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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:27 pm
 


Winter would seem to be a peak time of demand for power. Is this (link, excerpts below) what you can rely on? Power only for nice weather?

And you can bet there are some sweet subsidies.

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Northern New Brunswick wind turbines frozen solid

FREDERICTON — A $200-million wind farm in northern New Brunswick is frozen solid, cutting off a potential supply of renewable energy for NB Power.

The 25-kilometre stretch of wind turbines, located 70 kilometres northwest of Bathurst, N.B. has been completely shutdown for several weeks due to heavy ice covering the blades.

GDF SUEZ Energy, the company that owns and operates the site, is working to return the windmills to working order, a spokeswoman says.

"We can't control the weather," Julie Vitek said in an interview from company headquarters in Houston, Texas. "We're looking to see if we can cope with it more effectively, through the testing of a couple of techniques."


She says the condtions in northern New Brunswick have wreaked havoc on the wind farm this winter.

"For us, cold and dry weather is good and that's what's typical in the region. Cold and wet weather can be a problem without any warmer days to prompt thawing, which has been the case this year.

"This weather pattern has been particularly challenging."


Wintery conditions also temporarily shutdown the site last winter, just months after its completion. Some or all of the turbines were offline for several days, with "particularly severe icing" blamed.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:30 pm
 


The wind will always be there. Turbines icing up is just a technical problem that can be solved.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:35 pm
 


OMG there's subsidies in New Brunswick! Who would have guessed.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:41 pm
 


herbie herbie:
OMG there's subsidies in New Brunswick! Who would have guessed.

Is it smart to be building giant paperweights with taxpayer money?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:57 pm
 


*cough*Point Lepreau *cough*


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:10 pm
 


Scape Scape:
*cough*Point Lepreau *cough*

Maybe not being Canadian I'm missing something. What's the joke here?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:12 pm
 


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/ ... n-104.html


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:20 pm
 


Scape Scape:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/07/07/nb-areva-nuclear-announcement-election-104.html

Thanks.

In other words my instinct is right that it's a boondoggle?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:28 pm
 


Bingo


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