All posts by Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales is the owner of the ECOreport and President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014.He is a research junkie who has written over 1,800 articles since he was first published in newspapers during 1982. Some of them are reprinted on websites like Clean Technica, PV Solar Report and East County Magazine. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

The Anti-Chinese Dumping Duties Stand

By Roy L Hales

The Anti-Chinese Dumping Duties stand. The US International Trade Commission upheld the US Department of Commerce’s Decision, from December 16, by 5-0 vote for China, and  4-1 with regard to Taiwan.  Anti-dumping duty rates of 52.13% and anti-subsidy rates of 38.72% will be imposed on most solar panels imported from China. Anti-dumping rates of 19.50% will be imposed on most solar cells from Taiwan, regardless of where the panels are assembled into panels.

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NEB Says Kinder Morgan Does Not have to Answer

By Roy L Hales

The NEB says Kinder Morgan Does not have to answer British Columbia’s questions about responding to an oil spill.  The province’s motion concerning redactions to the Emergency Management Program (EMP) documents because “sufficient information has been filed from the existing EMP documents to meet the Board’s requirements at this stage of the process”.

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Will 2015 Be The Year Of The Energiewende?

By Roy L Hales

In the nine months to September 2014, the renewable sector had replaced lignite as the main source of the nation’s power. They supplied 27.7% of Germany’s electricity demand, as opposed to 26.3%. By the end of the year, the offshore wind sector broke through the 1 GW barrier. Another 1.3 GW was waiting to be connected, which makes it virtually certain there will be 3 GW by the end of this year. Is Hermann Albers, president of the German Wind Energy Association, right? Will 2015 be the year of the Energiewende?

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The First Of Four Energy Storage Units

By Roy L Hales

The first of four energy storage units financed through Washington state’s Clean Energy fund went online Thursday, January 15. Governor Jay Inslee dedicated a 1-MW system at Snohomish County Public Utility District’s (SnoPUD) Everett substation. This is part of the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) 1 project, which will consist of two 1-MW, 500-MWhr lithium-ion battery based systems at one substation.  

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Canada is investing $134 million In Weather Monitoring

By Roy L Hales

Over the last six decades, Canada’s mean temperatures have risen 1.5 degrees Celsius and glaciers in the two most Western provinces have shrunk between 11% and 25%. While there have been some benefits, extreme weather occurrences are increasing in frequency and magnitude. Most experts blame Global Warming. Though little has been done to check the nation’s rising emissions, Canada is investing $134 million in weather monitoring.

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