Federal government funds study of “large penetration” of wind power development

Industry association “lead proponent” in Natural Resources Canada study

Last week, in researching his series on the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s campaign to influence Ontario citizen attitudes toward wind power, and recommendations for the lobby group’s “Ontario campaign,” Parker Gallant discovered via the Ontario Lobbyist Registry that CanWEA disclosed publicly it has received funding  of $663,000 from the federal government.

The funding is presumably for CanWEA’s role as lead proponent of a $1.7-million Natural Resources Canada project called the Pan-Canadian Wind Integration Study,  “that will evaluate how large penetration of wind energy could be integrated on the provincially run Canadian electric grid and show the challenges and opportunities in doing so. “

In the first paragraph of the NRCan page on this study, which names CanWEA as the lead proponent, is a significant error. CanWEA’s mandate is most decidedly NOT “to promote the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy in Canada.” CanWEA itself says its mission is “to ensure Canada fully realizes its abundant wind energy potential on behalf of its members.”

In other words, as any specialized industry group does, CanWEA’s goal is to represent and promote the interests of its members.

It is not an environmental organization.

Why, we ask, is an industry group, with some very well-financed members, that states outright its goal is to act in the best interests of its members, receiving government financing to further its members’ fortunes?

A question for your Member of Parliament. And the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Minister of Finance (Joe.Oliver@fin.gc.ca ).

Comments

Sommer
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Flood their mailboxes!

Parker, your keen monitoring of this level of detail is so much appreciated!

Jim McPherson
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By this huge subsidy to CANWEA our Harper Federal government has blatantly confirmed that Industrial Wind Energy is indeed a Federal matter, and now finally a Federal Election Issue.

To the ramparts!

Wind Concerns Ontario
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It’s not a “subsidy”: they are presumably being paid for work done on the study. It is the study itself we take issue with—why is the federal government paying industry to study how it can best do more business? Kind of like when Dalton McGuinty appointed Mike Crawley, then CEO of AIMPowerGen to chair a committee looking into alternative power source in Ontario. Guess what? Wind power was the answer!!

Khris
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I said it once, I will say it again. ( IT SMELLS ) How to spent TAX money. Spin 101 If you are good at it The spinner gets a % to hide away.

Barbara
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A Building Consensus: Moving Toward A Canadian Energy Strategy, July 18, 2011

A.K.A: The Banff Dialogue

This report is more than 40 pages and provides a brief history of why Canadians are in the present situation.

Also provides the names of the organizations and the people who participated in bringing this report together.

http://www.ppforum.ca/sites/default/files/Building_Consensus_Report_English_1.pdf

Barbara
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Time Line: Oct.,2009 – Winnipeg Consensus

‘Towards a Canadian Clean Energy Strategy’

Gathering of Think Tanks

http://www.winnipegconsensus.org/about.aspx

Has list of participating organizations.

Companion article to the Banff Dialogue

Greg Latiak
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Fully buzzword-compliant and aligned with the best thoughts from politics, management consulting and commercial energy. Why am I not comforted?

Greg Latiak
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Problem with all these ‘renewable’ energy schemes is that they are not. It is a marketing myth that wind or solar are somehow ‘renewable’ whereas burning wood, coal, gas, oil or even nuclear or hydro are not. The ‘truth’ is that they are all renewable through natural processes — problem is that we blow through them faster than nature can replenish the supply. And the atmosphere is the intermediate carbon store — piles up faster there than nature can suck back. Nuclear fuel comes from supernova explosions — definitely a wait on that one if we blow through all our uranium and thorium. The sun comes up every day (unless there are clouds in the way) and the wind blows now and then — but if we mess up the geography or the temperature differentials maybe not so much. And wind farms have already been observed to change atmospheric mixing and moisture distribution. And these folks paper over the fluctuations through gas-fired generation, not exactly planet-friendly. And let us not forget that if something happens to the sun or wind there is nothing we can do to ‘renew’ the supply, unlike the other ‘non-renewable’ fuels. Marketing buzzwords chasing empty ideas — all that matters is that the right people get to make money, it seems. And the future will have to take care of itself.

Barbara
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The public has been sold a bill-of-goods about peak oil and gas for about the last 40 years. Now it turns out that the world is awash in oil and gas. So who lied and why?

Now the Think Tanks have entered the situation in Canada so as to sell the idea of carbon taxes and or carbon credits to the public. So who gets the money from this anyway? Those profiting from renewable energy in one way or another? The same gangreen?

Barbara
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Sustainable Prosperity

‘Enhancing Canadian Urban Sustainability through Big Data and Field Experiments’, Kahn, Preliminary Report. c.2014

“Canada’s electric utilities have much lower carbon emissions factors than nearby U.S. electric utilities. If Canadian urban electricity consumers reduced their consumption then such power could be exported to the United States and U.S. reliance on coal fired electric utilities could be partially mitigated.”

http://www.sustainableprosperity.ca/dl1218, open the PDF: Kahn Canada file

Conserve electricity so it can be exported to the U.S is the message.

Barbara
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JRC Scientific and Technical Reports, JRC European Commission
‘Electricity Storage in the Power Sector, Seville, Nov.15-16, 2012

P.12, Market Uncertainty
“Storage development faces uncertainties surrounding surrounding the power sector evolution, such as the level of variable renewals, the carbon price, the level of baseload technology deployment, e.g. nuclear power, and the level of demand side measures effectiveness in curbing and peak shaving energy consumption.”

http://www.iphe.net/events/workshops/workshop_2012-11.html, Select Electric Storage in the Power Sector.

Also see: List of Canadian attendees

Key Note, Nov.15, 2012
‘Challenges and opportunities related to large-scale-integration of renewable energies into the electric system’
Scroll down to demand side management, control of peak use.

All of these factors/issues fit together and needed to make renewables work.

There is much public confusion about these issues and how they relate to one another.
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peter drew
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property will not be enhanced….thats a joke,a sideline.

The corruption is unbeilevable,oh well never mind,hydro power on the small medium and large will win in the day……..in the long run.

IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SMELL,MOVE IF YOU CAN!

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