ABB_id2059
in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Gord Miller, Ontario's environmental commissioner, reports that the province's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electricity sector are threatened by significant increases in the province's use of natural gas to generate electricity.

The report, "Failing our Future," updates Ontario's progress in reducing GHG emissions. While the Ontario government is on track to meet 91% of its 2014 target, it has only achieved 60% of the reductions necessary to meet its 2020 target for reducing GHG emissions. Beyond next year, however, Miller expressed doubt about the province's ability to meet the target.

"I am worried about what comes after 2014,” said Miller. “One of the reasons for this shortfall is the increased reliance on natural gas to generate electricity.”

According to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), natural gas is expected to play an important role in meeting electricity demand in the future, especially when nuclear plants are refurbished in 2020 and 2021. Therefore, increased usage of natural gas could lead to a rise in GHG emissions, depending on factors such as the existing generation capacity and weather.

Miller says the Ontario government needs to give renewed attention to the fight against climate change, indicating, “there has been little progress to report this year.”

As a non-GHG emitting source of electricity, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) indicates that wind energy has the potential to play an important role in further reducing Ontario’s GHG emissions going forward. Wind energy, for instance, reduced GHG gas emissions in Ontario by helping to facilitate the phase-out of coal-fired generation in the province.

"Ontario’s long-term energy plan will need to continue to make GHG emission reductions a priority, and wind energy is well positioned to make a significant and cost-effective contribution to climate change mitigation efforts," says Robert Hornung, CanWEA president.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

The Song Remains The Same: AWEA Says Stable Policy Can Protect U.S. Wind Investment

Although the U.S. wind industry added more than four times the amount of wind in 2014 compared with 2013, predictable policy is needed to sustain its long-term success.


High Net-Worth Investors Claim 'All Of The Above' On Energy, Renewable And Otherwise

According to a recent Morgan Stanley poll, high-dollar investors favor investment in renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar.


U.S. Wind Power Installations Surpassed 4.7 GW Last Year, Although China Still Leads

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that U.S. wind installations came back in a big way from a disappointing 2013.


IRS Specifies Performance, Quality Standards For Small Wind Turbines

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidelines creating safety and performance standards for small wind turbines to be eligible for the 30% investment tax credit.


Hot Times North Of The Border: Canada Tops Previous Record For Installed Wind Capacity

For the second consecutive year, Canada's wind market has bested the country's previous mark for new installations.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015