Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: Redrawing the grid | May 23, 2017

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A black spinning globe appears next to the caption "TVO Climate Change Shorts."

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam has curly brown hair and wears glasses, a green jacket and a turtleneck black and white mottled sweater.

Nam says WELCOME TO
CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE WE EXAMINE THE LOCAL
IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
HOW WE THINK ABOUT
ELECTRICITY IN ONTARIO
IS CHANGING.
THE SHUTDOWN OF THE
PROVINCE'S COAL-FIRED
POWER PLANT KICKED OFF AN ERA
OF GREEN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.
FROM AN UPCOMING
SOLAR FARM IN NANTICOKE,
TO A COMMUNITY POWER
GENERATION PROJECT IN GUELPH,
WE LOOK AT HOW THE PROVINCE
IS BEING RESHAPED
BY GREEN ENERGY.

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Clips show images of power line towers and wind power plants.

A caption reads "Redrawing the grid. The workforce powering the future."

The caption changes to "Jeremy Rifkin. Economist."

Jeremy is in his seventies, bald and with a moustache. He wears a white shirt and a black blazer.

Jeremy says I ALWAYS MARVEL
WHEN I FLY ACROSS COUNTRIES
AND I SEE ELECTRICITY
GRIDS AND HIGHWAYS.
WE DID ALL THAT IN
LESS THAN FIFTY YEARS
IN EVERY INDUSTRIAL
COUNTRY.
THERE'S NO REASON WE SHOULDN'T
BE ABLE TO DO IT IN THE
SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, FORTY
YEARS, THIS TIME AROUND.
I'M 71 YEARS OLD.
I'VE BEEN WORKING ON
ENERGY ISSUES SINCE 1973.
I'M REALLY TERRIFIED.
[applause]

At a conference, Jeremy says WE ARE NOW IN REAL-TIME
CLIMATE CHANGE.
THIS IS NOT LOOMING
ON THE HORIZON,
IT'S NOT IMMINENT,
IT'S NOT A MODEL.
CLIMATE CHANGE
IS AT THE DOOR;
IT'S IN THE HOUSE.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS HERE.
THE TECHNOLOGY'S THERE.
WE'VE SHOWN THAT THERE ARE
REASONS THEY CAN DO THIS.
NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP
WANTS AN INFRASTRUCTURE
REVOLUTION, BUT IT'S
TO PATCH UP THE OLD
FOSSIL FUEL NUCLEAR POWER.
THAT'S THE OLD INFRASTRUCTURE.
IT WOULD BE SMART FOR
BOTH THE UNITED STATES
AND CANADA TO JOIN
WITH EUROPE AND CHINA.
WE HAVE RETRAINED THOUSANDS
AND THOUSANDS OF COAL MINERS
WHO ARE OUT OF WORK.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT
THEY'RE DOING?
THEY'RE RETROFITTING
BUILDINGS.
IF THIS CAN HAPPEN
IN FRANCE, IT CAN WORK
EVERYWHERE IN CANADA,
EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA.

The caption changes to "Nanticoke Generating Station."

The caption changes to "Jeff Hansen. Ontario Power Generation."

Jeff is in his forties, with short brown hair and a beard. He wears a blue overall and an orange safety helmet.

Jeff says THERE USED
TO BE OVER 600 FULL-TIME
STAFF ONSITE.
WHICH MEANT IF YOU DIDN'T
GET HERE EARLY ENOUGH
YOU WERE PARKING WAY
OUT IN THE BACK,
AND YOU'D HAVE A TEN OR
FIFTEEN MINUTE WALK TO WORK.
TODAY I CAN KIND OF
PARK WHEREVER I WANT.
WHEN ALL THE UNITS WERE
RUNNING, IT WAS RUNNING
AT FULL POWER, YOU
WOULD ALMOST BURN A
BOATLOAD OF
COAL EACH DAY.
OVER ITS LIFETIME IT
PRODUCED MORE THAN
570 TERAWATT HOURS,
WHICH IS ENOUGH
TO POWER MORE THAN
2 MILLION HOMES.
JUST GETTING READY FOR
BUILDING REMOVAL AND
DECOMMISSIONING
OF THE EQUIPMENT.

Clips show images of the plant facilities.

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Jeff says THERE'S A LOT OF
MEMORIES IN THE PLANT.
IT'S LIKE A SMALL TOWN
IN A SMALL COMMUNITY,
AND THEN TO HAVE
IT NOT BE THERE,
JUST LIKE ANY OTHER
SMALL TOWN THAT'S
KIND OF GONE BY
THE WAYSIDE.
BUT IN THIS CASE
WE'VE MADE WAY FOR
A NEW SOLAR FARM AND TO ADD
RENEWABLES ONTO THE GRID.

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Jeremy says THOSE ENERGIES
ARE FREE ONCE YOU PUT IN
THE INFRASTRUCTURE.
THE SUN DOESN'T
SEND A BILL.
THE WIND DOESN'T
SEND A BILL.
WE SHOULD BE PRODUCING
ENERGY ACROSS CANADA
WITH SOLAR AND WIND,
A HUNDRED PERCENT
OF YOUR ENERGY IN
LESS THAN 30 YEARS.
IF GERMANY CAN DO IT,
LITTLE DENMARK CAN DO IT,
CANADA CAN DO IT.

The caption changes to "Will Beardmore. CEO, Bluewater Energy."

Will is in his forties, with short light brown hair and a beard. He wears a black jacket, burgundy sweater and gray shirt.

Will says THIS
IS A BLANK CANVAS,
AND IT IS THE START
OF THE FUTURE.
THE SHOVEL'S BEEN
PUT IN THE GROUND,
AND THE PROCESS
HAS STARTED, AND I
DON'T THINK THERE'S
ANY STOPPING IT NOW.

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The caption changes to "Guelph, Ontario."

The caption changes to "David Brix. Terra View Homes."

David is in his forties, clean-shaven and with short gray hair. He wears a gray T-shirt, a black leather jacket and a blue safety helmet.

David says SO WE'RE STANDING IN TERRA
VIEW'S FIRST NET-ZERO HOME.
THIS HOME WILL PRODUCE
AS MUCH ENERGY
AS IT WILL CONSUME.

The caption changes to "Derek Satnik. S2E Technologies."

Derek is in his late forties, with short gray hair and a beard. He wears gray trousers, a black jacket and a white safety helmet.

He says THIRTY YEARS AGO WE
NEEDED A NANTICOKE,
AND WE WOULD BE ABLE
TO LOOK AT NANTICOKE
AND TELL YOU HOW MANY HOUSES
NANTICOKE REPRESENTED.
NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT
SORT OF TEN YEARS FROM NOW
BEING ALMOST THE OPPOSITE.
WHERE WE CAN TAKE
GOOD BUILT HOUSES,
WITH GOOD TECHNOLOGY
IN THEM, AND USE
HOW MANY HOUSES TO
POWER ALL THE OLD HOUSES
THAT USED TO BE HERE AND
START UNPLUGGING STUFF
FROM THE GRID BECAUSE
THE GRID CAN START
TO POWER ITSELF.
WE CAN ACTUALLY
DISTRIBUTE ALL THIS STUFF.

Will says WE'RE GENERATING POWER
WHERE WE NEED IT,
AND WE'RE NOT SENDING
ELECTRONS HUNDREDS
OF THOUSANDS OF KILOMETRES
FROM NANTICOKE OR FROM
DARLINGTON OR FROM
BRUCE NUCLEAR.
WE'RE GENERATING IN
THE COMMUNITIES THAT
WE NEED IT AND
WE'RE USING THEM.
WE NEED ARMIES
OF INDIVIDUALS.
WE NEED BATTALIONS.
WE NEED LEGIONS OF
HIGHLY-SKILLED INDIVIDUALS.
SO WHEN I SAY HUNDREDS
OF THOUSANDS IN JOBS,
ONCE THIS THING GETS
TO MASSIVE SCALE
AND WE'RE DOING THIS
IN EVERY COMMUNITY,
ON EVERY BUILDING,
I THINK THAT THAT'S
PROBABLY GOING TO
BE CONSERVATIVE.

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Derek says WE CALL
ELECTRICITY HYDRO IN ONTARIO
BECAUSE IT USED TO
ALL COME FROM WATER.
ELECTRICITY IN ONTARIO
CAME FROM LITTLE MILLS
ALL OVER THE PROVINCE.
AND THEN WHEN THAT
WASN'T ENOUGH,
WE STARTED SEEING THINGS
LIKE COAL PLANTS AND
NUCLEAR PLANTS JOIN
THE MIX AS WELL.
SO IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING
ACTUALLY THAT NOW THE
PENDULUM IS SWINGING
AND IT'S COMING
FROM MORE LOCAL AGAIN.

Clips show images of a construction site.

Derek says THE PANEL THAT WE PUT
ON A ROOF TODAY GETS
ROUGHLY TWICE THE AMOUNT
OF ENERGY OUT OF IT
THAT A PANEL USED
TO TEN YEARS AGO.
AND THAT'S GOING
TO CONTINUE.
AND AS THAT CONTINUES
YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
BECOMES THE POWER PLANT.

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The caption changes to "Music by Stefan Banjevic."

The caption changes to reads "tvo.org/climatewatch."

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