New Brunswick’s incredible wind follies

by Ian McQueen Telegraph Journal
Let’s look at that Lamèque facility. It is touted as being able to “produce enough energy to power 8,000 homes.” That’s fine, as long as the wind is blowing at full strength (typically 60 kilometres an hour). But what happens when the wind falls off, say to half? Electrical output drops to one-eighth! Physics. (Output averages only 20-25 per cent of nameplate rating.) Continue reading

New Brunswick wind turbines frozen solid

National Post

FREDERICTON — A $200-million wind farm in northern New Brunswick is frozen solid, cutting off a potential supply of renewable energy for NB Power.  The 25-kilometre stretch of wind turbines, located 70 kilometres northwest of Bathurst, N.B. has been completely shutdown for several weeks due to heavy ice covering the blades.

GDF SUEZ Energy, the company that owns and operates the site, is working to return the windmills to working order, a spokeswoman says.   “We can’t control the weather,” Julie Vitek said in an interview from company headquarters in Houston, Texas. “We’re looking to see if we can cope with it more effectively, through the testing of a couple of techniques.” Continue reading

New Brunswick wind energy pricey, comes at expense of mill jobs

“Are we going to support local jobs and a local mill and local loggers, or are we going put up a wind tower?”

The Daily Gleaner

MIRAMICHI – New Brunswick must get its energy costs under control if its battered economy is going to re-establish itself, an industry magnate told the province’s energy commission Tuesday.

Jim Irving, president of J.D. Irving Ltd., said the cost of electricity can be the difference between success and failure in the energy-intensive pulp and paper industry. Continue reading

NB’s energy commission warns projects could hurt economic growth

Telegraph Journal

EDMUNDSTON – The co-chairmen of New Brunswick’s energy commission are warning that new energy projects in the province could hurt economic growth.

Jeannot Volpé and Bill Thompson launched the commission’s public consultation process in Edmundston on Tuesday, in efforts to engage the public in developing a 10-year provincial energy plan. Continue reading

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & the Whacky Wind

N.S. Premier Darrell Dexter

Canada East Telegraph Journal

Jane announced to her family, as she had every day that week, “Dinner will be some time between six and nine. It depends when the electricity will be available to run the stove. In the meantime, you can watch TV. I’m sure it will be on often enough that you can understand the program.”

Premier Darrell Dexter has said the province will strive to get 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. If their electricity came only from wind turbines, this is a scenario that they would face regularly.

Exaggeration? No. Continue reading