Ontario fiddles while gas burns: get ready for another energy price hike

May 23, 2008

To read new posts, see the Canadian Energy Issues homepage Last Friday, the Ontario Minister of Energy gave the operator of the province’s four coal-fired electricity generating plants until 2011 to cut annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by two-thirds. I support emission reductions, but there are good ways and bad ways to achieve them. This…

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Power up, ’topes down: Canadian government rolls the nuclear dice in Ontario

May 20, 2008

Last March, the Harper government finally threw some money at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL): $300 million to finally commercialize its new flagship, the ACR1000 power reactor. AECL, a federal crown corporation, is in the fight of its life in Ontario, where, for the first time, it faces international competition in its bid to…

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Natural gas will drive power price hike: spirit of Enron lives in Ontario

May 15, 2008

When George W. Bush became U.S. president in January 2001, his friend Ken Lay, the CEO of Enron, tried hard to persuade him to adopt the carbon emission reductions required by the Kyoto Protocol. Enron, as you will remember, was a new giant in the U.S. energy business until its spectacular collapse in August 2001.…

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Ontario nuclear competition: which Team Canada will show up?

May 12, 2008

To read new posts, see the Canadian Energy Issues homepage Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) is, for the first time in its history, in a competitive process to sell nuclear reactors in Ontario. It is competing against two deep-pocketed giants of the international nuclear industry, Areva and Westinghouse. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this…

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Ontario power output, emissions drop in April: what will summer bring?

May 1, 2008

Last winter’s massive snowfalls, as I mentioned on April 22, did Ontario a big favour by melting—thereby adding to the province’s hydroelectric output. Hydro provided around a third of our electricity in the month of April; it usually provides about 25 percent. According to Electric Power Statistics, while overall provincial power output was down by…

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GNEP in doubt: implications for Canada’s nuclear plans

April 28, 2008

Canada joined the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) in late 2007, under somewhat ambiguous terms. The GNEP is a U.S.-led international effort to promote nuclear power while ensuring strict control over the proliferation-sensitive parts of the nuclear fuel cycle. GNEP envisions two types of members: fuel-cycle states, and fuel-recipient states. Fuel cycle states will provide…

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Winter pays big power dividend: Ontario emissions plummet as snowmelt jacks hydro output

April 22, 2008

Like many others, I cursed last winter’s massive snow dumps when I was driving, and blessed them when I was skiing. And now, with most of the snow gone, I’m blessing them again. That’s because I’m watching winter’s second big payoff in near real-time, as all that melting snow starts thundering through Ontario’s 60-odd hydro…

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Earth Hour Ontario post mortem: what the numbers tell us

April 17, 2008

I mentioned on March 30, and it bears repeating: Ontario electricity output increased during Earth Hour. Some media stories claimed that there were decreases in power consumption in cities like Toronto and Ottawa during the big event, and they may be right (though the cynic in me suspects they are not). But make no mistake:…

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India’s nuclear expansion: climate change and the Great Game

April 7, 2008

Climate change and nuclear weapons proliferation are the biggest dangers facing humanity. The two issues are inextricably and dramatically linked in the U.S.-India civilian nuclear deal. In its drive to industrialize, India will need enormous amounts of electricity. As in many other major economies in the world, most of India’s new power will come 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:

5,801 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 359.8 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:

14,428,122 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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