Climate change

Money for nothing: German wind turbines and solar panels useless during coldest, darkest part of the year

January 9, 2014
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Money for nothing: German wind turbines and solar panels useless during coldest, darkest part of the year

Germany has some of the dirtiest and most expensive electricity in the European Union. How is that possible, you ask, given that Germany also has the most wind turbines and solar panels in the EU? It is possible because wind turbines and solar panels cannot run an electricity system. They are mostly for show. Their…

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Electricity prices in the EU, a tale of four countries: the price of political correctness II

December 17, 2013
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Electricity prices in the EU, a tale of four countries: the price of political correctness II

Denmark and Germany have the highest household electricity prices in the OECD. France and Finland have prices that are in the lower 17 of the OECD’s 34 countries. It wasn’t always that way. As you can see in the chart and table below—both based on recently published OECD data—Denmark, Germany, and France had very similar…

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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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Nuclear energy in Ontario: the unmentionable cause of a beautiful effect

December 4, 2013
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Bruce Power, the partnership that runs the Bruce nuclear generating plant, which is North America’s biggest clean energy centre, has been running a series of TV ads pointing up the biggest greenhouse gas reduction in North America since the Kyoto Protocol. Using the slogan “Nuclear up, coal down,” Bruce Power simply points out a central…

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Affordable low-carbon development: Romania shows Germany how it’s done

December 2, 2013
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Affordable low-carbon development: Romania shows Germany how it’s done

Germany has some of the highest electricity prices in the European Union. German households pay upwards of 38 Canadian cents for each kilowatt-hour of power. Romanian households pay some of the lowest: less than 16 Canadian cents. Which is to say, Germans pay more than double what Romanians pay. (You can see a comparison of…

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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:

5,462 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 372.7 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:

14,388,128 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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