Outlook from Ontario’s Electricity System Operator: MORE GHGs, not less
Our friends at the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) note that the latest (March 2016) IESO planning outlook up to 2035 for the Ontario electrical grid has been issued. The outlook can be downloaded at:
The IESO now confirms that carbon dioxide emissions will nearly double over the next 20 years as Ontario reduces its reliance on nuclear power, and increases its reliance on wind and solar generation with natural gas backup (see slides 19 and 23).
This rise in emissions was identified in an OSPE report in March 2012 titled “Wind and the Electrical Grid”. The report can be downloaded at:
Recent OSPE studies show that we can eliminate a portion of those additional emissions if we modify our electricity rates to enable surplus carbon-free electricity to economically displace fossil fuels used in other sectors for thermal and transportation needs. A presentation describing OSPE’s proposed voluntary smart electricity pricing plan can be downloaded at: