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Clean technology: since the 1960s, a vital bedrock Ontario—and Canadian—industry

March 10, 2014
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A Toronto Star piece this morning on “clean tech” jobs jumped out at me when a colleague sent it. The subtitle reads “Clean technology industry, undercut by Dalton McGuinty’s bungled green energy experiment, is poised to take off.” I did a double take. I’m just not used to seeing articles in Canada’s biggest newspaper—and most…

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Well attended nuclear conference kicks off interesting, productive year

March 5, 2014
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When you look at packed audience halls at a nuclear industry convention, you know there is activity in the industry. Last week’s Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference and trade show was very well attended, and not just by the Ontario nuclear utilities, Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power, whose billion dollar annual revenues make them…

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What is the true value of reliable electricity? Ask someone who is about to be reconnected after a blackout

February 12, 2014
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I have been part of a very interesting listserv discussion lately, on the value of reliable electricity. As I pointed out last article, in Ontario we have a topsy-turvy system for pricing electricity: we pay the least efficient and least-reliable generators the highest per-kWh price. The ones that have literally for decades provided affordable power…

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Disbelief, disarray in Ontario anti-nuclear circles as pension fund announces intention to increase share in nuclear power plant

February 5, 2014
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Less than a week ago, the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS), a pension plan, announced it will increase its share in Bruce Power. Bruce Power is a partnership that runs the Bruce nuclear plant, the biggest clean energy producer in the Western Hemisphere. OMERS’s representation in the partnership is by way of Borealis Infrastructure,…

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Can the Bruce nuclear partnership keep Ontario in Quadrant IV of the Carbon-Price Matrix?

February 3, 2014
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Can the Bruce nuclear partnership keep Ontario in Quadrant IV of the Carbon-Price Matrix?

My most recent posts on this blog have played on the theme of clean, cheap electricity as an environmental and societal benefit. Using the Electric Power Carbon-Price Matrix, I have compared electricity systems using the criteria of carbon emissions and price. I have proposed the C-P Matrix as the way for jurisdictions to plan electricity…

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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:

6,037 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 377.0 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:

14,446,897 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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