Not that I live there, but I really like Canada, it's a great place full of great people. One thing that do wonder about especially after reading about some of HQ's developments and grid etc. Why not build a two or three large DC ties into the US, sell them carbon free hydro electricity, sell them 10 GWe base load or something close to it as carbon free hydro at 'outrageously high renewable prices' and then build 10 GWe of nuclear to meet the demands of HQ's local customers offsetting the southbound exports to the US cousins.jaro wrote:Hydo Quebec also wishes that people in Vermont and New Hampshire were "more reasonable", so that more power from our dams could be sold to the New England states.....
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/924 ... -play.html
....HQ claims its going to reduce fossil fuel use in the US.
In fact, the antinukes are counting on HQ to offset the shutdown of Vermont Yankee and Indian Point NPPs.
But I guess dependence on HQ hydro isn't as bad as dependence on Russian gas in western Europe
Give the punters what they want, electricity from renewable low carbon sources. What else you might do to meet local demand is matter for the good people of Canada. If communities in the US want to shutdown their own plants for whatever reason then let them and make a buck (or a looney) while you are at it.
Canada has CANDU technology, it has some of the richest uranium deposits in the entire world and the total tonnage of Canadian uranium and thorium resources is huge. It also seems to have some sensible plans for the long term storage of nuclear waste that some other nuclear powers are still working on. Why not use those Canadian assets to make money for Canadians in a smart vertically integrated way? It could be the perfect springboard into commercial LFTR or just simply a good old fashion money printing machine (not to be confused with the US federal money printing, so-called quantative easing see this link for QE definition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16CkS-k) .
Something tells me that there is perhaps a long list of reasons why this concept is unlikely to work, but I'd like to understand those if possible with assistance of people who know the place a lot better than I do.