Category Archives: Utilities

Why Did the NDP Dump PowerBC?

By Roger Bryenton, P. Eng. (former), MBA, Dr. Eoin Finn, PhD. & Jef Keighley

While in opposition, the NDP party developed an energy strategy for BC, called “PowerBC”. It outlined a variety of options available and preferable to hydro-electric mega-projects such as Site C, in northeast BC, which will flood the Peace River valley, BC’s last untapped agricultural resource.

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E.ON Leads Germany’s Renewable Grid

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMNo other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads Germany’s Renewable Grid.
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Transform New York’s Hospitals Into Microgrids

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In hurricane Sandy’s wake, many places were without electricity for days. Though most hospitals have emergency power systems, some failed to work. This translates into closed doors, patients who can not be looked after and operations that cannot be performed. Now Blue Pillar has become a selected solution provider for Con Edison’s Demand Management Program, a program that will help transform New York’s hospitals into microgrids.

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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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