IEAGHG summer school keeps coming back to Saskatchewan because we’re the leaders in carbon capture and storage
ESTEVAN - The next generation of scientists and engineers dealing with carbon capture have made their way, once again, to Saskatchewan, to learn about first large scale implementation of carbon capture on a coal-fired power facility. This past week, the...
Bruce Power and the Province of Ontario announced initial work on the first major new nuclear power generating station in this country in two generations.
This is not “small modular reactors,” but 4,800 megawatts of “big nuclear,” to be built adjacent to the existing Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, on the shores of Lake Huron. For perspective, the most power SaskPower has ever generated was 3,910 megawatts on Dec. 30, 2021. If each of the new reactors turns out to be 1,200 megawatts – just one of those reactors would equal all four, combined, that Saskatchewan is currently considering.
Wilkinson says there are two paths: one “accepts the scientific reality of climate change,” the other “is blind hope”
We’re still going to use oil and gas, but we’re not going to burn it. That is, except for power generation, coupled with carbon capture. We need to adapt to a net-zero economy by 2050, otherwise global investment will pass us by, in addition to the climate peril. We have to double the electrical grid, or more. People against everything need to get out of the way and let us build things. And we can’t just hope for the best.
Those were the key themes that federal Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson spoke about June 28.
It’s not often the minister largely responsible for implementing an idea to essentially phase out a nation’s most significant industry talks about that, here in Saskatchewan, but federal Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson did just that on Wednesday, June 28. He spoke to the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce at Innovation Place, on the University of Regina campus. He’s got a lot to say. Here is his full speech, verbatim:
Natural gas power generation with carbon capture likely allowed post-2035, says federal natural resources minister
Hold on one second – the proposed Clean Electricity Regulations might not be entirely shutting the door on natural gas-fired power generation post-2035. But we might have to build very expensive carbon capture facilities on our gas-fired power stations.
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