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Hi Bill – I agree with the comments about conservation and local generation.
I’d love to hear if Nova Scotia is working towards a Smart Grid. I would be very interested in using a power meter to monitor and plan efficient power usage, and feed locally generated power back into the grid. Anyone making colourful whirli-gig wind turbines?
Erika | January 4, 2012 | Reply
“Numbers serve to discipline substance.Without them it is easy to follow flights of fancy,and to ignore the world as it is and to remold it nearer the heart’s desire”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why does’nt the present government of NS commission a cost/benefit analysis of their renewable energy plan and then formulate the goals as goals and not “flights of fancy”
The URB should insist on it.
It is their duty to discipline rhetoric
Bill | January 4, 2012 | Reply
We need more concentration on decentralized sources of energy. Grid distribution is old news and NS needs to start the transition to home based energy generation. NG is just another bridge that is not needed. Small scale solar PV, solar HW, geo-thermal and mini windmills are the answer. We can be leaders or followers but this is they way the the world will go with or without us. Combustion of anything is dead.
Ben | January 4, 2012 | Reply
Thanks Bill for keeping these sorts of conversations on the front burner.
My biggest concern when we talk of energy is usage. Until we, as Canadians, learn to reduce our energy usage dramatically no source of renewable energy will cut our GHG emissions. Our focus must be on more effective use of our energy resources as well as fees for over usage. If we create an economy that is less dependent on any form of energy generation we become more competitive not less.
Julian Gibbs | January 4, 2012 | Reply
As always you can be trusted to elevate the conversation from rhetoric to substance. It’s good to see a rationale discussion on Energy Policy that ties the two most important factors for NS citizens together – Cost and Environment. Too many discussions about electricity generation focus on one or the other. Rarely do our policy makers enjoin the two when seeking a mandate for governance.
Bob | January 4, 2012 | Reply
Thank you Bill for being a strong voice to the fact there are alternatives to acquiring hydro-electric power from Labrador.
Transitioning to clean energy sources and reducing GHG emissions is important to consumers and business but abundant natural gas, wind and eventually tidal power offer a very attrractive alternative.
I think many of us recognize the most effective way to get power from the Lower Churchill River is not through sub sea cable technology but via transmission lines through Quebec thus allowing this clean energy to serve the needs of many more Canadian provinces, including New Brunswick and Ontario. It’s only historical relations between Hydro Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador that is preventing this from happening and strong leadership from the Federal Government would allow a solution to be found between these two antagonistic parties.
Peter Conrod, CMA | January 4, 2012 | Reply
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