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Ontario close to eliminating coal as electric-power source, a first in North America

By Steve Mertl | Daily Brew – Tue, 15 Jan, 2013.

Word that Ontario is nearing its long-promised goal of eliminating coal-fired power plants has gotten a lot of play outside the province in scientific, environmental and power industry publications.

Premier Dalton McGuinty last week trumpeted the fact that by the end of this year the last two large-scale coal-fired generating plants will close, leaving only a small backup facility in Thunder Bay operating until the end of 2014.


The two units scheduled to close by the end of this year are the Lambton and Nanticoke generating stations, the latter one of the biggest coal-fired plants in the world, generating 4,000 megawatts of electricity, Scientific American noted.

... coal, which a decade ago accounted for a quarter of Ontario's electricity, now generates only 2.8 per cent of the total. It's now exceeded by wind power, which provides three per cent.


... Nuclear power provides more than half (56.4 per cent) of Ontario's electricity, followed by hydro at 22.3 per cent and natural gas at 14.6 per cent, the electricity agency said.


Pembina said greenhouse-gas emissions from Ontario's electricity sector have fallen from 40 million tons to 10 million ton in the last decade.

But the closures have been controversial.

"The electricity generated from these two plants is less than half the price of the average of the other (types of) generators," ...


The wind-turbine farms have also been controversial, with some residents living near them complaining of health problems from the hum of the whirling giant propellers.
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