Results for - This is Part 4 of the survey on Power Supply. Part 3 was about better and more realistic renewables. Part 4 is about the potential if we all work together and don't get caught up in jurisdictional squabbles.
Power generation is big business and this means that big government inevitably gets involved.. We have seen headlines where a province with an abundance of oil and gas tries to protect its economy and a province that has wind and hydro actively resists the pipelines the other province needs to get its products to its customers. Meanwhile a surplus of energy in one province could bridge a shortage in the other and vice versa Protecting provincial jurisdictions slows down the development of clean electricity. We should focus on a comprehensive solution to energy problems rather than a piecemeal approach. See if you agree.
1. The 184.6 megawatt (MW) Meikle Wind power project is B.C.'s largest. According to recent modelling, Canada would need to build over 2,000 such wind turbines and 650 hectares of solar panels every year until 2050 in order to decarbonize its electric grid and increase its wind and solar capacity 18-fold by 2050,This calls for a profound shift in the way utilities collaborate and regulate energy generation and transmission across the country. Especially if all of that's is coming from wind and solar. This may not be a realistic goal. How about these options?
- For 8 months of the year only - not in winter
- Yes, been driving them since 2011.
- an EV rakemobile
2. The David Suzuki Foundation says "100 per cent zero-emissions electricity is possible, affordable and reliable." Only one of these goals is realistic however and only if zero-emissions is the goal and not just the elimination of the coal, oil and gas industries regarless of the unemployment and economic damage this will cause.. Can we avoid the unemployment and economic fallout by finding ways to use hydrocarbons more effectively and cleanly.
- Yes - replace gas tank with hydrogen tank
- jlrake wouldn't
3. As Canada looks to scale up solar and wind energy, supply chains to build turbines and solar panels could be in short supply. Hydro and nuclear projects are slated to expand in Quebec and Ontario. Canada is one big country and we could do whatever we want between provinces, but we have political divides between Alberta and B.C. and Quebec's preference to sell hydro power to New England over Ontario. Yet between Alberta and B.C.,huge amounts of electricity could flow from wind and solar farms in the Prairies — where it's cheap and easily deployed — to feed peak demand across the border in BC. Alberta, for its part, could benefit from B.C.'s hydroelectric reservoirs, which, together with inter-regional transmission, would even out supply when it's not windy or water levels are low. Which option is the more likely?
- U.S.A. all the way!!! So saying, we're here to help each other.