Wind power: nowhere to be seen during Ontario heat wave

In fact, wind power generators probably used more power than they produced, says Parker Gallant.

Big Wind says “the wind is always blowing somewhere!” Except when it’s not. Exactly when it’s needed, not there.

Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives

September 26, 2017

The impact of the well above normal temperatures Ontario has been experiencing for the past several days in September was seen in hour 17 (5 pm) yesterday, September 25, 2017.

From all appearances, hour 17 set the record for high peak demand in the province for the current year as businesses and homes had air conditioners and fans blasting away, drawing power from the grid.

Peak demand for hour 17 was 21,639 MWh.

Nuclear and hydro along with gas generated 20,091 MWh during that 60 minutes and was supplemented by net imports of 1,221 MWh from Manitoba and Quebec.

Where were “renewables” (excluding hydro), wind, solar and biomass? Together, they generated a miserly 307 MWh. In fact, wind power generators probably consumed more then they contributed with a minuscule 67 MWh. That 67 MWh represented about 1.5% of their grid connected capacity of 4,213 MW.

Put another way, wind power contributed .3% of peak demand!

All this simply proves industrial wind turbines (IWT) are unreliable and intermittent. If they can’t be counted on when we need the power, why does our Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault and Premier Wynne continue to support them? Why not cancel contracts for wind power plants that have not commenced construction?

The time has come for the Ontario Liberal government to admit that industrial-scale wind turbines deliver nothing more than unreliable, intermittent power that must be backed up with reliable power in the form of nuclear, hydro and gas.

The dream is over.

(C) Parker Gallant

Comments

ron Hartlen
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Generously crediting Wind Power with capability of producing say 30% of nameplate capacity (roughly 6000 Mw) over a full year, but recognizing that 80% of that occurs when not needed, the result is a useful output of only about 6000 x 0.3 x 0.2 = 360 Me. That could have been done easily by a few always-ready- on- demand gas plants.
Don’t be surprised if Premier Wynne announces, with superb election timing, that “my predecessor made some big mistakes, but on my watch there will be no more Wind Projects. I’m putting a stop to it. We will now focus on supporting development of storage- technology”.
And thus will begin the next lucrative oondoggle.

Sommer
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The residents being harmed by noise, low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation are so relieved when the turbines are not running. Turning them off is obviously the solution for people experiencing harm.

Maks Zupan
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JUST CHECKED POWER DATA IESO AT THIS TIME
Ontario demand 20, 731MW
Nuclear 9,667
Hydro 4,956
Gas 4,586
Wind 288
solar 289 Sunny mid day Great wind contribution when we need it most. It is 32 degrees right now. I think it is safe to say that nobody in the history of Ontario has done such damage to the economy as Ms Wynne. Her and Mr Thibeault, both without any technical education or
experience, have listened only to the far fetched lies of the wind propaganda and have consistently dismissed any professional engineering advice. They made foreign corporations richer and people who voted for them poorer. Approval rate in the teens well deserved. Total power of 13 years corrupts totally.

Barbara
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And those promoting wind energy never heard of blocking high pressure areas with little or no wind?

Photos of wind turbines and solar panels destruction from hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico are online.

Hurricanes on the Atlantic coast are known to have occurred from the Caribbean to Newfoundland. Check the records.

Barbara
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The Great Newfoundland Hurricane occurred in 1775 with a great loss of lives.

Barbara
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YouTube, 9-22-2017

Re: Hurricane structural damage to wind and solar installations.

Barbara
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CBC News | Technology & Science, March 2, 2016

Re: 100% renewables and a plan for Canada

‘Clean disruption:Stanford group p;ans for 100% green-energy future’

Plan for Canada:

58% wind
22% solar
16% hydro
2% geo-thermal

More at:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/clean-disruption-renewable-energy-canada-1.3470590

These people are serious about doing this.

Maybe they should take a look at what has already happened to renewable energy installations in Australia and Puerto Rico?

Being sold to a gullible public through the MSM.

Richard Mann
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Still waiting for Huron County Health Unit…

An investigation into health impacts of wind turbines was initiated in March 2016. (Ontario’s HPPA, Health Protection and Promotion Act). Since then we have had one delay after another, and still no remedy for those living under turbines.

As of Sept 19, 2017, Erica Clark informed me they have heard back from University of Waterloo ethics requesting “some final wording changes in the study materials”. Meanwhile I have been told that all communications of the ethics board, including the names an positions of the applicants, is confidential.
I am asking for transparency, and for immediate action on this urgent health issue.
For further details, including correspondence and my own research on Infra sound and wind turbines, please see my web page below.
Sincerely,
Richard Mann
Associate Professor, Computer Science
University of Waterloo
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr

Gears
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Ummmmm…67 / 21639 = 0.003…or 0.3%. Not 0.003%.

Stan Thayer
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Hey Maks, thank-you. In the 1970’s at McGill University west of Montreal it was concluded that windmills to pump water are viable but not for electrical generation in that area simply because water can be stored and electrical energy cannot. Now we have a generation of proof that IWT’S are not cost effective and are not beneficial in most areas.
Nobody seems to be listening to common sense. The money being spent on the IWT’S , in my opinion, should be going into storage research. If we can’t store it why produce it.
Now, everyone sit down!
We do have the metering data from all generators in the province. The IWT’s are a losing proposition without the Ontario taxpayer subsidies.
And I can prove that!
Stan the power man.

Maks Zupan
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As an engineer and realist, I do not see any storage solution in the foreseeable future to provide the energy for our industry and big cities in any significant way. Good enough only for small users such as an Indian village or a mountain hut.

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