Ontario’s nuclear renaissance: million-tonne emission reductions, but zero payoff for McGuinty

Over the past six months, I have applauded Ontario’s recommitment to nuclear power. The nuclear renaissance in this province has already chopped twelve million tonnes per year from the province’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory—making it by far the biggest…

Heavyweight candidates push carbon cap-and-trade, nuclear power in U.S. mid-term elections: what does it mean for Canada?

The frantic clamour of the U.S. mid-terms is about to subside momentarily as hundreds of candidates wrap up their campaigns, cross their fingers, and wait for Tuesday’s results. For those who track government policy on energy and the environment, the…

Coal-based power generator contemplates acquiring nuclear, IGCC plant

In my September 14 post, I predicted that coal-based generating companies operating in carbon trading areas would begin acquiring nuclear assets as a way of hedging against carbon prices. Platts Commodity News quotes an NRG Energy official as saying the…