The joint International Renewable Energy Storage and Energy Storage Europe Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany came together for their 11th and 6th time respectively from March 14 to 16 to discuss emerging developments in energy storage business models, technologies, and policy and regulatory frameworks.
Power plants seldom run at full capacity. The ratio of electrical energy output over a period of time to the maximum possible electric energy output over the same time period is called ‘capacity factor’. Using data from IESO, this visualization shows you how the avg. capacity factor of electricity generators can vary by source, season and time.
Thanks to funding from the Places to Grow Implementation Fund, the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) in partnership with Dr. Kirby Calvert (UofG) and Karen Farbridge collaborated via the Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership (CEKAP) to complete a set of case studies looking at net zero and low carbon developments across five Ontario municipalities.
The world’s population is becoming increasingly urbanized. As of 2015 more than 50% of us live in cities; 70% of us will live in cities by 2050. Our cities need to become more energy efficient if we are to meet global climate objectives. Well-designed energy efficiency programs bring a range of local social and economic benefits.
I was pleased to be able to attend the recent CaGBC Municipal Leader’s Forum meeting held at Vaughan City Hall on November 9, 2016 which focused on the topic of net zero homes and net zero communities. CEKAP has embarked on a research project that hopes to inform the conversation around the table.