Generation
December 31, 2015 - Kohler Power Systems is launching a line of large natural gas generators for standby, prime or continuous power applications in the North American market. The gensets, which will be available in nodes ranging from 425 kW to 1300 kW, offer control and monitoring capabilities through the Kohler Decision-Maker 8000 digital controller. Paired with Kohler transfer switches and switchgear, the company notes it offers total system integration.
December 31, 2015 - Hipower Systems, a manufacturer of power generation and power distribution equipment, says it has developed two generators designed to take advantage of GE Distributed Power’s Waukesha natural gas engines. The engines will debut in the Hipower Systems 313Kw HRNG-400 and 410Kw HRNG-510 natural gas generators.
December 29, 2015 - Caterpillar Inc. has launched the Cat XQ570, the company's latest rental diesel generator, rated at 570 kVA or 625 kVA standby at 60 Hz and powered by the four-stroke Cat C18 ATAAC engine.
December 18, 2015 - The second generating unit at Romaine‑1 generating station supplied its first megawatts on November 25, 2015, says Hydro-Quebec, with the commissioning of the first generating unit, and the second unit began generating power as of December 13.
December 11, 2015 - First Nation chiefs from British Columbia and representatives from the Assembly of First Nations are calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take a second look at a cabinet decision of the former federal government that provided initial approval of the controversial Site C dam.
December 3, 2015 - Bruce Power says it has entered into an amended, long-term agreement with Ontario’s IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) to secure 6300MW of electricity through a multi-year investment program.
November 24, 2015 - The Province of Ontario has passed legislation to permanently ban coal-fired electricity generation in the province.
November 10, 2015 - Bruce Power and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada (GEH-C) say they have entered into an agreement that will see the two companies explore a “focus on innovation and the continued enhancement” of the operating nuclear generating facility.
October 27, 2015 - Eaton has announced its Home Generator Sizing Calculator, a “user- and mobile-friendly intuitive, interactive web tool” that allows homeowners and contractors to identify backup power needs. By selecting a generator based on home size, type of power supply and desired household appliances and electronics to be backed up, the calculator provides optional backup power solutions to minimize installation costs, as well as energy saving options to reduce ongoing fuel consumption, Eaton explains.
October 23, 2015 - SaskPower has officially unveiled its newly commissioned “D Plant” at Saskatoon’s Queen Elizabeth Power Station. The $525 million project adds 204MW, or enough electricity to power more than 200,000 homes, and was completed on time and on budget, the utility notes.
October 21, 2015 - Alterra Power Corp. says it has agreed to acquire the water rights for four hydroelectric development projects from Sigma Engineering (the Chusan, Powell, Eldred North and Eldred South projects).
October 15, 2015 - According to Bruce Power, support for refurbishment of nuclear plants in Ontario has reached 81%, the highest level the company has recorded since it started public opinion tracking in 2001.
October 15, 2015 - GE has launched its Digital Power Plant, a software and hardware solution that creates a virtual “Digital Twin” of an entire industrial power plant complex, it says. Powered by GE’s Predix platform, “Digital Twin” is a collection of physics-based methods and digital technologies that are used to model the present state of every asset in a Digital Power Plant or a Digital Wind Farm. This technology lets utilities monitor and manage the power generation ecosystem to generate electricity, GE says.
October 2, 2015 - New experiments on an alloy dubbed Galfenol—which was made nearly two decades ago by the U.S. Navy—have shown that Galfenol can generate as much as 80MW power per cubic metre under strong impacts.
October 2, 2015 - Researchers at Durham University and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire conclude fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policymakers should start planning to build them as a replacement for conventional nuclear power stations.

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