I love Jim Kenzie, but…

I’ve read Jim Kenzie’s columns in the Wheels section of the Toronto Star for more years than I can remember.  He’s a great read: informed, enthusiastic, and not afraid to have a politically incorrect opinion about the vehicles he reviews.

I have to take exception to his column in the Saturday, March 12th edition of the Toronto Star.  In it, Mr. Kenzie goes to considerable lengths to declare electric cars a waste of time and taxpayer money.  Let’s take a look at each his arguments. Continue reading

Connecting to the Grid

A New York Times article about the struggle solar panel purchasers are going through in Hawaii should give Ontario consumers pause.

The article describes the local utility, Hawaiian Electric Company, as making things difficult to get solar panels, installed by individual  homeowners, connected to the grid.  The article alleges that many electrical utilities are looking at reducing the monies paid for privately generated solar energy, adding fees and making it difficult for solar panel companies to operate.

HEC is a publicly held company, not owned by the government.  Is this what will happen with the proposed sale of Hydro One?  What certainties will we have that the initiatives brought in by the previous government will continue?  Will electric vehicle subsidies be the next to go?

It’s not a question of whether or not we can afford solar energy fed into the grid.  It’s a question of whether or not we can afford not to.