Watt’s Happening: Greening the grid
By Don Pettit
GREENING THE GRID
Readers may be expecting, as promised, an update on my recently completed 5.6 kilowatt solar power array that is sitting up on my roof waiting for an electrical inspection. Well, I’m still waiting, but it is close. Very close. (more…)
Watt’s Happening: High energy prices – a good thing?
By Don Pettit
As someone wiser than myself once said: “If we don’t change direction, we’re likely to end up right where we’re headed.” (more…)
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario: Promoting Electricity Pricing Literacy (Part 1 of 3)
Pricing wind energy in Ontario
I do not know what the PC Renewable Energy Policy is for Ontario. What I hear is that wind/solar are 80 cents and the GEA, Samsung deal, and FIT program will be cancelled. Wind is 13.5 cents locked in for a 20 year contract. It is not responsible to try and convince the public that wind costs 80 cents.
Investing in renewable energy today is likely to save ratepayers money within the next 15 years: author of new report explains results
Ontario’s electricity prices have become a hot-button issue recently. But in spite of the increased focus on Ontario’s electricity system, and in particular the Green Energy Act, there has been little information about how replacing the Act would affect electricity prices in the future.
Let’s get the facts straight, wind power is a change for the better – by Adam Scott
It means cleaner air, thousands of new jobs and opportunities for communities, a smarter way to make electricity and a legacy worth leaving for our kids. Wind power is also an excellent way to prevent further global warming by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions we produce when making electricity. Windmills are allowing us to shut down our massively polluting coal-fired power plants, the largest sources of CO2, air pollution and toxins in the province. (more…)
The True Cost of Renewable Energy and Conservation
A blog post made by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario puts the true cost of renewable energy and conservation in perspective – the cost of conservation and all the renewable subsidies in 2010 amounted to 0.4 cents of the 13 cents we paid for a kWh in our homes.