Archive for December, 2011

Chiquita Bananas Boycott

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

It is a funny topic for a blog about energy. But then again, the Canadian government and tar sands lobby has a very bizarre campaign underway. (more…)

Renewable Energy Records – US

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The US continues to obtain an increasing share of their energy supply from renewables.

Auditor General of Ontario Report: Incompetent or Intentionally Misleading?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

When I re-read the recent Auditor General’s report on renewable energy, I continued to find significant deficiencies. The report was either written by incompetent people, or was written in a way to intentionally mislead the reader.

My Home’s Solar Performance Year 1

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I installed 39 solar panels on the roof of my home one year ago. How did the system perform?

Ontario Auditor General Report Captive To Conventional Thinking

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I have always admired the work of offices of auditor generals for bringing objective thinking to issues, and exposing weaknesses in government programs. Former Federal Auditor General Sheila Fraser set the gold standard, especially on First Nations issues. Yesterday’s wide ranging report from Ontario’s Auditor General included a large section on renewable energy. Sadly, it is way wide of the mark, and looks like a simple regurgitation of conventional “utility think”.

Recommendations for Wind FIT Review

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Feed In Tariff (FIT) review has asked for input on both price and policies with respect to wind energy. Where should the government and OPA head with wind energy?