Plans for Green Jet Fuel Plant Flame Out

March 3, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

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Nearly two years ago, an LA-based company called Rentech Inc. announced plans to build a biofuels plant four hours north of Sault St. Marie, Ontario. Ain’t gonna happen, it seems.[read more]

Should we lift the moratorium on offshore wind in the Great Lakes?

January 26, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton

For a year now there has been a moratorium on the development of offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes. The Ontario government issued the ban because it said more study was needed to make sure the projects can be developed safety and responsibly, even though such studies were supposedly already done when the previous moratorium was...[read more]

Canada Doubles Its Wind Capacity in 2011

December 6, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Canada's wind industry has had a record year. According to the latest data from the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), 1,400 megawatts of wind capacity was installed in 2011, more than doubling 2010's output. With over 5,400 megawatts of wind energy at its disposal, enough to power 1.5 million homes, the country now holds the ninth largest wind generating capacity in the world. This year's record number of installations cumulatively represent almost $3.5 billion in investment as well as 13,500 jobs.[read more]


Texas Offshore Wind Energy Project Poised to be 'First in the Water'

June 10, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

Texan wind energy developer poised to construct first U.S. offshore wind turbine, even as policy uncertainty and tricky project financing harries competing projectsWith some five gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy projects in the works, the long-promised dawn of offshore wind in America could be at hand. And although the most...[read more]

Biggest Roadblock To Building New Nuclear Plants: Skilled Construction Labour

June 3, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

Ontario’s Liberal government says we need to refurbish our province’s nuclear fleet and build another major plant near Toronto. The opposition Progressive Conservative leader, confident he will win this October’s election, says nuclear will be a cornerstone of his party’s energy policy. Indeed, as countries such as Japan, Germany...[read more]

Ontario Making Strong Progress On Smartgrid Development

May 4, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

The Ontario Smart Grid Forum, a group led by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator, released today its latest report on smart grid development. The report, titled “Modernizing Ontario’s Electricity System: Next Steps,” documents progress that has been made since the Forum’s first report two years ago and the many...[read more]

Time for Ontario to widen peak/off-leak rate gap in TOU pricing

February 16, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

Results from a pilot project in Oklahoma show that having a wider TOU price gap will encourage more peak-period conservation and shifting of electricity use, a finding that contrasts with the experience in Ontario, where the price gap and the market signal it sends is very weak. In the Oklahoma trial, pricing ranged from 4.2 cents (...[read more]

Wind Production in Ontario 2010

January 11, 2011 by Glen Estill

The numbers are in for wind production in Ontario last year. The IESO had a news release that included the data. Wind output increased from 2.3 TWh to 2.9 TWh, an increase of 26%. According to the IESO, this was 1.9% of Ontario’s demand, up from 1.6%. Demand increased from 139 to 142 TWh, as the economy recovered from the recession,...[read more]

Ontario could see enormous economic benefits pursuing offshore wind in Great Lakes

December 8, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

The Conference Board of Canada came out with a report today that assesses the economic benefits to Ontario of developing offshore wind in the Great Lakes. Here’s my story in the Toronto Star. Specifically, it estimates job creation and the boost to GDP that would occur by developing 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects between...[read more]

Ontario revives Darlington nuclear projects

December 1, 2010 by Dan Yurman

It projects spending C$33 billion on two new reactors and refurbishing ten more. However, the future of AECL is in doubt as the government wants to sell it.The Canadian provincial government in Ontario is making a second run at a plan to build two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington site. The energy plan would refurbish 10 other...[read more]

Ontario’s new long-term power plan good, but demonstrates difficulty in planning

November 26, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

My Clean Break column takes a look at some of the new assumptions in Ontario’s latest 20-year electricity plan — assumptions that have changed dramatically since the previous plan was introduced (but never formally approved) three years ago. Electricity demand that we were supposed to reach before 2015 has now been delayed to beyond...[read more]

Japan Claims Canada's FIT Program Violates WTO Rules

November 8, 2010 by

."This article highlights the conflict of a globalized market with the idea and value in community and local solutions for energy generation due to standing global policies governing business. A similar problem surfaced between China and the U.S. this year." A. Atkinson Article courtesy of Ontario Solar AcademyThe Ontario Power Authority...[read more]

Climate change action under threat in Toronto, and come next Tuesday possibly Ontario if Prop 23 is accepted in Cali

October 28, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

My latest Clean Break column, which appears in Friday’s Toronto Star but has already been published online, looks at the next election Torontonians and the rest of Ontario’s citizens have to worry about, this one in California on Nov. 2. That’s assuming, of course, that you believe climate change is happening, believe human activity...[read more]

Canada’s Largest Solar Rooftop, Case Study Part Four

October 26, 2010 by Derek Wong

The final part of this case study on Canada’s largest solar rooftop focuses on the Ontario Feed-In Tariff program application. We look at how LoyaltyOne got their FIT program approval to become the first system to feed the Ontario power grid. The Feed-In Tariff application for LoyaltyOne’s pioneering renewable energy system was...[read more]

Guest Post: Ontario Eco Commissioner Gord Miller on California’s Prop 23 and why Ontario should care

October 18, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

Arnold Schwarzenegger? Proposition 23? What do they have to do with Ontario as we hunker down for another long, cold winter, you ask? Well, on November 2, California voters – along with voters in 35 other U.S. states – go to the polls to elect their governor in the U.S. mid-term elections. November 2 could be a watershed day for carbon...[read more]