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Green Candidate Sue Moen Talks Policy

The ECOreport publishes the second half of our interview, in which Green candidate Sue Moen talks policy

By Roy L Hales

The Green party’s support has grown in the month since I met with Sue Moen at Heriot Bay. In Mainstreet Research’s most recent poll, 24% of the people watching the televised debate were leaning towards, or had decided upon, the Green party. Half of the viewers had a “favourable” opinion of Andrew Weaver and had an unfavourable opinion of the two other leaders. So what would it mean if the next government needs the green party’s support to stay in power? In the podcast below, Green candidate Sue Moen talks policy.

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Part 2 of 5 of a series conveying the ideas behind Local Power Inc and the movement for community based utilities (CCA).

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1America’s worst electrical problem can be compared to traffic jams. Most power plants are built at great distances from the populations they serve. Transmission lines are full of electricity that travels hundreds of miles before it is used. Around 5% to 7% is normally lost en route and amount of the waste can be much higher on hot days. Those long lines are also vulnerable to accidents and extreme weather. However the biggest problems occur at the substations where streams of electricity converge. Sometimes there is so much traffic on the line that it causes the substations to overheat and there is a blackout. The simplest solution is to take some of that traffic off the line. You can do that using resources close to where the electricity is needed. CCAs are microgrids that build resilience into the nation’s grid.

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The Biggest threats to Grid Stability

&  Other Revelations from the Local Power Channel

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Local Power Inc compares one of the Biggest threats to grid stability to a traffic jam. It is a direct consequence of population centers relying on distant power sources. The nations power lines are full of electricity that travels hundreds of miles before it is used. When too much energy converges on a local substation, it overheats, there are black-outs or brown-outs, and costly upgrades are needed. An obvious alternative solution is to develop sources close to where the power is needed, so that more transient electricity can be taken off the grid. This is one of the many revelations on the Local Power Channel, a branded channel on the ECOreport.

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Utility Scale Solar is up 127% over Last Year

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released the electicity statistics for May 2014.  The biggest story, utility scale solar is up 127% over last year.

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