An Ontario court has dismissed a set of appeals from four families which sought to have provincial legislation related to the approvals of large-scale wind farms declared unconstitutional.
In a decision released on Monday, a panel of three Divisional Court judges ruled against the claims... more
Abstract: In the aftermath of the March 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the future contribution of nuclear power to the global energy supply has become somewhat uncertain. Because nuclear power is an abundant, low-carbon source of base-load power... more
Much has been made of the risks of nuclear power, but I believe that while the risks are real they have been exaggerated. Further I believe that the risks of climate change far outweigh the risks of nuclear accidents. Recently I discussed this with Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and... more
The minister of the energy for Ontario, Bob Chiarelli, recently gave a speech to CanSIA, the solar energy industry's association in which he said the province of Ontario has agreed to give municipalities a greater say in where renewable energy projects are located but not veto power. There will... more
A lot of people who are concerned about climate change. I am not one of them. Nor am I pro-nuclear. However I think we need to consider the relative risks of potential deaths from nuclear accidents and wars compared to the probable deaths that have been projected for the next century due to run-... more
A new discovery by a pair of University of Calgary chemists could make the large-scale use of wind and solar energy more feasible.
Curtis Berlinguette and Simon Trudel have invented an environmentally friendly, highly customizable way to make a key component in a process that stores... more
Payments to nuclear and gas-fired generating plants — not to renewable energy suppliers — are the main ingredients in the biggest component of your hydro bill.
That’s the conclusion of a study done for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which runs Ontario’s power market... more
Portugal’s electricity network operator announced that renewable energy supplied 70 percent of total consumption in the first quarter of this year. This increase was largely due to favorable weather conditions resulting in increased wind and water flow, as well as lower demand.... more
Solar power and other distributed renewable energy technologies could lay waste to U.S. power utilities and burn the utility business model, which has remained virtually unchanged for a century, to the ground.
That is not wild-eyed hippie talk. It is the assessment of the... more