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Auditor: Few benefits from $2 billion smart meter program
Toronto Star
Ontario’s $1.9 billion smart meter program for hydro utilities has delivered few benefits for the hefty cost, says Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk. In fact, one in six of the 4.8 million meters installed have not yet transmitted any readings, she found. “Based on a $2 billion investment, there doesn’t seem to be $2 billion of value coming yet,” she said.
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The hidden economics of cheap oil
Guelph Mercury
Oil prices are dropping. The West Texas Intermediate price is dropping, as is Brent Crude. The Asian markets are experiencing the lowest price they've seen in 14 years. Whatever way you look at it, oil is cheap right now. For Canadians, there are several obvious implications. Our economy is driven strongly by the Alberta oilsands, and though they are becoming more efficient, they still need oil to be at about $70 a barrel to be profitable. Right now it's closer to $60, so that makes them less profitable. That in turn has driven the Canadian dollar to a five-year low.
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AG report: Ontarians paying billions extra for electricity
CP24.com
People in Ontario are paying billions of dollars extra for electricity thanks to a flawed smart meter program and the above-market rates the province pays most power generators, Ontario's auditor general reported Tuesday. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli disputed the auditor's conclusions, suggesting her numbers were inaccurate because she didn't understand the "complex" electricity system.
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B.C. Premier Clark extolls the virtues of a carbon tax during Ontario visit
The Globe and Mail
British Columbia’s carbon tax has proven it is possible to fight global warming while still growing the economy, and the rest of Canada should sign up. That was the message from B.C. Premier Christy Clark when she visited Toronto on Monday and met with her Ontario counterpart, Kathleen Wynne, as the provinces prepare to negotiate what could be a major climate-change pact in the new year.
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Call for Applications: David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge
OCE
Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario to address challenges facing the energy sector. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their idea at OCE’s ‘Discovery’ trade show and conference on April 27-28, 2015. The winner, to be announced on April 28, 2015 at Discovery, receives $25,000 to assist in advancing the winning business concept.
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Harnessing nature's power
Lethbridge Herald
Harnessing the southern Alberta solar and wind energy potential, as well as living up to its healthy living motto, has led a downtown business to install the city’s largest commercial solar array. Noji Chiropractic and Wellness Centre unveiled its 10 KW rooftop solar system, which will offset the building’s power consumption, provide a net zero result, and will be capable of producing between 14,000 KWh and 16,000 KWh per year, during an official ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning.
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Building new hydro in Canada
Water Power
Canada is adding to its tally of long-term hydropower investment in large projects with more construction and under development. The country also continues to see a focus on small hydro initiatives. Among the big schemes, construction is starting in earnest on BC Hydro's John Hart redevelopment project, and the utility is well advanced in procurement for its 1.1GW Site C new build scheme.
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New tidal energy company established to develop projects in Canada
Hydroworld
A new company, named International Marine Energy Inc., has been established by Tribute Resources Inc. to develop tidal energy projects in Canada, as well as in other areas around the world. According to a recent press release, IME has acquired Tribute’s interest in Western Tidal Holdings and Fundy Tidal Inc. and its projects. IME and Fundy Tidal are developing the 1.95-MW tidal project called COMFIT, located at Digby, Nova Scotia, as part of the Digby Gut Limited Partnership.
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To be a clean energy leader, Canada needs to get in the game
CleanTechnica
Canada’s fastest growing energy sector isn’t based in Alberta. It is not in fossil fuels, and it received little support from the Federal Government. According Clean Energy Canada’s report Tracking the Energy Revolution, more Canadians are directly employed in clean-energy sectors such as efficiency, clean transportation, and biofuels than are directly employed in the oil sands. To be a clean energy leader, Canada needs to get in the game.
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Auditor: Few benefits from $2 billion smart meter program
Toronto Star
Ontario’s $1.9 billion smart meter program for hydro utilities has delivered few benefits for the hefty cost, says Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk. In fact, one in six of the 4.8 million meters installed have not yet transmitted any readings, she found. “Based on a $2 billion investment, there doesn’t seem to be $2 billion of value coming yet,” she said.

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Ontario Energy Board won't probe Bruce nuclear overhaul
Toronto Star
The multi-billion-dollar plan to overhaul six reactors at the Bruce nuclear generating station won’t be submitted to the Ontario Energy Board for scrutiny. Nuclear critics had called for public examination of the project, expected to cost in the range of $15 billion. An energy official confirmed that energy minister Bob Chiarelli won’t send the issue to the energy board for hearings.

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Ontario embarks on Round 2 of ambitious smart grid upgrade
Smart Grid News
Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund will contribute almost $24 million to a total investment of roughly $54 million to continue the province’s initiative to build a smarter electricity grid. Ontario is a very good candidate for smart grid technology and services. It is the most heavily-populated province with almost 40 per cent of Canada’s population.

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Advances in solar, storage, energy efficiency could mean big utility revenue losses
Smart Grid News
It is certainly no secret that utilities are concerned about the possibility of revenue losses as solar and energy storage technology costs continue to drop and become more accessible to more utility customers and energy efficiency becomes more prominent. New research from management consulting and technology services firm Accenture confirms, or re-confirms those fears, but also lightens the bad news a bit.
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British windfarms set new power production record
The Guardian
About 43 per cent of Britain’s homes were powered by wind last Sunday. Figures for the National Grid figures showed that an average of 7.315GW of power was produced by windfarms, setting a new record for the UK. The previous record was 7.234GW. According to research by Accent, for the Energy Institute, and New Power Magazine, last month, 61 per cent of people would accept the presence of a wind turbine, or several turbines, within five miles of their home.
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