Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wind Will Be Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Will be? Naw, it has been for years. Still, SaskPower is building another 350MW of natural gas to go online in 2019, while building far less than 300MW of wind power by then. They’ve a target of 50% renewable generation by 2030, and still wind is far less than 5% of the grid total. Clearly ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030?

Read this, and think of Energy East pipeline Brad Wall is pushing hard for. Most of the globe’s coal, natural gas and oil investments will ultimately be affected by the transition, Seba suggest, at risk of becoming “stranded assets” — resources that lose their value before the expected end of their economic life. “They are going ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Is #COP21 #ParisAgreement a Great Advance, or a Huge Flop?

We’ll know, I think, by 2025 when it’s too late to do anything about the past 10 years. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s an agreement that will provide a better push than Kyoto or Copenhagen ever had a chance to do. It’s probably aiming somewhere beneath a complete success (which we obviously need to preserve ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Can Postmedia Be Trusted?

@gussynichols @leaderpost I don't trust Postmedia because of Op-eds like that, and like this: https://t.co/laJsQZahEb #nuclear? No mention. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 29, 2015 Ironic @leaderpost & @StarPhoenix choose Day 1 of #COP21 to launch poorly researched anti-#wind OpEd. Our response https://t.co/qYvmmiCcbb — SaskWind (@SaskWind) November 30, 2015 Newspapers have a duty to publish ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Suzuki’s No Slave To The Economy

I hope we see meaningful changes in our economy, in time. There’s not a great understanding in our society that the economy is a system of resource distribution. We’ve enshrined it, even creating a phony holiday today when our retail gods go into the black. .@SheilaColesCBC @MMandryk "Who would say today that the economy should ...

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 ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar All Over California

On our Amtrak trip through southern and central California, I watched the dry and irrigated fields fly by me at 133km/h. We stopped for the night in Bakersfield (the most conservative city in America, some figures show), and it was 41 degrees even with the sun down. The cement around the pool at night warmed ...

350 or bust: The Time Is Now

In the United States, the transition to a clean energy economy is already underway. Climate-concerned citizens are calling on candidates in next year’s federal election to show their plan to power the country with 50% clean energy by 2030. The time for a job-creating, climate-stabilizing clean energy revolution is NOW. * Go to https://nextgenclimate.org/ to ...

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s CTrain—embracing green

Fortunately, while our federal government remains a persistent laggard on global warming, the provinces and cities are stepping up. Calgary is no exception. In 2012, the city committed to meeting all its electrical needs from renewable sources. One result was the construction of two wind farms totaling 144 megawatts. The city relies on a variety ...

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 for mass ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Riding the Coattails of History

Acknowledging that an important feature in Saskatoon was constructed by the government, then bragging that construction of a future valued feature (a wind turbine) was avoided by the government instead of an opportunity seized upon, is a repugnant attitude. People like Sandra are not leaving a better world for our children, and Stephen Harper’s grand-daughter. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ostrander Point Wind-Farm Case Goes Back To Tribunal

The decision is here.  Put briefly, the case will now get bounced back down to the Ontario ERT, where Ostrander Point Wind Energy will have a chance to convince the tribunal that their proposed remedy, a series of fences and gates that will block public access to the roads around the wind-farm, are enough to prevent “irreversible” ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskParty Avoids Clean Energy Boom

Saskatchewan leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Many people here are excited about how “strong” Saskatchewan is, thanks to SaskParty propaganda. We’ve also the strongest carbon air pollution per capita in the world, but few tend to talk about that here. Times are good, they’re good for me, and most of my friends (the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Needs a Real Change of Destination

Greg is making a good point in his latest column, but I had to throw in a Green campaign slogan into the title in good fun. The bottom line really is that the Sask Party is propping up the dying fossil fuels industry, while calls to divest from it are coming from around the world. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower Says Bigger Is Better, Even Losses? #PowerToGrow

As a followup to the Star Phoenix’s article on the hugely expensive, and (public) money losing CCS plant at Estevan, comes word of further cost overruns. The overruns, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, would have been sufficient to buy Regina its Stadium II, outright, fix its pension shortfall, or replace its Waste Water ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower, How’s That 14 Year Test Going?

Dear SaskPower, I’m interested in seeing the statistics regarding the electricity generated by the test panels installed on the Saskatchewan Science Centre, in the attached picture, and as mentioned in the below quote from your website a couple years ago. Solar research: In 2000, we installed a photovoltaic array at the Saskatchewan Science Centre for ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan’s Biggest Net Loss

How did Postmedia manage to let this Hanley column sneak into its pages? Mandryk got his shots in at Cenovus and Wall already too. SaskWind has provided a breath of fresh air to Saskatchewan political analysis also. I expect Canadians would want to know whether their tax dollars are being used to subsidize the oil ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Ezra Klein discusses how a corporate focus on buybacks and dividends rather than actually investing capital leads to less opportunities for workers. Nora Loreto offers her take on precarious work in Canada. And Lynne Fernandez and Kirsten Bernas make the case for a living wage in Manitoba ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Price Of Power, Wind Vs…

Onshore wind power has come of age, and not just in the U.S. This…chart shows the levelized cost of energy worldwide, using data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Average onshore wind power now costs the same as gas worldwide, at about $84 per megawatt hour. That’s without subsidies.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Blustery Winds of Stupidity Hit Weyburn Hard #skpoli

At least 2 Weyburn City Councillors were not duped by anti-Wind propaganda that afflicts many municipalities. There’s probably no bylaw against this family running a noisy, polluting diesel generator in their backyard, contributing to poor health of their neighbours. I’d have to reason that the neighbour(s) who complained about this windmill isn’t very bright. The ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 300 Years Is Bogus

Thanks to another letter writer, Michael McKinlay, I caught this opportunity to again offer a better future perspective than SaskPower’s current President has done thus far. http://saskboy.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/an-irrational-mixup-at-saskpower/ I’m writing in response to SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson’s comments in the November 25th article, “SaskPower set to overhaul power grid“. In it he touts a ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Have The Technology to Stop Air Pollution

Listen to a scientist say very clearly that we have the science and technology to create 100% renewable power in the United States within my lifetime (2050). We’re only held back by politicians who fail to implement an urgent plan to save us, as they were required to when implementing policy during WWII from another ...

350 or bust: Energy Darwinism: The Foolish Risk of Fossil Fuels

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: An Irrational Mixup at SaskPower

Ten years ago, SaskPower was spending money to promote education about Climate Change. The poster contest is an important component of our efforts to educate the public about the climate change issue. There are increasing concerns that human activity – such as the burning of coal and other fossil fuels to generate electricity – contributes ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Renewable Energy Predictions Way Off

They were vastly underestimated. .@theturner And yet @SaskPower as recently as 2013 was highlighting a #solarpower study from 2000 to guide their grid planning. #skpoli— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) August 14, 2013 Here’s info about that out of date solar power study that SaskPower was touting. @JohnKleinRegina Maybe mention to @SaskPower that installed PV costs in ...