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Solar In Alberta’s Double-Peaking System

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about solar In Alberta’s double-peaking system

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Benjamin Thibault & Sara Hastings-Simon

Around the world, electricity system operators and commentators have noted that solar generation aligns well with peak demand, mainly because air conditioners draw a lot of power on hot sunny days when solar is producing the most. This has recently been shown in Colorado, California, and Australia, with earlier studies in many other jurisdictions.
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Coal’s Last Canadian Bastion is Alberta

Coal’s Last Canadian Bastion is Alberta

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute 

By Benjamin Thibault &  Andrew Read

These are not good days for the global coal industry. There is bad news at every turn, with countless reports of “sputtering” and even falling demand.

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Images Related To Air Quality in Alberta

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Benjamin Thibault, Andrew Read & Joe Vipond

In February, Environment Canada presented a series of images related to air quality in Alberta at the Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium. The Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency, which hosted the symposium, recently posted the full suite of images, including videos, online.

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Should Ontario Build Wind Turbines On Migration Routes?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When the first winter’s snow covers their hunting grounds, Ontario’s Golden Eagles head south. Many fly along the shore of the Great Lakes, crossing into the United States when the shores are close. This is a major flyway and, according to an article in the Kingston Field Naturalists, “12 million migratory birds pass through” Ontario’s Prince Edward County every year. Some, like the Golden Eagle, are endangered species. Many fall prey to the whirling blades of wind turbines. One of the wind projects sited on this flyway, Wolfe Island, reputedly has the “highest avian mortality in the province.”  Across the border in Michigan state, Huron County intervened on behalf of the birds impose to a 3 mile set-back from the lake. There is no corresponding fly through zone in Ontario. Submissions for two new wind projects – Whites Pines and Ostander Point – are among those being considered for Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement. The province will not release a list of proposed projects until August 7, when the submission deadline ends. Should Ontario build wind turbines on migration routes?

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Wind Energy Saved US Residents $1 Billion In Two Days

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Wind power saved PJM residents $1 billion in two days last year. Frigid Arctic temperatures spread over the 13 Mid Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) on January 6 and 7, 2014. There was not enough conventional energy to meet demand. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), spot princes would have skyrocketed if had there not been an abundance of wind energy available.
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How Wind Energy is subsidizing Albertan Ratepayers

And other insights from the Pembina Institute  

Originally published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

A recent Pembina Institute fact sheet discusses how wind energy is subsidizing Albertan ratepayers.  The author, Ben Thibault, said that during 2013 Alberta’s electricity was 65% less expensive when wind is generating over 600 MW than when production fell below 300 MW. He also had some interesting insights into other wind sector issues.

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Renewable Energy Lowers Consumer Electricity Bills in Alberta

Published on Renewable Energy World

By Roy L Hales

Vancouver, British Columbia — In Alberta, Canada, renewable energy is not increasing energy prices for consumers as it has in other parts of the world, such as Germany. In fact, the exact opposite is true.

Alberta clears all energy through the spot market, although some PPAs are still in effect from when the province deregulated. As a result, wind and solar energy sell for discount prices. (Read More)

(Image at top of page courtesy the Pembina Institute)