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Energy Policy is a Disaster for Ontario

October 8, 2007

Energy is pretty straightforward until politics is allowed to become involved.

According to the senior policy advisor of the Ministry of Energy $15 billion will give Ont. a clean stable cost effective electrical system. Add politics and the cost becomes $70 billion. Our electrical system must be put back in the hands of the people who know what they are doing. Our electrical rates will rise between 40%and 70%, driving away manufacturing jobs.

Both the Liberal and Conservatives are under the illusion that filling Ont. with wind farms will equate to lower emissions. The World Energy Council states that renewable energy such as wind can raise emission levels.

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Energy plan calls for wind, nuclear

August 30, 2007

From the Editor:

Dalton and his band of fools are so ludicrous that after they get the boot on Oct. the 10th they might want to shop their time in power to the CBC as a comedy. It might be funny as a sitcom but it’s far from funny as reality.

Ever since deregulation our electrical grid has been a disaster.

Deregulation did not work to the benefit of the citizens of Ont. and needs to be rolled back.

So who you gonna vote for.

Dalton is a disaster.

John Tory wants to fill up the great lakes with windmills . Expensive and unworkable.

Howard Hampton wants to run the grid with wind and solar. Expensive and unworkable.

Why is Dofasco, Canada’s biggest and most profitable steelmaker going to coal? Because gas is way too expensive. What do these parties plan to use to back up the wind and solar? Gas. Watch your hydro bill soar like an eagle.

The people who should be looking after our electrical needs know and will tell you that the best option at this time is to put the scrubbers on the coal plants and build another nuke.

If you allow reality to enter your mind you will come to the same conclusion.

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Coal-fired plants to be phased out by the end of 2014, but some will be kept operational for “insurance purposes” in case of an unexpected shortfall in power supply or unusually high demand. Read the entire new plan at the National Post

From the Editor:

Which is it Dalton or do you know. You told the people of Ont. that you would close the coal plants in 2007 then you said for sure in 2014. Now you say you will phase them out by the end of 2014 but at the same time you will keep them operational. Why? Just in case you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Goodbye Dalton. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out the door.

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Read the story from the Sarnia Observer below

Liberals Reveal Easy Hypocrisy

The desperation shown by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government heading into the Oct. 10th provincial election reached new heights last week when it announced $6 million to help a Hamilton steel company replace natural gas with coal in its operations.

The Liberals, of course, are the same party that issued a legally binding regulation just days earlier to close Ontario’s four remaining coal-fired power plants by 2014, a move that spells the end of the Lambton Generating Station and 400 well-paid local jobs.

To cut operating costs, Dofasco is building a $60-million pulverized coal injection system to run two blast furnaces. By switching to coal from natural gas the Hamilton-based company expects to save about $28 million a year.

Dofasco is Canada’s biggest and most profitable steelmaker. Yet McGuinty still cuts the company a cheque for $6 million of taxpayer’s money, part of a pre-election spending blitz that has reached dizzying proportions.

Read the full story THE SARNIA OBSERVER (more…)

The Dangers of Wind Power

August 24, 2007

From the Editor:

Ontario and most jurisdictions in North America seem unwilling to learn from the mistakes of others. It is very easy to build clean cost effective electrical systems but our governments keep on chasing the wind dream. The dream will turn out to be a nightmare for the system operators, the farmers who lease their land, the people living near the wind turbines and last but not least the ratepayers who will get hammered with ever rising hydro bills.

The fields will end up as junk yards of rusting broken down turbines . The investors will come out on the good end because the wind industry is a tax scheme not an electrical system.

The report below should help you understand the reality of the wind industry. 

 

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Wind turbines continue to multiply the world over. But as they grow bigger and bigger, the number of dangerous accidents is climbing. How safe is wind energy?

It came without warning. A sudden gust of wind ripped the tip off of the rotor blade with a loud bang. The heavy, 10-meter (32 foot) fragment spun through the air, and crashed into a field some 200 meters away.

The wind turbine, which is 100 meters (328 feet) tall, broke apart in early November 2006 in the region of Oldenburg in northern Germany — and the consequences of the event are only now becoming apparent. Startled by the accident, the local building authority ordered the examination of six other wind turbines of the same model.

The results, which finally came in this summer, alarmed District Administrator Frank Eger. He immediately alerted the state government of Lower Saxony, writing that he had shut down four turbines due to safety concerns. It was already the second incident in his district, he wrote, adding that turbines of this type could pose a threat across the country. The expert evaluation had discovered possible manufacturing defects and irregularities.

Mishaps, Breakdowns and Accidents

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Energy Costs Could Rise by 70 per cent if Natural Gas Generation Replaces Coal Plants in Ontario

July 29, 2007

From the Editor

On Oct. 10th vote for anyone but McGuinty and his party of clowns.

The economy of Ontario will be crushed if this man is allowed to continue. A 70% rise in electrical rates will send every major employer running. Affordable power is the cornerstone of the Ontario economy. High rates = high unemployment.

Note: at 8pm tonight the 396 MWs of installed wind capacity were generating a grand total of 18 MWs.

Tell your Liberal MPP what you think.Turning grain to power; LGS wants to test mix of distiller’s grain, coal

CATHY DOBSON / The Observer
Local News – Saturday, July 28, 2007 @ 16:00

Ontario Power Generation hopes the province will soon approve testing of an innovative fuel alternative at the Lambton Generating Station this year.

“We’re still learning more about it but we think it’s viable,” said LGS spokesperson Susan Thurston.

The coal-fired power plant intends to conduct tests with dried distiller’s grain from a Lambton County supplier, she said.

If the Ministry of Environment gives the green light, five to 10 per cent grain will be mixed with the coal in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon dioxide is still released by burning biomass but when crops are grown a nearly equivalent amount of carbon dioxide is captured through photosynthesis, making biomass “greenhouse gas neutral,” according to LGS.

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Mixing biomass products with coal is still in the experimental stage, Thurston said. LGS needs to establish if it’s technically, economically and environmentally advantageous to use biomass co-fired technology.

“We continuously look at the possibility of using different types of fuel,” she said.

Mixing various types of grain products with coal is already a well-established practice in several European countries.

Overseas, the fuel is blended with up to 20 per cent biomass, according to information provided by Lambton Generating Station.

Biomass is used to describe any organic material made from plants and animals and used as an energy source.

When certain organic materials are combined with coal to make electricity, carbon emissions are lower.

Biomass fuels provide only about three per cent of the energy used in the U.S. today, but that’s expected to change as concern for the environment increases.

In 2006, OPG’s Nanticoke Generating Station began tests that involved mixing coal with wheat shorts, a byproduct of the milling process.

More extensive testing is taking place at Nanticoke this year to provide detailed energy and environmental data, said Thurston.

Dried distiller’s grain is the biomass fuel of choice for LGS because it can be bought locally, she said.

Meanwhile, Premier Dalton McGuinty repeated his pledge this week to shut down Ontario’s coal-fired plants by 2014, even if it means paying higher electricity rates.

A new report predicts that energy costs could rise as much as 70 per cent if natural gas generation replaces the four coal plants. But McGuinty said that’s the cost of cleaner air.

“The single greatest contributor to greenhouse gases in the province of Ontario is coal-fired generation so we’re going to do something about that,” he said.

Tell your Liberal MPP what you think.