Volume 4, Issue 5 - May 2011

Fri, 05/27/2011

OPA News Online - Volume 4, Issue 5 - May 2011

News Online is produced monthly to keep you up-to-date
with the latest developments at the OPA.
 

  • REEP House opens doors to energy efficiency
  • Combined Heat and Power draft request for proposal and draft contract posted
  • Clean Energy Standard Offer Program launched
  • Non-utility generators (NUGS) contracts information session held
  • Final fuel channel installed on Bruce A restart project
  • OPA accepting applications for Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) program
  • Education grant applications being accepted under Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP)
  • Integrated Power System Plan consultation process launched
  • OPA sponsors student competition at Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference
  • OPA one of Canada's greenest employers
  • Executive speeches and presentations
  • OPA all-woman team participates in Habitat for Humanity Toronto build
  • Industry forum recommendations build on Ontario's momentum in smart grids
  • OPA's Technology Development Fund helps local company promote cost-effective solar power
  • New clean energy projects creating 2,000 jobs
 

Conservation

REEP House opens doors to energy efficiency

Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP) House for Sustainable Living, a century-old retrofitted home in Kitchener, is showing Ontarians how to save energy by showcasing the benefits of energy retrofits.

With funding from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), REEP House is a community project with participation from government, businesses, organizations, local distribution companies, and other local partners.

REEP House is a program from REEP Green Solutions, an environmental non-profit organization that serves the Kitchener-Waterloo region. The project began in 2006 with the help of a group of individuals that included science-based designers, contractors, property appraisers and bankers, among others.

Click here to visit the OPA's Innovation Centre for more information about REEP House. 

 

 

 

 

Generation Development

Combined Heat and Power draft request for proposal and draft contract posted

A draft Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Request for Proposal (RFP) and a draft CHP IV contract have now been posted on the OPA website.

The OPA is developing a CHP procurement to support efficient use of natural gas-fired electricity generating facilities that use CHP technology. The goal of CHP IV is to facilitate increased development of CHP facilities greater than 20 MW in capacity that affect supply or demand in the interconnected electricity grid in Ontario by delivering firm and reliable supply to the IESO-controlled grid or a local distribution company.
   
The OPA has allocated a first call target capacity of 200 MW for the first call and a second call target capacity of 100 MW for the second call.

An in-person stakeholder consultation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

For more information about the CHP IV procurement process and to view the draft RFP and contract, click here.

  

 

 

 


Clean Energy Standard Offer Program launched

On May 6, the OPA announced that applications were now being accepted for the Clean Energy Standard Offer Program (CESOP). Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2011 at 5 p.m.

There are two streams for the CESOP:

  • Combined Heat & Power Standard Offer Program (CHPSOP) — a standard offer program for distribution-connected, natural gas-fired combined heat and power projects that are 20 MW or less.
  • Energy Recovery Standard Offer Program (ERSOP) — a standard offer program for distribution-connected, energy recovery projects that are 20 MW or less.

Final program documents have been posted for each stream.

Click here for more information on this initiative.

Click here to access application forms and instructions on how to apply.

  

 

 

 


Non-utility generators (NUGS) contracts information session held

A contracts information session was held on May 16 for invited NUGs. The following topics were covered at the session:

  • procurement processes — including prioritization, timing, data requests
  • evaluation systems — including needs and benchmarking
  • new contracts pricing — term and a review of the two contract streams (A and B)
  • next steps

Following the presentation, a Q&A session was held.

Stakeholders can provide feedback to nugs@powerauthority.on.ca until May 31.

  

 

 

 


Final fuel channel installed on Bruce A restart project

Workers have installed the last of 480 new fuel channels in the Unit 1 nuclear reactor at Bruce A, achieving a major milestone to return the 750-megawatt unit to service in early 2012.

The work follows similar efforts to refurbish Unit 2, which is expected to synchronize with Ontario's electricity grid later this year.

"We're very pleased with the progress," said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power. "The reactor retube program was the longest and most challenging evolution on the Restart project but we continue to learn valuable lessons on this groundbreaking project."

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) began disassembling the core in September 2006 with work in Unit 1 following by about six months, although the gap narrowed by almost half as the program progressed.

Click here for more information and to view video clips about the Bruce A Restart project.

  

 

 


OPA accepting applications for Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program.

The OPA is accepting applications for the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program. The ACEP Program is designed to assist First Nations and Métis communities to help identify available options for conservation and the development of microgeneration projects in Aboriginal communities that meet the program criteria. First Nations and Métis communities can apply for funding to help develop community energy plans.

The ACEP Program will provide funding in three areas:

  • education, vision and creating a community
  • carrying out a community baseline study
  • developing a community energy plan.

Click here for more information about the ACEP. 

 

 

 


Education grant applications being accepted under Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP)

The Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) is accepting applications for education grants until June 3, 2011. Not-for-profit, charitable and co-operative organizations in Ontario can apply for a new education grant under CEPP — which is managed by the Community Power Fund.

Eligibility is based on experience and expertise in education and will be awarded to new projects focused on community-based wind, solar, biofuel and/or waterpower education. CEPP's education grants will help to build awareness and capacity among Ontarians to participate in, or develop, electricity generation projects in their communities. Organizations may pursue local, regional or provincial scale programs. Maximum grant amounts are between $25,000 and $125,000 per project.

Click here for more information about the CEPP.

 

 

 

 

Corporate news

Integrated Power System Plan consultation process launched

The OPA has begun formal consultations to update the province's Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP).

The government's Long-Term Energy Plan and Supply Mix Directive, developed through stakeholder and public engagement, laid the foundation for the 2011 IPSP. Released in November 2010, the Long-Term Energy Plan sets out the province's electricity requirements until 2030. The Supply Mix Directive, issued in February 2011, defined the targets the OPA must meet in the IPSP.

The 2011 IPSP will be a 20-year blueprint for the province's electricity system that outlines needed investments in conservation, generation and transmission. The development of a long-term plan is central to ensuring a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective electricity system for the future of Ontario.

In developing the IPSP, the OPA is hosting consultation sessions, which started with a web-enabled teleconference on May 17.

The OPA will also be scheduling additional sessions with First Nation and Métis communities in the development of the IPSP. More information will be provided directly to Aboriginal communities.

The OPA has developed an IPSP Planning and Consultation document to provide stakeholders with information on the current status of the electricity system and to provide an outlook that takes into account the development work currently under way and the policy decisions that have been made.  This information is intended to support a dialogue that will assist in developing an updated IPSP.

Click here for more information about the IPSP consultation process.

 

  

 


OPA sponsors student competition at Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference

Each year, Ontario's best student researchers showcase their final-year college and university undergraduate Connections projects to a panel of judges at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference.

This year's competition featured 35 projects, involving 139 students, 12 institutions and 30 companies — including two local distribution companies.

The final-year undergraduate students participating in the competition worked with industry partners, addressing technology problems currently affecting industry. Participants were eligible to win one of three $2,000 cash prizes as the best university, college or OPA energy conservation projects.

This year, a team of students from Queen's University, with support from their industry partner Covidien, were awarded the OPA award for their energy recovery project.

Click here for more information about the Connections Competition and the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Connections program.

  

 

 


OPA one of Canada's greenest employers

The OPA has been selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2011.

The announcement was made on Earth Day, April 22, in a special supplement in The Globe and Mail and online on Eluta.ca, a popular job search engine.

The OPA is in good company. Among the 50 honourees this year were IKEA Canada, Research in Motion, Enbridge, the Ontario Public Service and Toronto Hydro.

The OPA's commitment to environmental responsibility has been a part of the organization since its beginning.

The OPA was chosen for the many green initiatives it has undertaken, including reducing electricity demand from lighting, creating an environmental performance policy and participating in the Living Planet@Work project led by World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Click here for a list of Canada's 2011 Greenest Employers.

  

  

 

Executive speeches and presentations

Colin Andersen, spoke at the Ontario Power Summit in Toronto on Monday, May 9.

JoAnne Butler, Vice-President Electricity Resources, spoke at the MarketView conference in Toronto on May 11.

Andrew Pride spoke at the CAMPUT Conference 2011 in Vancouver on May 18.

Click here to view these and other speeches and presentations.

  

 

 


OPA all-woman team participates in Habitat for Humanity Toronto build

On May 6, a 10-woman team from the OPA, known as the Power Builders, donned hard hats and steel-toed boots to help build energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity Toronto homes at 4572 Kingston Road in Toronto. They were joined by other teams of women, all known as Habitat Toronto Angels, for the fundraising build.

Started in 2009, the Toronto Women Build has brought women from many different organizations together to help families living in need. The event has gained strong momentum and is currently endorsed by Women Build Ambassadors, including actress Monika Schnarre and wellness and culinary guru Rose Reisman.

Together, the Power Builders raised more than $8,600 for Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

Click here
for more information about the Habitat for Humanity Toronto Women Build.

 

  Industry news


Industry news

Industry forum recommendations build on Ontario's momentum in smart grids

The Ontario Smart Grid Forum has issued a series of recommendations to build on the province's momentum in creating a smarter, more efficient electricity system that delivers direct benefits to consumers and the broader economy.

The OPA has been involved with the Forum since it was first established in 2008.

"Our province has a real head-start in getting the building blocks in place for a smart grid — whether it's through the smart meters now installed in every home, research and development by universities and the private sector, or upgrades to the distribution networks by utilities," said Paul Murphy, Forum Chair and President and CEO of the IESO.

Smart grid refers to the use of information and communications technologies to better manage the production, storage, delivery and consumption of electricity. It enables a two-way flow of information, automates many aspects of grid operation and enables such things as electric vehicles and demand response.

Global spending on smart grids is expected to reach $36 billion by 2013, reflecting the desire by utilities around the world to ensure their distribution and transmission systems can keep up with the ever-increasing demands being made of them.

The report, Modernizing Ontario's Electricity System: Next Steps, makes a series of recommendations that focus on removing barriers to smart grid development and taking full advantage of its intended benefits.

Click here to view the entire press release.

Click here to view a copy of the report.

  

 

 


OPA's Technology Development Fund helps local company promote cost-effective solar power

OPA's Technology Development Fund assists innovative energy technologies that will improve the supply and conservation of electricity. And with support through the fund, the goal of Morgan Solar is to create the world's cheapest, high-efficiency solar panels. It's a dream that was partly inspired while John Paul Morgan, president, founder and chief technology officer of Morgan Solar, was volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he saw the enormous potential for clean, affordable electricity to improve people's everyday lives.

Morgan says the panels, named the Sun Simba, produce twice as much energy as the average mainstream solar panel, but not quite as much as the highest efficiency panels.  They are constantly trying to maintain the balance between price and efficiency. The company was founded in 2007, and they've already outgrown their Toronto facility.

Click here to visit the OPA's Innovation Centre for a video about the project.

Click here for more information about the Technology Development Fund.

  

 

 


New clean energy projects creating 2,000 jobs

Ontario‘s clean energy economy continues to grow, creating 2,000 new jobs by adding more than 700 new clean energy projects across the province.

Through Ontario's Feed-in Tariff program, these new mid-size projects — including solar, biomass, biogas, water and wind — will power homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. That is enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes or a community the size of Niagara-on-the-Lake each year. These projects will help attract more than $900 million in private-sector investment to the province.

This builds on more than 1,200 Feed-in-Tariff projects announced so far, representing enough electricity each year to power over 700,000 homes.

Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It's part of the government's plan to keep costs down for families today, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.

Ontario's Green Energy Act will create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012. Thirteen thousand jobs have already been created as a result of this plan.

Click here for the Ministry news release. 

   
  
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