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EDF EN Canada begins construction on 74-MW wind power project in Quebec

EDF EN Canada is set to begin construction of the 74 megawatt Mont-Rothery wind project in Quebec.

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Following the government of Quebec’s issuance of a decree authorizing the construction and operation of Mont-Rothery wind project, EDF EN announced on November 11 that the construction phase has commenced.

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“EDF EN Canada welcomes the decree authorizing the construction and operation of the Mont-Rothery Wind Project and offers a sincere thanks to the Government of Québec for its permission to proceed with this project,” said Al Kurzenhauser, chief operating officer for EDF EN Canada.

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The Mont-Rothery project is to be located on public lands in the MRC of Haute-Gaspésie and MRC of Côte-de-Gaspé. The two MRCs will share a combined royalty payment for the project of 185,000 Canadian dollars annually.

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EDF EN Canada is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Company. The Mont-Rothery project represents the final project of the seven awarded to the company in 2008 and 2010 through Hydro-Quebec Distribution’s call for tenders to commence construction. – EcoSeed Staff

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Best Eco Cars of 2014

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Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a lesser environmental impact than those that use fossil fuels like diesel or gasoline. This is made possible by their highly-advanced technology and alternative fuels, usually electric, fuel-cell, hydrogen, compressed air, natural gas and bio-diesel. The reason why eco cars are touted to be the products of the future is their significantly-less emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gases and because they reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the top-rated eco cars of 2014 are:

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The Honda Civic Hybrid returns a pleasing 44 and 47 miles per gallon in the city and highway driving respectively. One of reasons why the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rates it highly is because of its relatively less weight of 3,000 pounds as compared to the 4,000 plus weight offered by some other hybrids. Designed to meet California’s stringent standards, it emits lesser pollutants. The 110 horsepower propulsion system that uses a combination of gasoline and electricity is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission to enable delivery of superior mileage. The base sticker price of $25,425 is unfortunately some $6,000 more than the comparable gas-powered Civic model.

Toyota Prius

Ever since the Toyota Prius was launched in the US in 2001, it has beaten all competition in sales. Delivering a city and highway mileage of 51 and 48 mpg respectively, the model has received approbation from ACEEE for meeting the stringent PZEV emissions specifications laid down by California and for its superb fuel efficiency. The gas / electric hybrid propulsion system produces an impressive 134 HP, which together with the variable automatic transmission is responsible for delivering the impressive fuel consumption figures. A sticker price of $25,010 places the Prius more than $2,000 than the Camry, and about $7,000 more than the Corolla, both star Toyota products.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is powered by an electric propulsion system that can run for an estimated 84 km before requiring it to be recharged, a process that takes anywhere between 12 to 20 hours when plugged in to a standard household 120V socket. The process takes a more reasonable four to seven hours using a 240V supply. The good thing about the relatively high base price of $29,830 is that you can get a federal tax credit of $7,500 besides additional tax credits from some other US states as well. The five door compact hatchback delivers an amazing equivalent of 126 mpg in the city and 101 mpg on the highway.

Toyota Prius C

With a sticker price of just $19,080, Toyota Prius C retails at about $6,000 less that the cost of the standard version and is the cheapest and smallest Prius model in the Toyota stable. This model improves over its big brother by about 2 mpg and also weighs less by about 750 pounds adding more grunts to the 90 horsepower hybrid system that uses gasoline and electricity, mated with the mandatory continuously variable automatic transmission. Capable of accommodating five passengers, the car features fluid styling and a spacious boot of 17.1 cubic feet thanks to the very efficient packaging of the power pack batteries. Prius C can even be driven for short distances on electric power alone.

Smart For Two Electric

Topping the list of eco-friendly vehicles is the electric car, Smart For Two that edges out the Prius C by a small margin delivering 122 mpg equivalent in the city and 93 mpg on the highway. Built to seat just two, the car’s great fuel efficiency is largely due to a curb weight of just 2,250 pounds. The 47-HP electric propulsion system is capable of taking the car up to a maximum of 78 mph with the charge lasting for an estimated 68 miles of a mix of city and highway runs. The vehicle is also available as a convertible. The base price of the coupe is a whopping $25,750 while the convertible costs another $3,000 more.

Charlie Brown has been a qualified automobile engineer for the past decade or so and is currently attached to ideal auto USA, a leading automotive portal selling new and used vehicles as well as parts. His experience and expertise makes him an authority in this line of business. He is passionate about cars and enjoys blogging.

Senvion to supply Canadian wind farm with 150 MW-worth of turbines
Senvion to supply Canadian wind farm with 150 MW-worth of turbines

Wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SE has signed a contract for the delivery of 150 megawatts-worth of wind turbines to a wind farm in Quebec, Canada.

Under the contract, Senvion will be delivering its 3.2M114 Cold Climate Version type turbines to the 150 MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’s (M.U.) wind farm. The wind turbine, which will be the first time to be installed on North American soil, is rated at 3.2 MW each and is equipped with a hot-air de-icing system.

The M.U. wind project is owned and developed in a 50-50 partnership between the three Mi’gmaq First Nations of Quebec and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. The wind farm project will be the biggest with First Nations participation in Quebec to date.

The project was awarded a power purchase agreement in March 2014 and is slated to be commissioned by the end of 2016.

“We are delighted to deliver our turbines for this flagship project with the First Nations. Big wind farms like M.U. highlight the importance of the renewable sector for the country,” said Andreas Nauen, chief executive officer of Senvion.

“I am happy that, once again, Innergex has put its trust in us. I am convinced that our flexibility and our persistence but also our stellar performance at the Viger-Denonville community wind farm have paid off. We have experienced local teams here in Quebec, which makes me confident that the project realization will work very smoothly,” said Helmut Herold, C.E.O. North America at Senvion Canada Inc.

Viger-Denonville is the first community wind farm in Quebec. The Senvion MM92 turbines, which were commissioned in November 2013, are being utilized in the wind farm. – EcoSeed Staff

BrightSource, Shanghai Electric Group partner to bring C.S.P. to China
BrightSource, Shanghai Electric Group partner to bring C.S.P. to China
The two will form a joint venture that will use BrightSources solar power tower technology. Image from BrightSource

BrightSourceEnergy , Inc. and Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd. are forming a joint venture to build concentrating solar power plants in China.

The joint venture will leverage both companies’ contributions to provide engineering, procurement and construction service for projects using BrightSource’s solar power tower technology in China.

“Concentrated solar thermal power with integrated thermal energy storage is a cost effective way to bring reliable, dispatchable renewable energy to the grid today,” said David Ramm, chief executive officer of BrightSource Energy. “By partnering with Shanghai Electric we will deploy our best-in-class solar thermal technology to help China meet its growing energy needs and emissions-reduction goals.”

“As China’s economy develops and its environment improves, developing renewable energy will be the number one choice. As the cleanest and most environmental-friendly power generation method so far, C.S.P. faces two challenges in its commercial takeoff: one is reliability of technology and the other is its current relatively high construction cost,” said Bi Chengye, general manager of S.E.C.’s C.S.P. Division.

In order to overcome these two problems, S.E.C. and BrightSource will be using BrightSources proven technologies and S.E.C.’s experience as a contractor and major equipment supplier in China to bring down the construction costs of the project and to ensure reliable energy generation.

The J.V.’s first proposed projects will be two 135 megawatt C.S.P. plants for the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project of which the majority owner is Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of the China Power Investment Corporation.

The Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project is to be located in China’s Qinghai province and will have a total of six 135 MW C.S.P. tower plants. Construction of the first two plants is expected to begin in 2015 and be completed by 2017.

BrightSource and SEC have submitted a proposal to Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., Ltd (Huanghe) for the construction of the first phase. – EcoSeed Staff

The Water Heater Dilemma: Should you go tankless?
The Water Heater Dilemma: Should you go tankless?
On-demand water heaters can slash your home's second largest energy expense by a third

By Jennifer Tuohy

Heating water accounts for around 18% of the average US household's energy use. After climate control, pumping hot water into a home to clean our clothes, our dishes and ourselves is the largest energy expense of running a modern house, costing a homeowner about $600 annually, and the planet much more.

When pursuing eco-friendly living, replacing your water heater is easily the best energy-saving move you can make, especially if your current model is over 10 years old. Step it up to a tankless water heater (also known as an on-demand unit) and the U.S. Department of Energy projects savings of up to 30 percent on the cost of heating water over a traditional storage water heater.

New D.O.E. energy efficiency standards for water heaters, which went into effect June 2014, will cut 164 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the next 30 years—the equivalent of taking 34 million cars off the road for one year. By April 2015, buying a non-energy efficient water heater will be a difficult thing to do, but, as eco-warriors know, not all efficiency is created equal.

There are currently five types of water heaters available:

  • Storage
  • Tankless
  • Heat Pump
  • Solar
  • Tankless coil and indirect

Factoring in affordability and efficiency, the two front-runners for the typical American household are storage and tankless models. Solar water heaters, at 50 percent more efficient and with a life expectancy of 20 years, are by far the most eco-friendly. However, the unreachably high price point (upwards of $3,000), high ongoing maintenance costs, and reliance on sunny weather, means solar water heaters aren't ready for the mainstream yet. The second most efficient is the tankless, which outpaces storage water heaters in the efficiency race for the following reasons:

Heat Loss Storage water heaters work by heating a large volume of water and holding it at that temperature until it's needed. If the water sits unused for hours, it's constantly being maintained at a preset temperature, resulting in substantial "standby energy loss." Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, resulting in no standby energy loss. This results in big energy savings.

According to the DOE for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, on demand water heaters can be 24%—34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. Homes that use closer to 86 gallons a day will see an 8%Ð14% increase in energy efficiency.

Life Expectancy
Tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of 20 years, compared to 8 to 10 for storage units.

Because they don't store large volumes of water, tankless units are not at risk of flooding a home.

Small Footprint
Tankless heaters can fit on walls, be placed outside, slide into cupboards, and take up significantly less square footage than their tanked counterparts.

The biggest drawback to tankless water heaters is one shared with storage units: if there's a great demand for hot water it may not be able to keep up. Installing two or more connected tankless or separate smaller units for specific appliances can overcome this. However, lowering water usage by installing low-flow shower heads and similar devices is the more eco-friendly choice, helping reduce water consumption 25%-60%. If that still doesn't suffice, installing tankless water heaters at each outlet can achieve energy savings of 27%Ð50%.

The Water Heater Dilemma: Should you go tankless?

Another major drawback of tankless units is expense. They cost more to buy and more to install than storage water heaters, $2,000 to $5,000, versus $900 to $1,300 for a storage unit (source). Some of that cost will be offset by the energy savings, but not very quickly, this research report from the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment estimates somewhere between 20 and 30 years, depending on the model. Installation costs will go up further however, if you need to install a gas line to your unit. Gas is far more efficient at heating water quickly than electricity, and is a better option if you are looking for a whole-house tankless system.

Tankless water heaters don't work for every scenario, but if you are looking to save space and energy going tankless is a very good option.

Jennifer Tuohy writes about energy efficiency and new home technologies for Home Depot. A selection of water heaters, including tankless types discussed by Jennifer, are available on the Home Depot website.

Ford Motor dealerships to be powered by wind-solar energy system
Ford Motor dealerships to be powered by wind-solar energy system
Ford Motor Company is collaborating with Wind Energy Corporation to bring a new and innovative source of clean energy to its dealers. Under a pilot program exclusive to Ford, Wind Energy will install wind sail and solar panel systems at four Ford dealerships, a nearly $750,000 investment, to help power dealer facilities. Photo from Ford Motors.

The Ford Motor Company and Wind Energy Corporation will be bringing clean energy generation to four Ford dealerships in the United States.

Under a pilot program exclusively for Ford, Wind Energy is going to install wind sail and solar panel systems at four chosen Ford dealerships: Dana Ford Lincoln in Staten Island, New York; Tom Holzer Ford in Framington Hills, Michigan; The Ford Store in Morgan Hill, California; and Fiesta Ford in Indio, California.

The installations represent nearly $750,000 in investments to help power the dealer facilities. Each installation will include highly efficient wind sail technology and a 7-kilowatt solar array. The wind sails will be emblazoned with the Ford blue oval logo ant the name of the dealership.

The Windy System will be expected to deliver 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. That is enough energy to power two average-sized homes for a year or charge a Ford Focus Electric 870 times, Fusion Energi 2,600 times and C-MAX Energi 2,600 times. It will also offset nearly 14 tons of greenhouse gases per year.

“We are pleased to be working with Wind Energy Corporation to offer a pioneering, clean energy option to Ford dealers,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford. “This is yet another innovative tool to help Ford and its dealers address a global sustainability challenge.”

All the participating dealers are electric vehicle-certified. The power generated by the Windy

System’s will power their buildings and lot lighting as well as their electric vehicle charging stations.

Installation of the systems are set to begin in early 2015 and completed in spring. Once installed, the dealerships will keep the systems permanently.

“What sets the Windy System™ apart is its combination of wind, solar, and market impact. It is a branded beacon of sustainability that delivers both energy and a point of view,” said Jack Phillips, chief operating officer of Wind Energy.

Wind Energy Corporation manufactures and markets their Windy System which harvests wind and solar energy in commercial property environments. – EcoSeed Staff

Vestas supplies Texas and Poland with wind turbines
Vestas supplies Texas and Poland with wind turbines

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received firm and unconditional orders from Texas and Poland for a combined total of 276 megawatts-worth of turbines.

In the state of Texas, First Wind has placed an order for 100 V100-2.0 MW turbines. The order is comprised of supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 10-year Active Output Management (A.O.M. 5000) service agreement.

The order for 100 turbines is in addition to the 718 MW-master supply agreement announced in December 2013 by First Wind and Vestas.

The turbine order is for the South Plains project, which brings Vestas’ announced orders in Texas in 2013 and 2014 to almost 1,500 MW, in addition to more than 1,200 MW of Vestas turbines already in operation in the state of Texas.

“South Plains is the fifth project Vestas has announced with First Wind since 2011. That record speaks to the depth and strength of the relationship between our two companies,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with the South Plains project and are glad to be continuing our relationship with Vestas,” said First Wind Chief Executive Officer Paul Gaynor.

“Our partnership with Vestas has been successful to date at other projects across the country and we’re confident that will be the case here as well. As we move ahead with our second project in Texas, we’re looking forward to investing in the local economy and delivering competitively-priced clean energy to Texas homes and businesses,” explained Mr. Gaynor.

Meanwhile, Vestas has also received an order for 38 V100-2.0 MW turbines from PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A. for a wind power project in Poland.

The wind power plant RESKO II, which will be installed in the zachodniopomorskie voivodeship in Poland, will have a total capacity of 76 MW.

Turbine delivery is expected at the beginning of the third quarter of 2015, with commissioning expected to be completed late in the fourth quarter of 2015.

In addition to the supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, Vestas will be providing their VestasOnline Business Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition solution and a two-year full-scope service agreement (A.O.M. 4000).

“Vestas is extremely pleased that PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A. has placed this order with us. It is the best proof for Vestas to be selected as suppliers. This means that we are delivering a strong business case for the wind power plant investments,” said Klaus Steen Mortensen, president of Vestas Northern Europe. – EcoSeed Staff

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines
Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Philippines, has begun delivering clean power to the grid.

The Burgos Wind Farm, located in the province of Ilocos Norte, was brought online on November 5.

The Burgos Wind Farm (see related story) is a project of the Energy Development Corporation.  The project was completed in two phases with Phase 1 (87 MW) reaching completion on September 25, 2014 and Phase 2 (63 MW) on October 2014.

The project features 50 units of Vestas V90 3 MW wind turbines which will allow for the generation of 370 gigawatt hours of electricity or enough for two million households. The project will displace around 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

The Burgos Wind Farm represents an investment of $450 million for EDC. EDC has also recently closed a $315 million financing deal with the support of Denmark’s export credit agency EKF, and a group of international and local banks.

The Burgos Wind Farm will be one of the first to benefit from a feed-in tariff scheme implemented by the Philippine government in 2012 (see related story).  The Department of Energy has nominated the Burgos Wind Farm to the Energy Regulatory Commissions as a project eligible for F.I.T., to date it is the only project thus nominated.

EDC is primarily known for its geothermal projects but has been branching out to other forms of renewable energy generation. Aside from the Burgos Wind Farm, they have several wind and solar projects in the pipeline. They have been awarded contracts from the D.O.E. for six other wind energy projects and one solar power project. – EcoSeed Staff

Water, waste and power: What you need to get off the grid
Water, waste and power: What you need to get off the grid

By Allen Baler

Most people wouldn't ever voluntarily go "off the grid" for more than a few days at a time. To them, the idea would only make sense if it was a weekend adventure. To others, it's life on the grid that feels intensely uncomfortable: everything that they use in their lives, from electricity to water and produce, they depend on a government or corporate system for.

They see how entire regions fall apart when storms hit. Without access to shelter or power, people have no way of coming by safe food or water. The government is slow to respond, and their lives are put in danger. It would be much more sensible, they feel, to unplug from the system to learn to depend on the earth and on themselves. Life lived closer to the earth would feel better, too.

Going off the grid, though, isn't simple. It requires a complete rethinking of one's life. Everything that you've come to depend on others for, you need to find alternative, simpler sources for. Off-the-grid living isn't something that you set up and run on autopilot. It requires a lifelong commitment to get to work. If you're serious about the idea, though, here's an introduction to the kind of change it involves.

Gaining the right attitude

Going off the grid isn't necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition. Instead, it can be about trying to get closer to a natural way of living, one step at a time. Renouncing large, expensive professionally built homes is a good start. You can move on to finding alternative ways of generating power, finding water and disposing of waste.

Finding the right spot

If you live in a city or anywhere in the suburbs, anything you build will need to be to code; only professional contractors can build to code, though. If you're interested in building your own modest home, then, moving into a rural area is your only option: the farther you go from large towns, the fewer the building restrictions are that you will face.

Building a home

Thousands of people who choose the off-the-grid lifestyle build their own homes. They construct tiny, single-room homes on their land (either by themselves or with help from a carpenter) and equip them with just the things that they need for their simple lifestyles.

The move to tiny homes is actually a significant counterculture: many who dislike the complexities and costs involved in modern home purchases try to slash their needs down the barest minimum and live in little, one-room houses, instead. One of the main benefits of the tiny home movement is that it frees you from having to make tens of thousands of dollars to be able to pay off a mortgage.

Finding power

In these times of cheap solar and wind power, off-the-grid living is far more affordable than it used to be. With a budget of a few thousand dollars, anyone can buy a solar power generation system from sources such as, or buy a wind or hydropower generator. It's possible to live on very little power if you build a well-insulated home based on good, passive home building techniques. You will need very little heating or cooling. The less power you need, the easier your life becomes.

Finding water

Reliable access to water is essential to off-the-grid living. Most off-the-gridders drill into the earth on their property and draw water out with a pump. Pumps can be power-hungry appliances, though. You will need considerable power generation capability to be able to run one. It's possible, though, to supplement water from the earth with collected rainwater or water from a nearby stream. Periodic testing is necessary to make sure that such water is safe for human consumption. You may need a water purification system.

Finding a way to dispose of waste

Whether it's waste water or solid waste, you need to work out a way to get rid of it. Even areas that have no building codes have strictly enforced rules to do with sewage disposal. In most areas, you'll need to consider building a septic tank or a composting toilet. These methods are acceptable in most counties.

If you do it right, the rewards can be enormous

When you finally finish putting the pieces of your off-grid life together, the feeling of satisfaction can be huge. It can feel liberating to no longer be dependent on external forces for your very survival. With time, you will possibly learn to cultivate your own food, too. Gong off the grid is a journey that you take one step at a time.

Allen Baler is a Partner at 4Patriots LLC, a Tennessee based small business that provides products to help people be more self-reliant and more independent. Allen founded the company in 2008 after 14 years as a corporate executive leading profitable business for the Easton Press and the Danbury Mint. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and resides in Nashville with his wife and 3 daughters.

Top seven interesting facts about global warming
Top seven interesting facts about global warming

By Jack Dawson

Global warming is one of the major problems that the entire world is facing right now. The side effects that global warming bring to the living being are quite scary. The effects of global warming are real and are immeasurable. It is really sad that if we can’t take care of the earth, we need to face severe consequences such as disappearing lakes, long icebergs, freak allergies, chronic skin diseases and so on. Global warming can be defined as the increase in surface temperature of the earth due to greenhouse gas. Below are some of the interesting facts of global warming that everyone should know about.

1. Arctic in flush

The increase in temperature is the leading cause of melting ice in the Arctic. This might be a problem for plants as well as animals that are living at lower altitude, as the melting of ice is creating a sunny situation of Arctic biota. The plants in Arctic region get trapped in ice throughout the year. When the ice melts, the plants start to grow resulting in a biological bloom in the Arctic in recent years.

2. Increase in allergies

Global warming is one of the reasons behind different kinds of allergies seen these days. More and more people started suffering from seasonal allergies, due to increase in carbon dioxide level and high temperature associated with global warming. Due to global warming, plants bloom earlier and produce more pollen. Due to this, the seasonal allergies last longer making the life of people miserable.

3. There may not be enough water to drink

The mountain snow-packs provide nearly 75% of the water in many countries. The existing snow gets melted due to global warming, resulting in reduced snowfall. There are numerous countries that depend totally on the snow.

4. Food is harmed and made more expensive

Global warming is potentially damaging the food supply, resulting in expensive crops. The society’s agriculture is damaged, as the freeze dates occur much before or later than they did years ago.

5. Speed satellites

The key reason behind the carbon dioxide emission is the effects that reach earth with a twist. It is a known fact that the air in the outermost layer of the atmosphere is very thin. But, the air molecules create a drag that slows down the satellites. The amount of CO2 there is increasing, and the CO2 molecules in lower atmosphere release energy in the form of heat, as they collide. With more CO2 in the outer atmosphere, more cooling occurs and causes the air to settle.

6. Heating up the forest fires

With glaciers and mountains melting down, global warming seems to cause forest fire in different countries. More wildfires have blazed across the earth, burning a number of forests. Scientists and researchers have correlated this problem with global warming.

More storms and floods

In order to forecast the increasing effect of temperature on precipitation, scientists make use of climate model. By using the climate model, they found that severe storms and floods are occurring these days due to global warming. Hurricanes, which were once in category 4, are occurring twice often than they used to be.

Apart from the above said facts, there are numerous other facts of global warming, such as – heat waves, drought, more diseases, financial setbacks, war and conflicts, damage of ecosystem and so on.

Jack Dawson is an environmentalist and author. He wrote many articles on global warming and its adverse effects. You can find a number of tips in his articles on how to protect the environment from the negative effects of global warming.