Archive for January, 2008

Grand Opening of Ravenswood

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The last of the 6 turbines at Ravenswood was commissioned at about 3:30 this afternoon. The ribbon cutting was held at 4:30.

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Progress on Ravenswood

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The Ravenswood project is progressing rapidly now.  (more…)

Ontario Sets Wind Production Records

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

New records for Ontario’s wind production are being set.

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Toyota Announces Plug in Hybrid

Monday, January 14th, 2008

It looks like the announcements on plug in hybrids are starting to come.  Plug in hybrids allow for the battery to be recharged from the electricity grid, in addition to recharging from the gasoline engine.

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Carbon Tax Discussion Begins

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

The National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy released a report this week that will help foster a discussion on our climate change policy options.

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The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Any community member who has lost hope of our ability to solve environmental challenges needs to read this book by Chris Turner.

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No News is Bad News

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

At least as far as blogging goes. But today, I have good news!

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December Production Update

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

This wasn’t the windiest December in Ferndale, but it was respectable.  The wind farm produced 1,478,000 kWh, a 39% capacity factor.  This was the second highest capacity factor in the province for the month, trailing Kingsbridge’s outstanding 47%, but ahead of third place Prince, at 34.6%,  4th place Port Burwell at 34.5%, and 5th place Amaranth at 32.2%.  The new Ripley wind farm came in at 28.4%, which is very respectable, considering they were still completing some of the turbines, and it was a start up month.

Ferndale produced power 88% of the time.  The original V80 had its 5 year maintenance program completed, which involves changing fluids, inspections etc., which took it out of service for a few days.  Other than that, the wind farm performed well.

The average price in the spot market was 5.18 cents per kWh.  That is pretty low for what is a high demand time of year.  The month was fairly mild, which would mean that water flows would be good for water power, and demand would be lower than would occur in cold weather.  The nuclear plants had a good month, with the exception of the refurbished Pickering A unit 1.  It has been down for over 6 months.  It is one of the units that was refurbished at a cost of over $1 billion.  Imagine what that does to its cost per kWh.

Today, the waves are pounding the Bruce Peninsula on Georgian Bay, with 8-10 foot swells, and strong east and northeast winds.  It is a good start to the year for Ferndale.