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December 22, 2008

Canada’s Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter

Filed under: Conservation — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Nanticoke Generating Station, Ontario

Nanticoke Generating Station, Ontario

The Nanticoke Generating Station produces more greenhouse gases than the Alberta Tar Sands, more than any other source in Canada. It is coal burning, and demonstrates that there are no easy answers to providing energy to consumers.

It has been on death row for years, first scheduled for closure in 2007, then 2009, and currently pushed backed to 2014. Its extended life is due to its convenience. It delivers 8% of the Ontario’s power on it’s slow days and when demand peaks, it delivers up to 16%. Unlike hydro and nuclear energy sources, it can be ramped up in a hurry when needed, going to full throttle in about four hours.

Over its years of operation, many measures have been taken to reduce the pollutants from this plant, lowering particulates and converting the nitrous oxide emissions to harmless gas. However it still produces carbon dioxide emissions thought to be a major cause of global warming.

There are current proposals to replace this plant with a nuclear generating plant.

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  3. i think we should pass more strict laws against Greenhouse Gases. it is good to know that at least there is a reduction in Chloro Fluoro Carbon use today but the real problem today is still CO2.

    Comment by John — October 3, 2009 @ 12:50 am

  4. You’re right. Thanks for the comment.


    Comment by Harold — October 3, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

  5. as much as possible, we should minimize the production of Greenhouse Gases. Global warming and Climate change is pretty much getting stronger these days.

    Comment by acnegirlcandy — November 10, 2009 @ 3:03 am

  6. This is one awesome blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

    Comment by — April 25, 2012 @ 7:15 am

  7. haha! My thoughts totally! What is the world coming to?

    Comment by Alberto Gubitosi — June 28, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

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