A new survey from Direct Energy says that 64% of Canadians keep the summer temperature of their homes at 22 degrees or lower. Direct Energy considers that to be absolutely frigid and is encouraging people to reassess their energy habits. Interestingly, the survey also concluded that half of Canadians do not know how much energy [...]
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In the wake of Fukushima’s nuclear accident, Ontario Power Generation revaluated its safety and emergency preparedness.
OPG filed a report with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the end of April which included a review of its systems and equipment. It concluded that Ontario’s nuclear plants are safe and will continue to be. However, there is always room for improvement and OPG is now exploring ways to better deal with spent fuel rods and excess hydrogen build up.
There are rumblings in Ireland that indicate the country may be moving towards developing a nuclear energy program, a move that would finally put Ireland on equal footing with most of the developed world. Ireland has long shunned nuclear power — since 1986, in fact — when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded and irradiated the [...]
Premier Dalton McGuinty might just be leaving Ontarians an early valentine in their mailboxes this week. The Ontario Liberal Government is doing its best to explain to the public why its green energy initiatives are worth the substantial public subsidy they require to maintain, as well as the skyrocketing energy costs they’re responsible for. But [...]
Last Friday, in an article in the Toronto Star, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak finally outlined what he would do with regards to energy policy if he were to win the 2011 Ontario election. Hudak began his article with a critique of Premier Dalton McGuinty‘s current energy policies, echoing many of the concerns articulated over [...]
A new report, conducted by the Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress, suggests the advertised benefits of the Green Energy Act are exaggerated. Its criticisms are aimed mainly at the GEA‘s Feed-in-tarrif (FIT), which, provides renewable energy developers with guaranteed pricing over a twenty-year contract term. The rates offered depend on the energy source (solar, wind, [...]
Last week at the Ontario Legislature, Progressive Conservative Energy Critic John Yakabuski put forward a motion requesting that the Ontario government reveal the details of its controversial $7 Billion dollar Green Energy agreement with Samsung. The Liberals voted the deal remain concealed, whichwindconcernsontario suggests prevents analysis of the ”long-term impact on business and Ontario families who will [...]
Trying to build off the momentum gained by the missteps made by the Liberal party this past summer, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak is beginning to outline his Energy Strategy bit by bit. Hudak told the Ontario Energy Association last Thursday that Ontarians should have a flat-rate electricity pricing option alongside Dalton McGuinty’s. Under McGuinty’s [...]
Fixing the damage caused by Dalton McGuinty’s failed energy act may be more difficult than simple policy reform. Upon reading a recent article posted on the Ontario-based environmental blog “Enviralment”, I was reminded of just how much leverage simple politics has in influencing governmental decision making. Then, earlier this week, the Globe and Mail printed [...]
This fall looks like it’s turning out to be a dark one for the Ontario Liberal Party. Two weeks after Japan filed an official trade dispute over the Green Energy Act to the WTO, it looks like two more major world powers have taken issue with McGuinty’s controversial energy policy. Last Thursday the United States [...]