Archive for June, 2006

The Carbon Cycle

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Understanding the carbon cycle is vital to understanding climate change.  Indeed it is vital to understanding life itself.


Production Estimates

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Production estimates for a new wind farm are critical to building a financial model, and of course obtaining financing.  But what is the track record of production estimates?  Where are the errors in estimates to be found?


Wake Up Call

Monday, June 19th, 2006

A lot of people enjoy comfort foods – foods that remind them of their young days, when Mom made meatloaf, or spaghetti and meatballs. There is something about such things that is comforting to the soul.


Taxation on Wind and Solar

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Canada’s tax code offers some good incentives to invest in wind and solar. But there are some important restrictions on that incentive that you must be aware of before you invest.


Standard Offer Program

Monday, June 12th, 2006

The province has announced plans to implement a Standard Offer Program to buy power from small projects who build projects connected to distribution (not transmission) lines.  Such a program is essential to harnessing energy that is available from the many locations in the province where such projects can be built.


Property Tax on Wind Turbines

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Property tax is probably one of the most arcane taxes in existence. The tax is supposed to be based on “market value assessment”, but of course, market value can only be determined upon sale of a property, and even after a sale, the market value may change, so the value determined by a sale is immediately obsolete. The difficulty of property tax assessment is as true of wind turbines as it is of residential properties. (more…)

Hydro One coupons

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I received a coupon book the other day that was sent by Hydro One, and is sponsored by the Ontario Power Authority, to allow homeowners to invest in energy conservation devices. It was addressed to Glen, so of course I had to read it.

Nuclear Update

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

The day after my blog entry on the “free” market in which nuclear power exists, a press release from the Climate Action Network demonstrates again the nuclear folly that we are engaged in.


The Nuclear Option

Monday, June 5th, 2006

There are many players in the electricity sector who believe that free market solutions are the answer.  Many of these people also believe that nuclear energy must play an ongoing role the future electricity supply.  But how does nuclear energy play in the “free” market?


Turbine Selection

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Many prospective wind developers ask me how I decided the turbine make and model to buy.