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4/30/2007

IF YOU WANT TO SMILE AND HAVE A JOYFUL HEART…

Filed under: prairie musings, energy, friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 3:56 pm

Tomorrow night the kindergarten students are appearing at the PAC at 7:00 for a program of music. If you want to smile and have a joyful heart, go hear them sing. You’ll feel good for having done it.

Within minutes…maybe seconds…when I post something here, it appears here.

The ECMC volunteer appreciation “picnic” was anything but a picnic. They had TABLES full of delicious food…fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, green salad, pasta salads, jalapeno corn bread, rolls, relishes and a bazillion delicious desserts, cakes, pies etc. We were given a beautiful red carnation corsage when we arrived. They are very caring people at the hospital and they do everything from patient care to appreciation picnics with a lot of class. It is my opinion that their employees are as well-trained as you can find anywhere. It’s a top-notch hospital and growing positively. We’re very, very fortunate to have them.

A friend of mine had hip replacement surgery at the Surgical Hospital in Salina. They always do follow up calls on their patients. The caller asked him how he was doing and jokingly he replied, thinking he might shock her a little… “Sex is much better now that I’ve had my hip replaced”. She quickly replied…”Too bad you didn’t have it done sooner!”

Tooth decay is increasing in young children….they drink bottled water with no flouride, eat raisins and sugary food that sticks to teeth, don’t brush enough, don’t get to the dentist enough…well, you know.

US carbon dioxide emissions, at over 20 tons per person annually, are over six times that of the global average (ignoring the US).

As many as 44 wind turbines operated by Suzlon in Sangli District in Maharashtra have been shut down following protests from local residents. Local residents are demanding more money for their land, which is leased to the company

They had “issues” with the ECCA bus schedule this morning so Dane wasn’t able to come home.  He was on his way to “town” aka  GBs aka Stop 2 Shop 11 when he called to let me know.  It’s just easier to refer to it as GBs. Apparently, all the schedules at the hospital were running overtime so scheduling his pickup was an “issue”. I suggested try to come tomorrow, but he said he’d wait until Thursday.  It’s a nice day and he enjoys being outside talking with whoever shows up to visit.
Thanks for tuning in.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM…WORTH REPEATING…

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 2:10 pm

This is taken from Red State Rabble
WorldNetDaily — you know, the far right religious news source that would like to see a crèche in each town square and the Ten Commandments in every courthouse — is concerned that the Kansas City Airport is installing foot washing basins in airport restrooms so that Muslim cab drivers can wash their feet before prayer.

WorldNetDaily loves the fact that some Christian fundamentalist pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control pills out of religious conviction, but they loathe Muslim cab drivers in Minneapolis who refuse passengers who carry alcohol or use seeing eye dogs for the very same reason.

Seems that for fundamentalists of every stripe, one man’s religious ritual is another’s blasphemy.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

PS…It’s always interesting to see how people respond to bigotry when the shoe is on the  other foot.

20% OF ELECTRICAL NEEDS COMING FROM WIND MAY NEVER HAPPEN

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 10:31 am

The following quotes, facts and figures have been taken from an article, “Budget woes plague heart of U.S. wind-research effort”, written by Todd Neff at the Daily Camera in Boulder CO.  Please click here for the entire story.

There is a very interesting article saying Bush’s 2006 Advanced Energy Initiative citing  the 20% figure for wind energy may never happen. Without major advances in wind and related technology to boost output, reliability and transmission while cutting costs say is a leap that may never happen.

The main wind energy research facility is just south of Boulder County CO.  Years of declining budges, outdated equipment, inadequate staffing has left the wind energy industry struggling.

Wind amounts to about 0.5 percent of all U.S. electricity generation.  That’s compared to about 50% for coal, 18% for natural gas and 19% for nuclear, say the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Wind energy could cut U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions on the order of 5%.

There’s broad consensus that aggressively developing non-fossil energy is vital to energy security and the planet’s health.  But federal research is subject to the law of diminishing marginal returns such that one can throw only so much money at a problem.  The federal wind-research budget has been flat for a decade.

Bush’s administration 2008 budget for solar energy is nearly four times that of wind.

To make wind competitive with coal-fired generation without federal tax subsidies, existing wind turbines must cost 20 percent less than the current 6 cents to 8 cents per kilowatt-hour while delivering 20 percent more energy, Thresher said. That’s been his center’s main focus, he said, to the detriment of longer-term research, particularly in offshore wind, which holds the greatest long-term promise.

4/29/2007

DRIFTWOOD HORSES

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 7:29 pm

If you want to see some beautiful “driftwood horses”, click here.

Grandson Drew was taking a break from college life and stopped by today. He has three finals remaining and will be finished with his sophomore year…right on schedule. His grades are good. He’s going to take a couple of business courses this summer and work at the financial aid office on campus. He has a place to live close to the campus and across the street from Aggieville, which might be a temptation. His 21st birthday is June 12. His older brother is taking him to Las Vegas for the weekend to celebrate the occasion. He’s all grown up, but still looks younger than 21. He’s taking his passport with him, just in case.

Wildlife abounds in our yard. The raccoons visit the deck every night after I get settled in bed. They make a lot of noise as they explore everything on the deck, night after night. A Carolina wren is building a nest in a hanging basket of plants that Tyler just hung on Friday. And, our two red foxes appear all the time, drinking from the pond and scurrying around the yard. They must live in the woods behind the house.

PBS is featuring a story on the Flint Hills which to me, is the most beautiful place on earth. It won’t be long before I get to enjoy the Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Dane will be here tomorrow. He and Brit may have order-in pizza as I’m going to the ECMC volunteer appreciation picnic. I don’t know exactly what I’ve done to be appreciated, but it’s nice to be included.

Ringo is one happy puppy. Drew found all his balls hidden under the basement steps today. He has them all collected at the top of the steps so he can throw them back down the stairs again. He’s like a little kid.

Thanks for tuning in. It’s going to be another banner month for hits…over 132,000.

COALITION OF CITIZENS FILE ANTI-TRUST COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AGAINST THE WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY

Filed under: energy, political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 4:51 pm

Coalition of Citizens File Anti-Trust Complaint With the Department Of Justice Against the Wind Energy Industry

Naples NY, April 25, 2007

A grass roots coalition of nearly 100 citizens from New York, Vermont, and other states have filed a federal Anti-Trust Complaint alleging that an international cartel comprised of foreign and domestic business entities have conspired to eliminate competition in the newly emerging U.S. wind energy sector.

This Complaint, filed today with the Department Of Justice Anti-Trust Division, maintains that windfarm developers, suppliers, consultants, investors, and in some cases public officials have engaged in illegal geographic Market Allocation, Price Fixing and Bid Rigging in direct violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

As a result of this illegal conspiracy thousands of landowners and hundreds of municipalities have been denied substantial monetary gains that otherwise would be available in a free and competitive market.

The 94 citizen Complainants expect that the Department Of Justice will act quickly to assign appropriate resources necessary to investigate and prosecute these allegations and to punish any and all criminal wrongdoing to the full extent of the law. The Complainants also expect that the Department will take appropriate measures to ensure that the members of this international cartel are prevented from retaliating against any of the listed Complainants.

According to the Department Of Justice, price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation by individuals or companies are felonies currently punishable by maximum individual fines of $1 million, maximum corporate fines of $100 million, and maximum jail terms of 10 years.

Citizens from the following locales in New York are participating: Naples, Cohocton, Wayland, Cape Vincent, Lowville, Stamford, Malone, Wyoming, Cherry Valley, Addison, Canisteo, Allegany, Rochester, North Bangor, Little Falls, Hornell, Fairport, Webster, and Prattsburgh. Citizens from the following locales in Vermont are participating: Sheffield, East Burke, Sutton, and Peacham.

Questions regarding this Complaint, or requests for copies of the entire Complaint, may be directed to:

Bradley E. Jones
3996 Donley Road
Naples NY 14512
585-374-2627 (H), 585-233-8539 (M)
perplus1@aol.com

MORE ON THE ELLIS COUNTY WIND FARM…

Filed under: energy, print news — Peg Britton @ 3:53 pm

The proposed Ellis County wind farm could produce a maximum of 200 megawatts of energy — however, at this point it does not appear that the energy would have an effect on local power bills..

….Midwest Energy, which provides energy to almost 46,000 customers in 41 Kansas counties, already has agreed to purchase 25 megawatts of wind energy from the Smoky Hills Wind Project, located in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties.

The company has sent out requests…

4/28/2007

SUNNY DAY MUSINGS…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 3:02 pm

Gene’s Grocery Store has some wonderful Vidalia onions for $1.00 a pound, which is a real bargain. I came home with two big bags of them and they’ll be gone in no time. They are sweet and delicious.

We like onions baked whole and rarely tire of them. I sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar, some salt and pepper and put a pat of butter on each one then put a tablespoon or so of water (orange juice is good too) in the bottom of the covered baking dish and zap it until it’s fork tender. You can do the same thing only wrap them in foil and throw them on the charcoal grill to cook them.

Tall Boy came to mow the yard and prairie today. It was getting deep after all the rain. Brit mowed some of it yesterday to get a head start on the two-day project. He always holds his breath until the job is done for fear the mower will break down. It usually does. The yard looks very nice, at the moment.

The Allards are in town. Dan, Tonie and April drove in from Farmersville TX so friends gathered last night at the Connally’s for a visit, wine, beer and delicious snacks. My sides always ache after an evening with Toni and her stories. We just don’t see them often enough. They only live about 10 miles from Kenz so Bev and I are going to head south one of these days to spend time with them. Mackenzie has been in her new house for over a year and I haven’t seen it…only pictures.

I’ve reconnected with Pam Grout who lived here as a small tyke. I remember her parents well and have intended to write her since Mackenzie gave me one of her books for Christmas a few years ago. I’ll blog her one of these days as she has grown up to be a very interesting person. She’s in the process of writing an article for Parade Magazine so keep your eyes open for it.

Three surgical patients I’ve followed this week are doing fine. My niece, Andrea, had pins and screws put in her ankle after a bad break and will be on crutches for a couple of months; Ermil’s cataract surgery went well and he can see much better; and Rich’s hip replacement surgery was successful as well. All are home and recuperating. It’s a beautiful day. I need some deck time.

Thanks for stopping by.

JLI EUROPE…CONTACT JASON KING FOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN EUROPE

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 1:51 pm

One of my English friends, Jason King, has his new offices in Newcastle on the River Tyne in Lime Square next to the “new” bridge…the Millennium. It’s just up from the law courts, if I remember correctly. Jason’s wife, Alison, and her family are friends of mine. Nice people the Kings, Kerrs and Harrisons

He’s looking for good recruits for good job placements, mostly in Europe. This is what his website says, in part:

JLI Europe is a leading international recruitment company specialising in IT, Telecommunications, Creative and Head Hunting services across the world.

Why not discover how we could be helping you to develop your career or source the very best in professional talent?

Or, if you are looking for a change of direction, why not find out about working with JLI Europe - one of the fastest growing recruitment brands?

JLI Europe only employs the exceptional people for ourselves and our clients. Our quality, service and attention to detail are the reasons we are one of the leaders in these niche areas of recruitment.

To read more about Jason’s company, click here.

If you’re interested in working an IT job, design, telecommunications etc. in Europe, drop Jason a line.

4/26/2007

TEACHER’S JOB ON LINE OVER GAY TOLERANCE ARTICLE

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 7:06 pm

The column in the student newspaper seemed innocent enough: advocating tolerance for people “different than you.”

The newspaper adviser has been suspended and is fighting for her job. The student said she wrote the column after a friend told her he was gay, said society teaches that “it is only acceptable for a boy and a girl to be together,” which makes declaring one’s sexual orientation difficult.

Here’s what she said:

“I can only imagine how hard it would be to come out as homosexual in today’s society. I think it is so wrong to look down on those people, or to make fun of them, just because they have a different sexuality than you. There is nothing wrong with them or their brain; they’re just different than you.”

For the rest of the story….

What a simple, caring statement it was for this student to make. The teacher didn’t say it. The principal didn’t say it. A student did, in a school newspaper. Where do students learn and practice tolerance if not in our schools?

ANOTHER GOOD ONE FROM THE ONION…

Filed under: prairie musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 5:41 pm

Jesse forwarded this to me thinking I’d probably like it. Yep, he’s right. Middle East Conflict Intensifies As Blah Blah Blah, Etc. Etc.

The water leak is fixed. Now to get the gaping hole in the ceiling repaired.

Presidential debates start tonight at 7:00. There is still a lot to learn, but at this point, Barak is on the top rung of my list. I highly recommend his book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”.

ABC offered Rosie 30 mil for three years, but she only wanted a one-year contract. Rosie has a big following. Now what?

“Wind farm talk gaining more speed” is an update on the Ellis County Wind Farm controversy. Lines are being drawn. There is nothing more divisive to a community than a project like this.

Thanks for stopping by.

FAREWELL TO A GOOD MAN…SAM CLINE

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 3:19 pm

We were all sorry to learn that ECF Warden Sam Cline has accepted the position of warden at the Hutch Correctional Facility.  It’s a larger facility and a step upward for Cline. It’s always hard to lose a good leader to another facility. Sam’s highly respected here and will be well-received in Hutch. We wish him well.

The procedure for selecting a new warden follows certain guidelines and will involve many well-qualified applicants. My personal hope is that the one who will receive appointment is our own Johnnie Goddard.  He’s received good training throughout his career in corrections and has served well as deputy warden under Cline.  Johnnie has been an active contributor as a long-time member of the Ellsworth community, he accepts responsibility in all phases of his life and has excellent camaraderie with a host of supportive friends. Johnnie would make an excellent warden for Ellsworth.  We can’t make it happen, but we can cross our fingers.

4/25/2007

SEARCHING FOR A LEAK…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:46 pm

Tomorrow I won’t be doing much blogging as my computer is going to be covered with plastic, sheets and anything else I can find to protect it.

The rest of the ceiling in this area is coming down. There are no other alternatives. Randy cut out small head-size holes to see what might be lurking above the sheet rock. Nothing.

Kenny Kohls came to see what he could find. It’s almost sledge hammer time.

We have a leak in the ceiling in the basement, two floors below the roof. Water is coming from some distant place as there are no pipes in the vicinity of the leak.

Nothing is ever simple around here. Maybe some roof flashing has come loose or that feisty yellow-shafted flicker has finally hit pay dirt.

After track practice, Tyler unloaded the book selves. That was a big help.

Randy will be back to see if it is a plumbing problem. If it isn’t, I’ll need a contractor. Maybe he can bring his camp cot. I think this is going to take a lot of time.

I’m glad I had a day off today to visit with Rich and Meredith….and Ermil and Corky. I don’t think I’ll have another in awhile.

Dane will be here in the morning. He’ll have seafood gumbo, fresh asparagus and salad for lunch. He’ll like that.

Thanks for tuning in.

BRIT’S DNA SAMPLES ARE WINGING THEIR WAY WESTWARD FOR TESTING TO SEE IF HE DESCENDS FROM JOHN BRITTON OF HENRICO COUNTY VA, 1684.

Filed under: family — Peg Britton @ 8:17 pm

I wrote the following about 20 years ago. It’s only a few paragraphs of reams of material on Brit’s ancestry that I spent decades researching. I’ve revived it and hope to prove that John Britton was Brit’s ancestor. To do this, Lindsey Britton, also claims John Britton as her original ancestor and is participating in the test, and lately, doing most of the compilation of data.

If Lindsey’s male cousin and Brit’s DNA match, then it is very likely both these lines descend from John (I) Britton. We’ve never made a positive link between our two lines except for the original ancestor which we both claim. Pretty nifty, huh? We have reams of documentation to prove it. The DNA will nail it solid. Well, as solid as it can be with including John as a DNA participant.

The search for the original Britton emigrant has been frustrated by the lack of documentation. We have only been able to reach back to the 1680’s with our Britton line in Henrico County, Virginia where records begin ca 1677. Anyone who purchased land before 1677 could have lived on that land and never appeared on any other documents. The tithable lists were proof of the presence of a person at a particular place and time, but rather weak evidence of his absence. Sometimes people were left off the tithable lists for no apparent reason.

One of the books of abstracts used for researching Henrico County gives a list of all of the Henrico Court Books which are missing; that list came from a list made by the Henrico Clerk in the 1690’s, and it is still very disheartening to see how much is gone — books of wills, deeds, and orders going back to 1637. Had these books survived, no doubt they would have answered questions about the origin of a large number of Henrico families. No one knows for certain what happened to these records as to whether they were burned and, if so, when, and only that they were still extant at the end of the 17th century.

We have no strong, positive indicators for tracing the Britton line; however, the earliest possible evidence concerning the Brittons in America appears to have originated with the first record in 1684 for John (I) Britton.

John Britton, servant to John Woodson, Jr., being by John Woodson, Sr. brought before this worshipful Court is adjudged thirteen years old, the said Woodson in open Court declareth ye said servant hath indentures.
1 June 1684 (Henrico Order Book & Wills 1678-93, p. 160)

John Britton was living in Henrico County, Virginia as early as 1684 and from this document we can determine he was born about 1671. If John Britton were born in America, why was it necessary to have his age adjudged in court?

When young indentured servants or slaves came into the Colony of Virginia, the person whom they were serving was required to have their ages adjudged and this had something to do with how long they would have to serve. Since John Britton had his age adjudged in court, it is an indication that he was not born in the Colony of Virginia, but was born elsewhere, perhaps England; however, this may be a very arguable and important point to keep in mind.

There were other Britton lines in Virginia, but none can be determined to be of our ancestral line at this time.

Brit’s DNA swabs are winging their way westward for testing by
Sorenson Lab (which performs Y-tests for DNA Heritage as well as all tests for Relative Genetics, a partner in this project). Sorenson has a good reputation and since all tests are run twice by different labworkers there is little chance of error; if results don’t agree, they know something went wrong. So in this respect, we are fortunate to be working with them.

We may even extend the test down through our grandsons, Drew and Tyler, but we’ll see how the first tests go.

I love DNA tests for lots of reasons. Geneology is an interesting side line of what they can do.
Lindsey has found 6 or 7 Britton entries in DNA databases, and will analyze them. It’s possible we might even match one of them. A Britton family from Gloucestershire and another from Essex are represented–1891 Census indicated that more Brittons lived in these two English counties than in any others; settlement patterns were probably more concentrated in the 17th century.

I hope Drew and Tyler (male descendants) keep track of all this. I had to become part detective to put this all together. It’s something that requires acquiring every possible record there is to form a pattern. After years and years of collecting data, my final coup was the determination of ownership of two slaves, Phillis and Lucy. There was no disputing that.

It will be fun to see what the tests reveal.

ENJOY A SIDEWAYS RAINY DAY…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 5:57 am

If this is Wednesday, it must be acupuncture day. Back to Salina.

A heavy rainstorm, with thunder, lightning and small hail is moving into Ellsworth, so Mark Bogner says. I’ll have to unplug my computer soon. I won’t be blogging again until evening.

This going to be a rainy, windy, chilly day so I’m looking forward to the trip today. Meredith is going to be hovering around Salina as well so we’ll try to meet for lunch. I intend to stop by the Surgical Center to see Rich and Ermil. Rich had hip replacement surgery yesterday and did splendidly. Only a few hours later he was up and walking around with the aid of a walker…and feeling great. Surgery is amazing.

Last night I had a call at 11:30 p.m. that awakened me from deep sleep. It wasn’t anything that couldn’t have waited until morning, or better yet, not come at all. I didn’t talk long but it caused a sleepless night. There isn’t much I can do about anything at that hour except respond to an emergency. He wanted me to post something on my blog, which he’s never read. His idea was was noble, but it’s not something I would do. My friend, Jesse, told me this morning you call this “drunk dialing”.

Dane said the Discovery News program on “Green…” was excellent. He was really impressed the way they presented the information. I asked what they said about wind energy and they reported it was coming down the pike but that it wasn’t perfected enough now to be a viable source of energy. I hope they show it on the Discovery Channel.

The latest:  We may not be alone in the universe.

The storm is coming….

Enjoy the rainy day.

4/24/2007

AUSTIN SEITZ, MARK SEITZ AND HOUSE GHOST

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:22 pm

Austin Seitz, son of Kim and Luke, cleared 6′ 7″ in the high jump at the Lindsborg track meet yesterday. It was a Lindsborg track record. Pretty cool. He has a couple inches to go to beat the EHS record held by Andy Friesen at 6′ 9″. It’s possible. I understand Hannah Wagner is the high jump coach and is a big help to the jumpers. Congratulations, Austin!

Track meets are about as exciting as watching paint peel. You tend to sit there bored to death until your special kid runs, jumps or throws. It takes only a few seconds of clapping and yelling then you sit staring into space for another couple of hours until he/she appears again. Home meets are different as Ron Svaty livens the day with his mutilation of foreign names. He’s the best. Other announcers could take a lesson from him to give us spectators a break.

Fortunately, my hours in the bleachers at Lindsborg yesterday were brightened considerably with a nice conversation with my friend Caleb, a Bethany College student who was there to see his sisters perform. He’s going to send me a list of some of his garden items so that I can post them. You’ll be able to see what is in store for us this summer at the Farmer’s Market.

We sprang a leak a week ago Sunday while the “family” was here having fun, but not THAT much fun. Randy came to see how water could be running out a light fixture in the basement where there are no pipes to leak and a dish cabinet above. We had to chalk it up to a house ghost and an unsolved mystery. It’s right by my computer so I’ll know if and when it happens again.

Speaking of Seitz’s, my friend, Mark Inman Seitz, is looking more like his ancestor, Col. Henry Inman, with each passing day. I guess that’s the point. He’s preparing to be a stand-in for his deceased ancestor in some event this summer. I hope he has a speaking part. He deserves it after all the effort it has taken to let his hair grow. heh

140 head of longhorn cattle are contracted for the cattle drive in September. Save the last weekend in Ellsworth for frontier action. It will be a great time for a family reunion or any other excuse you can think of to bring friends and relatives here to participate in the fun.

Thanks for tuning in.

WE’RE BEING DUPED AND IT’S AT OUR EXPENSE.

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 10:53 am

“Electricity has to be used instantaneously, cannot be reliably stored and has to be kept within a narrow band of voltage and frequency.”

Wind power always requires back up if we want lights to burn in our houses.

I have neither heard of, nor can I find where a fossil-fuel plant has been shut down anywhere in the world because there was plenty of wind power to offset it. Instead, it’s the reverse of that.

The more wind farms that are built, the more “back-up” power sources are required in the form of coal or gas, hydroelectric or nuclear fired energy plants. More contaminants are spewed into the air.

Consider this: Kansas now has 5 wind farms and 18 more are in the planning or construction stage. Here’s a map so you can see where there is a wind farm coming to your neighborhood.

Then, think about all the new/additional coal-fired and gas-fired plants the administration wants to see constructed in Kansas, with the bulk of them slated for western Kansas. All are necessary to back up the wind farms AND to supply other states with greater populations the energy they need. It’s not just for Kansans.

For every wind farm that is built, a more reliable energy source has to exist to back up the farm’s maximum potential output. It’s a vicious circle we ought not to be participating in.

We’re being duped and it’s at OUR expense. Once again, our tax dollars are working against us.

published in News Watch a service of National Wind Watch April 25, 2007

4/23/2007

IF YOU STILL THINK WIND ENERGY IS A GOOD THING, PERHAPS YOU SHOULD READ THE FOLLOWING.

Filed under: energy, print news — Peg Britton @ 9:11 pm

Alberta turns to natural gas after wind lessens reliability’

Alberta power utility Enmax Corp. said yesterday it is building a huge new power station in Southern Alberta fired with natural gas, partly to help boost the provincial grid’s reliability after Alberta’s aggressive expansion into wind energy made it vulnerable to power disruption. “We now have so much windpower generation that we need to fall back on reliable sources of power,” said Peter Hunt, an Enmax spokesman. “The problem with wind power is that the wind doesn’t blow all the time, so the greater percentage of the system depends on wind, the more vulnerable to disruption the system becomes when the wind stops blowing.”

…Alberta expanded into windpower generation aggressively since deregulating its electricity industry eight years ago. With more than 4% of its power coming from wind farms in the southern part of the province, it is the national leader in the green-energy source.

But the growth turned out to be too much of a good thing and the provincial grid operator, Alberta Electric System Operator, slapped a ban last April on the construction of any more wind farms until the reliability issues are resolved. …

…While environmentally friendly, the typical wind farm in Southern Alberta can harvest wind only 35% of the time.

Electricity has to be used instantaneously, cannot be reliably stored and has to be kept within a narrow band of voltage and frequency.

…An advantage of natural gasfired stations is that they can be turned on quickly, just like cooking gas. Coal-fired stations, on the other hand, need a long time to ramp up….

The above quotes are taken from the National Post, part of the Canada.com network. Please read the entire article by clicking here.
AND….

Wind Turbines “Not Reliable”…

By comparison, I’m trying to verify the Montezuma turbines only work 40% of the time, as I’ve heard.

The output then would be in the neighborhood of 2%.  And, remember the life of a turbine is about 15 years. Dogs live longer than that.

“GREEN…THE NEW RED, WHITE AND BLUE”

Filed under: energy, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 12:06 pm

Dane finds all kinds of good educational shows on TV and alerts me to them, when he can.  When he was here today, he said there is a good one on tonight on satellite TV, Discovery Times.  The program is, “Green…the New Red White and Blue”.  I believe he said it was on at 8:00.

As the title implies, the program is about the challenge of trying to find a huge amount of non-carbon energy for our future needs.  There will be segments about wind energy, he said.

Unfortunately, we don’t get Discovery Times on cable TV, but satellite subscribers will be able to watch it.

4/22/2007

DOUBLE HEADER DAY FOR MOVIES

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 7:57 pm

A friend and I went to back to back movies today in Salina. First there was “Disturbia followed by “Fracture”.

“Disturbia” is a modern day version of “Rear Window”. It’s a lot more violent than Rear Window, but it all ends well…and you know that from the beginning. See what Rolling Stone has to say.

Fracture, with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, was a fast-paced and intriguing movie. Here’s what Salon.com says.

I thought both movies were good, but I particularly liked Fracture, probably because I’m rarely disappointed in Anthony Hopkins performances.

Planet Earth was still on when I got home. It’s the best TV series I’ve seen in years. The photography is amazing.

Tyler and Brit’s flowers are so lovely. They will brighten our days on the decks all summer and fall…and remind us of Tyler.

Ringo greeted me when I returned home, wet and muddy from head to tail. That dog loves water and….mud. We can’t keep him clean when our pond and creek are full of water. Now he is missing again. It’s springtime.

At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the 6th of May this year, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07. This will never happen again in your life time.

You all know how much I enjoy Cheryl Unruh’s writing. She has nice things to say about her truck-drivin’ cousin, Doug, who stopped by Emporia to see her and Dave.

Thanks for tuning in.

SPRING TIME FOR PLANTING GARDENS

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 10:10 am

The local forecast was 100% wrong again as we didn’t have a drop of rain last night. Alas.

It’s time to start planting vegetables. We don’t do that anymore, but for those of you who do, Caleb is a good barometer to follow. He wrote this morning and said: “Yesterday we really got going on the garden. We planted 37 rows of assorted vegetables. The potatoes are just now coming up because the last frost burned them back. Speaking of potatoes I did plant fingerlings this year.”

I like fingerlings so I’m happy he planted some. We always look forward to having fresh produce from the garden and we can always rely on Caleb to provide a good assortment to choose from at the farmer’s market.

In an effort to exert their independence…or something…Tall Boy and others decided not to do the promenade. They were there, but didn’t participate. It was their option, I guess, but I’ll ask first if he’s going to walk down the aisle for graduation before I spend an afternoon in a hot gym. (smile…I wouldn’t miss it for anything!) Meredith and I enjoyed seeing the others and decided we go again next year. Same time next year.

I’m heading to Salina today to take in a movie. There are a couple that look pretty good and I need a day away. More on the movie later. Tall Boy and Grandpa are going to fill the planters with flowers. I don’t know what we’ll do when Tyler leaves for basic training…miss him a lot and all the help is always is to us.
It’s windy…windy…windy…

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