Wind wasted again — millions spent on unneeded power last weekend

October 16, 2017

Wind turbines near SS Marie: power not needed but cost us millions (National Post photo)

October 15, 2017 was quite a windy Sunday.   Being a mild fall day too, that meant Ontario’s demand for electricity was low according to the IESO’s Daily Market Summary.  Total Ontario demand was only 313,000 MWh for the whole day.

Unfortunately for ratepayers, it was a beyond the norm windy day — industrial wind turbines spread throughout the province were spinning well beyond their yearly average of 29/30% of capacity.

According to the IESO’s daily generator report, the wind turbines could have supplied almost 84,000 MWh* of power, or about 27% of all the power consumed by Ontario’s ratepayers (approximately 83% of their capacity).  As it turned out, IESO curtailed or did not accept 42,500 MWh for which wind developers were paid $120/MWh anyway, and the 41,200 MWh grid-accepted power generation got them the standard $135/MWh.

What the foregoing means is wind developers were paid approximately $10,660,000 for curtailed wind generation and grid-accepted power.  That works out to a cost per MWh of $260 or 26 cents a kilowatt hour — almost double the current generation cost, for which 25% is being refinanced under the Fair Hydro Act.

As it turned out, the grid-accepted wind generation really wasn’t needed: as the IESO “Summary” report indicates, Ontario’s net exports averaged 2,110MW per hour or 50,640 MW at a negative price of $0.99. That means Ontario’s ratepayers picked up another $50K to provide our neighbours (principally Michigan and New York) with cheap power.

No doubt Ontario was also spilling hydro and steaming off Bruce Nuclear which ratepayers were also paying for on that windy October Sunday.

More proof that wind power provides costly, intermittent and unneeded power. More proof that the Green Energy and Economy Act should be tossed out!

 

 

*All numbers are rounded.

Comments

Stan Thayer
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Not all of the IWT’s need to be “tossed out”. Some are well placed and well maintained and produce as designed. Now having said that they should be treated like all other generators and shut down when not needed. An IWT can be started much easier than a nuke as long as the primer, nuke or gas or hydro is up.
Any shutdown is a losing proposition but we should all be treated equally not preference given to the most expensive private profit making units.
Stan Thayer

hot Sunday, windy Sunday – Colder Air
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[…] at a rally against a facility in Prince Edward County. My friend Parker Gallant subsequently wrote on the wasted wind that day. I thought a post comparing the past Sunday to other days might be […]

Jim McColl
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Can someone tell us what the lifespan of one of these relics is ,how much it costs to remove one when it’s life is over and just who pays for the removal.

Barbara
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Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC)

Re: Decommissioning wind turbines

‘Wind Energy Decommissioning/Site Reclamation Impacts’

Covers a number of issues including water resources (surface and groundwater).

https://teeic.indianaffairs.gov/er/wind/impact/decom/index.htm

Barbara
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Last time I checked, Imperial Oil is about 70% owned by ExxonMobil?

Notinduttondunwich
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Hey Jim…. its a 40 year contract for wind…

Notinduttondunwich
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http://www.waterwellsfirst.org/fourteenth-complaint-filed-against-samsung-wind-turbine-project-for-polluting-water-wells-in-chatham-kent/

Also crap like this makes my blood boil!!! These people have had fresh potable well water for generations and all of a sudden the wells go bad and it has nothing to do with the piledriving into KPBS.. its so blatently obvious what the source of the wells going bad is and the MOECC turns a blind eye!!! Even better yet… as soon as these folks complain and try to protect their water source they have million dollar lawsuits brought against them!!! Such a pile of crap ….. im so surprised there isnt any violence yet!! Im sure it will come soon enough…. dont blame them at all for civil disobedience….

Barbara
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Don’t ratepayers across North America have the right to know how much it’s going to cost them to transition to the green economy and what climate mitigation will cost?

DTE does not supply electricity to all of Michigan. 15 B is only part of the cost?

Barbara
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Ontario Newsroom

Archived News Release: November 20, 2008

‘Ontario signs climate change declaration’

‘McGuinty government takes part in Governors’ Global Climate Summit’

“On behalf of Ontarians, Environment Minister John Gerretsen signed a Global Declaration in California at the close of a two-day Summit.”

https://news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2008/11/ontario-signs-climate-change-declaration.html

Notinduttondunwich
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Special thanks to D.D.O.W.T for their remarkable resilience last night…. great crowd out for our final REA “community engagement” meeting…. or whatever you wanna call that crap…. thanks to all who came out to show your support opposing the industrailized turbine power plant illegally being forced on DD… it aint over till its over kids!!! Keep fighting… thank you again..

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