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Expect more electricity surpluses, says system operator
Ontario can expect to be saddled with plenty of surplus electricity over the next 18 months, says the agency that runs the province's power grid. Flat demand for power, coupled with new supplies of both nuclear and renewable power, will create surpluses more and more often, says the 18-month outlook from the Independent Electricity System Operator.
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Pickering nuclear seeks to renew its licence
Ontario's oldest nuclear plant pleads its case this week for a few more years of active life. But nuclear skeptics say it's time to bring down the axe on the Pickering nuclear station. It's an old debate that pits hardened nuclear campaigners such as Greenpeace against low-profile supporters such as the Pickering Soccer Club.
Nuclear waste site on Lake Huron concerns Michigan, Sarnia
The mayor of Sarnia, ON, is rallying opposition to Ontario Power Generation's plan to store nuclear waste underground on the shores of Lake Huron. The proposed site in Kincardine, ON, would not contain high-level nuclear waste, such as spent fuel. Instead, it would contain low-level waste, such as protective clothing worn by workers or mops and towels used to wipe up spills of contaminated water.
Investing institutional energy into energy conservation
Last summer, Western University set the bar high for dealing with high temperatures and even higher energy bills. Now, facilities management is looking to build on that success with a continued energy conservation push this summer. In addition to the obvious sustainability benefits, the conservation efforts also help combat the Global Adjustment tax, a number embedded within the university's utility bill.
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Canada's first geothermal power plant in the works
Deep Earth Energy Production is planning Canada's first geothermal power plant that will tap into heat resources underneath oil and natural gas fields in Saskatchewan, according to Chief Executive Kirsten Marcia. The project may cost $35 million and would have five megawatts of generating capacity, Marcia said in a telephone interview. Construction is expected to begin in 2014.
Canadian Solar reports first quarter 2013 financial results
Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, announced its financial results for the first quarter. Net revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $263.6 million, down 10.6 per cent from $294.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and down 19.1 per cent from $325.8 million in the first quarter of 2012.
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Construction begins at two U.S. nuclear reactors
In the U.S., where construction of new nuclear reactors has stalled for three decades, two separate nuclear projects completed placement of basemat structural concrete for new AP1000 reactors a few days apart. SCANA South Carolina Electric & Gas marked the milestone on March 11.
Connecticut seeks to literally water down its RPS, could it happen in your region?
Since I live in New Hampshire and write about the global renewable energy industry, once in a while small local news that might appear to be of minor importance to my neighbors leaps out at me as something that could end up having a huge impact on the renewable energy industry.
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India's first coal mine-integrated supercritical plant synchronized
India's Reliance Power in March synchronized the first of six 660-MW units of its Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant in the state of Madhya Pradesh, readying it to supply power to 14 distribution companies across seven states. The plant has been hailed as India's first supercritical project to integrate a coal mine important achievement in a country that is battling chronic coal shortages.
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