
Welcome to the online version of our Power Engineering International (Pei) print publication. This is where to find archive magazine articles as 

Solar

Recurrent Energy Reaches Commercial Operation With Six Solar
Marketwire
Recurrent Energy, a leading North American solar project developer, today announced the commercial operation of six photovoltaic (PV) 

Canadian Solar signs deal for Ontario plant
Businessweek
NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian Solar landed a $304.2 million contract to construct a power plant in Ontario, sending shares 6 percent higher 

Canadian Solar Sells 4 PV Power Plants For $217 Million in Ontario
PlanetSave.com
BluEarth Renewables is based in Canada. The power plants were 38.5 MWac. They were part of the Ontario pipeline, which was said to be 

Wind

Ontario municipalities to get more say on wind farms, and chance to…
Globe and Mail
Ontario’s Liberal government is changing the rules on green energy projects to give municipalities a greater say over the location of new wind 

Kathleen Wynne’s grudging wind turbine reforms unlikely to end
Toronto Star
After years of dismissing rural opposition to wind turbines, Ontario’s Liberal government is belatedly trying to defuse the problem. Its efforts may 

Expert Report Confirms No Direct Health Effects From Wind Turbines
Government of Ontario News
An expert report has concluded there is no direct health risk from wind turbine sound at Ontario’s regulated setback distance. The study 

Wind energy company threatens to take its case to Ontario Energy …
windresistanceofmelancthon.com
A wind energy company says a refusal by the City of Kawartha Lakes to discuss the placement of collector lines for a controversial wind turbine project in Manvers Township could force the company to ask the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to intervene – and the City may have to pay for the hearing.

Ontario Ministry Approves 100 MW Dufferin Wind Power Project
North American Windpower
The Ontario Ministry of Environment has issued Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) a renewable energy approval (REA) for the developer’s proposed 

U.S.A

Obama Administration Approves New Renewable Energy Projects
Greener Ideal
In a June press release issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, new Interior Secretary Sally Jewel announced the Obama administration’s latest steps in its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. The release announced the approval of three renewable…

Beyond The Border: US And Canada Expand Partnership In Trade
Albany Tribune
In December 2011, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

100000 Smart Meters Safely Installed in Southeast Texas
Transmission and Distribution World
Smart electric meters allow customers to see how much energy they consume and can use this information to actively manage their daily usage and save on their electricity bill. As part of a federal energy program to modernize how homes and businesses…

Top US Utilities Are Cleaning Up Their Acts: Plant Emissions Drop
Renew Grid
The Benchmarking Air Emissions report, authored by M.J. Bradley & Associates and sponsored by Ceres, NRDC, Entergy Corp., Exelon, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., PSEG, Tenaska and Bank of America, analyzes the latest available generation and …

Obama wants to elevate linemen to first responder status
Smart Grid News
I want to see us do a better job of showing the link between smart grid investments and improved reliability. For instance, S&C Electric has a tool it uses to help customers document the savings to their customers from reduced outages.

International

WTO rules Ontario’s Green Energy Act illegal
rabble.ca-May 30, 2013
The World Trade Organization says the local content requirements of legislation introduced in Ontario in 2009 discriminates against other 

Smart Meters: The Game Is On
TechWeekEurope UK-by Max Smolaks-
Today is the last day energy companies can submit their proposals to participate in a £7 billion project to switch most of the UK to Smart Meters 

Developing Countries Lead Global Shift to Green Energy
Inter Press Service
Renewables represented 6.5 percent of all electricity generated and reduced carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes in 2012,” said Moslener, co-author of Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013, a report sponsored by the U.N. Environment …

UK Energy Bill Advances as Parliament Rejects Carbon Goal
Business Week
Lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 267-290 to reject an amendment to the Energy Bill that would have required Prime Minister David Cameron to set a goal by April 1 for removing most carbon emissions from power generation by 2030.

Electricity crisis grips Pakistan as temperatures reach 40 C
Globe and Mail
With rising summer temperatures, Pakistan is witnessing a sudden rise in tempers as the country’s electricity crisis grips its 180 million population. Pakistanis, who have had to endure “load shedding” – the term widely used to refer to rolling …

Utility CEOs Slam EU Energy Policy
Wall Street Journal
The chief executives of eight leading energy utilities Wednesday criticized the European Union’s political leaders for the bloc’s fragmented energy policy, calling for a more favorable market environment to encourage investment in energy …

Greenhouse gas surpasses threshold unseen in two million years
Toronto Star
Worldwide levels of carbon dioxide have reached their highest level in almost two million years — an amount never before encountered by humans.

City opens first electric vehicle chargers in core
Hamilton Spectator
Two charging stations were officially unveiled at the York Boulevard parkade on Tuesday, though Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr said they’ve

GridWatch – March 20, 2013

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For March 2013, GridWatch brings you a round-up of media reports on green energy, electricity policy and Ontario’s new premier.  Among the most topical is the Liberals platform to look for ways to provide more say to Municipalities in  green energy projects.   While the Premier has gone on record that the Province remains committed to Green Energy, it has come with the caveat that projects should go to “willing communities.”

In addition to providing our usual snap-shot of industry news and trends, GridWatch delves heaviest this month into electricity storage.   Recognition that storage is one of the key enablers of a smarter, cleaner grid, the topic is finding its way out of technical papers and more into the mainstream, with several high profile reports speaking to the challenges and opportunities.

Wynne Round Up

Premier Wynne attends Jobs Roundtable in London, Ontario

Windmills, horse-racing: How Kathleen Wynne can woo rural ..
Toronto Star
Kathleen Wynne needs to win back at least some of rural Ontario. On paper, former premier Dalton McGuinty’s green energy act was a

Wynne said green energy will remain part of the agenda …
windresistanceofmelancthon.com
West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner said he’s hoping Wynne takes a more clear direction on the Green Energy Act in her throne speech, set for

Municipalities will have say in energy projects
Theenterprisebulletin.com
Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne speaks to people during a stop “She’s willing to modify the Green Energy Act,” he said.

Give municipalities green control: Wynne
St Catharines  Standard

But as the Green Energy Act was implemented to “jump start” the field, Ontario’s long-term energy plans need to be reviewed. Wynne would like

Gillan to Kathleen: ‘Premier Wynne, Algoma needs your leadership’
Soo Today
Feb 25, 2013 – SooToday.com has received a copy of the following letter from a loyal reader and local Save Ontario’s Algoma Region (SOAR) activist to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Ontario Liberals mull means testing for provincial benefit programs
Globe and Mail

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are considering asking upper-income Ontarians to make do with less, as they seek to spread the pain of fighting a $12-billion deficit and find common ground with the third-party NDP.
A bigger target would be the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which essentially pays 10 per cent of all homeowners’ hydro bills (along with those of some businesses) out of government coffers at a cost of more than $1-billion annually.

You Tube – Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, makes statement on Gas Plant Relocations from Queen’s Park


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IESO’s 18-Month Outlook Points to Continued Reliability as the Supply Mix Evolves
The next 18 months will see a significant amount of renewable energy integrated into Ontario’s bulk power system, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) says in its latest 18-Month Outlook.

Plug’n Drive launches new online-portal called Charge My Car
Plug’n Drive launches new on-line portal called ChargeMyCar.ca at the Canadian International Auto Show, making it easy for consumers to get their homes ready for electric cars and helping utilities protect the electricity grid.   Chargemycar.ca is an on-line portal where consumers can choose, buy and arrange the installation of their electric car charger. The project is a partnership between Plug’n Drive and Ontario’s local electricity companies to ensure that the installation of electric car chargers does not disrupt the power grid.

Close-up on Storage

One Company’s Approach to Innovation in Electricity Storage – Forbes
Forbes
As storage become increasingly important, the technologies will continue to evolve. The management software needs to evolve as well, as we …

Energy Storage Series: Making the Case for Batteries
Renewable Energy News
As the renewable energy industry grows and becomes a larger part of our energy mix, the concept of energy storage has made its way into the spotlight and has created some important pressing questions: Do renewables’ inherent intermittency require some kind of energy

Fraunhofer claims “breakthrough” in electricity storage
Renewable Energy Focus.com
Scientists working for the organisation say they have developed a redox flow battery that reaches stack power up to 25 kW, with a cell size of 0.5 square metres, 8 times larger than the previous A4-sized systems.
storage, and should it be at the endpoint of use or closer to the utility (or both)? Do we even need an “energy storage” application, or can grid flexibility and responsiveness assume this role? If energy storage is indeed embraced, how should we weigh the options?

Hydrogen is key to large-scale renewable energy storage, says German expert
Toronto Star
Storage the missing link for renewable energy Batteries … It can be either used in fuel cells to create electricity directly or converted to methane and used to power conventional gas turbine generators.

Annual Energy Storage for Ancillary Services Capacity Installations Will Increase Ten-Fold by 2023, Forecasts Pike Research
Ottawa Citizen
Ancillary services are required to balance the grid regardless of the structure of the electricity market. Energy storage is poised to take advantage of several global trends in the ancillary services market. According to a new report from Pike Research

How battery storage will change household energy market
reneweconomy.com.au
And that may kill the economics of solar PV along the way. The complication of adding battery storage is that it will reduce peak demand, so can be a benefit to all electricity consumers because of reduced network costs.

Planned German storage incentive criticized
pv-magazine.com

Project examples show the conditions under which storage systems pay off and make sense. The political regulation of electricity and storage markets and technical developments need to go hand in hand. These words came from Imre Gyuk, Energy …

Renewable Energy Storage Systems A Market Opportunity For Lithium
thestreet.com
North York is the site of Canada’s first community energy storage (CES) project. The Electricity Storage Association defines CES as utility-owned “modular, distributed energy storage systems …

Renewables and Smart Grid Trends

Electric car promised for 2014 that can do 1,000 miles on single charge
Pocket-lint.com

We will be at 400 to 500 miles within two or three years,” he told the magazine. “Have no fear, battery-based energy storage for electric vehicles will be capable of delivering everything that a tank of petrol or diesel can

Standards Council of Canada forms national smart grid advisory committee
Metering.com

Ottawa, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — March 19, 2013 – The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has formed a national advisory committee to lead the implementation of the Canadian Smart Grid Standards Roadmap.  The committee, a recommendation in the Roadmap, will be co-chaired by SCC and the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and comprised of government, industry and consumer representatives. The Roadmap, which was published in October, was the result of two years of consultation by Canadian experts from across industry and government, overseen by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (CNC/IEC).

Why 2012′s smart grid growth isn’t sustainable without a new business model
Smart Grid News

What we’re seeing is that while regulators and policymakers search for an effective smart grid framework, they often lose sight of the most important reason for developing one, which is to build a system that will accept as much Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) as practical.

U.S. solar installations skyrocketed 76 per cent in 2012
Globe & Mail
Photovoltaic solar installations in the United States soared 76 per cent to more than 3.3 gigawatts in 2012, helped in part by the completion of a number of large-scale utility projects in the West, according to a report released on Wednesday. Eight of the 10 largest U.S. PV projects were completed last year. The utility market more than doubled from 2011 to reach 1.78 gigawatts, according to a report by GTM Research commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Silver Spring Raises $81M in IPO
Green Tech Media
The smart grid networking startup sells 4.75 million shares for $17 apiece, coming in above revised targets.  Silver Spring Networks has raised $81 million in its initial public offering, after the smart grid networking startup boosted the number of shares on offer on the eve of its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

Biggest Power Users Provide Gigawatts of Smart Grid Flexibility
Green Tech Media
Enbala sees gigawatts of untapped grid flexibility out there in the world’s big water pumps, cold storage warehouses and other big power users. Could twisting the knob on your refrigerated warehouse help the grid balance itself in a crisis? Or could a big water utility help match the ups and downs of the region’s wind power, simply by shifting how fast it pumps water, and when?

Solar power may eclipse oil in fifty years: Shell
National Post
… At least it is a nice thought. “Electricity generation becomes effectively … long run. By 2060, close to 40% of electricity is generated from solar PV, both … breakthrough is part of a growth in global electricity generation level to seven times the …

Windstream seeks arbitration in $475 million NAFTA claim
Toronto Star
Windstream Energy, stymied in its bid to build an offshore wind farm in Lake Ontario, is asking for arbitration in its $475 million NAFTA claim

U.S. yet to discover full cost of green energy
The Globe and Mail
Aging grid and upgrades needed for solar and wind power mean consumers face rising bills

Bombardier electric technology to be tested on buses in Montreal, Germany
National Post
… transportation. “Imagine if, instead of using imported oil, our transit systems used a form of energy made right here in Quebec: electricity . It would mean billions of dollars more being invested here every year,” she said in a speech last week. The province …

Electric cars taking back seat, auto survey shows
Toronto Star
Electric cars waning, car sharing services on the rise, 14th annual global survey by KPMG finds

Wind turbine study: Federal government testing hair for stress hormone levels
The Toronto Star
The amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in people’s hair could help scientists understand the potential health impacts that may arise from exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines.

Canada ninth in global wind energy rankings
Globe and Mail

The Networked Grid 150: The End-to-End Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem Report and Rankings 2013
Yahoo
What does 2013 hold for the smart grid market? As technology adoption spreads across utility territories globally, vibrant ecosystems of vendors are competing for a share of what will become a $500 billion annual market by 2030. To sort through this vendor ecosystem, GTM Research is publishing The Networked Grid 150: The End-to-End Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem Report and Rankings 2013, a 279-page report that profiles and ranks the top 150 smart grid vendors across 12 key smart grid market segments.

The Networked Grid’s Top Ten North American Utilities
Greentech Media
Greentech Media’s flagship smart grid conference, occurring March 20-21 in West Lake Village, California. Top Ten Recipients (in alphabetical order) Arizona Public Service (APS) Much of the work APS is currently …

Other Industry News

Top nuclear executive leaves Ontario Power Generation
Toronto Star
Ontario Power Generation’s top nuclear executive has left the company, with three big projects on the go.

Why aren’t heads rolling at Ontario Power Authority?
The Globe and Mail
… Hinds, Chairman of the Ontario Power Authority, left, and Colin Andersen, CEO of the OPA, speak during a press conference held at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Feb. 21, 2013.

Earth Hour 2013: Lights being switched off around the world March 23
Toronto Star
Time is fast approaching when billions of people around the world will switch off their lights for Earth Hour.

Toronto Hydro slows spending on aging equipment
Toronto Star
Toronto Hydro spent less money last year replacing aging equipment that it says badly needs updating.

IESO Selects IBM to Operate Ontario’s Smart Meter Data Management and Repository System
IBM has been selected to continue supporting the Independent Electricity System Operator to operate Ontario’s Meter Data Management and Repository system with new computing infrastructure and an updated operating environment. The 5-year $68.5

Calculating the True Carbon Footprint of a Renewable Energy Grid
Oil Price
“It turns out that that grid storage is energetically expensive, and some technologies, like lead-acid batteries, will require more energy to build and maintain than others.” Most of the electricity produced in the United States comes from coal and …

Fuel storage pools go without fresh cooling water for more than 20 hours at Fukushima nuclear plant
National Post
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that pool temperatures at the … causing three reactor cores to melt and fuel storage pools to overheat. The current power outage is a major test for TEPCO to show if it has learned anything …

Grid Watch – November 2012

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in GridWatch | Comments Off

Hurricane Sandy

Ontario LDC’s rallied to the aid of New York State to help restore power in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.  As more than 1.8 million were still without power one week after the storm, hundreds of utility workers from Ontario traveled south to assist.  GridSmartCity utility partner Burlington Hydro and several others were featured in numerous high profile media engagements to help highlight the efforts of utilities province-wide.  Ontario’s response encompassed commitments from virtually all the GridSmartCity utility partners and other LDCs, as they sent crews and equipment to help restore power to what is being hailed as one of the largest power outages in US history.  See some of the many reports in our Super Storm Sandy Round-up below…

Regulatory Uncertainty 

The roller-coaster ride continues with the regulatory landscape in Ontario’s energy sector, with prospects for sizeable changes in the months and years ahead.  This is underscored by a government in prorogation and the current Distribution Sector Review.  Who will be at the helm as the next Premier of Ontario and how will that effect future policy?  In other energy policy news, the World Trade Organization ruled that Ontario’s green energy act violates international trade laws.  Even with a prorogued government, there is plenty of action to read up on in the Policy and Politics section below….

GridWatch Partner Round-up

GridSmartCity Partners make headlines through continued innovation and broad-reaching commitments to collaborate. A major announcement was made by GridSmartCity partner Plug’n'Drive regarding their new partnership with Hydro-Quebec to spawn the implementation of EV charging infrastructure between Ontario and Quebec. In other partner news, Halton Hills Hydro has launched an impressive solar/smart grid initiative whereby 200 individual hydro poles will be retrofitted with solar panels.  Read more below…

A new phase for the partnership – Hydro-Québec and Plug’n Drive
Canada NewsWire (press release)Hydro-Québec and Plug’n Drive are pleased to announce another step towards implementing an electric vehicle (EV) public charging infrastructure between Québec and Ontario, with the upcoming roll-out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. This initiative aims to simplify public charging on both sides of the Ottawa River.

OPG and Hydro One proposed sale brings mixed reaction
Toronto Star
Hudak told a industry conference this week that a Tory government would “negotiate a partial sale” of both Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation to the province’s big pension funds. “The initial sale could later be followed by a public offering of …

Halton Hills Hydro Launches Innovative Solar-Smart Grid Technology
Canada News Wire News Release
Halton Hills Hydro launched an innovative energy project that combines renewable energy and smart grid technology, to mount individual solar panels on about 200 hydro poles in Georgetown, Acton and surrounding communities today at Ballinafad Community Centre.

Ontario to Enable New Conservation Initiative 

Ontario is aiming to provide electricity consumers with greater access to information about their energy consumption and encourage the creation of new, innovative tools for consumers to help conserve energy and save on electricity costs. A working group led by the province and the MaRS Discovery District will explore an Ontario Green Button initiative that would use innovative smart grid technology to give families and businesses direct, timely access to their own energy data through a secure download from their utility’s website …
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SUPER STORM SANDY ROUND-UP

City TV / The National & Ontario Morning Reports

Approximately 400 Ontario Electric Utility Workers Travel to U.S. Northeast to Assist with Power Restoration Efforts in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
EDA News Release
Crews and equipment arrive in the U.S. Northeast over the weekend; still more than 1.8 million without power one week after storm causes biggest power outage in U.S. history.

Local hydro workers return from hurricane cleanup in New York
Waterloo Record
After nearly two weeks assisting with hurricane Sandy cleanup in Long Island, N.Y., local utility workers have returned home to Waterloo Region. “We met a lot of really great people,” Paul Dietrich said. “They just couldn’t do enough …

Burlington Hydro Sends Line Crews to New York to Help in Power Restoration Efforts in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Burlington Hydro News Release
Burlington Hydro and Oakville Hydro Send 17 Workers in Convoy to Help in Relief Efforts

Oakville Hydro workers return home from Hurricane Sandy relief effort
Oakville Hydro News Release
Late last night, Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (“Oakville Hydro”) workers returned home from Long Island, New York after assisting in repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Long Island Says Thanks to Kingston Hydro Workers
CKWS Television
LAST NIGHT, WE INTRODUCED YOU TO THE KINGSTON HYDRO TEAM THAT’S WORKING TO RESTORE POWER IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

Milton Hydro sends crew to New York to help with power restoration
Long Island helping to rebuild following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Milton Hydro is among 25 Ontario utilities that travelled in convoys of vehicles numbering more than 175 to Long Island, New York and other …

Approximately 400 Ontario Electric Utility Workers Travel to U.S. Northeast to Assist with Power Restoration Efforts in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
EDA News Release
Crews and equipment arrive in the U.S. Northeast over the weekend; still more than 1.8 million without power one week after storm causes biggest power outage in U.S. history.

Cambridge hydro crews aid in Sandy cleanup effort
Cambridge Times
Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and Waterloo North Hydro have sent repair crews, bucket trucks and other equipment to New York to help the Long Island Power Authority restore power to the hurricane battered city

Halton Hills Hydro Inc. sending crews and equipment to help with Hurricane …
HydroWorld
5, 2012 /CNW/ – Halton Hills Hydro Inc. is sending repair crews, bucket trucks and other equipment to assist the Long Island Power Authority in New York with emergency power restoration efforts. The Halton Hills Hydro contingent of five power line …

Guelph Hydro Sending Crew To Assist with Hurricane Sandy Restoration
Guelph Hydro News Release
Guelph Hydro will be sending repair crews, bucket trucks and other equipment to assist the Long Island Power Authority in New York with emergency power restoration efforts

County to sell Norfolk Power
Brantford Expositor
Norfolk County Council has announced its intent to sell Norfolk Power Inc. “Council unanimously made this decision after a careful …

Costs from Sandy into the billions as thousands struggle, still, without power
CNN
Nearly everyone in the state has power back, nearly all schools are reopening, and gasoline rationing can end in the state, he said. But, as officials in the stricken region emphasize, signs of struggle remain. In New York state alone, Sandy inflicted …

What Superstorm Sandy Means to the Electricity Industry, Outdated Electricity …
Huffington Post
Some concerns around the impact of Sandy center on the impact of the storms on the electricity grid. And rightly so; the impact of a storm like Sandy will take a lot of money and time to recover from. About 8.2 million

Hurricane Sandy Will Put a Rickety Power Grid to the Test
TIME
Experts estimate that power outages could affect as many as 10 million people along the East Coast—and if the power goes out, it could take days or longer to fully restore service. That would be unprecedented, but the number is a mark of just how …

RENEWABLES UPDATE

 EVS

tomakers told to make electric cars noisier
Calgary Herald
Automakers are to being urged compelled to install artificial noise on new electric and hybrid vehicles to prevent people being run over by ..

GE to buy 2000 Ford plug-in C-Max Energi hybrid vehicles
Montreal Gazette

In May, GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said people might be disappointed in the adoption rate of electric vehicles, but his company …

SemaConnect Revolutionizes Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging with
San Francisco Chronicle
This service will allow electric vehicle drivers to charge their electric vehicles easily through their Smartphone without having to swipe credit …

California Rules Push Electric Cars, But Will People Buy Them?
Wall Street Journal
Chrysler Group LLC next week plans to unveil an unusual automobile—an electric car that doesn’t stand a chance soon of turning a profit and …

Electric car buyers are smart, rich, study says
Detroit Free Press
Owners of plug-in electric cars are well-off, well-educated people who want to wean themselves and the nation off high-price oil, according …

Electric future possible for Autoshare
Toronto Star
With its fifth electric plug-in station, Autoshare brings the new Nissan Leaf to uptown Toronto — and if all goes well, it could start an electric revolution…

City revved up for electric car station
Ottawa Sun-2012-11-04
As of late October, the Ministry of Transportation has issued 708 green plates for electric vehicles in Ontario. Ontario residents are eligible for

Windsor wants to increase green vehicles

Windsor Star (blog)-2012-10-25

The Ontario government is contributing over $7.2 million through the Detroit Three are producing more and more hybrid and electric vehicles.
SOLAR

Many area residents with solar panels are satisfied, but recommend

Sault Star-2012-11-02

The Ministry of Energy says the amount of solar power produced in Northern Ontario is expected to more then double by 2014. In 2010, the

solar energy plan zaps taxpayers

Toronto Sun-2012-11-14

“You don’t have to pay anything for the solar panels or their upkeep. “All thanks to the Ontario Government’s feed-in tariff program. “What’s the

Ontario needs new gas connections, Enbridge says

Toronto Star-6 hours ago

Ontario needs to make new connections to pipe natural gas from the new While hydro power is steady, wind and solar power is intermittent

Windsor solar companies hope for new US energy policy

CBC.ca-2012-11-01

Alternative energy producers in Ontario will keep close watch on U.S. election day. Sean Moore of Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies Ltd.

How Ontario can fix the Green Energy Act

Toronto Star-2012-10-29

The Green Energy Act was in some respects an enlightened piece of (i.e. solar panels) would have to be produced in Ontario, stimulating a

Rural Kingston’s largest proposed solar farm generates heat at council
And, as staff have already indicated, there will be more solar farms sprouting up around Kingston to take advantage of the Ontario Power  

Canadian Solar Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
The Herald
In addition, six of the seven remaining solar power projects sold to TransCanada Corporation totaling 56MW (AC) have received Ontario  

Many area residents with solar panels are satisfied, but recommend
Sault Star
The Ministry of Energy says the amount of solar power produced in Northern Ontario is expected to more then double by 2014. In 2010, the …

Ontario solar energy plan zaps taxpayers
Toronto Sun
In Britain, the wind power industry — such as it is — is one of the major reasons that country continues to miss renewable energy targets adding billions to the power bills of everyday citizens not to mention industry. Here in Ontario the funds flow …

Solar panel fees
Cambridge Times
The increase is part of city council’s support of applications for Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in tariff program. On Monday, council approved a staff recommendation which stated that an application fee of $100 would better reflect time spent by city …

WIND

New study links wind turbines to ill health
Toronto Sun
Wind powered turbines spin on a wind farm in Port Burwell, a town near London, Ontario.

Wind turbine project not supported by Essex council
CBC.ca
A company called Blue Sky wanted support as it applies for a contract with the
Ontario Power Authority. The company plans to build 27 wind

Wind power growth to slow, pick up after 2020
Reuters
Economic outlook, budget cuts weigh on investment. * Installed capacity still seen tripling by 2020, 1,600 GW by 2030. * China growth to slow until after 2015. By Nina Chestney. LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The growth of wind power generation is likely …

An ill wind for McGuinty
Toronto Sun
Despite that, McGuinty forged ahead with his industrial wind development plan through his Green Energy Act, which stripped local municipalities — and thus local residents — of any say in the location of industrial wind farms. In many ways, the social …

Anti-wind lawsuits stacking up in Ontario
Toronto Star
Another lawsuit has been filed against a wind project in Ontario, pushing the number of actions into double digits

POLICY / POLITICS

WTO rules against Ontario in green energy dispute
Globe and Mail-Ontario’s solar and wind incentives program seeks to reduce dangerous carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, and it should serve as

Ontario Liberal leadership: 2,500 delegates will determine the next premier of Ontario
Toronto Star
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s successor will be chosen by delegates as young as 14 at a leadership convention that promises a winter weekend rife with…

Gerard Kennedy shakes up Liberal leadership race
Toronto Star
Gerard Kennedy is distancing himself from controversial legislation banning teachers’ strikes, freezing wages, and curbing benefits in his bid to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty.

McGuinty Liberals’ dream of renewable energy has not come to pass
National Post
The absolute best face that the Ontario Liberals can put on the decisions to cancel gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to taxpayers, is that the government was “responding to local concerns.”

Race to replace McGuinty stuck in the middle as candidates plot centrist course
National Post
The competition to replace Dalton McGuinty as Premier of Ontario officially became a race on Monday night

DBRS warns of ‘perfect storm’ in Ontario power system
Toronto Star
Bond rating service says risk of political meddling in Ontario’s power system is increasing.

Liberal leadership: Kennedy top pick to replace McGuinty, poll shows
Toronto Star
Former minister Gerard Kennedy, who left Queen’s Park for federal politics in 2006, is the leading candidate to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty, according to…

Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley – November 1, 2012
Government of Ontario News

How Ontario can fix the Green Energy Act
Toronto Star
The recent World Trade Organization ruling against the Ontario Green Energy Act should come as no surprise to anyone, let alone the Government of Ontario. The Green Energy Act was in some respects an enlightened piece of legislation that also …

Ontario NDP picks up support in wake of McGuinty resignation announcement
Globe and Mail
Provincial Liberals fall further behind Tories and New Democrats

Bentley says no to Grit leadership run
London Free Press

Bentley: No Grit leadership run, will resign London seat 0 … Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley. …. Some are popular, some are not.

Put idled MPPs to work fixing energy sector
Windsor Star
If MPPs are not going to work, they should at least use the time to review some of the policies and practices that turned Ontario into a have-not

INFRASTRUCTURE

Niagara Tunnel Project Nears Completion
Government of Ontario News
The Niagara Tunnel Project has achieved a significant milestone with the completion of the concrete lining for the 10.2 kilometre tunnel.

INTERNATIONAL

WTO ruling may pull the plug on Ontario’s green energy rules
Globe and Mail
A crucial ruling from the World Trade Organization, expected as early as this week, could force a dramatic rethink of Ontario’s green energy policies. The WTO will decide whether to side with complaints from Japan and the European Union that insist …

China calls for energy conservation
Financial Times
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday called for a “drastic reduction” in the country’s consumption of energy, water and land, and announced caps for energy and water use in an effort to conserve resources. Speaking to the Communist party’s 18th …

Promoting renewable energy, China ends moratorium on new nuke plants set …
Washington Post
China is ready to approve new nuclear power plants as part of ambitious plans to reduce reliance on oil and coal, ending a moratorium it imposed because of Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year. The government said it hopes to generate 30

NUCLEAR

Bruce Power site supplies low-cost electricity for Ontario ratepayers
Windsor Star (blog)-2012-11-16
Nuclear power provides half of Ontario’s electricity everyday — that’s which is significantly lower than solar at 44 and 80 cents, depending on

OUT-OF-PROVINCE

New source of electricity needed, says minister
The Telegram
A report on electricity demand concludes that Newfoundland and Labrador needs a new source of electricity generation because demand for …

Hydro introduces Pay-as-You-Save program
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro is taking the financial sting out of making energy- and water-efficiency improvements to your home. The utility will now cover the upfront costs of such retrofits and allow homeowners to pay the debt off over time. That allows the …

Canadian power utilities need to get serious about cutting costs as regulators get tougher
Canada News Wire News Release

IBM Establishes the Smarter Energy Research Institute to Advance the Utility of the Future
Canada News Wire News Release

REGULATORY

IESO Begins Review of Hourly Ontario Energy Price (SE-105)

SmartGrid Canada/IESO Smart Grid Research Shows Opportunity to Engage Consumers

Green zombie
Financial Post
The OPA’s mandating legislation and its Ontario Energy Board (OEB) license decreed that the OPA would produce a series of long-term power plans for Ontario that would tie together generation, transmission, load forecasting and conservation — so-called …

SMART METERs / TOU

Time of Use hydro pricing kicks in Nov. 1
Toronto Sun
The majority of Ontario hydro customers have been moved to TOU pricing. According to information provided by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) website, as of June 30, there were 4,770,289 smart meters installed in Ontario and 4,258,094 or 89% of …

SUSTAINABILITY

Renewable power to soar by 2035: IEA
Globe and Mail
Agency projects green

GridWatch – October 2012

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in GridWatch | Comments Off

The impact of the sudden resignation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty leads this month’s GridWatch capturing reports from a variety of media.  Energy Consultant Tom Adams uses perhaps the strongest words in his National Post article calling for a broad-sweeping energy moratorium  – be sure to catch it.  Looking beyond mainstream media, we catch the sentiments of the Canadian Solar Association in an article by Better Farming. Quotes the publication, “the adjournment offers some short-term stability,” citing a potential positive impact on FIT, and the delay in Bill 75 which would legislate a merger of the OPA & IESO.

In other news, GridSmartCity partner, IESO, joined SmartGrid Canada in commissioning a Smart Grid opinion poll of 2,000 Canadians.  Toronto Star’s John Speers captures the poll outcome quite nicely with his comments: “The “smart grid”: It’s billed as the Next Big Thing for the power system. Now, if only someone could explain what it is.”  Among the poll’s key findings, consumers clearly want to be engaged with smart grids, but they want to know more about the value these technologies can deliver.

S&C Electric generated headlines with the introduction of it latest software release, IntelliTeam VV. The new release can work with a broader range of equipment ultimately helping utilities realize more system-wide energy-efficiency improvements.  Eaton Canada also makes the news again, this month with the unveiling in Toronto of one of North America’s largest commercial  solar powered EV charging stations.

GridSmartCity Partner Showcase

Construction Starts on OPG Atikokan Biomass Conversion Project
OPG Media Release
Work on the conversion of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station to use biomass is underway.

S&C Electric’s Latest IntelliTeam Release Incorporates ‘Voltage Zones’
Renew Grid
S&C Electric Co. has released the latest generation of its IntelliTeam VV Volt-Var Optimization System. With this new software release,

Baka Mobile Teams with Eaton Corporation  To Power
4-traders
Baka Communications, Inc. has collaborated with Eaton Corporation to power its electric vehicle (EV) fleet with one of the largest commercial solar charging stations in North America.

New IESO Commissioned Survey Finds Canadians Are Open To The Smart Grid
Renew Grid
Canadian consumers clearly want to be engaged with smart grids, but they want to know more about the value these technologies can deliver, according

Featured Items

Ontario needs an energy moratorium
National Post
For starters, Ontario needs to restore independence and integrity to the Ontario Energy Board, the IESO and the OPA — now under cabinet and ministerial control. The Green Energy Act must be scrapped. Ontario needs real and independent environmental …

Ammonia key to plan for energy storage
TheChronicleHerald.ca
NH3 Canada expects its system to be commercially available in solar power, into a chemical compound called anhydrous ammonia, or NH3.

Coming Soon To A Mall Near You: 20-Minute Electric Car Charging
Forbes
Electric cars aren’t exactly zooming out of the showrooms, and a key to having them succeed is making them painless for consumers.

‘Smart grid’ name not catching on with consumers
Toronto Star
Most consumers have a pretty good idea of what a smart meter is, because they have one stuck on their house charging them time of use rates. But a smart grid? Here’s a definition put forward by an industry group called SmartGrid Canada: “The smart grid

Ontario loses WTO ruling on green energy policies: reports
Globe and Mail
Ontario has apparently lost a key trade challenge to its green energy policies that force companies to buy equipment from local manufacturers, according to reports out of Europe. A reputable international trade newsletter said Monday the World Trade …

McGuinty Resignation

Green energy proponents predict business as usual – for now
BetterFarming.com
the province’s solar energy industry, says the president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association. “I woke up this morning feeling a sense ..’

Ontarians Welcome McGuinty Resignation, Reject Proroguement
Angus Reid Public Opinion
The governing Liberal Party is a distant third to the leading Progressive Conservatives and the surging New Democrats.

Cohn: McGuinty resignation is a mismanaged retreat … – Toronto Star
www.thestar.com
After nearly a decade in power, Dalton McGuinty is suddenly a lame duck. So is his government. The premier’s surprise resignation not only …

McGuinty resigns: Poll shows Ontarians support Premier’s resignation, oppose legislature’s prorogation
Toronto Star
Most Ontarians back Premier Dalton McGuinty’s stunning decision to resign, believe he leaves behind a negative legacy, and oppose his controversial suspension of the legislature, a new poll has found

The McGuinty we never knew
The Globe and Mail
When Dalton McGuinty announced his departure from provincial politics on Monday night, precisely two members of his caucus knew what was coming.

Dalton McGuinty: good dad, mean dad, no dad
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario Premier’s greatest legacy may be those giant wind turbines, rusting across the horizon as far as the eye can see

Replacing Premier Dalton McGuinty
The Toronto Sun
The winner in the Ontario Liberal leadership race gets the premier’s office and a portrait which will hang forever in the halls of Queen’s Park.

John Ivison: Dalton McGuinty would bring baggage to federal Liberal leadership race
National Post
230-million bill for cancelling two power plants near Toronto. Those who know Mr. McGuinty … decision to shut down the development of a power plant in Mississauga, a project so advanced … combined with an earlier move to halt another power plant in Oakville after “local pressure …

McGuinty’s resigns: Leadership contenders already lining up
Toronto Star‎
As of Monday, top Liberal leadership contenders are embattled Energy Minister Chris Bentley, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Children and …

Dalton McGuinty resigns: Premier leaves a solid legacy
Despite his evident shortcomings, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was on the right side of the big issues for Ontario throughout his nine years in office

Tim Harper: Dalton McGuinty’s real gift to federal Liberals would be provincial renewal
Toronto Star
Dalton McGuinty for federal Liberal leader? It’s hard to create a federal buzz when you are escaping from a provincial box.

Cohn: Dalton McGuinty surprises us yet again
Toronto Star
Dalton McGuinty’s dynasty is history. How long can his Liberal Party — and legacy — live on without slipping onto life life support?

McGuinty resigns: The self-inflicted death of Dalton McGuinty’s bold agenda
Toronto Star
Premier Dalton McGuinty is heading for the hills. And he’s shutting down the legislature to make sure no one catches up.

McGuinty’s strategic failures and successes
Globe and Mail
Though it may have seemed sudden, the resignation of Dalton McGuinty should come not come as a surprise

Choice for McGuinty’s successor leaves Ontario Liberals at a crossroads
Globe and Mail
With his sudden departure, the Ontario Liberals now have to decide whether to continue on the shift rightward, or try to reclaim long-time supporters on the centre-left

McGuinty chooses change, one last time
Globe and Mail
Pace of Ontario’s transformation is only going to accelerate from here, under a new premier to be sure, perhaps even a new party

 

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has no good reason to prorogue legislature
Toronto Star
Premier Dalton McGuinty claims he wants to cool political tensions, but the real reason he shut Ontario’s legislature is to avoid being held accountable by…

Ontario government business dies with prorogation
Toronto Star
Here are answers to five questions about the impact of prorogation on our democratic system…

McGuinty resigns: Dalton McGuinty tells cabinet ministers to resign if they want to run for leader
Toronto Star
The race to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty as Ontario Liberal leader is wide open, but everyone has thoughts on what kind of politician is needed.

Cohn: Bentley could be first casualty of Liberal renewal race
Toronto Star
As Dalton McGuinty moves on, Chris Bentley is burdened by baggage. Unlike the premier, he didn’t know how to duck — or bow out.

EVs

Romney Slams Tesla, Fisker Again In Final Presidential Debate
Washington Post
And some observers felt he moved beyond criticizing such support to conveying his contempt for plug-in electric cars in general.

A123 bankruptcy spells concern for electric vehicles
New Scientist (blog)
One of the pioneers of high power, long range electric vehicle batteries, A123 Systems, went bankrupt last week, sending shockwaves through

Are electric vehicles bad for the environment?
The Globe and Mail
The first “problem-shifting” conundrum involves the manufacture of EVs.

When Will Electric-Car Charging Stations Exceed Gas Stations?
CBS Local
The release of Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment, a report by Pike Research on deployment of charging infrastructure, led us to wonder:

Electric Cars 3 hours ago Congratulations! You’ve Bought Your …
Green Car Reports
News · Electric Cars 3 hours ago Congratulations! You’ve Bought Your Electric… Congratulations! You’ve Bought Your Electric Car: Now What?

10 Ways Electric Cars are Better than Gas Powered
Greener Ideal
Beyond the value of a dollar, electric vehicles represent an investment in the future of the environment. As novelties or necessities, EVs have

Is electric car “range anxiety” worse for hybrid or all-electric drivers?
SmartPlanet.com (blog)
The New York Times profiles a startup that’s looking to greatly improve electric car charging infrastructure across the United States.

Zenith trials electric cars for staff
Employee Benefits
Zenith employees are taking part in a trial of electric cars to assess the real-world viability of their use in company fleets. The fleet management

FIT

Ontario teaches world how not to run a FIT program
Toronto Star
It’s all very laughable, in a cry-in-the-corner kind of way. Predictability. Transparency. Stability. Accessibility. These were the words often trumpeted when in May 2009 the McGuinty government managed to get its Green Energy and Green Economy Act …

GEA

Impending super union heads urge feds, Ontario to protect Green …
Two of Canada’s top unions are urging the federal and Ontario governments to hold fast despite potential sanctions against the province’s the Green Energy Act.

 

Hudak says McGuinty, Bentley not telling the truth on cancelled gas plants
National Post
Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says Premier Dalton McGuinty “lied” to the legislature to “cover up” the true cost of cancelling power plants in Oakville and Mississauga. Hudak told a news conference that Friday’s dump of another 20,000 pages on the gas plants …

Infrastructure

Proposed Transmission Line Would Help Integrate More Renewables In Ontario
…ty to develop a new transmission line in northern Ontario between Wawa and Thunder Bay as a joint venture through a limited partnership among affiliat…

Toronto power supply needs a boost, says Toronto Hydro CEO
Toronto Star
Toronto is still spending too little on its aging infrastructure to sustain reliable service, says the chief executive of Toronto Hydro. And it needs more main supply lines into the city – at the moment there are only two – in order to provide back-up …

International

Illinois’ $72.5 million smart grid fund debuts
Chicago Tribune
A new $72.5 million investment fund that promises to invest in innovative smart grid technology in Illinois announced its debut today at the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy in Chicago. The Illinois Science & Energy …

LDC’s

Hydro Ottawa Named 2012 Large Company of the Year by OEA
Canada NewsWire News Release
In 2011, the company was recognized with the Customer Service Excellence Award of the Electricity Distributors Association, for the use of technology to

Sobeys Receives Incentive Cheque for Undertaking Province-wide Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade
Burlington Hydro News Release
Sobeys Inc. was recognized late last week, at the 2012 Facility Energy Management Workshop in Woodbridge, for its $1.6 million investment in energy efficient lighting upgrades in 42 of its stores across Ontario.

Welland Hydro harnessing the sun
Welland Tribune
Welland Hydro Inc. engineering and operations manager Kevin Bailey adjusts the direction of solar panels at the hydro compound on First Ave. near Woodlawn Rd. Tweet • Bookmark and Share. Change text size …

Nuclear
Cheap natural gas a challenge for nuclear energy
National Post
In an interview with Yadullah Hussain, FP Energy Editor, Denise Carpenter, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association

After Fukushima: Canada’s nuclear ambitions
National Post
… spots in the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report, which cast a looming, Fukushima-shaped … industry. The country’s nuclear-energy sector raised capacity by 35 megawatts … RelatedCheap natural gas a challenge for nuclear energy Nuclear power plants have always wrestled …

Nuclear waste: bury it deep, say the planners
Toronto Star
Don’t expect the cut and thrust of debate when nuclear waste planners gather to discuss what to do with the world’s tonnes of radioactive spent fuel.

Quebec’s only nuclear plant to close by December
Toronto Sun
Gentilly-2, Quebec’s only nuclear power plant and one of five in Canada, will close by December, affecting 736 workers.

More Politics

Chris Bentley denies he ‘lied’ over gas plant documents
Toronto Star
Energy Minister Chris Bentley denies charges he “lied” when he repeatedly insisted all papers on the costly closure of two power plants had been revealed even…

Rates

Critics call for fair play in equalization payments
Toronto Sun
But when provinces like Quebec and Manitoba sell hydro to its own population below the market rate. Their clawbacks are calculated based on …

Ontario electricity bills to see drop, OEB says | Ontario | News …
Toronto Sun
The peak price of electricity is heading up but the Ontario Energy Board says a decrease in mid- and off-peak prices will mean a lower overall

Regulatory

Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors: a Performance Based Approach
OEB
the Ontario Energy Board released its Report, Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors: A Performance-Based Approach (RRFE).

This renewed regulatory approach recognizes the need for significant investment in the sector while acknowledging that concerns over bill increases are leading to a sharper focus on the total cost to consumers.

GE’s Smart Grid Innovation Center Opens In Ontario

With support from the Ontario government, GE is opening its 200,000 square-foot Grid IQ Innovation Centre in the town of Markham. Researchers at t…

Will smartphone controlled appliances buy you more time?
Toronto Star
What if you could cook dinner, do laundry, turn on your air conditioning and make a pot of coffee all at once, without getting out of bed?

Solar

Ikea uses sun, wind to become energy independent
Hamilton Spectator
It plans to install more rooftop solar panels, erect wind farms and reduce its energy usage by replacing 1.2 million incandescent light bulbs with

It’s a rollercoaster ride for solar energy
Troy Media
Under Hammerbacher, Canadian Solar diversified out into developing and constructing solar power plants. “By vertically integrating it allowed

Ontario Leads Canada’s Solar Power Generation
Solar Novus (blog)
The report by GlobalData says Ontario is the leading beacon in Canada’s renewable energy industry, as the state sees tariffs, tax rebates and ..

Canadian Solar Solutions srengthens ties with Penn Energy ...
PV-Tech
The announcement brings the total EPC and OM agreement between Penn Energy Renewables and Canadian Solar Solutions to 28.7MW ..

Satcon files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
CanadianBusiness.com
Its power-conversion devices and other products were in steady in Canada, blaming a drop in demand for solar power installations around the world. The solar power industry has struggled for the past few years, hit by ..

Solar panel fees expected to double
Cambridge Times
Applications for Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in tariff program are about to double.

Sustainability

The $55K, 2,900-square foot, eco-friendly home – with no electricity bills
Globe and Mail…

Ontario Recognizes Local Alternative Energy Research
Government of Ontario News
Ontario is honouring Dr. Paul A. Charpentier with the Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award for research in developing green nanotechnologies for alternative energy solutions.

Wind

Ontario court rules against wind farm suit over moratorium
Toronto Star
An Ontario court has struck down Trillium Wind Power’s $2.25 billion claim over a moratorium on off-shore wind farms
Protect wildlife from wind turbines
Toronto Star
Environment commissioner says units should be prohibited from bird and bat migration routes.

GE gearing up to meet Ontario turbine local-content rules
Recharge
In Ontario, the company is working with an extensive supplier network and its sister GE manufacturing plant in Peterborough to meet the requirements of the provincial Green Energy Act. The facility is currently ramping up to assemble the hubs of wind …

Owen Sound Sun Times
The answer in so many words is invariably the same: There’s not much, if anything, we can do because the Ontario government and its Green Energy Act are in virtually complete control of wind turbine development. Our area medical officer of health, Dr.

Ontario legislature to vote on gas plant contempt motion
National Post
Members of the Ontario legislature will vote Tuesday on a contempt motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley that has blocked all regular business for the past week. The contempt motion was triggered by the government …

GridWatch – September 2012

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The top items internationally for this month’s GridWatch are various accounts of Japan’s nuclear phase-out plans, hinting last week that a phase out by 2040 would go ahead, but with the more recent headlines raising doubts.

Several GridSmartCity partners are in the news again, including Elster’s  announcement  about plans for a joint Smart Grid Solution Using Cisco Technology, promising  “an even more flexible, secure, and economical Advanced Metering  infrastructure (AMI) communications infrastructure.”

Perhaps most telling of expectations for growth and the priorities at hand is the Pike Research Report on Smart Grid Data Analytics, which states utilities will have to solve data collection and storage challenges and learn how to analyze and act on new forms of information before they even get to the point of realizing real returns on their smart grid investments. It projects  the worldwide market for smart grid data analytics will grow steadily through 2020 with cumulative worldwide spending now through 2020 totaling just over $34 billion.
Catch up with this and more in this month’s GridWatch from GridSmartCity.com

Featured items

Maple Leafs and Raptors recognized for green streak
Toronto Star
The ACC, home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors, has been named one of the 16 most progressive sports venues when it comes to reducing environmental impacts.

Energy group pushes hydro privatization
Toronto Star
Watch for a new debate on privatizing local hydro utilities, thanks to a set of proposals from Ontario’s broadest energy sector lobby group

Smart grid data analytics: Looming gap will force major expenditures

Smartgridnews
From the Department of Already-Knew-It-But-Didn’t-Want-To-Face-It: A Bridge Energy survey reveals more than half of all utilities are “challenged with immature business intelligence / analytics capabilities.”

Ontario Startup Aims to Boost Energy Literacy Through Mobile Apps
EnergyBoom
This modernization of the grid is going to be costly, and we are all going to which is “devoted to building smart, functional, beautiful apps that

Partner watch

Elster Group SE ADR : Elster to Offer Advanced Smart Grid Solutions Using Cisco Technology
4-Traders
Cisco and Elster announced today that Elster will offer smart grid solutions for field area networks using Cisco’s technology. The solutions will integrate the Cisco Connected Grid Endpoint reference design with Elster’s EnergyAxis System, and will showcase the power and flexibility of Elster’s Universal technology while demonstrating support for Cisco’s expertise in standards-based and interoperable communication solutions.

S&C goes to renewable energy for Chicago camps
Plant Engineering
Purchasing 40 kWh of renewable energy cuts S&C Electric’s carbon footprint by 63 million pounds of CO2.

Eaton Corporation collaborates with tangent energy solutions to build largest Solar PV Installation in Western Pennsylvania
Environental Expert.com
Eaton Corporation and Tangent Energy Solutions today announced a collaboration to develop solar energy generation installations at Eaton’s facilities in Coraopolis and Vanport Township, Pa. The project will include a 1.3-megawatt (MW) ground mount solar array at Eaton’s Beaver facility and a 200-kilowatt (kW) rooftop array in Coraopolis. The array constructed at Eaton’s Vanport Township facility on Georgetown Lane will be the largest solar installation in western Pennsylvania to date.

Smart Grid Close-up

What’s Worse for the Smart Grid – Failures of Imagination or Failures
Energy Collective
The Smart Grid aggregates a number of game-changing innovations to our existing electrical grid.  It enables the integration of renewable energy generation, energy storage, and new consumer participation to create markets for kilowatt and negawatt sales.  It can radically re-configure the value chain and put renewable generation at points of consumption.

Aztech Innovations Inc. : Aztech IHD’s Selected for Peterborough
4-Traders
Kingston Based Aztech Associates’ In-Home Energy Display Selected for Nearly $1 Million Order by Peterborough Utilities
Thanks to Kingston Company, Aztech Associates Inc., The Smart Grid just got Smarter in Peterborough.

The communications debate continues
Intelligent Utility
Revenue from satellite services and equipment for smart grid applications PowerStream, in central Ontario, also chose a hybrid route for its

The Next Big, Digital Economy Is In ‘Smart Energy’
Forbes
Smart meters are the essential end points of a Smart Grid connecting up the home, meaning a new meter connected directly to the utility. It collects up-to-date usage data and transmits it back to the utility for billing and it also allows the supplier …

Toronto Hydro issues another warning to customers of fraudulent “power saver device” telemarketing
Toronto Hydro News Release
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (“Toronto Hydro”) has again been made aware that some customers have recently been called by individuals offering to sell a power saver device, sometimes referred

International  

Japan’s prime minister hints he will announce gradual abandonment of nuclear …
Fox News
Japan’s prime minister hinted Wednesday that the government will announce a gradual abandonment of nuclear power when it issues a new energy policy this week. News reports said the Cabinet has already agreed to the new policy. Yoshihiko …

France seen turning to renewables in policy shake-up
Chicago Tribune
But the economic crisis, a speculative bubble in the solar sector that led to dwindling feed-in tariffs, and increasing red tape in the wind power industry, have slowed down growth in renewable energies over the past two years. …

Brazil cuts electricity costs to boost stalled economy
The Globe and Mail
Brazil announced a major cut in electricity taxes on Tuesday that will lower high energy costs for industries and residential consumers, the latest attempt…

Japan risks angering both sides with energy mix plan
Chicago Tribune
The government is expected to announce as early as Monday an energy portfolio plan to replace a 2010 program that had called for boosting nuclear power’s share of electricity supply to more than half from nearly 30 percent before the crisis. That was …

Ontario Innovators

Smart Grid Is Taking Center Stage In Ontario
Renew Grid
While electric utilities worldwide are making major investments in smart grids, researchers in Ontario are finding ways to help them make the

Kevin Haime Golf School goes green, chips away at energy costs
Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa is proud to recognize the Kevin Haime Golf School as the September 2012 recipient of the Companies for Conservation award for installing energy-efficient lighting at its two Ottawa locations.

Electric Vehicles

Quebec and Ontario working on creating electric vehicle charging stations
Montreal Gazette
Hydro-Quebec and Plug’nDrive Ontario are teaming up to develop a network of electric vehicle charging stations in both provinces.

California Hilton Checks Into Micro-Turbines, Electric Car Charging
Forbes
In part I of this series, I wrote about sustainability initiatives already implemented at the Hilton Concord, a 30-year-old property located about a half-hour east of San Francisco. The property owner and operator, Interstate …

Fuel-economy advances won’t come from electric cars, experts say
The Courier-Journal
Baron predicted that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles won’t be advanced enough to play a key role in helping the industry meet the 2025

Electric Vehicles Invade Evergreen Brick Works Sunday, September 9!
Toronto Hydro News Release
4th Annual EV Fest Features Over 30 Exhibitors Showcasing EV’s Old and New

Despite discounts, electric vehicles don’t come cheap
CTV News
Fisker already has its luxury EV, Smart will start selling a fortwo EV in just not to mention anything resembling a so-called “smartgrid designed to It lists for $41,545, though with a government rebate of $8,231 in Ontario,

New-look SAAB set to go electric
Toronto Star
A Hong Kong company has completed the acquisition of bankrupt SAAB and will move ahead with its plan to make electric cars under the brand.

Green wheels: Jim Kenzie’s electric-car roundup
Toronto Star
From Volt and Leaf to Focus or Fisker, our chief reviewer weighs the pros and cons of all current options for battery-powered transport.

Nuclear

Nuclear waste seeks a home
Toronto Star
Canada has never found a permanent home for its high-level nuclear waste. The pressure is mounting to find one.
Durham not in compliance on nuclear emergency…
Durhamregion.com
A new report says Durham is not in compliance with…

Federal government grants licence for new nuclear reactors for first time in 30 years
Ottawa Citizen
For the first time in 30 years, a preparatory federal licence has been issued for new nuclear reactors.

Politics

Nova Scotia Power loses fight to keep parts of audit from public eyes
The Globe and Mail
An audit calling on Nova Scotia Power to refund customers after allegedly overcharging them $22 million should be partially released, the province’s Utility and Review Board ruled Wednesday.

Clarington residents come out swinging against planned hydro station
durhamregion.com
On a large gravel pad, the station will have two transformers, three buildings for protection and control equipment, fencing and new hydro towers — some of which will be taller than the towers already there. The new facility will serve a million …

Dalton McGuinty says no documents until power compensation deal is done
Toronto Star
Secret documents on the cost of cancelling an Oakville power plant will not be released until a compensation deal is reached with the builder, Premier Dalton…

McGuinty asks opposition to delay release of power plant documents
Toronto Star
Taxpayers could end up paying even more money for the cancellation of an Oakville power plant if secret documentsare released too soon, Premier Dalton McGuinty warned Friday.

McGuinty Government Clean Energy Commitment Helps Local Company Expand
Government of Ontario  Media Release
Ontario’s clean energy industry is bringing more renewable energy online while creating good jobs for families.

Ontario One Step Closer to Eliminating Dirty Coal
Government of Ontario News Release
Ontario is taking the next step in eliminating coal-fired power generation. Yesterday, the Atikokan Generating Station burned its last piece of coal, helping ensure cleaner air and a healthier future for families.

Byelection losses bring Hudak’s leadership into question | Ontario …
Toronto Sun
10 hours ago … The closest thing they have to an urban riding is Christine Elliott’s in … And in Kitchener, both McGuinty and Hudak met their Waterloo.

Windmills, trains and Dalton McGuinty’s tin ear
Toronto Star
Ontario outside of Greater Toronto is not universally happy with Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals. This is understatement.

Regulator News

OEB launches consumer awareness campaign

OEB Media Release
The Ontario Energy Board is launched a new multi-media consumer awareness campaign

to encourage consumers to understand who they are dealing with if an energy company salesperson comes to their door,

Ontario Energy Board post its 2012-2015 Business Plan …
This year’s plan sets out the Board’s high-level vision of the outcomes that it intends to achieve going forward. That vision is derived from the Board’s statutory mandate and is the basis on which we have identified the strategic initiatives that we will pursue over the 2012-2015 planning period.

Electricity Supply Conditions in Ontario Expected to Remain Good Through 2014
IESO Bulletin
Ontario’s electricity supply margins will remain positive for at least the next year and a half, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) reported in its latest 18-Month Outlook.

IESO Board Approves Six Market Rule Amendments
IESO Bulletin
This amendment integrates centralized forecasting for variable generation into IESO operations. Specifically, it integrates centralized forecasting as a limit to be applied on dispatch data submitted by variable generators in the Day-Ahead Commitment Process (DACP) and pre-dispatch schedules.

 Progress Report on Electricity Supply (First Quarter 2012)
OPA Update
This progress report is prepared quarterly to provide updates on the electricity supply contracts currently being managed by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).

IESO Issues Regulation Service RFP Targeting Load Management and Energy Storage Technologies
The IESO has taken another step to better understand the potential of load management and energy storage technologies in the electricity market by issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify new suppliers of regulation service, a grid-balancing function traditionally provided by generators.

SmartGrid Canada Conference: Engaging the Consumer
With the focus on engaging customers at the 2012 SmartGrid Canada conference, the organizers will be unveiling new consumer research on how Canadians think about and participate in smart electricity networks. Conference participants will hear a wide range of distinguished speakers and learn more about this ground-breaking survey on October 15 and 16 in Toronto.
Solar

City arenas, community centres get solar panels
CTV News
A joint project has been launched between the city and Toronto Hydro that will see 8,800 solar panels installed atop 10 city-owned arenas and community centres.

University Of Western Ontario Gets Green Lights
ProQuip
ProQuip International is proud to have helped the students of the University of Western Ontario express their interest in energy sustainability by applying solar LED lighting technology in a project that also improves campus safety and security.


US News

Building a Green Consumer
Wall Street Journal
It also spares customers the effort of tracking down and collecting applicable federal, state, local and utility incentives and selling the renewable-energy credits they earn. In the end, saving energy just isn’t a core objective of households or most …

Ocean Power Comes Online (And It’s Not A Wind Turbine)
Forbes
In a first for the United States, power from the ocean was harnessed and fed into the electrical grid late last week. The source wasn’t a towering offshore wind turbine like those that have generated so much controversy off Cape Cod, but an underwater …
Getting more juice may squeeze electric customers
Houston Chronicle
Without more money, the argument goes, power companies won’t build more plants and there may not be enough electricity to keep lights on and air conditioners humming during the hottest times of the year. It’s a problem with the deregulated Texas grid …

Smart Meters
Human rights complaint against BC Hydro’s smart meters approved by tribunal
Toronto Star
British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal has accepted a complaint from a group that accuses BC Hydro of discriminating against people with certain medical conditions and disabilities.

Global News

Japan stresses cost of ending nuclear power as decision looms
Reuters
TOKYO, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Japan’s government, buffeted by conflicting pressure from anti-nuclear voters and pro-nuclear business interests, is stressing the negative impact of a speedy exit from atomic energy as it nears a decision on a new energy mix.

Sustainability

Ottawa to unveil weakened emissions rules for coal-fired power
The Globe and Mail
After a year of tough negotiations with companies and premiers that tested Ottawa’s resolve to fight climate change, Environment Minister Peter Kent is finally ready to present the final version of regulations to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from the coal-fired electricity sector.

Wind
Critics want moratorium on wind power projects pending Health Canada study
Ottawa Citizen
Progressive Conservative energy critic Vic Fedeli is demanding that Ontario’s Liberal government implement a moratorium on all wind-energy

Earth has enough wind to power entire world, two new studies find
The National Post
Earth has more than enough wind to power the entire world, at least technically … produce hundreds of trillions of watts of power .

Let’s wait for study, councillors urge
London Free Press
They have joined scores of other municipalities that have in various forms called for more control over the timing and location of turbines, one of the key elements in Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Admitting to some reservations about supporting a …