Substituting Natural Gas Heating for Electric Heating: Assessment of the Energy and Environmental Effects in Ontario
A technical and thermodynamic analysis is used to show that significant energy~utilization and environmental emission reductions are possible in the province of Ontario, Canada by substituting natural-gas heating for electric heating. The greatest benefits from substitution are realized in the utility sector, where marked reductions occur in coal and uranium use and related emissions. The results suggest that consideration should be given to increasing the level of natural-gas substitution in the province. The results, which must be viewed in conjunction with economic, safety and other related studies, are most likely to be useful to the developers and designers of energy systems, and to decision makers on energy planning and policy.
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