Archive for June, 2008

Darlington “Wins”

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The Provincial government announced today that Darlington, the location of a 4000 MW nuclear station, will be the host of the new nuclear plant for Ontario.  The Friends of Bruce C, a “grassroots” organization that was trying to get the plant located at the Bruce plant on Lake Huron must be disappointed.  But since Lake Huron is the source of my drinking water, I am not disappointed.  Let the folks on Lake Ontario worrry about it.  Congratulations on your “win”. (more…)

US Dept of Energy Study: 20% by 2030

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

The US Department of Energy has released a 284 page study that analyzes the possibility of wind supplying 20% of US electricity by 2030.  It is interesting reading, not least because of who published it.


Hot Windy Weather

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Yesterday was by far the hottest day of the year, with temperature in Toronto as high as 33 degrees C, and very humid.  Electricity consumption was higher than normal, but nowhere near a record.  The air conditioners were running, but it was the first hot day of the season, so the buildings started the morning very cool.  How did wind do on this high demand day?


Bureaucracy Running the Show

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The recent changes to the Standard Offer announced by the OPA amount to capitulation by politicians to the bureaucrats.  The politicians are no longer running things.  The bureaucracy is.  And the bureaucrats don’t want renewables.  They will get their way, and their new nuclear plants, and another delay in shutting the coal plants.  They have restricted renewables to such a degree that we will have no choice but to continue with the status quo.  And that means climate change, and nuclear waste for generations to come.  It is a shame.

May Production – Record

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

May production was exceptionally strong for the month. The original V80 in Ferndale produced the most power it has ever produced in May in the past 6 years. Ravenswood produced 2,264,189 kWh, with a capacity factor of 30.7%, with at least some production 80% of the time. Ferndale produced 1,292,486 kWh with a capacity factor of 34%, and at least some production 87% of the time.