All posts by Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales - is the President of Cortes Currents and also the Cortes Radio Society, where he has had a radio program since 2014. He has had over 2,000 articles published, in print or web publications, since 1982. Close to 450 of these have been republished on the international renewable energy website Clean Technica. Roy has lived on Cortes Island since 2011.

The Arrests Began on Burnaby Mountain

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The arrests began on Burnaby Mountain. Police pushed the protestors back to the “legal protest” zone on Thursday.  Twenty-six were arrested.  David Suzuki’s grandson, Tamo Campos, and at least two members of the Squamish Nation were among them.

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Negative Impacts of Rooftop solar will Fall on Investors

Originally Published in Clean Technica 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1PV solar has been increasing at a rate of 50% a year for the past decade. This has led many utilities to question the impact that continued expansion will have on their investors and ratepayers. Andrew Satchwell et al studied the effects of PV solar penetration on two hypothetical utilities. In Financial Impacts of Net-Metered PV on Utilities and Ratepayers: A Scoping Study of Two Prototypical U.S. Utilities, they concluded the negative impacts of Net-Metered PV will fall on investors; Ratepayers may only feel modest losses.

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Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are 466 watershed in British Columbia. More than a quarter have problems with logging activities. The requirements to protect drinking water are not always clear or enforceable. In the interview that follows,  Hans Penner of the Elphinstone Logging Focus talks about logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed.

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