Monday, January 31, 2011

Ontario Clean Technology Alliance Attends EUEC 2011 to Advance Aggressive Policy Goals Through Increased Trade on Energy Efficiency Technologies

Ontario Clean Technology Alliance Attends EUEC 2011 to Advance Aggressive Policy Goals Through Increased Trade on Energy Efficiency Technologies

Not that we didn't already have a plan ... but we've got yet another $50 million to find some ideas on what to do with a smart grid.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ontario consumers bear the costs of exporting hydro: NDP | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

Ontario consumers bear the costs of exporting hydro: NDP | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

The Sun's article begins ...
"When it comes to hydro, Ontarians pay the full sticker price while other jurisdictions get the province’s electricity wholesale, the Ontario NDP says."

I don't agree with the NDP's solutions, but it nice to see they've picked up the problem correctly!

TheSpec - Ontario a power trader in electricity market

TheSpec - Ontario a power trader in electricity market

I am annoyed by this article in the Hamilton paper.
This Premier is not being an honest man. We exported 15TWh at around $36/MWh. The 142 TWh we used within our borders we paid $65/TWh for. The NDP example - which is independent verification of data I first noted - is of the highest winter demand day in 2 years, which was met by the second highest production period in all the IESO's data, saw to high exports of, obviously, coal and gas generated supply - at low prices. We know the explanation. You've already contracted the supply and the depressed price that day was less depressed that it has been most of the months. So answer the question honestly. We have committed to burning fossil fuels as we procured too much firm supply, at prices well above our, or any adjacent, markets. Mr. Duguid and Premier McGuinty both seem not only determined to tailor their message to imbeciles, they get quite annoyed if somebody pays them the complement of asking an intelligent question.

Capital Power must continue to offset coal plant emissions as promised: regulator

Capital Power must continue to offset coal plant emissions as promised: regulator

Facts About ‘Green Job’ Creation Elusive as the Wind

Facts About ‘Green Job’ Creation Elusive as the Wind

It is difficult to identify a single job with a single policy - especially if very few jobs exist ...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

what God Gave Them: Sun, Wind, Rain, and Uranium


Quotes From, President and CEO of Bruce Power, Duncan Hawthorne's Speech to the Empire Club, January 20, 2011
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"The challenge for Canada – and it’s really very obvious in the media right now – is what kind of industry do we want? What kind of industry do we see? The one thing I know from my experience in this industry is you cannot be schizophrenic about the nuclear power industry. It requires sponsorship – not subsidy; it requires sponsorship and commitment.

Ontario needs more than 2,000 MW of new nuclear despite what the Long-Term Energy Plan says


By: Donald Jones, P.Eng. - retired nuclear industry engineer - 2011 January 20

The Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) 20 year Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) was filed with the Ontario Energy Board in 2007, then withdrawn. The government has now prepared the 2010 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) which it will pass to the OPA for implementation as the revised IPSP. This plan has an energy supply mix that depends on nuclear, hydro, gas, wind, solar and biofuels. The plan calls for nuclear to meet 50 percent of demand but says that having more than this would cause problems for the grid. See APPENDIX for more information. It does see a new 2,000 MW station at Darlington, hopefully two Generation III+ ACR-1000s, or failing that, four Generation III Enhanced CANDU 6s.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CBC News - Toronto - Ont. sometimes gives away excess power

CBC News - Toronto - Ont. sometimes gives away excess power

More on McGuinty's struggles with math, economics, and electricity

Ontario profits from electricity exports, even if $6M given away: McGuinty - Winnipeg Free Press

Ontario profits from electricity exports, even if $6M given away: McGuinty - Winnipeg Free Press

Interesting spin from McGuinty in this article. $300 million dollars on 15TWh is $20/MWh. Mr. Hudak has a point as Ontarians paid over 3 times that amount.

More wind means more risk to the Ontario electricity grid

By: Donald Jones, P.Eng. - retired nuclear industry engineer - 2011 January 22


In order to accommodate more wind onto its electricity grid without decreasing its reliability Ontario will have to export all the wind electricity it generates, at very much below its generation cost, and depend on more accurate wind forecasting. Consumers will also have to pay wind operators for the large amount of generation that is available but cannot be accommodated on the grid. Let's take a look at the Ontario grid envisaged under the recently issued government Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) and see how this could happen?

TheSpec - It’s not easy (or cheap) going Green

TheSpec - It’s not easy (or cheap) going Green

Andy Frame "formerly a senior adviser, electric utilities, Ontario Ministry of Energy and a past municipal hydro chairman and chair of the Utility Association" provides some criticism.

I think he gets the start date wrong. April 19th, 2004 was the day McGuinty indicated he would set electricity policy and cost would not be a consideration. The GEGEA saw the end of the government's patience in the resistance of capable people at the OPA, the IESO, and in other government ministries.

Power splurge: Blizzard | Christina Blizzard | Columnists | Comment | Toronto Sun

Power splurge: Blizzard | Christina Blizzard | Columnists | Comment | Toronto Sun


"Stupid. Reckless. Incompetent.

What word captures the way Dalton McGuinty’s government has blown it when it comes to windmills and green energy?

Having sold us on their new, clean, green energy, and having hiked our bills to the stratosphere, the province is now..."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TheStar Used nuclear company is no bargain

TheStar Used nuclear company is no bargain

This article indicates the exact opposite of my opinion. From the man leading an organization financed by traditional energy (gas) firms, government financed lobbying NGO's, and government employee groups, the man sent out to tell Oakville they needed a natural gas plant is provided a vehicle from which to attack nuclear power - as if it has anything but a positive influence on Ontario's Air Quality. 
This article ends with the cutting use theory I explore in Much To Do About Nothing.

Biomass Power and Thermal | Biomassmagazine.com

Biomass Power and Thermal | Biomassmagazine.com

One man's cost control - an interesting story with an Ontario angle...
and it looks green to me!