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Hartford Courant

Hydro Electric Project On Canton Town Meeting Agenda

The only references I have seen refer to "peak power output". Well I'd like to know where all this energy is going to come from if you consider the average flow of the river during the winter months. Wikipedia lists a simple formula for approximating electric power production at a hydroelectric plant. That is: P = hrgk, where P is Power in kilowatts, h is height in meters, r is flow rate in cubic meters per second, g is acceleration due to gravity of 9.8 m/s2, and k is a coefficient of efficiency ranging from 0 to 1. If I generously assume the height of the water at each dam is 12 meters, and the flow rate is about 10 cubic meters per second (typical winter flow, and 30% more flow than is available today) I come up with a power calculation of 1176 KW/hr max potential per dam if you assume an theoretical efficiency of 1. Even during the summer months the flow is hard pressed to reach 15 cm/s. that is a far cry from a megawatt… Have I miscalculated something? (I’d welcome correction) This seems to back up my calculations: http://www.nooutag electric-potential .gif Even if we were to assume that the potential was 2MW, wouldn’t the payback period be excessively long if ever? If private enterprise chose to NOT build here there must have been a reason. Could it be that they realized that it was not economically viable? Even if my numbers are not correct, I simply do not believe that the town should be in the business of generating power.  (Jan 27, 2009 | post #1)

Hartford Courant

LeGeyt Wins GOP Primary In 17th State House District

Way to go Tim. Glad to see you got the nod.  (Aug 14, 2008 | post #5)

Hartford Courant

Bahre Out Of First Selectman Race

While I was not a supporter of Matt Bahre, I am absolutely sick and tired of this newspapers continuing references to his legal issues. Mark Spencer - GET OVER IT. It is old news which has absolutely no bearing on the story. You continuing to bring up the issue in any article you can is a childish attempt to create controversy. It is not appreciated or even close to good journalism.  (Nov 5, 2007 | post #11)

Hartford Courant

Avon Truck Ban Draws Complaints --

Actually from my quick tally more people have been killed on Rt. 179 south of Collinsville over the past 4 years. Rt. 179 through Collinsville and heavy truck traffic is an accident waiting to happen. This ban is the wrong way to address the issue I'm afraid. IMHO of course. Unfortunately any of the proposed VIABLE solutions I've seen has someone all worked up.  (Sep 19, 2007 | post #6)

Hartford Courant

Town Gets $993,504 More From State --

Open space? You've gotta be kidding me. Where do our elected officials get these ideas? This is exactly why we need to get out and VOTE our feelings in the next election. Spend the money on a new officer, or how about a tax CREDIT next year for every taxpayer in town.  (Jul 10, 2007 | post #9)