Archive for July, 2006

Starting to Dig!

Monday, July 24th, 2006

July 24, 2006. We have begun the construction work for the addition of two turbines to the Ferndale site. The foundation perimeters have been staked, and marked with orange paint. A high hoe and dump truck are working on excavating the south foundation.

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Saugeen Shores Bizarre Behaviour

Friday, July 21st, 2006

The Town of Saugeen Shores is in the south central part of Bruce County on the shore of Lake Huron. It is home to the beautiful communities of Southampton and Port Elgin. But their Municipal Council has passed some truly bizarre bylaws. What on earth were they thinking?

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Inconvenient Truth

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

I have been wanting to see Al Gore’s movie on climate change. I even wanted to know where to find it so we could arrange a special showing in Owen Sound. It has been to Guelph. Toronto. Windsor. Kitchener. But I haven’t seen it. Apparently it is coming to Owen Sound as part of the Tom Thomson film festival in October. It is always good to see what the “popular” media is playing.

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Environmental Laws – Do They Help Or Hurt the Environment?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

When you build a wind farm in Ontario that is more than 2 megawatts (basically more than one large turbine), you are required to go through a Provincial Environmental Assessment.

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A Day in the Life

Monday, July 17th, 2006

My Scottish neighbour across the street calls the Ferndale Turbine “Tessie”. How was Tessie’s day?

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Conservation: Moving to Action

Friday, July 14th, 2006

The previous entry described some of the technologies available to achieve dramatic reductions in electricity use. So the technologies exist. But how do we get them used, so we can see actual reductions in consumption?

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Understanding the Potential for Conservation and Efficiency

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Understanding the potential of some specific energy conservation technologies is helpful in understanding the potential for conservation overall.

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Conservation

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Ontario has enormous opportunities to reduce its electricity consumption with an improvement in efficiency, and conservation.

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Renewable Energy Tour

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

The Bruce Peninsula Environment Group (BPEG) is running its third Renewable Energy Tour on Saturday September 9.  It runs from 9:30 – 3:30, and includes tours of area homes that have implemented renewable energy solutions.

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Shared Air Summit

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

I attended the Shared Air Summit at the Royal York on Monday.  You knew something special was going on by the number of security guards.

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