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2014-06-28 at 17:02

Power partnership

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- The biomass project at Confederation College has a new backer.

The college announced earlier this week the new facility will be known as the Ontario Power Generation Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre, with the provincial power authority agreeing to a five-year partnership.

The multi-year collaboration will see Ontario Power Generation contribute $500,000 over the five years towards the continued development of the centre.

The biomass will be used to provide 80 per cent of the required heat to the Shuniah and REACH building during the upcoming winter.

The main boiler house will feature a "living labratory" where different sources of urban forest waste will be measured for its effectiveness. The boiler will be made available both for the students and faculty for demonstration, training and applied research as was as to industry professionals.

The long-term purpose of the project is to develop a strategy for remote northern First Nations that rely on imported diesel fuel to use more available sources to power their communities.

The college had previously received a $100,000 grant from the TD Bank Group to aid the first phase of the project.

Confederation College is working together with Lakehead University and North Bay’s Nipissing University on the endeavour.

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RelaxinginMurillo says:
I agree that the apparently 'heavily in debt' Hydro One/OPG should not be funding this kind of project.

Also.. it would be nice if you guys posted your actual kwh used per month.. a dollar figure doesnt really compare apples to apples.
We typically use 1300 kwh, and pay $240/mo for that out in Oli-Poo. Electric; water heater, water pump, cooking, 2 pc's 24/7 (btw, thats about $25/mo right there..). We shower/launder always off-peak and have mostly CFL lighting.
And they say hydro is only just beginning its climb upwards in price.. yikes..
6/30/2014 11:32:10 PM
The Beaver…. says:
better yet Lori we can all sit by a Candle.The point here is that OPG has no business to hand out grants to anybody,money that is fraudulently taken from the Hydro Customer,then comeback and declare the rates are going up.If you are ok with that Lori.. then sit in the dark or
forever be happy.You are not Caterpillar,or
Libby's or any of the many Companies that moved because of the ecorbitent hydro rates.Even you sometimes have to look past your twisted political affiliation Lori.
6/30/2014 2:33:03 PM
ALEXA says:
To all people who are talking about their hydro costs, if OPG quit spending money on things like this, your hydro bills would be less then they are now. End of story....All OPG costs no matter what they are for get passed on to the hydro customers and are part of your hydro bill.
6/30/2014 10:30:18 AM
Mason bar beenie says:
Our hydro bill is under a hundred per month. Usually around $80, and that is with 4 kids.
We changed to on demand gas water heat this year, and high efficiency laundry appliances. Use medium efficiency appliances in kitchen. With the kids we implement a no high peak charging time on electronics, and everyone knows what are the peak times and off peak times. If you're complaining about hydro being too high you're being lazy, because there are ways to decrease. Turn your tv off for starters!
It's like people complaining about garbage, 3 bags is plenty and again we are a family of 6.
If you don't like it do something about it or move.
6/29/2014 10:29:25 PM
tsb says:
My hydro is $115 per month. Less than 10% of my energy usage is during peak periods (since I am not home and have good natural lighting). The biggest user of energy is the electric water tank, followed by kitchen appliances. All lighting is CFL and LED, the entire place is lit by less than 300 watts.
6/29/2014 1:49:38 PM
The Beaver…. says:
Lori..we went through this once before,there is no way that your bill is $ 69.00 a month all included
If you do not count the extras then you are living in denial..tax,delivery,reduction,and to simply just be hooked up.Even if you do your laundry on weekends only you will not be able to get it down to that
6/29/2014 11:57:27 AM
RAM501 says:
My all in, total Thunder Bay Hydro bill is $106.74 for two months. Up from 95.00 a year ago.
3 bedroom, 2 story house. Gas furnace and gas water heater. Elec Dryer. All lights are CFL, two LCD TV's and an outdoor gas grill used year round. Almost never plug the cars in.
If people pay a lot more for similar usage they should ask for a new meter.
6/29/2014 5:14:07 PM
lori says:
And because you say it, 26 folks must agree with you with no evidence once again demonstrating the silliness of folks on this site.
Power use 74.00 Delivery 49.00 Regulatory Charges 6.00 Debt Retirement 6.00, HST 18.00, Clean Energy Credit 15.00. All numbers rounded. Sorry to disappoint you Beaver. Most not all washing done on weekends and after 7. Dishwasher, after 7 usually, not always. Cooking whenever I want. Two computers 24/7, old fashion hot water tank, gas fireplace on main floor.

you folks just do not know how to turn power off. My bill in april for February to April was under $170.00 for two months. The complainers just want to complain.

As I said. I must be the only household in Ontario who does not have expensive hydro. Those on hydro one, those using electric heat. I get it. Those in this city. If your bills are high it is because of you. Turn the power off or is that too much of an inconvenience for you.
6/29/2014 8:46:18 PM
hadenough says:
TSB, you have a bi-monthly billing not monthly.
My hydro billing for my house averages $120. I'm not here much though. The dishwasher and washing machine is on a timer, my hot water heater is gas and I'm reasonably diligent on making sure things are turned off when not in use.
It is possible to cut back on power consumption, but you have to have the will to do it.
6/30/2014 7:48:26 AM
lori says:
and the shortsighted crying begins again.

I just received our hydro bill. $138.00 for the two months. We must be the only house in Ontario with cheap power

If you have a high bill, use less.
If gas is too much, drive less
if heating is to much, put on a sweater
If food is too much, grow a garden or buy in bulk more
if your expenses are to high, get rid of your cell phone and expensive tv provider
Stop buying designer clothes

stop complaining and do something for yourself instead of this constant dribble that every bad thing in your life is somehow connected to the gov't.

Is research and innovation not an important part of our future or do you even know what research is.

My goodness you people complain a lot.
6/29/2014 9:46:37 AM
Pierre says:
Lori - good for you that you have a low hydro bill, but that is not the point. Yes, we all make choices. BUT - I pay my hydro bill for my consumption, debt retirement, delivery etc. and that is all I should be paying for. I should NOT be paying for post secondary education and research through my hydro bill. I already pay for that through my taxes to Ministry of Colleges etc. Hydro's ability to use my money for anything other than supplying power is wrong.
6/29/2014 12:38:46 PM
alexa says:
Gotta agree with Pierre here. I can't believe the Ontario Energy Board allows to still spend money like drunken sailors.
6/29/2014 9:10:11 AM
fan says:
Research? Really? Confederation College is an institute of APPLIED learning. Why is it conducting academic research?! This once credible institute continues to waver and deviate from its educational priorities and should re-think whose needs it is serving.
6/29/2014 4:52:27 AM
mysaytbay says:
A solution is in need indeed for the northern communities. Flying in fuel aint cheap or efficient. But I'm not sure this is the answer
6/29/2014 12:38:02 AM
Pierre says:
This is now getting ridiculous. Recently OPG gave 700K to the college for some sort of apprenticeship program, now this. I pay my Hydro bills to keep my household running. Quit using my money for for your pet projects. You are not a private company! How does this benefit me??? If you have so much money that you can afford to do this, then lower my electricity rate. This should be illegal.
6/28/2014 7:54:32 PM
ring of fire dude says:
"The long-term purpose of the project is to develop a strategy for remote northern First Nations that rely on imported diesel fuel..." Waste of money from a higher education institution who was griping about not enough dorms for their students . By the time they figure out a strategy the R of F road may be in and there won't be anybody left in the northern communities to use the power . On another note , where exactly will these communities get the biomass ? They will have to import it also since most of the communities are in swamps or the James Bay Lowlands , how cheap is that going to be ?
6/28/2014 7:54:11 PM
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