Power Play Make your electricity mix
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Power Play

Make Your Electricity Mix

Not all electricity is created equal

Ontario's electricity system is complex, requiring expert and continuous oversight. Not only does power need to be sent over long distances, but it also has to be available exactly when people need it. This means Ontario`s supply mix has to be diverse, reliable and nimble enough to respond to the constant fluctuation in demand, hence the mix of "baseload", "intermittent" and "peaking" power.
Cost of Generation
Capital Costs
Carbon Emissions
Availability
Peaking
When demand for electricity is at its highest, sources such as gas-fired power plants can meet demand quickly. These sources are versatile and reliable.
Peaking
When demand for electricity is at its highest, sources such as gas-fired power plants can meet demand quickly. These sources are versatile and reliable.
Natural Gas
High
Low
Med
High
Intermittent
Wind and solar power provide electricity when available - when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. Wind and solar are relative newcomers to the energy portfolio.
Intermittent
Wind and solar power provide electricity when available - when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. Wind and solar are relative newcomers to the energy portfolio.
Solar
Wind
High
High
Low
Low
Med
High
Low
Low
Baseload
Hydroelectric and nuclear power provide clean and constant sources of power both day and night. They are the most reliable and plentiful electricity sources.
Baseload
Hydroelectric and nuclear power provide clean and constant sources of power both day and night. They are the most reliable and plentiful electricity sources.
Hydro-Electric
Nuclear
Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
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Remaining Gap

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Make Your Electricity Mix

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Imagine you are an energy planner. Today, you have enough electricity to produce 135 terawatt hours (TWh). But by 2025, you will need an additional 20 TWh. We always need to have enough supply to meet demand. How could we fill this gap?
  1. Click the arrows on the left to change electricity supply and choose from the five electricity sources.
  2. Click the arrows on the right to lower demand through conserving electricity in different sectors.
  3. Watch the sliders at the bottom to see the impact of your choices. Keep in mind, not all electricity is created equal.

Not all Electricity is Created Equal Learn about the impact of different sources for electricity
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