eggertson: city of ottawa\'s six-per-cent solution on climate change isn\'t good enough
Not always warm
Sometimes it cools. .
Most of these realists understand that some things have to be done and some are difficult.
Core believers even intend to act to minimize catastrophic climate change.
While international agencies have warned that the time for dramatic action is much shorter than previously thought, our federal politicians still want the temperature rise to be limited to 1.
In the absence of air conditioning, 5 degrees Celsius, more and more populist provinces want to be excluded from any plan to reduce carbon emissions.
This means that action will be left to the municipal level.
There is a disturbing trend in many cities that calls for a transition to 100per-
I have been working in renewable energy for 30 years, so this vision is inspiring . . . . . . But unless we change the way we pursue it, it is impossible.
Action to combat climate change will be left to the municipal level. Take Ottawa.
In terms of land area, we are the eighth.
Largest city in Canada (
Far behind La Tuque in Quebec)
Therefore, we need a lot of gasoline to drive and import goods, our building needs a lot of warmth in winter and air conditioning in summer.
On the positive side, we don\'t actually have a smoking industry.
Energy consumption is tracked by the federal Office of Energy Efficiency.
If we assume that Ottawa is \"average\" after balancing a higher level\"than-
Lower average buildingthan-
The average industry to convert cubic meters of natural gas and wires into kilowattshours (kWh), our 6. 7-per-
Accounting for 50 billion of the province\'s population means that we consume 18 billion kWh per year: kWh for construction (
Residential and commercial)
Traffic 16 billion (
Passenger and freight).
If the cost of any energy is equal to our lowest hydro price of 10 cents/kWh, our city spends $5 billion a year on energy.
But the problem is not money;
The goal is to convert all 50 billion kilowatt hours into renewable energy.
How are we doing?
Gasoline contains 5% of renewable ethanol;
The power grid comes from hydropower, wind energy and solar energy, but electricity only accounts for energy;
We have biomass stoves in rural areas;
Ottawa Hydro has five small hydro generators;
There are 1,000 solar photovoltaic roofs, but there are no wind farms; we lost Plasco;
Renewable natural gas will reach 5% by 2030;
The Netzero plus heat pump provides a lot of renewable energy.
According to these data, renewable energy in Ottawa accounts for six percentage points of our total energy.
Some cities are likely to reach 100.
Vancouver is one of the smallest cities with no industry and high
Use renewable hydropower as a density tower for energy.
Dispose of the gasoline.
This can be achieved in Vancouver. Can Ottawa?
The only local building that uses 100 renewable energy for heating and cooling is the Museum of Canadian history (
Wow, the other side of the river).
We have more electric cars, but their fuel is a mix of 72 cents of nuclear/gas.
We will spend $75 million to install a high.
Voltage transmission lines bring more cores-
As the city refused to demand construction to reduce carbon consumption and greener, natural gas power entered the South Nepean.
The open green energy door shows many innovative facilities but is not enough to meet 100-per-cent target.
Our new City Council is not really a new one,
Confirm its commitment to this very commendable goal and include informing residents of where we are now and what we need to do to get this game done?
Only time will tell us that we have no time.
Bill Eggertson manages the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (we c. a. r. e. )
And the Canadian branch of the international soil Source Heat Pump Association.
He renovated his old house to the top floor. 20 energy-
Efficient housing in Canada and serves as a member of the city\'s energy development committee and the province\'s IESO Advisory Committee.