Is the NDP's energy overhaul on the rails?
Let me argue that the first test of an energy policy for the new age is not "alternative energy" at all - but rather conservation first, then energy efficiency and decentralization of the power structure. Renewables should serve these ends rather than be an end in themselves that may, in fact, be mostly useless.
Wind power is especially troublesome in that regard. Even if NSP reaches 25 per cent renewables by 2015 based on wind, it will not have cut 25 per cent of greenhouse gases, which, after all, is the main goal. It may not have cut much greenhouse gas at all, in fact.
October 10, 2009
by Ralph Surette
in Chronicle Herald
Oil prices have been stable for a while. When this happens, it always restores our illusion that things are under control. The upcoming world-scale meeting in Copenhagen in December, meant to replace the failed 1997 Kyoto Protocol against a backdrop of continuously rising pollution, finger-pointing among nations and polar ice melting beyond scientists' worst fears, may or may not shatter the fantasy.
Against this muddled backdrop, Nova Scotia's exercise in dealing with our small part of the big picture rolls on. You'll remember that Nova Scotia Power couldn't make the MacDonald government's target of five per cent renewable electricity by... [continue via Web link]