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
There 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.
Ben Thibault, of the Pembina Institute, says Alberta’s electricity was 65% less expensive when wind is generating over 600 MW, than when production fell below 300 MW. Wind energy is subsidizing Albertan ratepayers.
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?
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.