Ontario Seeks Clean Air in the Water-Energy Nexus 

By Robert Crowe for RenewableEnergyWorld.com: Toronto, Ontario– In just three years, all coal-fired power plants here will be decommissioned through a government commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocols.

Toronto is shaping up to have the cleanest energy in North America with a move toward more hydropower while increasing German-style feed-in tariffs to stimulate growth in solar, wind, biomass and other renewable sources. Hydropower, which has generated electricity for 100 years here, is still the king of Ontario’s natural energy resources.

“We think that hydropower could probably increase by up to 3,000 MW across Ontario,” said Ted Gruetzner, spokesman for Ontario Power Generation.

Experience with hydropower and water technology have made Ontario a key global leader in researching the potential of the so-called “water-energy nexus.”

“You can’t talk about energy without talking about water,” Rengarajan Ramesh, managing director of Wasserstein & Co., said during this week’s Ontario’s Global Water Leadership Summit.

Transporting and treating municipal water accounts for about 5% of all electricity used in the United States. Many more summit speakers discussed the potential for technology in water-scarce regions to improve energy efficiency for everything from shale gas production to nuclear power cooling towers. Read more

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