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Tag : Renewable energy (16)

Review: Planet of the Humans

Post Carbon Institute / Richard Heinberg / 27 April 2020

The film is controversial because it makes two big claims: first, that renewable energy is a sham; second, that big environmental organizations—by promoting solar and wind power—have sold their souls to billionaire investors.

I feel fairly confident commenting on the first of these claims, regarding renewable energy, having spent a year working with David Fridley of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to assess the prospects for a complete transition to solar and wind power.

We found that the transition to renewables is going far too slowly to make much of a difference during the crucial next couple of decades, and would be gobsmackingly expensive if we were to try replacing all fossil fuel use with solar and wind.

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Halting climate change means a world without fossil fuels

U of T News / Don Campbell / 12 December 2019

“Focusing only on emissions reductions can potentially miss – and mischaracterize – the more important challenge of decarbonization,” says Matthew Hoffmann, a professor of political science at U of T Scarborough who co-authored the study.

“We need a new way to think about the decarbonization challenge and a new means to explore policies and practices that can begin deep, meaningful decarbonization efforts.”

Hoffmann says the challenge with decarbonization is carbon lock-in. There are technological, economic, political and social forces that make the use of fossil energy natural and taken for granted by households, cities, provinces and countries.

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It bears repeating: renewables alone won’t end climate crisis

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 19 November 2019

To [esteemed Canadian energy analyst David] Hughes, the implications are clear: “What this means is that we have to look at downsizing, degrowth, using less. The math doesn’t work to keep the party going with renewables.” Ecologist [William] Rees delivered the same message a week ago in The Tyee.

Note that Hughes is not saying we shouldn’t build lots of renewables. What he is saying is that we need to radically reduce energy consumption and use renewables to actually retire fossil fuel infrastructure. (To date, the evidence shows that we have largely used renewables to consume more energy.)

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Green Energy Doors Open & Ontario Energy Symposium

OSEA / Newsletter / 01 October 2018

Green Energy Doors Open happened all across on Ontario from Friday September 21st to Sunday the 23rd. Thank you to all the participants, hosts, partners and sponsors who made this year another success! Despite challenging weather events in some parts of the province, attendees still came out to discover and support renewable energy projects in their communities. Thanks to their dedication we are proving that renewable energy still matters in Ontario. Stay tuned for announcements and news on future events you can be a part of.

On Friday September 21st, OSEA also hosted a critically important symposium about sustainable energy in Ontario: Think Global – Act Local. Over fifty individuals, gathered in downtown Toronto at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre to hear about how OSEA is helping to guide the province into a greener future. The energy in the room was palpable as representatives for several organizations networked and heard from industry leaders. [ more… ]

Ontario shouldn’t abandon its shift to renewable energy

Torontoist / Angela Bischoff / 10 February 2017

Our power planners love nuclear energy, and the nuclear industry insists it is a low-cost source of power. Of course, they don’t add that publicly-owned Ontario Power Generation just applied for an 180 per cent increase in the price it is paid for the power generated by its nuclear plants, or that the aging Pickering Nuclear Station on Toronto’s doorstep has the highest operating costs of any nuclear station in North America, requiring a billion dollars annually to subsidize its operating deficit.

No other jurisdiction in the world outside of France relies as heavily on nuclear power as Ontario. It is an astonishing dependence at a time when costs for renewable sources like wind and solar continue to decline dramatically—but not one that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government seems to be in any hurry to shake.

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Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added

The Guardian / Adam Vaughan / 25 October 2016

china-reGreen energy accounted for more than half of net electricity generation capacity added around the world last year for the first time, leading energy experts have found.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the milestone was evidence of a rapid transformation in energy taking place, and predicted capacity from renewable sources will grow faster than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power in the next five years.

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