Greener Alternatives

Greener Alternatives

SGB’s Message

Increasing power demand, a desire to phase out natural gas-fired generation, and an expected decommissioning of nuclear plants are realities facing Ontarians. Storage is an important part of the solution.

(Source: https://www.ieso.ca/en/Powering-Tomorrow/2018/Whats-the-big-deal-about-energy-storage).

TCE’s Message

The project will reduce the need for reliance on natural-gas-fired power generation.

Pumped hydro storage is the most environmentally responsible and economic energy storage solution available. 

Increasing power demand, a desire to phase out natural gas-fired generation, and an expected decommissioning of nuclear plants are realities facing Ontarians. Storage is an important part of the solution.

(Source: https://www.ieso.ca/en/Powering-Tomorrow/2018/Whats-the-big-deal-about-energy-storage).

However, there are alternative more environmentally responsible solutions.

1)Closed loop pump storage: Closed loop projects pose less environmental impacts than TC Energy’s proposed open loop pump storage project. The other pumped storage project currently being considered by the IESO is the Marmora PSP. This project is a closed-loop system located at an abandoned mine site. This PSP will revitalize a brownfield site and enhance the environment.

(Source: https://themeafordindependent.ca/georgian-bay-pumped-storage-plant-is-far-from-being-a-done-deal/)

2)Battery storage facilities: Battery projects (such as the Oneida Battery Storage project) pose less environmental impacts than TC Energy’s proposed pump storage project. Battery storage:

I.Can be built along existing transmission lines where it is most needed and doesn’t require a long transmission corridor or underwater line

II.Won’t destroy the lands and waters of the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay

III.Won’t kill fish

(Source: https://themeafordindependent.ca/georgian-bay-pumped-storage-plant-is-far-from-being-a-done-deal/)

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Published by Pasquale Zita

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