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Minister expresses concern over city’s move to not allow home windmills and how that impacts alternative energy project.
And although the government talks bravely about having 5 per cent of the generating capacity coming from new wind plants and other forms of renewable energy, one need look no further than the current situation in Amaranth Township to realize that little of the needed new capacity will be ready by 2009. And even if it were, the wind plants are hardly a reliable source of power during the hottest summer weather, when all too often there's little wind apart from that generated by thunderstorms, which also routinely shut down the wind plants through lightning strikes.
A U.S. energy expert says Ontario could reduce its power load by more than 10 per cent and forever wean itself off coal if it recycled waste energy from existing industrial and commercial activities.
It will cost Ontarians $46 billion to whip the province's troubled electricity system into shape to keep lights, air conditioners and factories running for the next 20 years.
A Liberal election pledge to stop burning coal to generate electricity has been delayed again because advisers underestimated the impact of shutting down the pollution-heavy plants, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan said yesterday.
If we're to meet the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol, what would environmentalists suggest as a major energy alternative: wind power, or methane gas from cow manure? Alberta leads the country in many ways. It should lead in developing nuclear plants for electrical power generation.
Lee also warned that renewable energy sources, though desirable, were not a "silver bullet" solution. "It does leave an environmental footprint," Lee said, noting that wind energy and solar energy take up large areas of land, making it difficult to find a place to put them, especially in densely populated parts of the world.
TORONTO -- Ontario Energy Minister Donna Cansfield is several weeks late in responding to an advisory report on the sources of electricity because she is feuding with her senior bureaucrats about the role of energy conservation, according to government sources.
Millions pledged by Liberals off the table
QUEBEC (CP) - The Quebec government has unveiled a new energy strategy that involves the construction of dams and investment of up to $25 billion.
New tunnel, to be completed in 2009, would raise diversions to Canada's limit to generate electricity for growing area
The federal government's decision to scrap several programs related to the Kyoto Protocol won't deter the development of alternative-energy technologies, vow industry experts and analysts.
Natural gas is too expensive, wind power is unreliable, coal plants pollute the air and Ontario's hydroelectric potential has largely been maxed out -- leaving nuclear power expansions "on the table" for the province, McGuinty said.
The new Conservative government has decided to slash spending on Environment Canada programs designed to fight global warming by 80 per cent, and wants cuts of 40 per cent in the budgets devoted to climate change at other ministries, according to cabinet documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.
An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
By paying too much, the Ontario government is encouraging inefficient power production in a way that will give renewable energy a black eye with consumers.
Arthur Rosenfeld speaks with the conviction of a man who has seen the incandescent light. As head of the California Energy Commission, he takes a decidedly low-watt approach toward energy savings, espousing staid but effective building codes, appliance standards, and utility-run energy efficiency programs that reward consumers for shopping green.
Wind power is coming to Ontario because our government is hell-bent on going green. ...If only we could figure out how to get energy from hot air. Then we'd have all the power we need, forever.
Energy Probe's Tom Adams' presentation to the Ontario Energy Association Breakfast Series' "Energy Policy in Ontario: Some Perspectives on the Road Ahead," on March 8, showcased a debate between Tom Adams and Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Tom's presentation advanced the case for "clean coal" and state of the art coal technologies and appears in full below:
Alberta's Energy Minister Greg Melchin touts "clean coal" in Ontario, where it is a foreign concept filled with too much uncertainty, compared to the familiarity of nuclear, despite nuclear's poor track record in the province.