Wind power in Ontario’s cold snap: not reliable

When demand for electricity and heating were at their highest, wind and solar production were at their lowest

–Stephen Aplin, Canadian Energy Issues

January 6, 2018

 

Ottawa-based energy analyst Stephen Aplin has taken on a portion of the work the Ontario government never did: an analysis of the benefits of wind power as part of Ontario’s power mix.

This week, with temperatures well below normal, is wind power achieving the promises made for it as a cheap reliable source of power?

No, says Aplin, in a comment on his Canadian Energy Issues website. “Bearing in mind the data presented [in his recent article], the answer is an obvious and emphatic, NO.”

Even if Ontario had ten times the capacity of wind and solar it does now, it still wouldn’t meet demand.

And before the pro-wind people jump up and say, We need MORE, Aplin says, that’s just  the usual from the pro-renewable energy salespeople — ” buy more of my inferior product.”

Aplin concludes by despairing of the renewables myth.

“In light of this, another monster-size question is begged. Why do governments all across the world regularly and routinely regurgitate the 100 percent renewables myth?

And why do the media types who interview the government types who regurgitate this nonsense not call them on it?”

Read the article here.

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Notinduttondunwich
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http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/blog/justin-trudeau-needs-to-expand-the-role-of-science-in-government-in-a-big-way-report-1.4475029

Sure this panel will back up the myths of 100% renewables and the libs will press forward with their planet saving green agenda!!!

Wondering if this panel is intelligent and independent enough to recognize the wrong geological map was used in Chatham Kent water well issue…. if not then… at the very least this panel will be compensated well!!!

Barbara
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Nothing can be proven until something happens to prove otherwise !

Notinduttondunwich
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And when it is proven then we shall ignore it unless it benefits our agenda!!!

Barbara
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Including the agendas of international organizations?

Stan Thayer
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Thank-you Mr. Alpin.
We just can’t seem to get the money flow stopped!
There is a mountain of bona-fide data on these IWT’S covering over ten years.
Mayors, Accountants, Tradesman, CEO’s, Electrical Engineers, Power Workers and many others have provided factual data to the McGuinty and now Wynne governments and still they promote their for profit propaganda.
As we have all said many times—
IWT’S are for the generation of wealth power not for the generation of electrical power.
Another year has passed and the money still flows to those who will stoop low enough to take it and think, “tahell with the planet give me the cash”.
Providing real-time, real data, from real windmills and solar farms is not working to help stop this nonsense.
From our experiences with off grid set-ups, it figures to between 400 and 500 dollars per month for diesel or propane generation to a single residence with some inconvenience and much less initial cost than solar or turbine.
Some homeowners, who have always been on hydro and nuclear, now are on fossil because of the spiraling out of control costs.
Rents are controlled in Ontario but not the cost of hydro to the owner. So they take the loss.
The type of renewables being implemented now are a losing situation regardless of how anyone spins it.
And I can prove that!
Stan the power man

Notinduttondunwich
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Unfortunately only 208 people signed that petition there Sommer….. what came of the investigation???

Stan Thayer
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Hey, green energy people, during the last hour of today, Jan. 15, 2018, 10pm to 11pm, all the windmills in Ontario provided 780mw.
It is -20 at 11:33pm with a severe north wind.
The grid is demanding 22,000mw.
The gas plants to supply back up for the non producing windmills are topping out at 4980mw.
Imagine the CO2 and other green house gases being generated during this cold weather just for the windmills.
There is no good way to spin this, it is simply a waste and burden on the grid.
If I could I would shut down the windmills and their supporting gas plants at least until the severe cold has passed.
Stan the power man

Parker Gallant
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We were exporting 4008 MW to NY, Michigan and Quebec during that hour and were being paid about $65/70/MWh so maybe IESO was trying to earn a little extra. Gas generation only costs us slightly more than the fuel costs of generation (they are guaranteed prices per MW of capacity under their contracts) so it might have been an honest effort on IESO’s part to lessen the burden on Ontario’s ratepayers. We should allow them 1 hour out of the 8760 hours in a year to actually keep the GA in check. Too bad they couldn’t do the same for the other hours too.

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