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Collaboration with Canada Explored

"Our analysis finds that there are no insurmountable legal, economic or technical barriers to withdrawing from ISO-NE," he said. "Viable alternatives to ISO-NE now exist, such as the formation of a Maine independent transmission company or the creation of a Maine-Canadian Maritimes market." Adams said the MPUC continues to study both options and will make its recommendations in a final report to the Legislature in January 2008. The preliminary report indicates that the final report will focus on "opportunities" with Canada's Maritime provinces.
4 May 2007

Wind farms too close for comfort

A contro­versial bylaw regulating the construction of wind farms in Cumberland County was ap­proved Wednesday, much to the dismay of its opponents. "We're really disgusted with council, we all are," said Lisa Betts of Gulf Shore. "We provid­ed the county with a ton of infor­mation. This is a complicated is­sue and it's not one where one size fits all. We had hoped that common sense would prevail, but it hasn't."
3 May 2007

Relax, the planet is fine. Money is partly to blame for the global warming

This Earth Day, Professor Richard Lindzen, an atmospheric physicist and the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT, wants you to calm down. The Earth, he says, is in good shape. "Forests are returning in Europe and the United States. Air quality has improved. Water quality has improved. We grow more food on less land. We've done a reasonably good job in much of the world in conquering hunger. And yet we're acting as though: "How can we stand any more of this?" A leading critic on the theory of man-made global warming, Professor Lindzen has developed a reputation as America's anti-doom-and gloom scientist. And he's not, he says, as lonely as you might think.
21 Apr 2007

Ministers call for national grid

Canada needs a national policy to tear down barriers for electricity trade among provinces to fuel the construction of an east-west transmission grid, Kathy Dunderdale, Natural Resources Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, said yesterday. Ms. Dunderdale met yesterday with Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan and native leaders, including former Northwest Territories premier, Stephen Kakfwi, to urge the development of a "green power corridor" that would deliver electricity from hydro and wind power from northern Canada to energy-hungry cities. Newfoundland is eager to develop the 2,500-megawatt Lower Churchill project in Labrador - which could be expanded to include wind power - but has no access to southern markets.
20 Apr 2007

The Deniers, Part XIX: Science, not politics

Dr. Friis-Christensen questions the very premise that human activity explains most of the global warming that we see, and through his work he has convinced much of an entire scientific discipline to explore his line of inquiry. Of all the scientists who are labelled "deniers" because they don't support the orthodoxy of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, none comes in for more vilification than Eigil Friis-Christensen. For understandable reasons.
13 Apr 2007

Boisclair promises winds of change in energy sector

With a clutch of disgruntled local residents on hand to back him up, Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair yesterday denounced what he called the "anarchic" development of hydro wind power on the Lower North Shore and Gaspe peninsula. Boisclair said if elected March 26, the PQ will clean up the process managed by the Liberals and do more than just provide guidelines to private developers and municipalities in the economically starved region. The PQ would draw up strict regulations covering everything from how close wind turbines can be placed to homes, to banning them in certain picturesque tourist regions and sensitive ecosystems. The PQ would also get Hydro-Quebec to take over the development on public lands in such places as the far north where the equipment cannot be seen or heard by residents.
11 Mar 2007

Blown over

High wind-power production in Germany one Saturday night helped extend a blackout across Europe. Last month, the Conservative government joined the long line of governments around the world subsidizing the production of wind power. Meanwhile, new information about wind power from Europe raises the spectre of unexpected blackout risks, high costs, unreliable production and even questionable environmental benefits. Concerns over wind power used to focus on whether enough wind would blow to keep wind generators busy and electric power grids supplied. Now, after a major power blackout in Europe in November that left 15 million households in the dark, concerns over wind power come from an entirely opposite direction – fear that wind power can unpredictably produce more power than a system can handle.
22 Feb 2007

End the chill: Answers concerning climate change will come more quickly in a climate less chill to scientific investigation

Who are the global warming deniers, those scientists who downplay the human cause of climate change, who claim that manmade climate change, if it's occurring at all, may have modest costs or even bring benefits, who claim that the science is not settled on climate change? To discover whether these deniers are crackpots from the fringes of academia, as their detractors so often claim, I decided to investigate scientists at odds with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, the official body organizing the great bulk of the climate research that dominates the public airwaves. After writing 10 columns on the subject, one for each "denier" and his theories, one fact is undeniable: The science is not settled. Not on man's role in causing the warming we've seen this century. Not on the consequences of this warming. Certainly not on the extent of warming –or cooling – to come.
11 Feb 2007

Duncan backs Huron turbines

Ontario’s energy minister pledged yesterday to do what he can to solve the issues that led an Alberta company to shelve a $300-million Huron County wind turbine project. “We were obviously disappointed to hear it is being shelved,” said Energy Minister Dwight Duncan. Citing uncertainties about government approvals, Edmonton-based Epcor Utilities Inc., announced last week it would indefinitely delay plans for Kingsbridge II, a project that would have seen construction of 69 wind turbines in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township.
30 Jan 2007

The Wind Power Debate Continues to Produce Crosswinds of Controversy

From Barton, Vermont, to the German border with Denmark and from the shores of Lake Huron, to the Romney Marches of southern England, wind power advocates are fighting crosswinds from local residents. In Barton in mid-January, a referendum overwhelmingly rejected the wind power turbines that were planned near this upper Vermont community. ...In Germany, where one-third of the world's current wind power is generated, doubters have provoked a loud debate. The company that owns the grid that includes nearly half the wind-farms in Germany reported its wind farms generated only 11 percent of their capacity. The company said the winds vary so much the wind farm had to be backed 80 percent by the conventional power grid.
27 Jan 2007

PM to unveil wind, solar power plan; $300M budgeted for energy subsidies

The federal Conservative government is to announce today a subsidy for electricity generated by wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy. The aid – called the EcoEnergy Renewable Power Initiative – will amount to less than a similar Liberal plan the Conservatives scrapped nearly a year ago, the Toronto Star has learned. On Sunday, sources say, the federal government will unveil a revised version of the program that paid part of the cost when homeowners make their house more energy efficient. Today’s announcement on renewable energy is to be made in British Columbia by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn. The program will pay 1 cent per kilowatt-hour for electricity from large-scale renewable sources. A kilowatt-hour is enough to run ten 100-watt light bulbs for an hour. The subsidy will be available for generation that goes into operation during the next four years. The government is budgeting $300 million for that period – enough to support projects with a total generating capacity of 4,000 megawatts.
19 Jan 2007

Wind power faces gathering storm

Canada’s wind power business could face a tough year in 2007, with increasing doubts about this green energy source promising to buffet the industry. While a record amount of wind power is likely to come on-stream next year, with close to a dozen projects across the country set to be commissioned, questions about the safety of the turbines and the reliability of the power they generate are blowing across the landscape....... The fight against wind development from residents who live near planned projects has taken on a life beyond the usual NIMBY (not in my backyard) complaints. Wind opponents are now using broad arguments about wind reliability to bolster their other concerns over noise, bird safety, vibration and destruction of natural vistas. That’s going to accelerate in 2007, said Tom Adams, executive director of Toronto energy watchdog Energy Probe. “The NIMBYs are going to be more capable [and better able] to analyze and bring serious arguments, rather than just aesthetic concerns, into the discussions.”
2 Jan 2007

Catch the wind

Efforts to diversify Nova Scotia’s energy options saw some successes and failures this year. The province now has more wind turbines than ever, with 41 turbines producing electricity around the province. Nova Scotia ranks eighth out of nine provinces for the amount of wind generated electricity produced, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
24 Dec 2006

Nova Scotia Power turns to private sector to supply renewable energy

Independent power producers looking to give Nova Scotia Power Inc. an extra boost can start proposing renewable energy options in January. The power company wants to supply 40,000 homes across the province with energy from sources such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass. The plan is to add 130 megawatts of renewable energy to transmission lines across the province by the end of 2009. Interested vendors will be invited to outline their project and how they plan to connect to the grid, said NSPI spokeperson Glennie Langille. “We suspect that most of that will be wind,” she said. “But we also expect to get some projects that would be biomass and small hydro.”
21 Dec 2006

Warm weather brings back wind plant

An eight-day shutdown of Melancthon 1 wind turbines was undoubtedly costly but is being viewed by industry officials as among statistically and meteorologically predictable occurrences for any wind plant. The turbines were shut down when ice formed on the blades during the ice storm of Friday, Dec. 1, and came back online only after the ice had thawed from the blades at some point late Sunday.
14 Dec 2006

Wind talk turns out to be hot air

Wind power, and lots of it, is any government's energy fantasy. It is clean and renewable, and diversifies the energy supply. The green factor buys votes. There is even a stark architectural elegance to wind turbines, with their white blades lazily sweeping the horizon. What's not to like?.......If it all sounded too good to be true, it's because it was. ..........Lost in the hype was the fact that wind turbines are a notoriously unreliable source of power for the simple reason that the wind is highly erratic and unpredictable. A new report by Tom Adams of Energy Probe reveals some of the shortcomings. He studied wind data between May and October from three fairly large commercial Ontario wind farms. Their average "capacity factor," he found, was only 22.3 per cent.
30 Nov 2006

Putting power in motion - Three new NSP turbines being built atop Cumberland County peak

HIGGINS MOUNTAIN — The Nova Scotia government’s recently released targets for producing renewable energy are achievable, but incentives might be needed to make them a reality, says the president of Nova Scotia Power. Developers, some of whom are under-capitalized, must make an enormous investment, Ralph Tedesco said Tuesday. "I think it will take a variety of incentives," he said. "Ultimately it becomes a public policy issue."
23 Nov 2006
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