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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sask Party Not Getting the Best Rate For You

“Our principle here … is that we do no further harm to an economy that already has its hands full.” – Brad Wall “We’ve always been in competition,” said Boyd about Saskatchewan and Alberta competing for oil and gas investment. “Certainly we’ve had productive conversations here in Calgary.” Why would we want to compete with […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Sask Party Not Getting the Best Rate For You

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Correcting the Record Feels Like Lying

Semantics! Q remains: USGov says coal+CCS twice price of wind & gas; why did @SaskPower select most expensive first? https://t.co/4pGTaVhOmx — SaskWind (@SaskWind) June 24, 2016 Letter: carbon capture project doesn't double cost of electricity Mike Marsh, president and CEO of Sask-Power, writes: …The technology at Boundary Dam is the first of its kind and, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Correcting the Record Feels Like Lying

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

This clip makes it seem as if CCS is more about producing gas to enhance oil recovery, and not so much about trapping a dangerous byproduct of dirty electricity production. As a result of the renegotiation though, Cenovus is not required to take 100 per cent of the C02 output, meaning less revenue coming into […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

SaskPower’s latest consultant on renewable energy might be Pinocchio. 8. In "researching how to incorporate more" #solar power, I wonder how publishing deceptive info-graphics was found to help #PowerToGrow? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2016 Their misinformation about renewable energy intentionally leaves out the point that our power mix is not entirely coal, hydro, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Stranded Assets, Saskatchewan Style

A report by a little known government entity says what I have been saying about pipelines stranding assets: Its overall conclusion, however, urges caution when it comes to long-term investments in pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure. Such investments “could be at high risk of becoming economically unviable as prices in renewable electricity further […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Stranded Assets, Saskatchewan Style

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Government Denies Climate Change

Wall had the Lieutenant Governor read to the Legislature that opposition to climate change is a “misguided dogma” in his throne speech. https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/tell-saskatchewan-s-premier-to-stop-denying-climate-change-and-act The Premier and the Sask Party are making it government policy that a contributing factor in the wildfires that caused thousands of refugees to flee their homes last year in Saskatchewan, is […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Government Denies Climate Change

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Boundary Dam 3 CCS Could have Cost Less and Been Solar

POW! This huge new #solar farm near LasVegas provides power day & night https://t.co/Aip0F3Fg2m #climate #GLOBE2016 pic.twitter.com/Iff4rvjQtn — Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) March 3, 2016 SaskPower writes about its comparably sized “clean coal” project: This project transformed the aging [sic] Unit #3 at Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan, Saskatchewan into a reliable, long-term producer of […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Boundary Dam 3 CCS Could have Cost Less and Been Solar

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Because It’s Never The Time For Wall

Wall said. “Our principle here … is that we do no further harm to an economy that already has its hands full.” Canada is dropping behind its major trading partners in renewable energy investment, according to a study from a clean energy advocacy group. Merran Smith of Clean Energy Canada suggests government-set targets and goals […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Because It’s Never The Time For Wall

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Can’t Cut Pollution? Cut the Crap.

WEYBURN, Sask. – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says a federal government cannot tax a provincial government and that might play a role in any potential national carbon tax. Wall says he might be able to make the case that Ottawa can’t impose a carbon tax on SaskPower because it’s a Crown corporation. OK, let’s play […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall Can’t Cut Pollution? Cut the Crap.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?

It wasn’t very long ago that Brad Wall was a part of shaping western Canada. He wanted BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and maybe even Manitoba to agree on LCD wage and labour codes, so we could more easily trade workers around. Now that he’s surrounded by NDP provinces, he’s not involved? Alberta & Manitoba have agreed […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall is looking like more and more of a climate change laggard compared to every other leader in Western Canada.For further reading…- CTV broke down the state of provincial climate commitments here. But as John Klein noted, the Sask… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

SaskPower’s new target, announced by the Premier last week, is out. .@PremierBradWall @SKGov This doesn't seem overly ambitious, given #ABclimate's goals. Can't Sask do more than Alberta? #skpoli #PowerToGrow — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 23, 2015 We’re procuring 100 MW of wind generation in 2016 and will develop up to 1600 MW between 2019-2030. #powertogrow pic.twitter.com/CwMjPsvEeF […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Plan Isn’t Ambitious

Accidental Deliberations: On suckers’ bets

We’ve sure learned some important lessons from the failure of the first billion-dollar Boundary Dam CCS project: SaskPower’s president, Mike Marsh, says the company had hoped to make a decision on whether to retrofit another two units at Boundary Dam power plant by next year.

But on Monday, Marsh told reporters that decision has been . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On suckers’ bets

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Roderick Benns interviews Michael Clague about his work on a basic income dating back nearly fifty years. And Glen Pearson’s series of posts about a basic income is well worth a read.

– Meanwhile, Julia Belluz interviews Sir Michael Marmot about the connection between inequality and poor social . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), arguing that there’s no longer any escaping the fact that Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party can’t be trusted to be either honest or reasonable about its biggest and costliest decisions.

For further reading…– Mike McKinnon reported here on the glaring gap between what Brad Wall knew about the failings of the Boundary Dam . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Too Fast To Be Absorbed

The scandalous details are piling up too quickly to take in. Or, did my blog post title mean that the CO2 is being injected too quickly to be sequestered? We may never know.

Aquistore will permanently sequester only 350,000 tonnes, or 1.2%, of the of 30-million tonnes which will be captured at BD3.

Of the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Too Fast To Be Absorbed

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s a Gas

CCS, what is it good for? Absolutely money. Not for you and I, no, it’s good for oil companies.

We’re talking about this because the only “clean coal” plant isn’t working properly yet, and it opened over a year ago (late). The delay is costing SaskPower customers tens of millions of dollars in penalties to . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: It’s a Gas

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

SNC-Lavalin-built carbon capture facility has ‘serious design issues’: SaskPower Despite conflicts, SaskPower gives SNC another multi-million dollar contract

Mind you, the fact there’s legal action in the cards hasn’t stopped SaskPower from awarding the firm a $4 million portion of the $45-million Island Falls Powerhouse Concrete Rehabilitation project.

Nor did a September 2014 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

SNC-Lavalin-built carbon capture facility has ‘serious design issues’: SaskPower Despite conflicts, SaskPower gives SNC another multi-million dollar contract

Mind you, the fact there’s legal action in the cards hasn’t stopped SaskPower from awarding the firm a $4 million portion of the $45-million Island Falls Powerhouse Concrete Rehabilitation project.

Nor did a September 2014 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Touted CCS Technology Not Working As Boasted About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil and Gas Still Not Four Letter Words?

Brad Wall, speaking directly to oil and gas men, remarked that he thinks Ottawa needs a “champion” of non-renewable energy. There’s been more than enough support for that industry in the past decades.

This is a good sector, that oil and gas are not four letter words. That they create untold quality of life and . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Oil and Gas Still Not Four Letter Words?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Coal is a four letter word, however.

Perhaps Wall is a bit touchy about fossil fuels because Saskatchewan produces more greenhouse gases per person than any other Canadian province [link added], and is one of only three provinces whose emissions have risen since 1990. The province contains only 1 per cent of the country’s population, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall On “Sustainably Developing Our Energy Resources”

Originally posted on John Klein – Regina:

Brad Wall says “…we need to do better in terms of more sustainably developing our energy resources…”

Unfortunately what he means is he wants to find ways of ensuring fossil fuels and uranium come out of the ground at an increasingly profitable pace, no matter the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall On “Sustainably Developing Our Energy Resources”

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Baseload Mistake

One of the hangups some of my friends have about converting the electrical grid to renewable energy, has been the difficulty in storing electricity generated for use when energy input is reduced. Tesla Energy should help with that logistical problem.

Energy storage no longer an excuse. Did Tesla just spur a tipping point . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Baseload Mistake

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 2020 Solar Power for 100% of Saskatchewan Homes Possible

This letter appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Saturday.

In response to Kurt Soucy’s letter about the cost of powering the entire provincial grid with Photovoltaic (PV) solar power, I’d like to voice my support for his idea. It’s also possible to power every Saskatchewan household with concentrated solar thermal power plants similar to . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: 2020 Solar Power for 100% of Saskatchewan Homes Possible

Accidental Deliberations: On radioactive proposals

Never mind Brad Wall’s hand-picked group of nuclear industry shills using public money to further their own profits found that nuclear power is not price-competitive even among an artificially limited set of options absent a substantial carbon price – and that Wall himself refuses to set one.

And never mind that a subsequent public consultation . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On radioactive proposals