Wind power in Ontario: expensive, unneeded, wasted

Surplus, exported power in April could have powered half of Ontario’s homes. Instead, it’s gone … and so is your money.

Ontario’s Minister of Energy claims that Ontario needs a “reliable, efficient and clean electricity system that comes from a number of sources” [sic] but the stats from this past April put the boots to any notion of wind power being “reliable” or “efficient.”

Parker Gallant and Scott Luft have both looked at the report from the Independent Electricity System Operator or IESO, and found that not only was demand at an all-time low that month (the lowest since the IESO began keeping records) but also that curtailed wind power (power we pay the wind power developers for, but do not accept on the grid because it isn’t needed) was at an all-time high.

Two Auditors General have noted that wind power is produced out of phase with demand in Ontario—it seems things are just getting worse.

 

Here’s how Parker Gallant describes it on his Energy Perspectives blog:

For the month of April 2017, wind power generated and curtailed (521,056 MWh) was 1,374,873 MWh, for a cost of  approximately $182 million.

Curtailed wind in April was the highest on record since we began paying for it back in September 2013!

Here’s the fatal math:

net exports of 1.3 million MWh +

the 521,000 of curtailed wind = 18.7% of total Ontario demand.

Combined, the 1,832,176 MWh at the HOEP price of $11.14/MWh and 1.11 cents/kWh and what do you get? Enough power for more than 2.4 million average households (over 50% of all households in the province) with their average need for power at a cost of only $8.35 — for the whole month.

Curtailment of wind is getting worse, as Scott Luft documents, in a chart from his Cold Air Online blog. Curtailment has doubled in the past three years–money for power we don’t need.

 

Analyst Marc Brouillette in a report prepared for Strategic Policy Economics on the supply mix for power in Ontario, said that ” over 70% of wind generation does not benefit Ontario’s supply capability, and wind generation will not match demand in the OPO Outlook future projections as 50% of the forecasted production is expected to be surplus.” (Page 20)

Seventy percent of wind does not benefit us, and fully 50% is surplus.

Meanwhile, the Ontario government claims they are trying to get electricity bills down, but it appears they are not considering the option of cutting costs.

The contracts given out for $3.3B in new wind power in 2016 should be cancelled, as well as contracts for any projects not yet built, such as the Amherst Island project which has been dubbed “the worst place” for wind turbines because of its effect on migratory birds and other wildlife, to say nothing of a heritage Loyalist community.

Cancel the contracts, Premier Wynne.

Comments

Sommer
Reply

The curtailment in April was a welcome relief for the rural residents whose homes are bombarded with noise, low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation.
Why doesn’t Premier Wynne permanently curtail the turbines that surround rural neighbourhoods and homes in Huron County so that the distress people are experiencing about being forced to leave their homes or live in their basements in order to protect themselves from this imposition on their human right to safety and security in their own homes, will be gone?

Notinduttondunwich
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Yuuuuuuup!!!!!
I encourage every single Ontarion to write a letter to their MP & MPP to stop this irresponsible waste of resources and stop putting Ontario residents at physical harm!!! Shut this crap down and take responsibility for your actions Premier!!!!

Stan Thayer
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People ,,, Noone in Liberal government will admit that they are stupid and have been had. This Green Energy Act is a Liberal scam and this spring with all the extra water we should all have power for free. The dams are all at full capacity flow wise and yet the Liberals say we must take the intermittent power from the windmills. How can we calculate that stupidity? Paying other users to take it when people right here need it is a Liberal only concoction. Only brown nosing Liberals can understand this scenario.
Stan the power man

Notinduttondunwich
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Yuuuuup!!!! Stan the power man!!!!
We’ve been running 60 % nuclear and 35 % hydro the other 5% is turbines and solar and bio…. we export more than wind solar and bio at those numbers….. we’re exporting our paid nuclear and hydro electric now!!!!!

Notinduttondunwich
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When you look at the number of homes that could have had FREE POWER for month(s)……. you start to realize how much trouble we really are in…. these morons are giving away our kids / grandkids future…..
The Dutton Dunwich Strong breezes website boast that the 16 or 17 or 18 or 19 or 20 or so turdbines (we’re not sure cause they keep changing the plans) will supply power to 18000 homes!!!!! And Dutton Dunwich will be 100% renewable energy supplied!!!
strongbreezewind.com
Check it out!!!!!
Pure lies!!!! Inveridiots are so confident that we are idiots they don’t even bother to correct the lies that their energy coop promises….
Wow….

Notinduttondunwich
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Wait a second….. maybe they’re talking about 18000 American Homes!!!! Dooooooooohhhhh!!!!!

Stan Thayer
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More facts.
54mw at 30% efficiency is close to 18mw supplied to 18,000 homes gives 1000 watts for each home.
Enough for a toaster and a light bulb when the wind blows at 80 cents per 1000 watts per hour.
Talk about deceit.
The devastation of Amherst Island to make a few people money is shame on the entire human race. It does not need to happen! These IWT’s are not needed.
Stan Thayer (CET)

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