Speaking at the Canadian Power Conference on November 20, Jan Vrins, leader of Navigant’s global Energy practice, sketched a picture of pervasive change ahead, both conceptual and practical, for the energy sector.
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- A major restructuring of the energy sector is taking place, in the form of “the Energy Cloud.” Jan Vrins, leader of Navigant’s global Energy practice, recommends that energy sector participants waste no time finding out what the Cloud will mean for their business. A report on Mr. Vrins’ talk at the APPrO 2017 conference.
- Ontario’s program for procuring CHP to meet conservation targets has been quietly chalking up successes. With more than 550 MW of CHP on the books, notable progress has been made, despite relatively modest levels of public attention..
- The Ontario government released its long term energy plan (LTEP) on October 26. Although the plan itself contained few surprises, its subtext is all about making the energy sector ready for more than a few surprises ahead.
- Terrestrial Energy's IMSR (Integral Molten Salt Reactor) is the first advanced reactor to complete a federal design review, and is attracting interest internationally as well. The company believes that using molten salts rather than water to dissipate heat from the fission process is inherently safer, because it allows the reactor to operate at ambient atmospheric pressure.
- A 30 MW floating windfarm was opened in Scottish waters on October 18.
- To improve on the resiliency of power grids, in response to the rapid increase of intermittent renewable energy, Dutch energy infrastructure expert Alfen announced the launch in mid-October of a platform that allows local parts of the grid to disconnect from the central grid and “self-heal.”
Combined heat and power, known also as cogeneration, has experienced a modest period of growth in Ontario over the last two years.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened what Statoil is calling the world’s first floating wind farm on October 18.
In his address to the annual conference of Ontario power producers on November 20, Ontario’s Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault outlined the broad directions the government has set for development of the province’s electricity sector.
To improve on the resiliency of power grids, in response to the rapid increase of intermittent renewable energy, Dutch energy infrastructure expert Alfen announced the launch in mid-October of a platform that allows local parts of the grid to disconnect from the central grid and “self-heal.”
Oakville, Ontario-based Terrestrial Energy, a developer and vendor of advanced nuclear reactors, announced November 8 that it has successfully completed the first phase of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) pre-licensing vendor design review for its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) nuclear power plant design.