New Energy Plan for Ontario: No Coal

Well, it's a plan. Greenpeace didn't like it, and chained themselves to a bulk carrier bringing coal to Nanticoke in protest, painting on the side of the ship: "No coal," "No nuclear" and "Clean energy." (::The Star)

But unlike other jurisdictions that shall remain nameless that are in the never-never land of carbon sequestration and hydrogen, it is a twenty year plan that includes ten billion dollars in incentives to conserve 6,300 megawatts, $15 billion for renewable energy and the number that scares us all, $26 billion for nukes. However most of the nuke money is for refurbishing existing CANDU plants that are in place but closed down for retubing. The plan also reaffirms the commitment to close all coal plants by 2014. (originally promised for 2007 and then 2009), all projected with just a 20% increase in electricity rates
The World Wildlife Fund suggests that more could have been done to highlight conservation and renewables, and questioned whether the controversial coal-fired generating stations will actually shut down as planned in 2014. "I think they're going to get to 2014 and say: 'Whoops! The only way to keep the lights on is to keep those coal plants running. Sorry.' "

This writer is happy to see almost half of the budget go towards conservation and renewables, is not thrilled about the nuclear component but it is already bought, paid for and in our backyard; if it is there already it might as well work. ::National Post

ENERGY BY THE NUMBERS (from National Post)

Based on a 20-year forecast, but subject to updating and regulatory review every three years.

COST

The 20-year Integrated Power System Plan includes generation projects, transmission enhancements and conservation efforts estimated to cost roughly $60-billion ($59.7 billion by 2025 in 2007 dollars): $10.2b--conservation $15.4b-- renewable energy $26.5b--nuclear power $3.6b--natural gas $4b-- transmission The cost to power users is expected to be in the order of 15% to 20% higher electrical bills.

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CONSERVATION

Target of 6,300 MWin reduced demand by 2025 by encouraging electricity users to conserve more power. Plan to include payments or incentives to promote conservation and develop energy-efficient technologies, buildings and production processes.

RENEWABLE

Calls for additional 10,402 megawatts of power generated by renewable sources, primarily hydroelectric, wind, solar and biomass generating systems, by 2010 and 15,700 megawatts by 2025. Hydro resources are to contribute more capacity than wind resources (10,771MW versus 4,685 MW).

NUCLEAR

Up to 14,000 megawatts more from nuclear plants, either refurbishing existing plants or building new ones.

GAS-FIRED

Gas-fired generating plants to be used to replace coal-fired plants by 2014 "in the earliest practical timeframe" when conservation or renewable sources are not feasible or cost effective. Gas-fired generators expected to produce additional 15,000 megawatts by 2015.

COAL-FIRED

Coal-fired plants to be phased out by the end of 2014, but some will be kept operational for "insurance purposes" in case of an unexpected shortfall in power supply or unusually high demand.

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