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Governments, investors and even the World Bank are rushing for the exits in the Great Escape from the green energy bubble.
Solar energy appears to be the worst affected sector so far. Dow Jones reports on a startling U-turn by Britain’s ultra-green government has caught investors off guard and shock waves across the markets will likely precipitate the further rush from green energy projects to shale gas. Continue reading
When Pickens came to his senses, he cut his GE order in half and is expected to dump the remaining turbines on someone oblivious to market realities. Fortunately for him, Ontario fits the bill in the sucker-born-every-minute category. Premier Dalton McGuinty has embarked on a foolish wind energy program that forces Ontario consumers to pay higher rates for electricity to subsidize foreign wind power companies.
By Harvey Enchin, Vancouver Sun
When legendary oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens embraced wind energy in 2008, and placed a $2-billion US order for turbines with General Electric to build America’s biggest wind farm in Texas, he won applause from environmental alarmists around the globe. Al Gore expressed hope that other business leaders would follow his example. Continue reading
Medicine Hat News
With the province having given Medicine Hat the approval to build a wind farm, the decision as to whether to proceed now rests with city council. Our aldermen should pass on this one. As it stands, the proposed wind farm will cost about $25 million to build and would potentially supply enough electricity to power some 3,000 homes.
Wind power, of course, has been in the news for quite some time. There are wind farms sprinkled across southern Alberta and Montana. These wind farms, however, owe more to government promotion than they do to economics. Wind-generated electricity is one of most expensive forms of power generation around. Continue reading
By Donald Jones, P.Eng.
The now defunct 2007 Integrated Power System Plan set a 14,000 MW limit on nuclear which is the capacity of all the nuclear units in Ontario, including the two closed units at Pickering and the two being refurbished at Bruce, and this was expected to meet around 50 percent of Ontario’s future electricity needs. The recently announced Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) has dropped this to 12,000 MW which the government now thinks is enough to meet the same 50 percent. Continue reading
by Donald Jones, P.Eng
Natural gas or wind, what comes first? How often are we told through the media and via government spin that natural gas-fired generators will back-up wind generation whenever the wind drops. This gives the impression that gas is there solely to support wind. Not true.
The Ontario grid depends on dispatchable gas, which is replacing dispatchable coal. Wind is not needed at all as far as grid capacity is concerned. To assign a “capacity factor” to wind generation makes no sense since the grid does not need its capacity. Continue reading
Mike Schreiner: This sets a dangerous precedent for the province of Ontario and every municipality within it because it makes a mockery of the Environmental Assessment process.
Stopping a power plant from being built on land that feeds 50 percent of Ontario residents has been a long battle that just launched an official petition. Continue reading
by Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun
Now gas-fired plants are on the do-not-build list. That leaves us with windmills, solar and a couple of hamsters running around on a treadmill to keep the lights on.
It’s pathetic the way we cling slavishly to every utterance of the eco lobby. When the Great Green Gods speak, we all nod our heads like so many Bobblehead dolls.
So it was Wednesday, when Environment Commissioner Gord Miller released his annual report. The problem with self-styled enviro gurus is no government, anywhere, can live up to their standards. No matter what the government does, it will be slammed for not doing enough.
Miller warned there aren’t enough controls over the siting of gas-powered generation plants. Continue reading
“The whole process is just very, very disrespectful to people.”
By Bill Rea The King Sentinal
Happy people in King were a little hard to find after Thursday’s announcement that the provincial government has okayed the plan to exempt the peaker plant planned for the Holland Marsh area from the provisions of the Planning Act. Continue reading
Natural gas is seen by environmentalists as a “transitional fuel” from coal to renewable energy yet the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shale gas could be the same as that from coal-fired generation, so why the transition? Continue reading
By Jan Carr, PhD, P.Eng.
Ontario needs to return to rational decision-making when it comes to ensuring that current strategies meet future power generation needs. Current policies, such as the promotion of wind power, reflect public concerns about global warming at the expense of securing a stable and economic energy future. If such publicly popular but economically unsound policies continue, the province’s prosperity will be seriously jeopardized.
In this provocative paper, one of the world’s leading experts on electricity generation traces the history of electrical utilities in Ontario and why their continued existence is essential to providing power cheaply and efficiently. In fact, he urges continued promotion of utilities as the best way to ensure that Ontario’s carbon footprint is reduced while maintaining its economic well-being. Read Entire Paper Here
Wind is not replacing coal; gas is.
Natural gas will need to be burned in gas-fired power plants whether the demand on the grid is high or low and whether or not the wind is blowing. Gas is replacing coal, to be burned to provide base and intermediate load. It also provides load-following and back up to the wind generators because the nuclear plants cannot respond quickly enough, and stored water is a valuable commodity not to be wasted. Continue reading
Owen Sound Sun Times
The front-page story headlined “Turbines part of green plan” (Sun Times, Oct.10/09), is a perfect example of how our provincial government is misleading the public with regard to the issue of wind turbines.
Amy Tang, identified as the spokesperson for Energy Minister George Smitherman, is quoted as saying “We have to remember why we entered into renewable energy in the first place, which was our commitment to get off coal.”
Unfortunately she neglected to explain just how wind turbines get us off coal. I suspect her omission was deliberate, because in reality there is no practical way that wind turbines can replace coal fired thermal units. Continue reading
Canadian Energy Issues by Steve Aplin
All of which means that when the greens call for wind, they are really calling for natural gas. When Ontarians read newspaper headlines in 2015 saying that provincial GHGs are as bad as they ever were, they will wonder how they were so badly fooled by those who said wind is the answer to climate change. Continue reading