Entries by David Dodge from 06/2013

What's Next for Hybrids and Electric Cars?

| Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Business

The 100-mile-per-gallon car has arrived but it's still a niche item. Change on a grand scale will only come when we get beyond the early adopters and that will happen when either the price of technology comes way down or the price of gas goes way up.

Electric Cars: The Fast and the Chargeable

| Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Business

Tesla, the pioneering electric vehicle manufacturer made the news recently and it wasn't about their cars or their flamboyant founder, Elon Musk. No, Tesla made the news because it paid off $465 million in government loans nine years early. Tesla is also estimating that it will sell 21,000 units of its Model S, its family sedan, in 2013.

How Distributed Generation is Revolutionizing Energy in Canada

| Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Business

The transmission grid remains the inflexible behemoth it was 50 years ago. The central idea of distributed generation -- where nimble, low-cost generators generate electricity where you need it -- is the equivalent of going from mainframe computer that takes up half a building to an iPad.

Biomass: There's Money in That Wood Waste

| Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Business

District heating is a simple idea. Produce the heat in a large centralized plant and then pipe it to nearby customers, but it still hasn't cracked into the mainstream in Canada yet. The heating provided by the biomass project can cover half of the heating load on the coldest prairie winter day of the year and the vast majority of the heating loads the rest of the year.