Wind farms didn’t replace coal in Ontario: engineers society president
In a letter to the Globe and Mail this weekend, president of the Society of Professional Engineers Dr Michael Ivanco wrote to dispute an earlier article that claimed, as the Ontario government does, wind turbines replaced nasty coal-fired power generation in Ontario.
Absolutely wrong, Dr Ivanco says.
Here is his letter (the Globe didn’t see fit to put it online).
Nuclear power slayed coal dragon
Letters to the Globe and Mail, February 21
Re: When it comes to coal, Alberta should follow Ontario’s lead (Feb. 16). Readers could be forgiven if, after reading this article, they wrongfully concluded that Ontario slayed the coal dragon by replacing that nasty fossil fuel coal with wind turbines as well as natural gas.
The reality is that the single largest reason Ontario was able to shut down its coal plants was the return to service of two Bruce Power nuclear units. And despite the costly refurbishment of these units, they still deliver electricity to the grid approximately 25 percent cheaper than the average price, despite the authors’ suggestion that the power is expensive.
Because the costs of nuclear generation are front-loaded, they will continue to supply cheap and carbon-free electricity for another two decades.
Dr Michael Ivanco
President, Society of Professional Engineers and Associates