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Ontario Power Generation moves to cleaner energy future
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has burned the last piece of coal at its Thunder Bay Generating Station, which will now prepare to run on advanced biomass. OPG has been executing Ontario's strategy to move to cleaner electricity sources over the past several years. Thunder Bay, ON, was the final power plant OPG operated using coal fuel.
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Thunder Bay OPG burning coal free
Net News Ledger
Ontario is now the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. The Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario's last remaining coal-fired facility, has burned its last supply of coal. Operated by Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay Generating Station was the oldest coal-fired station in the province.
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Hydro cost relief on the way for small biz owners, Chiarelli promises
Ottawa Business Journal
Ontario's minister of energy is promising help will soon be on the way for small business owners looking to rein in ballooning hydro costs. Bob Chiarelli told members of Ottawa's business community in a speech that he planned to announce measures that would save small enterprises money on their hydro bills.
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Hydro asset sales could generate $10 billion
Toronto Star
Selling off some of Ontario's key hydro assets could easily raise $10 billion for the province, and probably more, says the province’s former hydro czar. But it wouldn't all be simple, warns Jan Carr, the first chief executive of the Ontario Power Authority. Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa avoided using the word "sell" when he announced that the province is looking at options for Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.
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Bob Chiarelli: OPG operations not going to private sector
Toronto Sun
The Ontario government has no plans to hand over the operations of the Pickering and Darlington nuclear facilities to the private sector, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says. "The government is not currently looking at the disposing of any of our energy companies," he said. Chiarelli was responding to statements made by Bruce Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne during a Toronto Sun editorial board.
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Largest project in Canada with 124 wind turbines
Chatham Daily News
It's official, South Kent Wind — the largest wind project in Canada — is now fully operational. Samsung and Pattern Energy issued a media release announcing construction has been completed on the 270-MW project, enough to power approximately 100,000 homes annually. "South Kent Wind is our first in a series of wind projects in Ontario and we're proud it has been delivered on time and within budget, despite a very harsh winter," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.
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Thunder Bay OPG burning coal free
Net News Ledger
Ontario is now the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. The Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario's last remaining coal-fired facility, has burned its last supply of coal. Operated by Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay Generating Station was the oldest coal-fired station in the province.

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Bruce Power employees invest in company's future
Bruce Power
Bruce Power's innovative employee-ownership program has reached an all-time high with 87 per cent of its 4,100 employees investing their own money into the company. "Since 2001, we have created an innovative public-private partnership at Bruce Power, securing not only $7 billion of private invetsment in public assets, but also creating a unique model that allows for both individual employee and union ownership," said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power's President and CEO.

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Materials experts create spintronic thermoelectric power generators
R&D Magainze
Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. While such an idea may seem far-fetched today, significant progress has already been made to realize these devices. Researchers at the Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Utah have fabricated spintronics-based thin film devices which do just that, i.e. convert even minute waste heat into useful electricity.

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Power storage poised to take a leap forward
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The storage of bulk electricity, having played only a minor part in the wholesale electric grid to date, may be headed into a period of rapid expansion as a range of new and different roles are being seriously considered for it. The impetus for increasing use of storage comes simultaneously from three sources: First, the technologies for storage have been improving, becoming more adaptable and reducing costs while increasing the number of economically attractive applications for storage.
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OPA introduces competition to CHPSOP design
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A competitive element has been proposed for the province's program to procure small scale CHP (Combined Heat and Power). The Ontario Power Authority, responding to a directive from the Minister, consulted with stakeholders and prepared a set of recommendations on how it proposes to design the next phase of CHP procurement. The recommendations were contained in a report submitted to the Minister on February 28 and released publicly on March 17, 2014.
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Beckwith PV farm connected
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GDF SUEZ Canada, announced that its 10-MW Beckwith Solar Project in Ontario has entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority. The $50 million project is located approximately 50 kilometers from Ottawa, and consists of 44,000 solar panels on approximately 80 acres of land.
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Canadian developer eyes Alberta pumped-storage hydropower projects
Hydro World
Canadian company Turning Point Generation has announced its plan to develop an 80-MW to 150-MW pumped-storage hydropower project in Alberta. The unnamed plant is TPG's first pumped-storage project, though one necessary, the company said, for the province's energy security. TPG has identified several of what it calls "favorable" sites and will now move head in the project's development.
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Muskrat Falls project faces rising costs, potential delays
Global News
The head of Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown energy company says costs for the $7.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project are going up and first power may be delayed. Nalcor Energy CEO Ed Martin says the province's $6.2 billion share of the project is under pressure due to labour, supplies and other costs.
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Brookfield Renewable completes acquisition of 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant
Hydro World
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. and its institutional partners have completed their acquisition of the 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant. The group had announced acquiring 33 per cent of the project, of which Brookfield will assume about 40 per cent of the investment. Located on Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River, Safe Harbor is one of the largest hydropower plants in America's northeast.
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Race Tidal announces 300-MW ocean power array near Alderney
Hydro World
OpenHydro and Alderney Renewable Energy have signed a joint venture that will see the companies develop a 300-MW tidal energy array off the coast of Alderney in the English Channel. The joint venture company, named Race Tidal, was announced during the recent Thetis Marine Renewable Energy conference in Cherbourg, France. "The joint venture that we now have in place with OpenHydro is a critical piece in the jigsaw as we move to now make significant progress towards creating one of the largest renewable energy projects in European coastal waters," Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE) executive chairman Nick Horler said.
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