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ALBERTA’S LOW CARBON ENERGY 2020 TOOLBOX

  • Mar 16, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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ALBERTA’S LOW CARBON ENERGY TOOLBOX FOR 2020
In 2012 the Federal Government mandated that four coal units commissioned prior to 1975 in Alberta had to be decommissioned by Dec 31, 2019. These units have a combined power capability of 869 MWe. What technologies will Alberta choose to replace these units and to also add approximately 4000 MWe to handle the power capability of about 19,000 MWe in 2020?
Choices involve natural gas turbines, cogeneration, combined heat and power, energy efficiency and demand reduction, wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass, biogas, waste heat recovery, and energy storage.
Join AREA Meetup at Tipperary’s on March 16, 2013 to discuss the ways and means to deploy these technologies in order to significantly lessen Alberta’s carbon footprint by 2020.
Ken Hogg – Alberta Renewable Energy Alliance

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  • Marlon

    It was an excellent presentation, it seems we have a big challenge ahead, but with the work of everybody I beleive it is possible to make it happen.

    March 19, 2013

  • Roger L. G.

    A good discussion over some of the challenges of getting off coal. No energy technology is perfect, but coal is the worst, especially with Alberta not having nuclear in our mix.
    From the PriceWaterHouseCooper report "Too Late for Two Degrees?"
    "Even to have a reasonable prospect of getting to a 4°C scenario would imply nearly quadrupling the current rate of decarbonisation."
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/11/06/1144431/study-were-headed-to-11f-warming-and-even-7f-requires-nearly-quadrupling-the-current-rate-of-decarbonisation/

    March 17, 2013

    • Roger L. G.

      Hi Lew,

      You may have misinterpreted my comment; what I was saying was: "If there is a worse energy source than coal, it would be nuclear". By that I mean large nuclear; the new thorium reactors solve some of the problems, but I don't know much about them and I remain wary.

      I've been involved, by the way, for four years with, and am the current Chair of, Calgary's anti-nuclear group CAUSE (Citizens Advocating Use of Sustainable Energy). I'm no fan of nuclear waste, and I'm not aware of any jurisdiction in the world that has come up with a safe, effective, and affordable means of dealing with it.

      March 17, 2013

    • Lew M.

      Thank You for the Clarification! Hoe we can have some synergy to move in a positive forward direction! It is always good to hear your feedback at these meetings. You seem to be well read on most technologies!

      March 18, 2013

  • Bob H.

    Lots of facts about how to make the transition to the future we need. Thanks for all the work on this, Ken!!

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • Lew M.

    Very informative as always . We have to work hard on all technologies to meet those targets!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Joad C.

    Excellent topic! Unfortunately, I will be out of town.

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Marlon

    So far there is nothing for me to not be there and I am willing to assit. So see you there Regards

    Marlon Vargas

    March 11, 2013

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