A windy Christmas Eve meant more millions in cost to Ontario electricity ratepayers

The day before Christmas

T’was the day before Christmas when all through Ontario

the wind was ablowing without great demand

The turbines were spinning and generating power

and some were found to be curtailing in hope

Chiarelli would still pay them and not be considered a dope

The ratepayers were all snuggled in bed

and the Christmas lights were out because of the dread

that would surely come with the hydro bill

and make everything a whole lot worse than a little chill

The children were tucked in bed in winter gear

because their parents were so full of fear

the heat from the furnace would cause the meter to spin

driving up the bill and cause them to send more money to Wynne

The hydro was spilling, the nuclear steamed off,

the gas plants weren’t moving for fear of the racket

that might come to discredit Dalton and others caught sacking

e-mails and records meant to show their defects

and the way they harmed ratepayers and created negative effects

Excuse the poetry but it does highlight the mess we found ourselves in on December 24, 2015. To wit:
Ontario’s demand for electricity on December 24th was low based on IESO’s “Daily Market Summary” reaching only 315,336 MWh and “Total Demand” was 385,704 MWh.  The hourly Ontario Energy Price or HOEP market, priced it in a negative way valuing it at -$543,843. What that means is the 72,336 MWh we exported cost Ontario’s ratepayers an extra $102,000 based on the weighted average HOEP price per MWh of -$1.41.  The average cost of production of those exports based on the IESO November average price of $129.53 (net of the DRC) means the 72,336 MWh exported rang up a cost of $9.4 million to be borne by Ontario ratepayers.
That’s not all the costs though! IESO instructed Bruce Nuclear to steam off about 35,000 MWh at an estimated cost of $60.00/MWh or $2.1 million and curtailed 23,500 MWh of wind generation at a cost of around $120.00/MWh adding a further $2.8 million to the day’s costs for ratepayers.
The cost of the exports (negative HOEP of $100 thousand) plus production costs of $9.4 million, steamed off nuclear of $2.1 million and curtailed wind of $2.8 million means just one day cost Ontario’s beleaguered ratepayers $14.4 million without factoring in HST costs.
Premier Kathleen Wynne, her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, and her Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli are responsible for delivering those lumps of coal we found in our stockings Christmas morning.
Ho, ho, ho!
(C) Parker Gallant
December 26, 2015
The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent Wind Concerns Ontario policy.

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  • Andre Lauzon
    Posted December 26, 2015 1:28 pm 0Likes

    Mr. Gallant many thanks for your analyses of this Green Energy mess. I wish you could replace Chiarelli for a few days and correct all his stupid mistakes. (if mistakes they are!!!???)
    I hope you had a Merry Christmas and may you be blessed with good health and happiness in 2016.

  • Pat Cusack
    Posted December 26, 2015 1:38 pm 0Likes

    I second Andre’s comments, except that Mr. Gallant should replace Chiarelli altogether. Loved his ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Frankly I don’t know how so many people can afford all the lights they put up.
    Happy New Year to us all. On the way home from Toronto yesterday, sickening sighting of turbines going up in, I think, Lincoln. So much for respecting the wishes of the people, eh Liberal Party?

  • Barbara
    Posted December 26, 2015 3:14 pm 0Likes

    Ontarians own the electricity generating assets and are therefore entitled to full unrestricted access to the electricity at cost.
    There are those who are restricting the availability of electricity based on price charged so as to cause harm and/or hardship to Ontarians.
    This has become a moral issue when people have to choose between eating and electricity. And perhaps a legal issues as well.
    Who gave these people the right to restrict the use of electricity through pricing while they give it away to others or “waste” it?
    People’s attention is being diverted away from these issues !

    • Raymond Beaudry
      Posted December 27, 2015 11:22 am 0Likes

      That is a great point Barbara.This certainly falls within the realm of compelling public interest in regards to Freedom of Information requests.

    • Barbara
      Posted December 28, 2015 11:19 am 0Likes

      Ontario does have misfeasance in office.

  • Sommer
    Posted December 26, 2015 4:06 pm 0Likes

    I add my gratitude to you Parker for your dedication! I wish you all the best.
    I just want to add that while the wind blew just before Christmas, in Huron County, where ridiculous clusters of turbines surround peoples’ homes, there were innocent residents enraged with the relentlessness of their torturous experience in their homes and “sick as a dog” in the middle of the night, trying to sleep in their own bed while being affected by infrasound radiation.
    Moral rage over this horrendous situation, coming from people who are not directly impacted is long overdue.These nonconsenting subjects of this unethical experiment need everyone’s help. Let’s hope that 2016 will bring about the long awaited breakthrough.

  • Sommer
    Posted December 26, 2015 4:12 pm 0Likes

    For those who can’t fathom what it’s like to suddenly have your home located within the largest industrial wind power station in the province, try to imagine what it would feel like to look out your bedroom window and be able to count 75 visible turbines.

    • Johana
      Posted December 26, 2015 9:18 pm 0Likes

      Oh! and how about spending 5 days in Emerg and then hospital instead of in your own house because of the Endolymphatic Hydrops and Helicotrema of the cochlea, the dysequilibrium, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, and pressure and fulness in the ears?
      Doesn’t that sound like a jolly good holiday time? Ho, Ho, Ho.

  • Pat Cusack
    Posted December 26, 2015 4:54 pm 0Likes

    While this Govt. blows OUR money on these subsidies, they are also creating health problems and adding to the health care problems. Would it help if we all bought into Mz Wynnes math?

  • Don Quichotte
    Posted December 26, 2015 10:56 pm 0Likes

    This is how we cope with high hydro cost .
    The subsidized “GREEN” geothermal that runs on 99% clean electricity is degraded to backup heating. The enerGuide 68 house is heated with a wood burning stove. ( We cut CO2 absorbing and oxygen providing trees with a 2 stroke gas fueled chainsaw, move the wood with a diesel fueled excavator, split the wood using a diesel fueled tractor, and haul the wood with a diesel fueled tractor. Used engine oil is no longer recycled but is used to heat the shop.
    Bob Chiarelli must be very pleased with our electricity conservation efforts!

  • Tracy
    Posted December 27, 2015 12:52 am 0Likes

    Btw, symptoms experienced by infrasound radiation may lesson when you move yourself away from the wind turbines.
    However, serious health problems are evident, permanent, painful, debilitating.
    I know Wynne and Trudeau have Liberal informants watching this site. Something to pass on: Time to walk the talk Mr. Trudeau. Are you the humanitarian you claim to be or just another Liberal skum bag? You have a big responsibility there Justin. A pretty face alone will not be enough to tow the line. I have even bigger expectations of you; and, rights as a Canadian citizen. Do the job right before you find yourself in the same boat as your Liberal colleagues..finding your refuge in jail. Dalton and Kathleen are in the process of grooming you, so you may assist them with their goals-involving pure criminal corrupted illegal activity. Sink or swim my friend…

  • Don QN
    Posted December 27, 2015 1:25 pm 0Likes

    There are some wind turbines close by our soaring club and when there is a strong wind from the northwest it blows right down one of our runways. The blade tip vortices coming off them create hellatious turbulance which makes take-offs and landings interesting to say the least. These monsters reach some 700 feet into the air (at the top of the blades’ arc) and pose a real hazard to low flying aircraft. There are now so many in the Shelbourn area that you can’t count them all!

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