Council treated like Mushrooms kept in the dark and fed Bullshit

Nelson Hydro installing underwater Fiberoptic Cable Has the hydro general manager produced a business case for the underwater fiber crossing?He provided one for the solar garden even though there never was a business case! City councilhas to depend on their experts recommendations. Nelson hydro is installing underwater fiberoptic cable to the north shore, reasons given future growth, sewage lift station monitoring, electric grid security, voltage optimization.I think its to connect to the Columbia Basin Broadband fibre at Balfour, but your Nelson hydroelectric bill is paying. Just like it pays for so many other city items. Its easier to raise electric rates than taxes. I am happy half the customers live outside the city and help me to pay for this city but I don't like paying for something worthless. The contract shows a 288 strand single mode optic fibre underwater cable to the north shore. To help you put that in perspective. One strand bandwidth can support 10GB of …



    A past Nelson Hydro engineer spoke about Voltage Optimization at a public
hydro budget meeting a couple years ago.   We haven't heard about it since.

This could save a lot of energy, thus getting this city to its goal of 100% renewable
by having far more cheap electricity available.

The concept is similar to your home water pressure regulator.  In Nelson city water pressure
can be and is higher than what you want inside your home.  Typical home water pressure
regulators are set for about 60 psi.   City water pressure on the inlet side at my home is over 80 psi it can be much higher at times.   This could cause leaks in your plumbing, that is why you have a water pressure regulator.

These devices require no attention they just keep working year after year reliably.

The same concept can be applied to Electricity.

At the moment  I am seeing 128.7 vac, at my electric outlets, I have seen 130vac and higher.

Let me show you ba…

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner


I believe it will be far easier to follow my complaint with these blog entries with 

This is regarding my FOI (freedom of information) request for records regarding the
engineering drawings for the Nelson Community Solar Garden

Its my contention this fails the engineering as provided for the project.
This disrespects the public by Nelson hydro management who accept this work and the profession of engineering whose members deliver this work.

The Engineering Firm MacLeod Nine Consultants Ltd. of Nelson BC provided the
city the drawings as Project No. 15-065 to Nelson Hydro.

Dated 160310 Issued for Pricing  Rev B
           160407 Issued for Review  "     A

The Installation is not installed as shown on these drawings resulting in shading of solar panels
and movement of ground mounted concrete ballasting due to earth movements possibly
a result of not using the mentioned 1200 lb vibratory roller stated in the engineers drawings.



Also be aware in certain jurisdictions fire insurance is no longer available and likely will 
find its way here into BC.

Building inspectors and Emergency responders pay attention to the setback requirements on roof systems, for example these DO NOT exist for the present Balfour community buildings, especially the Community Hall.

BE AWARE in case of emergency/fire, shutting off the building power or solar still leaves 
LETHAL voltages on the roof in sunshine.   There are techniques for fire departments, training and 
other aids that will and should be trained in case of emergencies/fires.

The recently announced new offering of $900,000 in CBT grant funding for community alternate energy systems will likely result in more community building solar systems

Information for fire fighters click here 

               The title "we did our homework" comes from an email to me from the RDCK director Ramona Faust.

Councillor Logtenberg's Memory Lapse

UPdate Mar. 2019,  still no idea where the solar system bought with public money disappeared to.
Now Councillor Logtenberg(the sky is falling) is on his doom and gloom the world is ending
 in 11 years, global warming tirade,.  He should be running this city for the benefit of all, he is
there for his benefit, Nelson taxpayers will be paying for this.

He is claiming Climate Emergency and the city has joined some save the planet wacko group.

I first became aware of Mr. Logtenberg via the Seed Network Solar power system grant and I wrote
a letter to the editor at that time.  $25,000 in public grant money disappears in little more than a year.

The business the solar system and everyone disappeared a little more than a year later, I emailed Mr. Logtenberg and others associated with the Seed Network, these emails never bounced back to me undelivered, nor did I ever get a reply.

I was asking what happened to the solar system, I also contacted the Min…

City of Nelson power projects

City of Nelson Master Water Plan


Summer water restrictions as I understand it are due to lack of storage not water.

Nelson's primary water source is identified as a risk to spills, forest fires and slide never mind

 Below is shown a contour of this 7 km long line.
A study showed two potential microhydro power sites.  These would help pay for the project and reduce excess power purchases from Fortis.

The city is very fortunate having a gravity water system with 11 water pressure reducing stations.

One of these city PRV stations is microhydro ready.

Nelson and BC is a waterpower province with many opportunities for clean green reliable power generation.

This looks like a wonderful opportunity for this system. See the YouTube video here.

How many other local possibilities exist for this?

Nakusp put microhydro on their  city water intake for $150,000 it earns them $100 a day.

The last city council visited the Nakusp project.

Kimberley has microhydro power on their city w…

Nelson Solar Garden (mis) Engineering

Jan 28, 2019  UPDate, my FOI request to the city for the engineering notes regarding the Nelson solar garden is overdue.  Law requires a response within 30 business days.  I phoned today, the person in charge told me they were just about to deal with it.  How coincidental. Also I was told there is NO information.    The engineers drawings and what is installed bear no resemblance to each other, also the engineered drawings mention notes to be kept and inspections, I was asking for this, the engineers drawings state these are to be retained by the owner(city).     Just more stonewalling, blocking, denial from this city.  Transparency in this city, ethics?  Non existant in my experience with the city.

Below is a Professional Installation for A Homeowner the system
is about a km as the crow flies from the Commercial Nelson Community Solar Garden

Above we see the wooden Nelson Solar Garden mounting system This is more likely to be seen in a home DIY installation Installed at unoptimal 30…