Ontario’s electricity customers: trapped in the henhouse with the fox outside

More than half the power exported February 24 at a loss was from wind. And Ontario is contracting for MORE, beginning next week
More than half the power exported February 24 at a loss was from wind. And Ontario is contracting for MORE, beginning next week

February 24th another banner day for exports, losses

 The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) seems to think that what we lost a year ago can be made up in volume.  Take the example of February 24, 2014 compared to February 24, 2015.

On February 24, 2014, Ontario exported 32,328 MWh of electricity which generated revenue of $1,932,250 at an average HOEP (hourly Ontario energy price) of $59.77/MWh.  The cost of production that day to Ontario’s ratepayers averaged $95.10/MWh, meaning a loss of $1,142,142  was absorbed by Ontario’s benevolent electricity ratepayers.

One year later, on February 24, 2015, Ontario exported 112,968 MWh of power, producing $7,010,794 of revenue at an average HOEP of $62.06/MWh.  The cost of that production is not yet firm but if we take the weighted HOEP average for the week of February 11 to 17th of $$41.40 and add it to the IESO forecast for the February 2015 GA (Global Adjustment), the cost of those exports (without factoring in constrained power, spilled hydro, steamed-off nuclear or payments to gas plant generators) to Ontario’s ratepayers will be $12,449,074 that is a loss of $5,438,280, and a cost to Ontario’s ratepayers.

To make matters worse, the wind was howling that day, producing 60,147 MWh  or more than 53% of our export volume. Total exports of 113,000 MWh represented 24.7 % of Ontario’s total demand.  The wind power production, at an average cost of $123.50 per/MWh, set the ratepayers back $7.4 million— the bulk (59%) of total export costs.

And now, not satisfied with burden Ontario’s electricity customers (that would be you and me) with the increasing costs of exporting surplus power, a proposal has been brought forward to increase our ability to export even more power at a loss, via the ITC Lake Erie Connector, a 1,000-MW high voltage connection to Pennsylvania.

Energy Minister Chiarelli is either the fox in the hen-house or he has let the fox in!   Time to stop the madness and bring some relief to Ontario’s ratepayers.

©Parker Gallant,

February 26, 2015

The views expressed are those of the author and do necessarily represent Wind Concerns Ontario policy.

Comments

Parker Gallant
Reply

That makes two out of two of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winners that were/are alleged to have made unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment. This one against Al Gore never got to court: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/us/politics/24gore.html?_r=0
Wonder how it will go for the just retired head of the IPCC, Pachauri

Bob Lyman
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Parker, I greatly appreciate the updates. even though reading about this is painful. Electricity policy in Ontario, driven by the climate change agenda, is increasingly a case study in just how bad unintended consequences can be.

Barbara
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Check out the FERC documents on the Lake Erie Connector if anyone wants more information. Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.

FERC documents are public information available to all. An internet search can be done.

Barbara
Reply

ITC Lake Erie Connector

Project Updates:
Consultation and Public Open House:

Mar.4, 2015, 3-7 PM Nanticoke Community Hall, Nanticoke, ON

http://www.itclakeerieconnector.com

Details at above website.

Sommer
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This statement by Anthony Watts says in the article I mentioned: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/02/25/gwpf-calls-on-governments-to-overhaul-missionary-ipcc/
-says it all quite succinctly.

“During this time we have witnessed a near-complete shutting down of open scientific debate, militant hostility to any questioning of the claims or assertions of the IPCC, and the zealous promulgation of costly and irrational energy policies with inadequate regard for the balancing of human costs and benefits.”

Barbara
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IPHE Workshop, Seville, Spain Nov.2012

Scroll down to Keynotes:

‘Challenges and Opportunities related to large-scale integration of renewable energy into the electric system’

This keynote explains how demand side/conservation, energy storage, peak demand, etc. all fit together.

There are plenty of diagrams to illustrate how this whole thing is supposed to work.

http://www.iphe.net/events/workshops/workshop_2012-11.html

This whole process of integrating renewables into the grid has to be planned and controlled.

Maybe worth copying to show to others about what’s going on? Lot’s of things work on “paper” but not in real life.

Sommer
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Barbara, if all of the material you have uncovered over the years was compiled from the archives and put together in a document, with a summary of the patterns of these wind companies, the names of the key people involved in Ontario in both the political as well as the operatives in the wind industry, right back to the original players in the alarmist hoax which created the IPCC, it would help to expose all of the complicit players in this scam.
Is it time for your enormous contribution to research to be taken to another stage so that it can be used effectively?

Barbara
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ELSIVER

‘The politics of renewable energy polices: The case of feed-in tariffs in Ontario, Canada’, available online Jan.31, 2013

“FITs are demand-pull mechanisms where government attempts to create a market for renewable technologies. By 2011, FITS were enacted in 87 jurisdictions, either at the national or sub-national level”

FITS are seen as effective polices because:

1. Quick to deploy significant capacity as they remove bariers to renewable energy projects.

2. FITs are often justified from an innovation perspective

3. FITs provide stability and investor certainty.

http://www.mit.edu/~lstokes/docs/Stokes_2013_Politicsofrenewableenergypolicy.pdf

Summary of what has taken place in Ontario and what is taking place.

Article mentions some of the organizations that have been involved in Ontario.

Rural Ontarians already know about this and this article summarizes a good part of the present situation.

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