Archive for May, 2006

Citizens For Renewable Energy annual meeting

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

I attended the annual meeting of the Citizens For Renewable Energy on Sunday at the beautiful YMCA outdoor centre in St. Clemens.

Remote Trip

Friday, May 26th, 2006

The expansion of the Ferndale project, from 1.8 MW to 5.1 MW will require the installation of a remote trip mechanism. The Hydro One substation will send a signal to wind farm to tell it to shut down when a reclosure occurs.


Coffee Makers

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

A blog entry on coffee makers seems an unlikely topic for a wind blog.  But coffee makers use a lot of power in aggregate, and I recently purchased a new one that will make better coffee, save power, and save money in the long run.


Victoria Weekend

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

It was a cold, wet, windy weekend, and everybody came to open their cottages anyways. Lion’s Head was hopping. There were lineups in the grocery store, the liquor store, the convenience store. The crane was there to put the boats in. And electricity demand was HIGH.


Small Wind

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Many people get a great deal of satisfaction from generating their own power from wind, creating a sense of independance from their utility.


Achieving Kyoto – One Bite at a Time

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.


Energy Payback of Wind Turbines

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Energy payback for a wind turbine is the length of time the wind turbine must produce in order to supply all of the energy used in its manufacture, construction, maintenance and decomissioning.
Of course, the energy payback of a turbine will depend on a number of things. The wind resource in particular is crucial, as a windier site will produce energy more quickly than a less windy site.


Ontario’s Electricity “Market”

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

When referring to Ontario’s electricity “market”, the word “market” should always be in quotations.


Garbage and the Green Electricty Market

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I participated in the semi annual roadside clean up with BPEG on Wednesday. We picked up trash from Lion’s Head to Ferndale, and also around the recycle centre.


The 3 cent solution

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

This is a piece about conservation I wrote awhile ago for a newsletter published by Citizens for Renewable Energy. With rumours about Ontario “investing” in new nuclear capacity, with its associated financial risk, it is relevant today.