The Glengarry News

Answer may be blowing in the wind


The Editor, As former Montréaler­s and now, North Glengarry residents of almost five years, my wife Claire and I are all too aware of the high cost of Ontario electricit­y.

Like others, we try to take advantage of the off-peak and mid-peak electricit­y rates. We have also purchased numerous small solar light units which we charge during sunny days and use as indoor and outdoor night lights. One day while sitting on my front balcony and pondering how I could judiciousl­y manage my meager retirement pension income, an 18-wheeler thundered past my house on County Road 24.

That my hat was blown off my head was not as surprising as the screen door being sucked open. I marvelled at the force of the vacuum created by the passing vehicle. It's said that necessity is the mother of invention.

Perhaps it was serendipit­y that the evening before, I had read an article on the Internet about a giant mechanism being placed in the waters of the Bay of Fundy to harness the tides and manufactur­e electricit­y to power Nova Scotia homes. Why not take advantage of the speeding vehicles on County Road 24? Instead of inviting the O.P.P. to man a post in my driveway so that they can catch and ticket those drivers who wish to recreate the scenes from The Fast and Furious or perhaps who are practising for the Daytona 500, Hydro One can install scores of windmill-designed propeller blades well spaced out along the road shoulder, so that each unit can capture the currents of air produced by speeding trucks and automobile­s. Wait a minute! Another great idea just popped into my head!

One has only to drive along County Road 24 to notice that every mailbox along the roadside is leaning askew.

Now no negative comments can be directed at the snowplow driver as he diligently patrols our roads during the Winter and allows us to safely drive from here to there on clean scraped surfaces.

However, if we could harness the tremendous force of the plows' curling snow showers, with windmill- designed blades well spaced out along the road shoulder, just think of the electricit­y we could take advantage of.

I'll leave it up to some Hydro One engineers to develop the mechanical prototypes and simply request an appropriat­e credit being applied to my monthly electricit­y bill, for coming up with this brainstorm of ideas.

Jerry Boroff, Dalkeith

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