Archive for January, 2007

MIT Study on Geothermal Electricity

Friday, January 26th, 2007

MIT has released a landmark study on the opportunity for making electricity from geothermal resources in the US.


Peak Shaving

Thursday, January 25th, 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

Greener Than Thou

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

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 on Nuclear

Friday, January 19th, 2007

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.


CANDU for Tar Sands?

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

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?


Spinning Reserve

Friday, January 12th, 2007

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.


Energy Storage

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

A reader asked a question on compressed air storage the other day, and pointed to a web site that had some information.


GM Announces Plug in Hybrid

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

GM is scheduled to announce their Chevy Volt today. While details are still scarce, early information looks very promising.


Integrating Wind – a Theoretical Example

Friday, January 5th, 2007

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?


John Baird Appointed Environment Minister??

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

The Toronto Star reports that John Baird is to be appointed as Environment Minister, replacing the hapless Rona Ambrose.  Surely we jest.