Politics, Lobbyists, Money, Capitalism, Winners, Spinners & Losers in Green

I am so sick of it.

Wind is bad.

Hooking up all this green energy is raising the cost of electricity.

These guys are lobbyists, these ones don’t know what they are talking about, bad bad bad negative negative negative.

What I find incredible is the subtext to all these crazy goings on.  In my conversations with many people who work pay cheque to pay cheque, come home, eat, watch TV, sleep & then do it all over again, hoping for good weather on the weekend is that irrespective of their political views, and even at a time when we are all feeling the pinches, people love green and seem to feel good about it.  And why shouldn’t they?

But what fails everyone at this time, is their lack of real & good information.

And I definitely count myself in that category, although I am going to learn as much as humanly possible to get a better understanding of what is really going on.

Irrespective of how good the Green Energy & Economy Act is or isn’t, the one benefit of this piece of legislation is that it has opened the door to greening up Ontario.  I am most certain this legislation is a combination of the self-interest of some to take advantage of green but it is also formed through the undeniable determination of some to ensure a healthier, greener & more prosperous future for all.

No system is perfect.  But this legislation has set forward an ideology that has touched and is increasingly touching the masses.  Green is the way to go.

25,000 FIT/MicroFIT applications before the Ontario Power Authority is most definitely not to be ignored and makes one thing clear: whether a capitalist corporate entity or just a regular joe putting solar on his roof – people want to participate in the ‘new economy’.

I am hoping to see people out there force all the political candidates to offer up viable solutions & ways to improve the GEA and not to destroy it as election day approaches.

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North Gower resident writes a letter (via NorthGowerWindTurbines)

I would rather deal with wind farms spinning fresh Canadian air than new nuclear or keep on buying that good old dirty coal from the States.

North Gower resident writes a letter One of the questions we are asked is, how do you know that your community group represents a wider view from the community? Well, aside from the several hundred people who signed the petition that went to the Ontario legislature via MPP Lisa MacLeod, and the 300+ families on our e-mail list, and the 125+ people who come to our information meetings, the countless volunteers working daily on this issue, I guess we don't know what everyone is thinki … Read More

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Waste heat recycing program worth the wait (via Toronto Atmospheric Fund Blog)

This is a very efficient way of using heat & power. In a comparison by Claverton Energy Research Group, it was found that in a UK case where heat would otherwise be produced by burning fossil fuels in a boiler, micro cogeneration is a more cost effective mean of reducing CO2 emissions than photovoltaics.

It’s been close to five years in the making, but it appears that Ontario is on the cusp of launching a robust standard offer program to develop our significant combined heat and power (CHP) potential.  CHP systems use natural gas or industrial waste heat to simultaneously produce both heat and electricity.  TAF has been a keen supporter of CHP because of its bottom line efficiency benefits – instead of blowing waste heat out an exhaust pipe or st … Read More

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Electricity Prices Go Up Regardless (via The Unofficial Morgansolar Weblog)

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Electricity Prices Go Up Regardless Ontario will be having an election this October, and the Green Energy Act is being raised as an issue.  I've decided to write this post before I know what different candidates are saying, because I'm not trying to favour one side or the other so much as discuss a point of view. To start, I’ve heard people criticize the Green Energy Act on the basis that it will increase people’s electricity bills. It will.  But what that objection implies is that … Read More

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