Go 100% Renewable!

Contact person:

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

http://www.cleanairalliance.org/the-future-is-renewable/

Other allied projects or groups:

• Go Fossil Free (sponsored by 350.org) https://gofossilfree.org/register-an-existing-campaign-or-group/

• Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign (International Solar Energy Society)      https://www.ises.org/content/global-100-renewable-energy-campaign

Mission:

We’re calling for Ontario to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. We were formed in 1997 to call for a 100 percent coal phase out for Ontario. After winning that battle, we turned our attention to phasing out Ontario’s nuclear fleet when it comes to the end of its life. That means shuttering Pickering no later than 2018 when its current licence expires, followed by immediate decommissioning, and closing the Darlington and Bruce units when their current licences expire rather than sinking tens of billions of dollars into rebuilding them, locking us into high-cost, high-risk nuclear for another four decades. We have lower cost, lower emission and less risky renewable options, including water-power from Quebec, conservation, wind, solar, biomass, and biogas.

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John Postman

What is the optimum source of energy for people living in the far north? There are so many months when it is dark that solar probably won’t solve their problems. What did they traditionally use? Whale oil lamps?

Alan Jersnilan

I have never been to Africa and I don’t know how much money a villager in a remote area can afford. I see on google that “Stand-alone solar PV mini-grids have installed costs in Africa as low as USD 1.90 per watt for systems larger than 200 kilowatt. Solar home systems provide the annual electricity needs of off-grid households for as little as USD 56 per year, less than the average price for poor quality energy services.” So is $56 a lot for a villager to pay? That sounds very cheap in UK or Europe but can very poor Africans… Read more »

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angela b

No idea!

Joan Brighton

We hear about solar and wind, etc but not much about water power. Probably that is because most of the potential electricity from rivers is already being tapped out. But is that the case? I just don’t know. I read that water power creates 59.3 per cent of Canada’s total electricity generation. Canada is the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. Could we do much more than that?

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angela b

Joan, the environmental community no longer supports large dams because of detrimental effects of mega projects (ie. Site C and Muskrat Falls). There is definitely lots of potential for more small water dams, and if they’re run-of-the-river there won’t likely be much opposition. But Canada could make better use of existing dams. For example, QC has a massive surplus of water power that they don’t have a market for – they could sell their surplus power to ON. Likewise, BC to AB, and MN to SK. We have a petition about this: https://www.cleanairalliance.org/deal/

H.K. Neumann

Sixty times more per acre than plants grown on land? Holy smoke. I have heard about algae as some kind of wonder substance for fifty years but I haven’t seen a sinle application of it so far. If it is so great, how come they haven’t got it into mass production? Hurry up!

Rob Neild

Algae: Fuel of the future Biofuel made from microalgae is a giant step toward sustainability By Day Helesic Canadian Grocer http://www.canadiangrocer.com/kruger-sustainability/algae-fuel-of-the-future-73058 When it comes to industry, fossil fuels still run the show. Even though clean energy sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric energy have become more prevalent, industrial systems and most means of transportation still rely on coal and oil. For the sake of the planet, it’s imperative to reduce our reliance on these non-renewable, carbon-producing fuels. The solution? How about algae—yes, the green slimy stuff that floats on the surface of ponds and grows on the inside of… Read more »

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Ratna Naidu

Scientists Warn: Nine Climate Tipping Points Now ‘Active’ – Could Threaten the Existence of Human Civilization By UNIVERSITY OF EXETER NOVEMBER 30, 2019 More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active,” a group of leading scientists have warned. This threatens the loss of the Amazon rainforest and the great ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, which are currently undergoing measurable and unprecedented changes much earlier than expected. This “cascade” of changes sparked by global warming could threaten the existence of human civilizations. Evidence is mounting that these events are more likely and more… Read more »

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