Current Affairs: Perspectives on Electricity Policy for Ontario

Current Affairs: Perspectives on Electricity Policy for Ontario

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Edited by Doug Reeve, Donald N. Dewees, and Bryan W. Karney

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2010
World Rights
304 Pages
ISBN 9781442609945
Published Jan 2010
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Electricity in Ontario has historically been generated from hydroelectriciy, coal, and nuclear power. Amidst aging infrastructure and diminishing capacity combined with escalating demand, Ontario's electricity policy must contend with growing concerns about air pollutants, global warming, and the environmental impacts of fossil fuel production. Sources of hydroelectric power in the province are limited, while nuclear power is expensive and raises safety concerns. In turn, green energy is also costly and in some cases intermittent. As a result, Ontario's electricity policy requires careful balancing of environmental goals and values against costs that must be borne by consumers and taxpayers.

Current Affairs brings together the views of a number of international experts on electricity and environment along with commentators familiar with Ontario's situation to begin a discussion of these issues. The contributors suggest that in Ontario, as in other jurisdictions, solid environmental policy must be married with thoughtful information programs and regulations to encourage the behavioural and institutional changes that will lead the region to a sustainable electricity future.

Doug Reeve is a professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

Donald N. Dewees is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto.

Bryan W. Karney is chair of the Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy System and a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker?s Book Award (Canada) - Short-listed in 2012