Archive for May, 2008

Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

My brother Lyle has just released his second book.  What a delightful read!


Peak Oil Goes Mainstream

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The International Energy Agency has ordered an inquiry into whether or not the world has hit peak oil.  This is an organization focussed in mainstream thinking, and provides advice to its 27 member countries of the OECD.


European Progress on Wind

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

I came across some more interesting statistics on electricity generation in Europe in Windpower Monthly.


BTM Market Forecast

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Windpower Monthly, the wind industry bible, reported on the BTM Consult annual update and forecast on the wind market worldwide.   It is most encouraging.


Comedy Night at the OEB

Friday, May 16th, 2008

The evolution of electricity policy is sometimes funny.  Today, the Ontario Energy Board announced some prospective changes to the Distribution System Code.  George Orwell must work at the OEB.


New Restrictions on Standard Offer

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced new restrictions on the Standard Offer that will make it even more difficult for Ontario to achieve its renewable energy goals.


Rail Comeback?

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Ridership on the Go system in the Greater Toronto Area rose by 7.5% from a year ago.  Is it back to the future for transportation?


Germany Raises Feed Price

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Germany has proposed to increase the price they pay for wind energy for newly constructed wind farms. This has significant implications for Ontario’s Standard Offer Program.


Production Update Jan-Apr 2008

Monday, May 5th, 2008

The first 4 months of production has been completed at Ravenswood.  It is probably too early to establish long term patterns to compare Ravenswood and Ferndale, but it is worth looking at anyways.