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Supply and demand in an electricity system must always be the same. When you produce too much, you have to figure out how to curtail production or export the excess. In Ontario we often curtail nuclear from the Bruce plant. To do this, we simply send the heat from the nuclear reactor into Lake Huron, but we don't save any nuclear fuel. We curtail wind. And we pay generators to not produce. In 2014, Ontario paid them $200 million to not produce. Sometimes we pay neighbours to take it. Or we sell it to them real cheap — under two cents/kWh. Ontario exported 12 per cent of what it produced last year, and sold much of it at very low prices.Continue reading »
Jay Heaman is passionate about renewable energy. An electrician by training, he worked for the local electricity distributor in Woodstock, Ontario, for 27 years. The job he now holds — manager of strategic initiatives for the County of Oxford — allows his passion free range.
In June 2015, Oxford (which is between Hamilton and London) passed a motion committing itself to 100 per cent renewable energy for electricity, heating and transportation by 2050. It's the first municipality in Ontario to make this promise. (Oxford won't ban fossil fuels but any used will be offset by renewables, resulting in net-zero carbon emissions.)Continue reading »
Last night, while watching the Rio 2016 Olympics, I was reminded that the David Suzuki Foundation's work can sometimes have unexpected ripple effects. A case in point: DSF's 2010 Olympics campaign, and how it's influenced subsequent Olympics, large companies and even governments.
Our goal in 2010 was to not only make the Vancouver Winter Olympics carbon-neutral (i.e., no net climate impact), but to use the unparalleled platform of the games to inspire Canadians — as well as a global audience numbering in the billions — with climate solutions.Continue reading »
Investing in community-owned solar power "really pays off." So says Ambrose Raftis, board chair of Green Timiskaming, a renewable energy co-op north of Sudbury near the Quebec border.Continue reading »