Ideas for a new power plan

Toronto Star

Could it be that the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is finally standing up to its political masters at Queen’s Park. It may have objected to the vast amount of money needed for green energy like wind and solar that will do little, if anything, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while reducing the long-term reliability of our electrical grid and reducing our economic competiveness by putting up electricity cost.

Much more GHG is coming from the transportation and industrial sectors than from electricity generation. Since 80 per cent of Ontario’s electricity already comes from non-GHG emitting nuclear and hydro generation, money allocated to wind and solar infrastructure could be better spent by electrification of our commuter rail system, building light rail systems, expanding the subway system, making industrial processes more efficient, and making more use of natural gas in transportation rather than in electricity generation.

Donald Jones, Retired Nuclear Engineer, Mississauga

 

3 thoughts on “Ideas for a new power plan

  1. Interesting thoughtful letter. The part about GHG emission is right on the money — and this is the stated reason as to why it is OK to ruin the health of som many people — to reduce GHG — and the Windmills in their mind will only reduce GHG if they add pumps…. maybe.

    Here is another interesting statement about energy and climate science claims. It mentions a couple of famous Canadians Obliquely.

    http://republicans.globalwarming.house.gov/Media/file/PDFs/Hearings/050610Foundation_Climate_Science/Sensenbrenner_OpeningStatement.pdf

    Now maybe Donald Jones should write a full article — not just a letter form. It would be nice to see his opinions in full.

  2. Donald Jones manages to package a lot in a few paragraphs. Intelligent and well written. Industrial wind turbines and solar panels are a waste of effort and money if the intent was to reduce GHG emissions. Neither will produce any meaningful amount of energy and less as equipment ages all the while stressing our existing grid infrastructure. Donald provides practical alternatives to the direction taken by the Liberals that would create more long term employment and would boost the economy. It would be nice to see more material from Donald.

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