Archive for October, 2007

Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Challenge

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail Columnist, along with Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers have published a book that examines Canada’s policy failures in meeting the climate challenge, and makes some sound suggestions on policies that would move us in the direction we need to go.


Spending the Federal Surplus

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Much has been written and said recently on what to do with the Federal surplus.  Last year, it was almost $14 billion.  In the first 5 months of this year, it was over $8 billion.  The Conservatives want to cut the GST by 1%, which will cost $5 billion, and which most Canadians will barely feel in the pocketbook.


Sibling Rivalry

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

I grew up in a family of 4 boys and no girls.  Needless to say, that made things a little bit competitive from time to time.  We would compete at Monopoly, Careers, crokinole, pinochle, bridge, Risk, Poleconomy, Clue, Masterpiece, Stratego, Wide World, and others.  On some rainy Saturdays, my younger brother Lyle and I would decide to play every game in the games cupboard.  Of course we raced our bikes, shot baskets, swam, played tag, buzz off (a sophisticated hide and seek) etc.  The competitive gene continues into adulthood.


OEB cuts Ontario Electricity Prices

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

The Ontario Energy Board has issued new rates under the Regulated Price Plan.  The new rates are 5 cents/kWh for the first 750 kWh of monthly usage, and 5.9 cents/kWh for usage over 750 kWh/mo.  For certain customers with time of use meters, the rates have been reduced to 8.7 cents for peak, 7 cents for near peak, and 3 cents for off peak.


Ravenswood progress

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Construction on the Ravenswood project is proceeding well. All of the foundations are done, the components are at the site, and two basetower sections have been set. (more…)

September Production Update

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Fall winds came early this year. The original V80 in Ferndale had its most productive September since it was erected in 2002, at 394,616 kWh. The new turbines our performed the original coming in at 412,000 kWh apeice. The wind farm produced some power 82% of the time.

Bullfrog Bash

Monday, October 8th, 2007

I attended the Bullfrog Bash at the Steamwhistle Brewery on Thursday night. Steamwhistle Brewery is in a converted roundhouse down near the Sky Dome. Over 700 Bullfrog customers and supporters attended. As Tom Heintzman, Bullfrog President pointed out, when did a utility ever attract that kind of support? People want renewable energy.


CanWEA conference day 3

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Day 3 of the CanWEA conference was short – it ended at noon.  But there were still some interesting insights.


CanWEA conference day 2

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Yesterday was the day of heavyweight presenters.


Day One Report

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The total number of registrations for the CanWEA conference rose to 1560 yesterday.