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Ontario Nanticoke Solar Project Completed (Ind. Report)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2019-04-03
Ontario Power Generation (OPG), in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is reporting completion of a 44-MW solar facility at the former Nanticoke Generating Station site near Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie.

In 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) awarded a contract to OPG and its partners to build Nanticoke Solar. PCL Construction was awarded the racking, solar panel supply and construction contract. (Source: OPG, PR, Compelo, 1 April, 2019) Contact: Ontario Power Generation, (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Power Generation,  Solar,  

Ontario Reconfigures Energy Conservation, Efficiency (Reg & Leg)
Ontario Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-03-25
The Conservative Ontario Government of Premier Doug Ford has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discontinue the Conservation First Framework, including the Heating and Cooling Incentive (HCI) program as part of an initiative intended to "reduce costs by centralizing and refocusing energy conservation programs."

Minister also noted the IESO "will be expected to present an nergy)Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan to the government within one month of receiving the Directive. The IESO plan would provide details on the programs, budgets and expected electricity and demand savings for the balance of 2019 and 2020. The IESO's CDM Plan is expected to include the following CDM programs, or equivalent programs, centrally delivered by the IESO:

  • Retrofit Program to provide incentives to businesses for updating old or inefficient equipment (e.g. lighting, motors and variable frequency drives);
  • Small Business Lighting providing assessments and incentives for eligible lighting upgrades;
  • Energy Manager Program to provide funding for a portion of the salary of an energy manager to help identify energy saving opportunities & investments and help secure financial incentives;
  • Process and System Upgrades incentives, tools, and resources to help identify, implement, and validate energy efficiency projects from start to finish;
  • Industrial Accelerator Program to be merged with the Process and System Upgrades program under the new framework to expand the eligibility of that program to include transmission connected consumers;
  • Energy Performance Program providing incentives to businesses for whole building energy improvements;
  • Home Assistance Program providing free home energy assessment and installation of electricity savings measures for income eligible customers;
  • Targeted programs for on-reserve First Nation communities.

    In addition to the Heating-Cooling Incentive Program, the following programs will be discontinued:

  • Business Refrigeration Incentive that provides businesses incentives for the direct installation of product refrigeration equipment upgrade;
  • Audit Funding Program funding for a portion of the cost of a facility energy audit;
  • High Performance New Construction provides design assistance and incentives for building owners and planners who design and implement energy efficient equipment within their new space;
  • Existing Building Commissioning incentives for improving the efficiency of the chilled water system, including, audit, purchase and installation of equipment;
  • Monitoring and Targeting incentives to purchase and install a monitoring and targeting system operational Incentives;
  • Instant Discounts point of purchase incentives at participating retailers for qualifying energy efficient products, including LED light bulbs, light fixtures and power bars;
  • Residential New Construction incentives to improve energy performance and install energy efficient products in new builds. (Source: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ontario News, HRAI, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Hon. Greg Rickford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Northern Ontario Biomass Innovation Cluster Threatened (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Power Generation
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Ontario, the Toronto-based Power Workers Union reports it believes Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) decision to close the world's largest generating station to be converted from coal to advanced biomass in Thunder Bay, Ontario, will ultimately lead to the disappearance of the region's established biomass innovation cluster.

    Over the last decade, Ontario invested about $200 million in the region's biomass innovation cluster, most of it for the conversion of the publicly-owned Thunder Bay and Atikokan stations to biomass. Millions of dollars were also invested in innovative biomass research at Confederation College, Lakehead University and the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy.

    With a contract that expires in 2024, Atikokan Generating Station is North America's largest generating station to be converted from coal to 100 pct carbon-neutral white pellet biomass. Power contracts with Ontario's Independent Electricity Operator (IESO) govern the operations of the two stations, both of which are under-utilized, according to IESO. (Source: Power Wokers Union, PR, IESO, Oct., 2018) Contact: Power Workers Union, Paul Hyatt, Pres., (905) 308-1602,; Ontario Power Generation, (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Ontario Power Generation ,  

    Stem Deploying AI-Powered Energy Storage in Ontario, Ca. (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-09-17
    Millbrae, California-based Stem, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, reports it is deploying an intelligent energy storage system for advanced materials and specialty chemicals company Solvay's plant in Welland, Ontario. With Stem's services, Solvay will reduce their Global Adjustment and energy costs automatically without changing plant operations or making a capital investment.

    Belgium-headquartered Solvay manufactures advanced materials and specialty chemicals for a wide range of industries, including the renewable energy and energy storage industries. Stem's AI-driven energy storage system will be over 3 MWh and sited at Solvay's Welland manufacturing plant located in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the firm manufactures phosphine for use in consumer electronics and other high-end applications.

    Using predictive analytics and high speed data feeds from the buildings, weather services, and the wholesale market to anticipate IESO grid peak hours, Stem's AI, Athena, releases stored energy at exactly the right times to help Stem's customers.

    Stem is the global pioneer of real-time energy optimization for commercial and industrial customers using AI-driven energy storage, and is backed by the industry's largest project finance pool of $ 650 million. (Source: Stem , PR, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Solvay, Pascal Chalvon-Demersay, Chief Sustainability and Energy Officer. Stem, John Carrington, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stem news,  Energy Storage news,  Energy Management news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Enbridge, Hydrogenics Launch Power-to-Gas Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge, Hydrogenics
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation are reporting the launch of North America's first major hydrogen energy storage facility in Markham, Ontario.

    The 2.5 MW facility uses technology developed and manufactured in Mississauga, Ontario by Hydrogenics. It was designed and built on a 5-MW scalable platform that incorporates Hydrogenic's next-generation PEM electrolyzer technology. The facility provides the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) of Ontario with a fast-responding resource to enhance the flexibility and reliability of operating the grid. Regulation service corrects for short-term changes in electricity use and helps compensate for real-time supply and demand imbalances.

    The hydrogen produced can also be used for a number of purposes such as fuelling cars and trains, or blended into the natural gas system to offset traditional natural gas. (Source: Hydrogenics, Enbridge, JWN, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900,; Hydrogenics, Daryl Wilson, Pres., CEO, , (905) 361-3660,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge,  Hydrogenics,  Energy Storage,  

    Enel X Providing Energy Storage for Ontario Food Co. (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Enel Group advanced energy services division Enel X, through its Canadian subsidiary EnerNOC, Ltd., reports it has contracted with Ontario food company Amhil North America to deploy a 2.34 MW/4.7 MWh lithium-ion energy storage system at Amhil's facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

    As per the contract, Enel X will purchase, install and operate the battery energy storage system on behalf of Amhil North America, and share the savings which are expected to be created by Enel X DEN.OS optimization software that will analyze Amhil's energy consumption and implement a control strategy. Enel X will also provide demand management services and enroll the energy storage system in IESO's demand response programme. The storage system, which is expected to save Amhil 20 pct in energy costs, is slated for installation before the year end. (Source: Enel X, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Enel X, +39 06 83051,,; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Enel Group,  EnerNOC,  

    Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
    ORE Catapult
    Date: 2018-06-25
    At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

    ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

    ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  

    Pattern Finances Nigig Power Ontario Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Pattern Development,Nigig Power
    Date: 2018-01-05
    Pattern Development reports it has provided $1 billion (Cdn) ($794.67 million) for the construction of the 300MW Henvey Inlet windpower project in Ontario, Canada. The project is a joint venture (JV) between Pattern Development and Nigig Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation.

    The Henvey Inlet facility, which will incorporate 87 units of Vestas 3.45MW wind turbines, has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Completion and commissioning is expected in the first half of 2019. (Source: Pattern, PR, Power Tech., 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Development,  Wind,  

    Ontario Save on Energy for Manufacturers Touted (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-12-11
    Ontario's Save on Energy programs, which are tailored to help Ontario manufacturers mitigate high energy costs, are provided through the province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) fund energy audits, retrofits, and control electricity demand at peak usage times. Save on Energy program users have reduced the cost of energy efficiency investments and their energy costs , according to the Save On Energy website.

    The Save on Energy program provides business owners a customized list of program incentives and audit funding for: demand response; high performance new construction; process and systems upgrades; retrofits; existing building commissioning and others. Save on Energy has helped manufacturers cut costs and improve the efficiency of industrial lighting, air compressors, manufacturing retrofits and others. (Source: Save on Energy, PLANT, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: Ontario Save on Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Sault Ste. Marie Energy Storage Pilot Opening Soon (Ind. Report)
    Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator
    Date: 2017-07-21
    New York-headquartered Convergent Energy + Power is reporting the launch of a 7-MW battery energy storage pilot project in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The project is overseen by Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which will pay Convergent to store and supply power.

    Construction on the complex began in December. The facility is expected to be fully operational by mid August. The facility was built with engineering and construction support from the PUC, General Electric, Whitby Hydro, S&T Group, JB Excavators, SalDan Construction, STEM Engineering Group, WSP, and N-Sci Technologies. (Source: Convergent Energy + Power, Sootoday, 19 July, 2017) Contact: Convergent Energy + Power, Johannes Rittershausen, CEO, Robin Gray, VP Operations, (917) 508-0190,,; Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Convergent Energy,  IESO,  Energy Storage ,  

    ACCIONA Acquires Balance of Ontario's Ripley Wind Farm (M&A)
    ACCIONA Energy,Suncor Energy
    Date: 2017-07-19
    Renewable energy developer ACCIONA Energy International (AEI) reports that its Canadian subsidiary has acquired 50 pct of the 76 MW Ripley Wind Farm from Suncor Energy Inc. The Ripley Wind Farm was originally built as a joint venture by Suncor and ACCIONA in 2007. With the acquisition, AEI becomes the wind farm's sole owner and operator.

    The Ripley Wind Farm near the eastern shore of Lake Huron generates sufficient electric power for 24,000 homes and has a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). (Source: Acciona, PR, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Suncor Energy Steve Williams, Pres., CEO, Sustainability Office, (800) 558-9071,,; ACCIONA Energy Canada, (416) 214-7040,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA Energy,  Wind,  Suncor Energy ,  

    Niagara Region Ontario Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Boralex, Enercon
    Date: 2017-06-21
    Fpllwing up on our November 9, 2016 report, Montreal-based Boralex Inc., ENERCON and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. have inaugurated the Niagara Region Wind Farm in the regional municipality of Niagara in Ontario. The wind farm incorporates 77 ENERCON E 101 wind turbines totaling 230 MW. The project, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), will generate sufficient electric power for more than 76,000 homes. (Source: Boralex, Others, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353,; ENERCON Canada, Michael Weidemann, Exec. VP, Eva Lotta Schmidt, (514) 363-7266,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Enercon,  Wind,  

    Powin Constructing 6 Ont. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Powin Energy,Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
    Date: 2017-06-19
    Tualatin, Oregon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports it will construct and install six energy storage projects totaling 12.8MW/52.8MWh at two sites in Kitchener and Stratford Ontario, Canada. Upon completion by the end of September, projects will constitute the largest energy storage rollout in Canada.

    The projects, which are all contracted with Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of its long-term energy plan, are being developed in collaboration with Hecate Energy, a global developer, owner and operator of solar, wind and storage projects.

    The projects will incorporate Powin's modular Stack 140 -- a modular, purpose-built 140kWh battery array that easily scales up to multiple megawatt applications. All Stack 140 systems are operated by Powin's proprietary bp-OS battery management software and include the industry-exclusive Battery Odometer and Warranty Tracker. (Source: Powin Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, Pres., Victor Liu, (503) 598-6659,,; Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823,; Hecate Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Independent Electricity System Operator,  Powin Energy,  

    Building Energy Innovators Council Launched (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Innovators Council
    Date: 2017-03-10
    In Ontario, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) CEO Gordon Hicks is reporting the launch of the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), an industry-driven initiative to accelerate the collaboration, innovation, and adoption of clean building technologies across Canada. The BEIC will provide input to federal and provincial governments related to the types of incentive programs and policies required to increase adoption of new energy efficient building technologies and renewable energy solutions.

    The BEIC will support utilities and governing bodies such as the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), with the promotion of their renewable energy and energy efficiency incentive programs and ensure they are effectively communicated industry-wide and adopted by owners and occupiers of real estate. The Council will consist of up to 25 founding members including: Brookfield Renewables, NRStor Inc., Cisco, Ecobee, Schneider Electrc, Mitsubishgi, EnerNOC and others. (Source: REMI Network, BEIC, 8 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Gordon Hicks, CEO, (905) 943-4100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  

    Boralex Closes on $33.4Mn Wind Farm Financing (Ind.Report)
    Boralex Inc
    Date: 2017-02-24
    In Montreal, Boralex Inc. reports it has closed on $33.4 million financing with DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, in New York, for its 10-MW Port Ryerse wind farm in Noorfolk County, Ontario. The financing consists of a $2.0 million letter of credit facility and an 18-year tranche of $31.4 million.

    The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)., On February 7, 2017, Boralex acquired all of the units of UDI Renewables Corporation, representing 25 pct of Port Ryerse Wind Farm Limited Partnership, making Boralex the sole project holder. . (Source: Boralex Inc., 22 Feb., 2017) Contact: Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres.,CEO, (514) 985-1353,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex ,  Wind,  

    UK Offshore Wind Farm Power Cost Drops by 32 pct (Int'l Report)
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Date: 2017-01-25
    In the UK, a report from Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, on behalf of the Offshore Wind Programme Board (OWPB), finds that energy prices for offshore wind have fallen 32 pct since 2012, and are now below the target agreed by Government and industry of £100/ MWh, four years ahead of the 2020 date set to achieve the goal.

    Projects making final investment decisions in 2015/2016 were doing so with a cost of energy of £97/MWh, compared with £142/MWh five years earlier, the third annual cost reduction monitoring framework (CRMF) report shows.

    The fall in price is attributed to the adoption of larger turbines, increased competition and lower cost of capital. Further cost reductions would be achieved by sourcing more components and services in the UK, developing a supply chain which employs thousands of people, according to the report. (Source: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Belfast Telegraph, 23 Jan., 2017) Contact: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 (0) 333 004 1400,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,  Offshore Wind ,  

    Enercon Completes Niagara Wind Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Enercon Canada Inc. is reporting the closure of $825.5 million (Cdn) in non-recourse project financing for its 230 MW Niagara Peninsula Wind Farm. The project, which was commissioned on Oct. 30, incorporates 77 Enercon E-101 3 MW turbines and has a 20-year feed-in tariff contract with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

    The wind farm is owned by Enercon and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. Boralex Inc. will acquire 25 pct of Enercon's interest before the year end. (Source: Enercon, NAW, Others, 7 Nov., 2016)Contact: ENERCON Canada, Michael Weidemann, Exec. VP, Eva Lotta Schmidt, (514) 363-7266,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Wind,  

    Pattern Closes Armow Wind Power Facility Acquisition (M&A)
    Pattern Energy, Armow Wind
    Date: 2016-10-19
    Following on our August 1th coverage, San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it has completed the acquisition of a 90 MW interest in the 179 MW Armow Wind power facility in Ontario, Canada from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development). Pattern Energy acquired the interest in Armow Wind for $133 million, representing a 9.5-10.5x multiple on the 5-year average annual cash available for distribution (CAFD)1 contribution from the project. The purchase price was funded from cash available and draws under the Company's revolving credit facility on October 17, 2016.

    Located in Kincardine, Ontario, Armow Wind utilizes 91 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and is jointly owned by Pattern Energy and Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. The facility reached commercial operation in December 2015 and operates under a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario. (Source: Pattern Energy Group, 18 Oct., 2016) Contact: Armow Wind,; Samsung Renewable Energy, Steve Cho, VP C&T,; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Armow Wind ,  

    Ontario Suspends Large-Scale Renewables Procurement Program (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Environment Ministry
    Date: 2016-10-03
    In Canada, the Province of Ontario Environment Ministry reports it has suspended its Large Renewable Procurement program, which it launched in 2015 to support renewable energy projects larger than 500 kilowatts. The program supported the province's goal of having renewables provide half of its installed electric power generation capacity by 2025.

    The first phase of the program ended in April 2016 with contracts signed for almost 455 MW of new wind, solar, and water power. The suspension kills the second phase, which was launched July 29, 2016 and sought almost 1,000 MW of additional renewable energy.

    The province presently generates 36 pct of its energy wind, solar, bio-energy and hydro-electric sources, according to IESO data. A new Ontario Long-Term Energy Plan is slated to be released in 2017. (Source: Ontario Environment Ministry, EcoLog, 30 Sept., 2016) Contact: Ontario Environment Ministry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  

    Pattern Seeking for Major Stake in Ontario Wind Facility (M&A)
    Pattern Energy,Samsung Renewable Energy
    Date: 2016-08-19
    San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it is negotiating a 90 pct interest in the 180 MW Armow Wind power facility in Ontario from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development'"). The acquisition will be funded with available liquidity from its recent equity offering and is expected to close within 4 to 6 weeks.

    The Armow Wind power facility, located near Kincardine, Ontario, is jointly owned by Pattern Development and Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. The facility has a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). (Source: Pattern Energy Group, PR, 16 Aug., 2016) Contact: Samsung Renewable Energy, Steve Cho, VP C&T,; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  Samsung Renewable Energy,  

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