Banff Solar Incentive

The Town of Banff unanimously approved an incentive program to support installation of about 26 rooftop solar photovoltaic panel systems, making the Town of Banff the first municipality in Canada to offer what is essentially a feed-in-tariff program. The Town will use $300,000 from its environmental reserve to fund the program, which will be administered […]

Boralex Starts Permitting; Cube Hydro Scoops up 10 US Run of River Projects

Boralex has kicked off permitting for a 200MW wind project in the Peace River district, British Columbia. The up to 80-turbine Red Willow proposal is located on Crown land about 40km south-east of Tumbler Ridge and 30km from the BC-Alberta border. The C$480m project will be built on a series of ridges and interconnect at […]

Solar Forecast to Rule

A new report from a respected German energy think tank highlights the rapid drop in the price of solar energy. Agora Energiewende’s comprehensive report uses current and past statistics about the reduction in the production price for solar PV panels to project into the future. Their forecast indicates that solar PV-based energy will be the […]

Harnessing Waste Energy; NextEra Goshen Wind Online

A study of 16 industrial companies operating near Edmonton has found waste energy from their exhaust stacks, coolers and compressors could potentially heat more than 15,000 homes and provide electricity for 5,000 others. But finding ways to harness it would depend on a hard-to-achieve mix of economics, co-operation, technological advances, policy and regulation changes, and […]

KH#1 Online; CAN Gov Funds 7 Projects; Tidal Turbines Tested in Dutch Waters

Keephills#1 came back online at 18:57 Sunday. Ontario’s IESO price hit $1402.44 for HE 08 Friday The Canadian government announced seven clean technology projects in Ontario receiving investments totaling over $26.8 million. The projects are benefitting from the government’s investment in SDTC’s SD Tech Fund through Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Canada possesses one of the […]

KH#1 Offline; Genalta Completes Three Creeks; US Power Price Jumps on Cold; AB Power Price Dumps

Keephills#1 offline at 03:28 this morning but should be back online by the 22nd. Genalta Power Inc. announced the completion of the first phase of its Three Creeks project – about 8MW, part of the Peace River Power Centre, in conjunction with Baytex Energy Corp. The electrical power generating facility is located in the Peace […]

Human Electricity Advancements

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology University (KAIST) have created a wearable device that generates electricity from temperature difference between your body and the air around you. This thermoelectric generator is made of lightweight, flexible material, which makes it comfortable to wear. However, its current organic construction means it has a […]

Medicine Hat Gas Utility Stalls; BC Hydro Shows Targets

Medicine Hat’s gas utility may not produce a tax-reducing dividend for the next five years, according to the division’s budget presented Tuesday to city council. Drastic price reductions starting last fall for the price of oil had delayed the budget for about two months. Now officials say that even with staff reductions and a full-stop […]

SD#5 Off/On; MSA Violations for 2014 More than Double; Biomass and Carbon Capture

Sundance#5 went offline at 21:49 Friday and back online at 09:34 Sunday. Alberta’s power market watchdog issued nearly $200,000 in fines last year to 15 companies as violations of market reliability standards more than doubled – 133 violations of reliability standards, up from 62 in 2013. Minor breaches of system operator rules cost 26 companies […]

SD#2 Online; Pattern 25yr PPA; NB Loses Power; EHT Solar PPA

Sundance#2 is back online at 18:12 yesterday. Pattern Energy Group LP has sealed a 25-year power purchase agreement with public utility Hydro-Quebec for the output of the 147MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project near Quebec. The wind park, to be built in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, will consist of 46 Siemens direct drive turbines of 3.2 MW […]