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Monday, September 01, 2014 update. This website is under significant restorations. I have had some problems but the end result is going to be great. The last few days has been work with coding automatic backup , and I spent some time recovering from the flu.

Megan Megan
This looks different. What’s going on?

Harmony Harmony
All this news stopped coming in 2011. Why is that?

Derek Derek
This website went defunct, expired in 2011.

Harmony Harmony
So it is coming back with anything new?

Derek Derek
We’ll just have to wait and see, I think.


 
 

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McGuinty Scraps Offshore Wind Projects in Ontario

by Robert Macready. In a suspiciously timed announcement late Friday afternoon, the Ontario government declared a moratorium on any future offshore wind power projects. The McGuinty government has long championed wind power as part of their vaunted Green Energy Act, which has seen taxpayers subsidize expensive renewable energy projects and international conglomerates awarded billions to […]

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TerraPower Eyes A New Kind of Nuclear Power

by Robert Macready. 2011. Any new business venture gains a little bit of clout when Bill Gates gets on board. Washington-based company TerraPower is developing a new form of nuclear power, and their efforts have attracted the investment of the billionaire Microsoft founder. The experimental nuclear technology that TerraPower is pursuing, called the traveling wave […]

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Nuclear Power Facts: The Differences Between Ontario and Japan

by Robert Macready. 2011. The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Northern Japan has once again put the question of nuclear safety into the limelight. While it’s still too early to tell what long term effects the emergency at Fukushima will have on the surrounding region and population, one thing is […]

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Google Investing in Bright Future

by Robert Macready. 2011. Google announced today that it is investing $168 million US into a new solar power installation being built in California’s Mojave Desert. To date the company has invested over $250 million US into renewable energy projects and research around the world. Called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), the massive […]

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Polar Melting will lead to Higher Sea Levels by 2100, Report

by Robert Macready. A worrying report released by the Arctic Council backed Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) estimates that worldwide sea levels could rise as much as 1.6 meters or 5.25 feet over the next 89 years. The report follows a six year warming trend in the far North, which include some of the […]

PC Leader Hudak Will Erase Liberal Energy Plan

With a Fall election looming, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak took to the microphone and revealed his plan for Ontario’s energy sector. Specifically, he wanted people to know what would remain of the Liberals’ controversial Green Energy Act and Samsung power deal: if he is elected, nothing. The Samsung deal has been under scrutiny for…

Ontario Government’s Boring Project is a Step in the Right Direction

by admin. 2011. After $1.6 billion, five years of digging and 10.2 kilometres of solid bedrock, the gargantuan tunnel boring machine – known as Big Becky – finally broke through deep below the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Niagara Tunnel Project is the final part of a series of upgrades by Ontario Power Generation […]

Risky FITs Around The World: Popular Feed-In Tariffs Need Rethinking

by Patrick Black. 2011. Ontario has joined sixty three countries around the world by creating a feed-in tariff (FIT) program to help develop the province’s infant wind and solar industries. A FIT is a fixed price for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy generated and Premier Dalton McGuinty is offering $0.42 for solar power. Investors […]

Green Power: A Shell Game Of Employment Stats

by Patrick Black. 2011. A recent Toronto Star editorial called Tim Hudak’s decision to cancel McGuinty’s Green Energy Act ‘irresponsible’ in part because it would cost Ontario jobs. And it seems to make sense. Why, just this morning, the Premier’s office sent out a press release saying that 700 new clean energy projects have created […]

Germany Phasing out Nuclear Power by 2022

by Admin. 2011. In an effort to appease the growing anti-nuclear sentiment amongst the German population, the ruling CDU party recently outlined their plan to phase out nuclear power by the 2022. Then came the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan earlier this year, and the resulting emergency at the Fukushima nuclear reactors. In the wake of […]

Sexy Power: Lower Churchill Project

by Admin. This fresh, young development has been attracting a lot of attention. After being refused transmission lines usage from Bad Boy Quebec, she found herself a partner in Mom-approved Nova Scotia. Now nothing will stop her from providing a huge amount of clean, renewable power for Newfoundland and beyond.

Ontario Pays $1B Energy Rebate; Enviro Watchdog Barks

by Patrick Black. 2011. Energy prices have soared sixteen per cent in 2010 and will increase another thirty per cent by 2014. The province has invested in several strategies to encourage users to conserve power such as time of use pricing and smart meters but those strategies, regardless of their effectiveness or necessity, have angered […]

Is Canadian Power the Answer to American Energy Woes?

In a speech given at the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance conference in New Brunswick earlier this week, former ambassador David Wilkins said that Canadian energy is the answer to the United States’ growing dependence on unfriendly nations. While serving as U.S. ambassador to Canada from 2005 – 2009 during the Bush administration, Wilkins worked […]

Japan Proves Less Nuclear Means More Air Pollution

Since the devastating tsunami in Japan, the country has chosen to shut down most of its nuclear plants and cast a doubt on how it will meet its energy needs. This month, Kansai Electric, the country’s second largest power producer, asked consumers to cut their summer consumption by 15 per cent to avert blackouts. Despite…

Which Is More Radioactive: A Nuclear Plant Or A Coal Plant?

This Spring, Chancellor Angela Merkel buckled under anti-nuclear sentiment and reversed a nation-wide nuclear plant extension. The plants, which would have remained open until 2036, will be shuttered by 2022. A few weeks later, Merkel announced that coal would replace nuclear power’s 28% share of electricity production and that Germany would be building twenty-six new…

Canada’s Nuclear Energy Crown Corporation to be Sold

by Robert Macready. 2011. Canada Limited now finds itself on the Harper government’s chopping block. The AECL’s commercial reactor development division will be sold to SNC-Lavalin for the bargain basement price of $15 million dollars and the promise of future royalties. But why is federal government selling one of the nation’s most significant crown corporations […]

Sexy Power: CANDU Reactor Technology

by Admin. 2011. When you’re on the prowl for power, you want a nuclear reactor that not only looks good but can also have an intelligent conversation. That’s why CANDU is our girl. These reactors are Canadian designed and built. Introduced in the 1950s, they turned the industry on its head by making a simple […]

Heat Wave Survival Guide

by Patrick Black, 2011. We get the hint, planet, you don’t want us around anymore. Well, we’re not going without a fight and we will use our greatest creation to defend against you, malls. Here some other ideas as well. Electricity: It’s the devil. Almost everything that uses it makes heat, sometimes a lot of […]

American Renewable Energy Firm says Green Energy Act Violating NAFTA

By Robert macready, 2011. Texas-based Mesa Power Group is in the process of filing a formal complaint with the government of Canada, alleging that elements of Ontario’s Green Energy Act are in violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renewable energy firm is owned by energy billionaire T. Boone Pickens, an oil […]

The New National Energy Program

by Patricia Black, 2011. Last week, Energy Ministers from Canada’s provinces and territories joined the Federal Minister of Resources for a four day conference in Kananaskis, Alberta. The goal of this conference was to begin conversations that will result in a National Energy Strategy. Every energy and public policy organization has their own definition about […]