Archive for January, 2007
Toronto Hydro had an interesting program for shaving peak usage last summer. They issued wireless devices that could be installed on your home air conditioner, to cut your air conditioner when the system had especially high demand. (It
I listened to CBC Radio’s “The House” this morning, a weekly show about the week in politics. The show was dominated by the environment, and climate change in particular.
Stephan Dion, Canada’s new leader of the Liberal party called a spade a spade. He said that so long as he can’t look Canadians in the eye, and tell them we have a solution to the problem of nuclear waste, he cannot recommend its further use.
There have been several news stories lately about the possibility of building a CANDU reactor to make steam to extract the oil from the tar sands. Do two wrongs make a right?
In order to ensure reliability, electricity grids need a certain amount of “spinning reserve”. This is a source of generation that can be turned up quickly, to accomodate unexpected surges in demand, or loss of generation or transmission.
A reader asked a question on compressed air storage the other day, and pointed to a web site that had some information.
GM is scheduled to announce their Chevy Volt today. While details are still scarce, early information looks very promising.
Wind is a variable resource, and its output varies depending on the winds. But consumers demand the services of electricity at their convenience, not just when the wind blows. So how can an electrical grid accept wind power, and what is the effect of wind power on emissions from fossil generating plants?