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Renewable Energy: A Solution to Pollution Tim Weis, P.Eng., Ph.D. Alberta Regional Director 780.667.6519 May 1, 2014.

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1 Renewable Energy: A Solution to Pollution Tim Weis, P.Eng., Ph.D. Alberta Regional Director May 1, 2014

2 About Tim Alberta Regional Director Professional Engineer M.Sc. research on ice adhesion to wind turbine blades in subarctic Ph.D. research on off-grid renewable energy

3 Climate change “….could be the biggest global health threat of the 21st century” The Lancet 3

4 Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions Source: Environment Canada, National GHG Inventory Report 2009

5 Air pollutants from electricity sector

6 How do we compare?

7 Source: Clean Air Strategic Alliance. Fine particulate matter in the capital region (2010) PM formation - Edmonton

8 Costs of air pollution from electricity generation USA - National Research Council at request of 2005 Energy Policy Act – Effects of air pollution on human health, grain crop and timber yields, building materials, recreation, and visibility of outdoor vistas – Average damages: 3.2 ¢ /kWh (2008) Greenstone and Looney: – 3.4 ¢ /kWh for non-climate damage (2010)

9 So why wind? Efficiency Electrify Renewables Heat + Power 9

10 So why wind?

11 Wind is a cost effective option Source: Solas Energy Consulting New Electricity Supply Costs in Alberta

12 Wind can be developed at high levels

13 Wind can be developed quickly

14 Integrating Renewables (NREL study) Net: CO 2 ↓ 31.5% Net: NO x ↓ 19.5% Net: SO 2 ↓ 18.5%

15 Integrating renewables

16 Denmark update 52% wind by % renewable electricity by % renewable energy by 2050 – 171 Parliamentarians voted for 8 against. “The conclusion being it has a cost to make a green transformation, but it also has a cost not to do it. I think this will work out to be the best insurance Denmark has ever (bought).” – Energy Minister Lidegaard

17 Closer to home: Ontario

18 18 50Hz 60Hz Ross Island Wind/Diesel Courtesy of Powercorp, Australia

19 Conclusion Renewables can significantly reduce air pollution We have working examples of renewables being deployed quickly and at high levels Challenges remain – policy drives energy decision

20 Thanks Tim Weis


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