Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Wind going to waste

Good points you make on wind generation in comments NL Ex Pat.

Timely too as I heard, on CBC radio this morning, that an Ontario company is announcing tomorrow two projects in the province. One on the Island and one in Labrador. They are keeping quite at moment as to what communities will be involved.
It would be great if it is Nain, but I would think not. I have lobbied the council a couple of times to look at wind generation, no response from them.
Several years ago two companies did put in proposals, one company from Norway and another from St.John’s. The Norway proposal was the best imo, alas they were trying to deal with all the hoops and ladders from Norway, they just faded away. The St.John’s proposal made it through the Provincial hoops but was rejected by council for a number of reasons. The footprint was too large, 15 towers and generators to produce the same amount of power as one unit in the Norway proposal. The plateau where the towers were to go would have needed a road up very steep terrain, plus the area was used for substance hunting and gathering. The company had not done any feasibility studies, and they did not have a commitment from NLH to by the power produced. Very amateurish.
I do think wind generation is the way of the future, sooner rather than later, so your comments have re kindled my lobby juices to pursue this again.

4 comments:

NL-ExPatriate said...

Here's my list of energy sites mostly wind but a few studies etc.

I tried to find that call for proposals by the Provincial government but was unable to find it? They are asking for proposals so now would be a good time to lobby some wind generation companies to put forth a proposal on your behalf.

http://www.soshayle.fsnet.co.uk/news/news116.htm
http://www.google.ca/search?q=weather+dependability+newfoundland&hl=en&lr=&cr=countryCA&safe=off&start=40&sa=N
http://www.me.dal.ca/~dp_02_1/design.htm
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11997/science_technology/hydro/clip8
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11992/science_technology/hydro/clip5
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11994/science_technology/hydro/clip6
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11990/science_technology/hydro/clip4
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11996/science_technology/hydro/clip7
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-12000/science_technology/hydro/clip9
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11985/science_technology/hydro/clip1
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11986/science_technology/hydro/clip2
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-11987/science_technology/hydro/clip3
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-1750-12003/science_technology/hydro/clip10
http://www.nooutage.com/airx.htm
http://ieee.ca/millennium/kitimat/kitimat_history.html
http://www.nlh.nl.ca/hydroweb/hydroweb.nsf/default?openform
http://www.livescience.com/technology/051021_nano_light.html
http://nanotechwire.com/news.asp?nid=2394
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission
http://www.braincourse.com/wirelessa.html
http://www.turby.nl/downloads/Turby%20ENG.pdf
http://www.scottbader.com/pub.nsf/Content/UK_Comp_Wind
http://gogov.com/windmills.htm
http://wiki.greenpowered.org/index.php?title=Darrieus_Wind_Turbine
http://www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/english/energy/sources/sources-wind.jsp
http://www.eurowind-uk.net/
http://www.me.dal.ca/~dp_01_10/Prototype_Testing.htm
http://www.turby.nl/downloads/Turby%20ENG.pdf
http://www.me.dal.ca/~dp_02_1/design.htm
http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/energy/
http://shop.altenergystore.com/items.asp?Cc=HYDROPOW
http://www.combinedcouncils.ca/mwm_files/home/other/Lower%20Churchill%20Position%20Paper%20revised%20Nov%202005.pdf
http://www.electricityforum.com/news/aug04/onengrid.html

Brian said...

I’m a bit short on detail at moment, but CBC radio announced this morning that a company had put in an application to build a wind farm at Churchill Falls. Seems strange and ironic until it is explained that it is a 1 1/2 billion dollar project, and the company wants to sell it’s product outside the province. Now that is not strange and ironic. Story went on to say the company does not need government money or loan guarantees, something fishy there, or are the winds of change going to start from Labrador.
Lots of hoops to jump through yet though. Now if only we can any someone to take an interest in areas where WE NEED the alternative energy projects.

NL-ExPatriate said...

I believe the number was 2 billion 200 construction jobs and 200 maintenance full time jobs.
It is in partneship with the Metis development corp.
I would't get greedy just yet or buck this. Because the experience gained there can be used in the future to develop in your area. Especially since your rates are even more cost effective for wind generation development assuming the wind is there.
http://freenewfoundlandlabrador.blogspot.com/2006/01/big-announcement-today-in-labrador.html

http://www.labradorcoastal.com/index.html
http://www.labradorventus.ca/

Apparently there is a project for the Island somewhere as well.

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