Archive for December, 2006

“Baseload” – why words matter

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

The electricity sector often throws out the word “Baseload” or “Baseload Demand”.  The word has been used so often that it has taken on a new meaning, with users confusing the concept of baseload demand, and baseload generation.

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Nuclear Advertising Deception

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Sky Generation is one of the signatories to a challenge to the advertising done by the Canadian Nuclear Association. The ads claim that nuclear power is “Safe, reliable, and affordable”. The challenge has been launched with the Canadian Competition Bureau, which has jurisdiction over false advertising claims, that may create an unfair competitive landscape.

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Capacity Credit – What the Heck is That?

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

The concept of “Capacity Credit” is an arcane idea used by utility planners in ensuring that the lights stay on.

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Capacity and Energy are Not the Same Thing

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Providing reliable electricity requires two fundamental things:  generation capacity, and energy supply.

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Capacity Factor – How People Misuse a Number

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

The concept of capacity factor for generators is one of the most misunderstood concepts in both the public, and in the electricity sector itself.

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Offshore Moratorium

Friday, December 8th, 2006

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has place a moratorium on the development of wind turbine offshore.  There had been a number of proposals for offshore development, and the Ministry had signed some leases with prospective developers.

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Hybrid Car Update

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

I drive a Honda Insight, a hybrid vehicle.  I thought readers might find it useful to know what it has cost me over the past 5.5 years.  Hybrid vehicles run on gas and electric, with dramtically improved fuel efficiency.
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