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Eclectic Lip: Electron democracy

A long-belated companion to Steven Chu’s “Time to fix the wiring” essay I posted earlier, this is the white paper I co-authored for the same McKinsey & Company series. Given the roughly five-month delay in uploading this, I suppose “Time to post the writing” might be an apt subtitle…

Ever the stickler for citing sources (in university, while writing up a chemical engineering lab report, I once cited a colleague’s report I made use of, in my bibliography of sources – yes, I was a wild one) I was pleased McKinsey kept the footnote crediting the work John Robb (Read more…)

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 21, 2012: Solar power to the people!

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, I have a special program on the coming solar power revolution.

Have you ever thought about installing solar panels on your roof or, if you don’t have a roof, what about investing in solar energy? Well if the answer is yes to either of those questions or if you are just interested in learning more about solar power and its potential as a viable energy source of the future, you’re going to want to listen to the podcast today.

I have four interviews on the show today:

Janice Ashworth of Ecology . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 21, 2012: Solar power to the people!

Impolitical: Tim Hudak goes to Belleville

And here’s a headline he garnered as a result of a town hall he held on Thursday: “Hudak’s plans to kill FIT panned.” He promised to do away with the feed-in-tariff program and called it a “scam,” in fact. A scam. Hudak’s position on green energy and doing away with the FIT is not news, but the mayor’s reaction is: Belleville currently has a handful of solar projects including one at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

That solar farm — located on the Cannifton Road sports centre — is expected to generate $7 million in revenue over 20

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the reeves report: Saving Solar Power in Germany

German Solar Park.

For most of the past winter, Germany’s 1.1 million solar power systems that crisscross the country have sat relatively idle. Overcast skies and a relative lack of sunshine has meant the powerful solar-generating system has produced little energy, forcing Germany to import electricity from nuclear power plants in neighbouring France and the Czech Republic.

Public discontent at the high cost of electricity and increasingly shaky support from the coalition government headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel are threatening to undermine German advances in solar-power generation. Merkel has long touted the sector’s “opportunities for exports, development, technology and

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Progressive Proselytizing: Green Energy Proposals Part II: Party Positions

In Part I, I sketched an overview of the consequences of various green energy proposals. Because it is election season in Ontario, let me note the following party observations with respect to these various green energy proposals. Firstly, Conservative… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Green Energy Proposals Part II: Party Positions

Progressive Proselytizing: Green Energy Proposals Part I: An Overview

With a variety of different green energy proposals floating around, it is worth recalling what the various schemes are and what their advantages and disadvantages are. In Part I, I look at an overview of the particular at the systems being implemented … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Green Energy Proposals Part I: An Overview

John Laforet - President - Wind Concerns Ontario: Coal and Racism as Political Weapons in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario

Surprised to see coal and racism have anything to do with each other? Welcome to Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario. Disagree with him and you’re a coal loving, puppy kicking, candy stealing from a child, racist. You probably want to close hospitals and schools too. The wind industry and it’s political supporters (and donation recipients) at the [...] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Coal and Racism as Political Weapons in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario

John Laforet - President - Wind Concerns Ontario: Wind Welfare Warriors Just Don’t Get It (But Thank God They’re Losing)

I would be lying if I said I was surprised the Ontario Liberals and their paid for lackeys at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and Environmental Defense had conniption fits and went to the Twitter-verse to vent their spleens about how awful/ignorant/evil/cruel anyone who would dare get in the way of their access to our [...] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: Wind Welfare Warriors Just Don’t Get It (But Thank God They’re Losing)