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Foxconn and Brazil's richest man to build solar panel factory in Rio de Janeiro state
Northland Power contracts Aecon Group to build 60 MW under Ontario FIT program
Jamaica's new net billing regulation to enter into force on May 1
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German scientists present global solar and wind database
JCM capitalizing on the need for up-front development dollars.
Solarhybrid Israel sells 201 MW of project rights to Summit Energy
800 MW of PV under development in Brazil
Japanese solar FIT likely to be set at 51¢ per kWh
CPUC expands Virtual Net Metering program
April 20, 2012
Today Premier Dalton McGuinty released the following statement:
"Balancing the budget is essential to creating jobs and growing the economy. Our five-year plan to balance the budget will keep our economy on track while protecting health care and education.
The budget plan presented to Ontarians did include ideas put forward by both opposition parties.
The PCs, led by Tim Hudak, proposed a very low rate of growth in government spending. The budget proposes only one per cent annual increases in spending over the next three years, and seeks a real wage freeze for our doctors, teachers and other public servants.
The NDP, led by Andrea Horwath, proposed a freeze on corporate income taxes. Our budget proposes to freeze corporate income taxes at 11.5 per cent.
Before the budget was tabled, I informed both opposition leaders that in keeping with Ontarians' expectations we would consider changes to make the budget even better.
The PCs abandoned Ontarians from the outset. They decided to vote against the budget before they even read it, risking an unnecessary and expensive election.
The NDP have shown a willingness to work across party lines to reach an agreement. We've been working hard with the NDP to better understand their proposals. Since the beginning of those discussions, we've been clear that while we can shift funding from one priority to another, we will not consider any new unsustainable spending.
Today I spoke with Ms. Horwath about these discussions and indicated a willingness to work together to reach an agreement.
I confirmed that we are taking action to make our budget stronger in two areas: child care and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
These steps can be taken within the government's fiscal plan and by finding savings in less important programs.
To ensure the child care sector remains strong and can help families experience a seamless transition to full-day kindergarten, we will provide additional assistance to child care operators.
The additional funding will give new support to the child care sector and is found within the Ministry of Education's existing budget allocation.
We will further cut the price the government pays for the most popular generic drugs, generating enough savings to raise Ontario Disability Support Payments by one per cent.
Over the weekend, we'll continue to analyze how else we may be able to work together to make the budget stronger.
I've asked Ms. Horwath to meet on Monday and have requested that she come prepared, on behalf of her party and caucus, to reach an agreement."
Office of the Premier
Polysilicon price drop will cause major price erosion in the solar market in 2012
Solar sector celebrates new net-metering regulation in Brazil
Prototype of what will be a demand-side component of a power peering architecture.
Going backwards: roll back the incentives AND tax the production.
Module prices hover at €0.72 per watt
Citing high cost of solar energy, Brazil says it will hold off on solar auctions for the near-term
Airport in central Mexico to host 200 kW PV system
GE to auction 225 MW of transmission capacity connecting NYC, PJM power
April 9, 2012
GE (NYSE: GE) unit GE Energy Financial Services announced that it will
auction 225 megawatts of bi-directional electricity transfer capacity from
its Linden variable frequency transformer (VFT) smart grid project at the
intersection of the New York City and PJM power grids.
GE Energy Financial Services will hold the auction in June to sell nine
blocks of 25 megawatts of electric transmission scheduling rights that will
become available on November 1, 2012. These blocks can be used by the
project's customers to sell power capacity and energy sourced in the PJM
Interconnection, the largest centrally dispatched electric grid in the
world, into the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and its zone
serving the New York metropolitan area. Linden VFT customers also can route
energy from NYISO to the PJM Interconnection.
The project is capable of transferring 315 megawatts of capacity, enough for
up to 315,000 homes, between PJM and NYISO, through its connection to a
cable running in bedrock 60 feet beneath the Arthur Kill waterway –
originating at GE's 900-megawatt Linden cogeneration power plant – and
connecting to Consolidated Edison's Goethals substation in the New York City
borough of Staten Island.
Since commercial operation began in 2009, the Linden VFT project has
operated with 97 percent availability, and has successfully demonstrated the
flexibility to flow power in both directions between NYISO and PJM. These
variable frequency transformers are helping to stabilize New York City's and
PJM's power grids, increasing energy reliability and providing consumers
with more diverse and lower-cost power sources. The variable frequency
transformers provide a precise control path between electrical grids,
permitting power exchanges previously impossible because of technical
constraints. They enable transmission system operators at PJM and NYISO to
control power flows with high reliability, speed and efficiency, while
offering flexibility in how utilities meet growing energy demand.
Four power marketing and trading companies won an initial auction in January
2007 for the Linden VFT's electric transmission capacity from what GE Energy
Financial Services believes was the first merchant US transmission project
not dependent on a long-term arrangement with a rate-based entity. The smart
grid project builds on GE Energy Financial Services' 30-year legacy of
investment in power transmission and generation. GE Energy Financial
Services holds equity investments in power projects which it either operates
itself or are operated by third parties with a capacity to produce 30
GE Energy Financial Services will hold an "open season" to allocate
transmission scheduling rights entitling Linden VFT's customers to determine
use of the project. To learn more about the process, interested parties may
visit www.lindenvftauction.com, where they can find an Information
Memorandum that describes the Linden VFT, the transmission scheduling rights
that will be made available, the auction rules and the benefits of owning
these transmission scheduling rights, as well as a calendar and important
announcements regarding the open season. Any questions can be directed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Brattle Group is managing the open season for
GE Energy Financial Services.
Bidders can procure up to nine available 25-megawatt blocks for terms
ranging from a minimum of one year, up to 10 years and seven months. Bidders
are allowed to make multiple offers for the desired number of blocks, where
each offer corresponds to a different contract duration.
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New barges designed to suit needs of offshore wind industry
April 11, 2012
The renewable energy sector has seen dramatic growth in the past decade,
particularly wind power, but one of the primary limiting factors has been
the time and expense of installing these systems.
Bloomberg reports the offshore wind power sector could see a solution to
this problem with the introduction of new barges designed specifically to
meet the specific needs of the industry.
Traditionally offshore wind farms have relied on modified barges that were
initially designed to explore for oil, even at companies like A2Sea, a joint
venture between Siemens and Dong Energy, which is building the largest
approved offshore wind farm near London.
However, as demand for renewable energy has surged, Dong has begun
constructing ships specifically designed with wind farm construction in
mind, including features like movable legs to plant on the ocean floor,
greater capacity and improved ability to cope with sea swells.
"Having these vessels is the difference between being able to build the
projects that we're all looking at today and not," Paul Coffey, chief
operating officer of RWE's Innogy unit, told Bloomberg.
This development could prove particularly important in Europe, where wind
power is expected to employ 520,000 people by 2020, according to the
European Wind Energy Association.
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Let's have our questions ready and have this call covered.
You are invited to participate in a webinar to learn more about the revised FIT Program. This session will focus solely on the revised FIT Program materials posted on the FIT website and will describe how you can provide feedback on the draft FIT rules, contract and standard definitions.
Below are the details about the session and how you can participate. For this session we will be taking web questions only. By logging onto the weblink, you will be able to view and listen to the presentation and submit your questions.
Date: April 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Toll Free Number: 1-866-212-4491
An archive will be posted to the FIT website shortly after the session.
We look forward to your participation in the session.
Ontario Power Authority
Borrego Solar completes 3.4 MW PV project at Edwards Air Force Base
Concentrating Solar under pressure from falling PV and natural gas prices.
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