Wind turbines an invasion of Ontario’s power grid, says engineer
Wind turbines are not just an eyesore in Ontario says retired engineer Jim McPherson, they are responsible for unreasonable increases in electricity bills, affecting quality of life and business competitiveness.
An excerpt follows:
Toronto Sun, May 8, 2016
In his April 26 Letter to the Editor, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli wrote that “for the first time the cost of producing electricity from wind is below the average cost of producing electricity in Ontario.”
Using this Orwellian “doublespeak”, Chiarelli failed to mention that under his 20-year “Feed-in Tariff” (FIT) contracts, we pay wind energy corporations much more, not less, than the rates we pay for each kilowatt of the hydro, nuclear or gas-generated electricity that wind energy replaces. In addition, in Ontario, most wind and solar energy is generated when not needed.
In fact, wind and solar “farms” have become troublesome “gridmonsters”. They are uncontrollable, cruel and unreasonably costly.
Gridmonsters have a licence not only to kill, but also to bill.
Enabled by Ontario’s Green Energy Act , they drive up electricity prices while ravaging rural neighbourhoods and wildlife. They are malignant tumours attached to our electricity grid. They will continue to force electricity rates to rise unless we act now to bring them under rigorous control.
When gridmonsters were in their infant stage, we were able to store their fluctuating output in rechargeable batteries for later use in electric cars or household power. But they have grown much too big for batteries, and they keep growing because governments keep feeding them subsidies.
Gridmonsters were created by huge wind and solar corporations that lobbied governments for subsidies that guaranteed ongoing profits. That was the beginning of the scam, to which governments and citizens succumbed because of our fear of climate change. But unlike other energy sources, the sun and the wind cannot be turned on and off when demand fluctuates.
On dark and still nights, gridmonsters lurk in rural fields. Then, when the sun shines or the wind blows, they invade power transmission lines. With government permission, they replace cheaper electricity from hydroelectric power, nuclear, or gas plants. Electricity rates then rise. When the wind dies or when the sun is obscured, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) routinely fires up recently-added backup natural gas power plants.
Rates routinely rise again.
Whenever we can’t find consumers for this unneeded electricity, we pay solar and wind energy producers to not produce power. Rates rise more!
Gridmonsters keep metastasizing. Ontario is exporting more and more excess green energy to Quebec or Michigan, at a loss of millions more dollars every month.
Rates keep rising.
Amazingly, the Ontario government recently invited proposals for even more subsidized, unneeded and unreliable wind factories and solar farms. …
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