Return on R&D investment during a lethal heat wave: which public investments have paid off?

Earlier this week I posted about the performance of the Ontario nuclear fleet in the recent heat wave. Briefly, I emphasized that during that extreme event—which, tragically, killed people in the U.S.—Ontario nuclear reactors produced literally fifty times as much…

Ontario nuclear performance in the recent heat wave

Anybody who followed the output of Ontario’s electric generators during last week’s heat wave would have noticed the nuclear fleet’s stellar performance. During the entire week, the sixteen nuclear units—with a total electricity generating capacity of around 11,500 megawatts—ran at…

Ontario nuclear fleet cracks 10,000 MW output as first serious heat wave of 2012 bears down: do 416 voters know what is running and cooling Toronto?

At six a.m. today (June 19), the Ontario nuclear fleet was providing 10,550 megawatts of electric power to the provincial grid. That works out to over 62 percent of the supply. Nuclear output has rarely been over 10,000 MW since…