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Renewable Opportunities on Cortes Island by 2030

The ECOreport reposts one of its’ editor’s articles, Renewable Opportunities on Cortes Island by 2030

Originally Published on Clean Technica

Editor’s Note: In addition to my site, the ECOreport, I am one of the bloggers for Clean Technica and we were asked to submit an entry to the  Masdar Blogging Contest. The focus was to: “Describe your city in 2030: what will occur due to changes in energy, transportation and water technologies, and how will they transform how you live?” I decided to describe what I would like to see on Cortes Island.

Since then one of my neighbours, Nancy, has drawn up a petition “calling for Cortes Island to commit to become 100% clean (by 2050) because that’s what scientists tell us is necessary to safeguard our future.” She addressed it to our Regional Director, Noba Anderson. Access it here.)  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are presently fewer than a thousand residents on Cortes Island, which is presently  a six-hour drive (and three ferry trips) north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. There will be many renewable opportunities on Cortes Island by 2030.

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Canada Investigating Alleged Chinese Solar Dumping

Originally Published by Clean Technica 

Another nation launches an anti-dumping investigation into Chinese solar….

By Roy L Hales

Canada is investigating alleged Chinese solar dumping. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is responding to a complaint from four Canadian manufacturers.

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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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Was Commissioner Ellen Nowak’s Behaviour inappropriate?

 Questionable Behaviour by the deciding voter in what has been called the most expensive anti-solar ruling in the U.S.

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

There have been a number of stories about Public Utilities Commissioners having questionable relationships with the utilities they are supposed to oversee. The refreshing aspect about Ellen Nowak is her sincerity. It is obvious to almost anyone watching the video of the “Powering the People” panel from last March. The question would not even have come up if she were  not so outspoken. Was Commissioner Ellen Nowak’s Behaviour inappropriate?

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E.ON will Focus on the New Energy World

Originally Published by Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

If the stock market’s response is any indication, E.ON has the right idea. Shares are selling at a two year high. A little over two weeks ago the price was €12.948; yesterday’s closing sale was €15.055. On November 30, Germany’s largest utility announced that it will split into two parts. A new company will be formed to take over  conventional energy sources, allowing E.ON to focus on the new energy world.

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Two Thirds of US Installations from the Wind Sector

What difference will a Republican Senate make?   

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

Two thirds of US Installations were from the Wind Sector in October. Five wind farms, with a cumulative capacity of 547 MW, went online. There were also 102 MW of Biomass and 31 of utility scale solar energy. This is becoming a familiar picture, with renewable sources accounting for the most added generation during eight months so far this year. The only fossil fuel making strong advances is natural gas, which had 132 MW added ytd.  The have been no new coal plants and only limited additions in the oil and nuclear sectors. The question, of course, is what will happen after the Republicans take control of Congress in January?

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The next breakthrough in Grid Capacity

Originally Published in Clean Technica 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The next breakthrough in grid capacity may not be battery storage. Ultracapacitors are faster, discharging in fractions of a second rather than seconds, perform over broader temperature ranges (-40°C to +65°C) and provide more power. As batteries produce and store energy through a chemical reaction, rather than storing it in an electric field, they have more capacity. According to Dr. Kimberly McGrath, Director of Business Development at San Diego based Maxwell Technologies, combining these technologies prolongs battery life, by not exposing it to the high power conditions.

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Negative Impacts of Rooftop solar will Fall on Investors

Originally Published in Clean Technica 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1PV solar has been increasing at a rate of 50% a year for the past decade. This has led many utilities to question the impact that continued expansion will have on their investors and ratepayers. Andrew Satchwell et al studied the effects of PV solar penetration on two hypothetical utilities. In Financial Impacts of Net-Metered PV on Utilities and Ratepayers: A Scoping Study of Two Prototypical U.S. Utilities, they concluded the negative impacts of Net-Metered PV will fall on investors; Ratepayers may only feel modest losses.

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Time to get the Record about Germany’s Emissions Straight

World GHG Emissions are 61% over 1990 levels; Germany’s are 23% below

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Maybe you remember the headlines about 2013. Merkel’s Green shift backfires as German pollution jumps“; “Germany now EU’s worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise.” It was the third year in a row CO2 levels rose. The critics howled that Energiewende was failing, but is that true? It’s time to get the record about Germany’s emissions straight

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Where Battery Storage will provide most Peaking Capacity

Originally Published on Clean Technica 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Coal fired power plants have been the backbone of US electric production for decades, but 25% of them will be retired by the end of this decade. Some of their replacements will be fueled by LNG. Others will make way for a disruptive technology that can “switch from charging to discharging in less than 1 second” and has a “significantly higher capacity use factor.” Paul Siblerud, VP Strategic Development at ViZn Energy Systems, explained where battery storage will provide most peaking capacity in the future.

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