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Germany and the Iron Rule of Power Generation: when nuclear goes down, carbon goes up

December 17, 2013
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Germany and the Iron Rule of Power Generation: when nuclear goes down, carbon goes up

In electric power generation in developed countries, when one form of steady, large-scale, reliable generation comes out of the system, another with the same attributes must go in to replace it. If the first form steadily puts, say, 1,000 megawatts into the grid, hour after hour, day after day, then the form that replaces it…

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Carbon and cost: the real meaning of energy security in Ontario

December 9, 2013
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Carbon and cost: the real meaning of energy security in Ontario

Less than a month ago, the Power Workers’ Union published a supplemental article in the Globe and Mail on energy security. Energy security sounds like a wonkish term, but it packs enormous meaning especially on days like today (Monday, December 9, 2013) where temperatures across Ontario range from 1 °C in Toronto to -25 in…

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How to tell if electricity decarbonization is working: replace renewable energy standards with a simple carbon standard

November 26, 2013
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There is no shortage of advice out there about how to decarbonize the economy. A lot of of it focuses on electricity, and power generation especially. This is natural—electric power generation is the world’s largest source category for anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions (see the IEA publication “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion” page 9). However, too…

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The Wealth of (Asian) Nations: poised to deliver massive carbon reductions in the UK

November 15, 2013
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Asian financial power is firming up behind nuclear power in the United Kingdom. Chinese and Japanese consortia have moved into this big market, and are poised to enter the regulatory process en route to building thousands of megawatts of zero-carbon generating capacity. This is good news. The world needs more nuclear power. It actually needs…

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Keystone fight approaches criticality: TransCanada’s biggest clean asset stays critical

August 16, 2013
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TransCanada Inc., the favourite pinata of green fashionistas, is part owner of Bruce Power, which operates the biggest clean energy centre in the western hemisphere. Every hour of every day, the Bruce nuclear generating plant on the eastern shore of Lake Huron cranks out between 4,000 and 6,000 megawatts of clean electricity—more than enough to…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

5,538 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 381.1 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,317,934 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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