Ontario Power Generation

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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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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Smoke-free at both ends: Toronto subway and its main power source are fighting carbon, possibly winning

October 30, 2013
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Smoke-free at both ends: Toronto subway and its main power source are fighting carbon, possibly winning

Toronto’s subway trains carry thousands of passengers every hour through underground tunnels. This would be extremely difficult to accomplish if the traction power hurling the trains across the east-west line and up and down the north-south lines under the city were not supplied by electricity, which at its point of use is smoke-free. And from…

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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:

5,588 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 374.0 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:

14,390,743 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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