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The numbers are in, and they show a dramatic shift away from conventional fossil and nuclear electricity generation and towards generation from renewable sources. The information is from the Office of Energy Projects of FERC, the US federal electricity sector regulator, and from Sourcewatch.org, a watchdog group that tracks US coal plants.
A recent poll on renewable energy found that support for renewable energy was strong in two swing states in particular, Colorado, and Iowa. (more…)
Nuclear proponents like to talk about how affordable the power is from nuclear plants. But we all know that someday, we will need to safely decommission the plants, and that is going to cost a lot. After all, it is tricky business dealing with highly toxic materials. You can’t just use a wrecking ball. And it is has never been done before with Candu reactors used in Ontario. We will have to invent a way to safely do it. The Vancouver Sun has published an article that estimates the cost to decommission the Gentilly reactor in Quebec at $1.6 billion.
Ontario has some electricity surpluses at times, which the IESO calls “Surplus Baseload Generation”, or SBG. What is it? Is it bad or good? Why do we have it? What solutions are available to solve it? You will no doubt hear more about this, as the Conservatives and anti wind people are sure to twist this into something it is not. The Star has written an article on it. (more…)
Some of the opponents of green energy have been saying that Ontario’s residential electricity prices are the second highest in North America. This was repeated as recently as last week by Gwyn Morgan in a column in the Globe and Mail. Gwyn Morgan is the former CEO of the natural gas producer, Encana, and currently chair of SNC Lavalin. It surprised me to hear that Ontario’s electricity prices were the second highest in North America (after PEI), so I decided to do some research.