Energy conservation

German electricity problems: why can’t they just conserve?

November 7, 2013
By
German electricity problems: why can’t they just conserve?

Ontario’s electricity is much cleaner than Germany’s. Here is a comparison of the carbon content per unit of electricity, from 2011: It is important to note that Germany’s 2011 CIPK of roughly 540 grams is based on CO2 emissions of roughly 325 million tons from combustible fuel sources. These sources produced roughly 405.9 billion kilowatt-hours…

Read more »

Why are Ontario electricity carbon emissions so low? Introducing the CIPK: the most important number in clean electricity

April 2, 2013
By
Why are Ontario electricity carbon emissions so low? Introducing the CIPK: the most important number in clean electricity

What is the most important number in clean electricity? It is the carbon intensity per kilowatt-hour (CIPK): the total amount of carbon dioxide, or CO2, in metric tons, emitted by the emitting generators feeding the grid, divided by the total amount of electricity generated, in kilowatt-hours. As you can see in Table 1 on the…

Read more »

Low carbon sustainability advocacy: walking the talk in Ottawa

March 28, 2013
By
Low carbon sustainability advocacy: walking the talk in Ottawa

I often attend gatherings and events that have an environmental theme: it is not only part of my personal evangelism as an environmentalist and nuclear advocate, it is also simply enjoyable to discuss things with smart people who share some of my interests and concerns. Yesterday I attended a presentation that was somewhat different, in…

Read more »

Nuclear power in the Japan election: a return to the atom?

December 16, 2012
By

In 1997, Japan hosted a conference at Kyoto, in which most of the world’s industrialized countries agreed in principle to reduce their man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to roughly five percent below 1990 levels. Nearly 14 years later, Japan abruptly abandoned that goal after a tsunami of unprecedented power destroyed hundreds of communities along its…

Read more »

Remembering the August 14 Blackout: street crime, comical interviews, and energy conservation

August 14, 2012
By

Nine years ago today, the eastern North American electricity grid crashed when trees fell on a transmission line in Ohio. Most of the northeastern U.S. and southern Ontario suddenly were without electricity. The blackout occurred in the middle of a hot sunny Thursday afternoon. I was walking back to my downtown Ottawa office when everything…

Read more »

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

5,448 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 364.6 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:

14,386,720 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

VOTE in today’s poll

Should molybdenum-99, a vitally important medical isotope that is produced most efficiently in nuclear fission reactors, become more expensive?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...