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.
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 [...]
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin spoke out against wind energy this week at a United Russia Party Conference, claiming it can be detrimental to animal life, “Windmills, which are so widespread in many European countries seem to be an environmentally friendly kind (of energy), but in fact they kill birds…Vibration there is such that worms [...]
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, [...]
Just days after the Senate struck down Bill C-311, an Environics research poll conducted between October 27th and November 1st, and released this week, suggests the direction the Conservative Government is taking Canada is not the direction the majority of Canadians would like their country to go. Key Results: (Source : Newswire.ca) 87% of Canadians [...]
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 [...]
Since the results of the Toronto Star’s recent Ontario electoral poll were released, I’ve begun to focus my attention on the ideology of opposition leader Tim Hudak. Naturally, I’m especially curious as to how he would approach Ontario’s energy policy if he were to come to power. I’m sure as the 2011 election gets closer he [...]
I may have spoken too soon… Yesterday, in a blog post regarding last weeks attack on the Liberal Party’s Green Energy Act by the opposition, I suggested that time may be running out for Dalton McGuinty. Today, the Toronto star released the results of a political survey suggesting this may truly be the [...]