CanWEA: Locked and Loaded
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) were prepared for the Fraser Institute’s report of April 11, 2013 as within hours of the release of that report they issued a press release headlined “Wind energy a good deal for Ontario” which attempts to dispute the findings of the Fraser report.
CanWEA’s secret weapon was prepared by Power Advisory LLC whose Canadian subsidary is headed up by Jason Chee-Aloy, a former employee of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) where he was the Director of Generation Procurement. A couple of earlier articles had explored the “conflict of interest” issues surrounding his position with Power Advisory LLC as their client list included OPA wind contract holders; Samsung, NexTera, Pattern and IPR-GDF North Suez. Contact with the Office of the Integrity Commissioner and the Lobbyist Registry, at that time, disclosed the former couldn’t do anything because the OPA wasn’t on their list of Provincial entities their Act governed nor were Power Advisory registered on the Province’s Lobbyist Registry. As of yesterday they still appear unregistered.
The Power Advisory report prepared for CanWEA is dated February 15, 2013 and was obviously the secret weapon held by them to dispute upcoming reports that might prove (as the Fraser report does) that wind generation is a useless and expensive way to generate electricity in Ontario; doing harm to humans, nature, destroying property values and producing power when we don’t need it (80% of the time).
The unleashing of the CanWEA secret weapon to counter the Fraser Institute’s report does nothing to dispel the principal facts as it simply looks at electricity generated by industrial wind turbines (IWT) in isolation claiming the production of wind energy represents only 5% of total supply costs on an average Burlington Hydro ratepayer’s bill.
What the Power Advisory report doesn’t refer to are the effects caused by the addition of wind generation to the grid that were highlighted by the Fraser Institute report. The Power Advisory report fails to note that wind requires backup from gas plants (which are paid to not produce), spilling of cheap clean hydro when wind produces power we don’t need (depleting revenue to OPG) , steaming off of nuclear plants (which are also paid to not produce), the expenditure on transmission lines to hook up IWTs and of course the costs of exporting excess generation. Wind’s costs, including the foregoing would easily double what their report claims without considering the other destructive attributes of IWTs.
The Power Advisory report is nothing more then the same old smoke and mirrors that the Liberal politicians have accepted as gospel.
CanWEA’s secret weapon only serves to bring out the fallacious nature of their spin about IWTs and undermines their cause but it presumably gives the Energy Minister some talking points in the Legislature.
April 12, 2013