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Minister Rickford highlights support for Canada's nuclear industry
Government of Canada
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, highlighted the Harper Government's support for Canada's nuclear industry in his keynote address at the 2015 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show.
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Ontario announces remote electrification readiness grants
Ontario is investing in six projects that will help prepare 18 diesel-dependent First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario for connection to the province's power grid.
With funding from the Remote Electrification Readiness Program, the following communities and organizations will develop community readiness plans to identify opportunities for job-specific training, relevant health programs, business innovation mentoring and economic development.
Environmental and aboriginal law
The Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change David Heurtel, recently announced a proposal to modernize the current environmental authorization regime provided for in the Environment Quality Act (EQA). The Minister stated that the process needed to be more clear, more efficient and predictable.
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Public input contributes to economic, social and environmental review of Mactaquac options
The ideas, concerns and values of more than 50 individuals and stakeholder groups have contributed to the development of the final study guidelines for three options being considered for the future of the Mactaquac Generating Station.
The finalized guidelines are now available online.
Geothermal Outlook 2015: International market ripe with opportunity as U.S. market withers
Renewable Energy World
While it is difficult to discuss the geothermal industry in just one-year increments, it seems as though 2015 is set to have some notable developments. In 2014, the global market didn't quite hit 1,000 megawatts (MW) of new capacity as predicted a year prior, but it did ring in a respectable 600 MW, a number that should hold steady or rise for the next three to four years, according to Ben Matek, analyst at the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA).
Winter not kind to solar energy production
Energy output of solar panels during winter months is greatly reduced due to shorter days. Heaps of snow translate into less energy derived from solar panels. Even small amounts of snow lay bare the consequences of less power generated, collected and sold. This ultimately makes it difficult for those living in the northern hemisphere to reap the benefits of solar energy.
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NextEra connects Ontario wind farm to grid
NextEra Energy's Goshen Wind Energy Centre in Ontario, Canada, has begun generating power, the company said recently. The wind farm has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Independent Electricity System Operator. It has a total capacity of 102 megawatts.
Canada turns to Alaska for help with its oil pipeline problem
The Motley Fool
TransCanada Corporation has been trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil south through the continental U.S. for six years. Because of those delays it decided to try another direction and build the Energy East Pipeline to Canada's east coast, but that's now being pushed back as well.
Meanwhile, rivals Kinder Morgan Inc. and Enbridge Inc. aren't having any luck with their west coast-bound pipelines through British Colombia.
SDTC looking for Canada's next cleantech innovators
On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs. Through the SD Tech Fund™, SDTC supports technologies that address the challenges of Clean Air, Soil, Water and Climate Change, including technology solutions.
How renewables are changing the way we operate the grid
The only thing today's power system has left in common with the 20th century grid is that the standard is still cost-effective reliability.
Today's grid operator does things that were fairy tales in 1999. Iowa and South Dakota got over 25 per cent of their electricity from renewables in 2013.
How the West's new Energy Imbalance Market is building a smarter energy system
One of the great speculations about the Western grid has been tested and proved true.
A new report shows the just-initiated energy imbalance market (EIM) linking the California grid and the seven state Pacificorp system saved almost $6 million in its first two months.
U.K. government invests £25 million in game-changing green technologies
Windows that act as solar panels, an engine which runs on landfill emissions and Europe's biggest battery are all a step closer to reality after receiving a share of £24.5 million of government funding.
These projects are among 40 new technologies which have won funding through the first round of Innovate UK's Energy Catalyst, which is designed to help tackle the so-called energy "trilemma" of reducing carbon emissions.
New England Power Grid 2014-2015 Profile
A rapid transformation of the region's electric
power resource mix is underway. Existing natural gas pipelines are inadequate to serve growing peak demand for heating and power generation needs in winter.
Europe launches its Energy Union
World Nuclear News
The 28 member states of the European Union are to integrate their markets and increase security of supply under a policy set known as the Energy Union. Investments of €200 billion per year are expected over the next decade.
The Energy Union is a flagship project of the new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, whose vice president Maroš Šefčovič is in charge of achieving the Energy Union goals.
France warns of nuclear industry shake-up after Areva loss
The New York Times
France's energy minister said on Monday that an overhaul of the country's state-controlled nuclear energy industry was imminent, after one of the country's main builders of nuclear power plants warned of a loss that could hamper its ability to continue operating independently.
The minister, Ségolène Royal, told reporters that France's main nuclear power companies "should organize themselves to refocus on their core business, to forge alliances between major French enterprises and to win bids at the international level."
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