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Wind cheapest form of renewable energy (in BC)

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Timetrvlr @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:49 pm

News that no one wants to hear.:mrgreen:

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Remarkably, wind energy is B.C.’s lowest-cost option: B.C. Hydro’s 2012 modelling of 121 wind-energy resources confirms that wind energy now provides the bulk of B.C.’s lowest-cost renewable energy opportunities, and is fully cost-competitive with Site C. Wind farms create permanent revenue streams and high-paid jobs in local communities and for First Nations interested in developing clean energy projects, helping spread the economic benefits of new development to more communities across B.C.

From Times Colonist-Victoria

   



Regina @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:52 pm

Timetrvlr wrote:
News that no one wants to hear.:mrgreen:

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Remarkably, wind energy is B.C.’s lowest-cost option: B.C. Hydro’s 2012 modelling of 121 wind-energy resources confirms that wind energy now provides the bulk of B.C.’s lowest-cost renewable energy opportunities, and is fully cost-competitive with Site C. Wind farms create permanent revenue streams and high-paid jobs in local communities and for First Nations interested in developing clean energy projects, helping spread the economic benefits of new development to more communities across B.C.

From Times Colonist-Victoria

That's odd because in Ontario it is one of the most expensive. Must have more wind in BC.

   



martin14 @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:01 pm

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wind energy now provides the bulk of B.C.’s lowest-cost renewable energy opportunities, and is fully cost-competitive with Site C. -


I very seriously doubt that, provide some citations.


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No question, wind energy has low environmental impacts when compared with other sources of electricity supply, and can help B.C. achieve the “cleanest liquefied natural gas in the world.”


puff, puff, pass...


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The island’s first wind farm, located near Cape Scott, began operations last November and produces enough power to supply every home on the Island north of Courtenay.


What, all 5 of them ? LOLOMGWOWHORYSHITSIGNMEUP

At what cost ?
At what price of production?

The wind farmers always forget to tell you while shining your eco knob that your
electricity will triple or more. Just a small omission, the Germans are now finding
that out the hard way.

   



Regina @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:04 pm

It's actually not even a real news story just reply to a letter. Did you see who wrote it. :lol:

Nicholas Heap

Regional director, Canadian Wind Energy Association

Vancouver

   



PluggyRug @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:06 pm

That article is spinning as fast as the turbine blades.

   



BartSimpson @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:47 pm

That's what we need; more bird slaughtering and ugly-ass windmills cluttering up the landscape. :roll:

   



andyt @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:03 pm

If it's competitive with site C, it's not the cheapest, since at the moment natural gas plast can be built for a fraction of the cost of site C. Probably closer to where they're needed too. The only fly in the ointment is if gas prices go up. But using our plentiful gas for electricity generation might be a better bet than shipping it to Asia and building site C at huge cost and flooding all that land.

   



herbie @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:56 pm

It would make some use of the constant screaming cold wind that ruins everything here.
That's why everyone instantly dismisses it. It doesn't involve exporting anything.

   



andyt @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:58 pm

I was going to say we could export the wind. But that got me to wondering: the wind energy goes into the turbine should reduce the wind speed after it has passed the turbine. Is this significant enough to affect wind/weather patterns?

   



saturn_656 @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:07 pm

Regina wrote:
Timetrvlr wrote:
News that no one wants to hear.:mrgreen:

Quote:
Remarkably, wind energy is B.C.’s lowest-cost option: B.C. Hydro’s 2012 modelling of 121 wind-energy resources confirms that wind energy now provides the bulk of B.C.’s lowest-cost renewable energy opportunities, and is fully cost-competitive with Site C. Wind farms create permanent revenue streams and high-paid jobs in local communities and for First Nations interested in developing clean energy projects, helping spread the economic benefits of new development to more communities across B.C.

From Times Colonist-Victoria

That's odd because in Ontario it is one of the most expensive. Must have more wind in BC.


It wouldn't be so expensive if the McSquinty government hadn't signed crooked deals that paid wind turbine owners rates far above market (solar rates are even worse). They sure as hell weren't looking out for ratepayers then.

   



Regina @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:34 pm

saturn_656 wrote:
It wouldn't be so expensive if the McSquinty government hadn't signed crooked deals that paid wind turbine owners rates far above market (solar rates are even worse). They sure as hell weren't looking out for ratepayers then.

That was their whole shtick all along. Totally screw the power grid starting with Bruce Nuclear............then make everyone think the inches is all green.

   



martin14 @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:37 pm

saturn_656 wrote:
that paid wind turbine owners rates far above market (solar rates are even worse).


That's because the set up and running costs are so high.

If they got paid market rates, no one would sign up for a farm.

That's the rub with current wind and solar, they are NOT cost effective.

Rates go up, govt's must subsidize it all.

   



saturn_656 @ Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:55 pm

martin14 wrote:
That's because the set up and running costs are so high.

If they got paid market rates, no one would sign up for a farm.


Exactly.

So instead of doing the sensible thing (shelving projects that aren't cost effective), they decided to gouge ratepayers/taxpayers instead by signing one sided sweetheart deals with wind farm and solar farm owners.

Good for them (and Samsung), lousy for the rest of us. Thanks again Dalton. :(

   



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