Natural gas

Quebec anti-nukes go down in flames: EXCELLENT news for the environment

April 7, 2014
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Quebec anti-nukes go down in flames: EXCELLENT news for the environment

Yesterday I wrote about why I am sanguine about mankind’s prospects of reducing emissions of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) on the scale necessary to curb anthropogenic climate change. There is a solution, an obvious and easy one; that solution is nuclear energy. I know it doesn’t seem easy. But that is because the world has…

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Russian gas vs. European electricity: will the Third Electrification win the sanctions war?

March 17, 2014
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“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.” So, according to many, said Sigmund Freud. Let’s hope that the hurling of insults is the worst things get in the current tensions over Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea. And let’s hope that the most serious concrete policy moves are…

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Fighting carbon with electricity: bringing the Third Electrification to Ontario

March 14, 2014
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Ontario electricity-related greenhouse gases are at their lowest point in our modern history. This is because most of the electricity fed into our grid comes from zero-carbon sources, the biggest of which by far is nuclear. Nuclear in 2000 represented about 40 percent of total generation, and total generation-related GGHs in that year were over…

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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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Values, strategy, and opportunity: Toronto 416 is up for grabs, and the parties know it

January 21, 2014
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Why did NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns, in a very successful media blitz in which he attacked Ontario Liberal energy policies, not attack nuclear as the source of Ontario electricity price hikes? You would think that would be his number one gambit: it has been all along, including in a pre-election TVO Agenda debate with…

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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:

6,701 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 383.9 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:

14,325,533 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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