Statistics from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, Canada show that power produced in the province from fossil fuels dropped in 2013 from 2012, with coal and gas usage both decreasing last year.
Other sources, such as nuclear, hydropower and wind increased, with nuclear producing most of the province’s baseload needs and 59.2 percent of total production, an increase from 56.4 percent in 2012. Hydropower increased from 22.3 percent to 23.4 percent, and wind increased from 3.0 percent to 3.4 percent.
The use of coal decreased from 2.8 percent to 2.1 percent, and gas decreased from 14.6 percent to 11.1 percent of total production.
According to the IESO President and CEO Bruce Campbell, the data for 2012 “is only a snapshot in time,” and the province’s system will continue to evolve with the introduction of solar power to the grid, demand response, additional wind generation and a nuclear refurbishment program.
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