Surplus power: the not so rosy side of wind power

One of the reasons behind the skyrocketing electricity bills for Ontario consumers is the cost of dealing with surplus power, a result of the fact that wind produces power out of phase with demand (refer to two Auditors General reports for confirmation of that fact).
While the current Minister of Energy claims that Ontario is making a “profit” on its exports of surplus power, that is blatantly untrue: Ontario’s electricity ratepayers pay premium rates for wind power, which is then sold when not needed at a loss.
Parker Gallant takes aim at both the wind power lobby group and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in his latest article on Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives.
Here’s an excerpt:

What IESO’s concerns and subsequent recommendations suggest is the variable and unpredictable nature of wind generation has created serious problems in the eyes of those entrusted to run Ontario’s electricity system.
So, here are the facts: power generation from wind cost Ontario’s ratepayers over $1.7 billion (approximately 12% of total generation costs) in 2016 for just over 6% of demand, and will cause ratepayers hydro bills to be further affected negatively.   IESO’s responsibility to manage the system through the exercises suggested in their recommendations will cost the system more money, increasing costs just to ensure industrial wind developments are able to extract money from the pockets of Ontario’s ratepayers.

A clear example of “alternative facts” from both the industry and an agency of the Ontario government.

What's your reaction?


  • Bernard Nanni
    Posted January 24, 2017 9:30 am 0Likes

    we ontarians have to get rid of these loonies who are running the gov soon or there will not be an Ontario left to govern.the wind energy policy must be stopped now and the existing ones dismantled.the solar energy feed in program must also be stopped.our energy should be based on clean coal natural gas hydro and nuclear. then we should invest in research on nuclear fusion.both the natural gas and gas taxes should be reined. cap and trade should be axed since it is completely useless like all the liberal politicians

  • Andre Lauzon
    Posted January 24, 2017 10:54 am 0Likes

    Any taxes on energy is probably the most regressive kind of taxes you can have but the Liberals seem to glorify themselves with them. They will save the planet (from I don’t know what) but kill the residents.
    We are going to “transit” from oil energy to clean energy; yes we will clean the environment of birds, insects, bats, bees….etc.
    The new minister of energy learned is math from Chiarelli. 2×0=0

  • Bert
    Posted January 25, 2017 12:53 am 0Likes

    “Alternative fact” from Glen Thibeault; 53 smog days in Ontario in 2005 because of the small coal plant in Thunder Bay .
    How could we still have 30 smog days in 2012 when generating from coal was less than1% of the electricity capacity?
    Windsor had 24 smog days in 2012. Did the smog travel 600km from the only Ontario coal plant in Thunder Bay to Windsor? What about the 2 coal plants just across the Windsor border?
    Thibeault is lying just as hard as Bob Chiarelly was. Just following orders I guess

  • Sommer
    Posted January 25, 2017 11:01 am 0Likes

    How long will it take for people in these government ministries to blow the whistle?
    Surely there are individuals who have a conscience and are in a moral dilemma with this situation.

  • Stan Thayer
    Posted February 26, 2017 11:06 am 0Likes

    We know, we know, I have heard all this for the last ten years. Now how do we stop this train wreck?
    Stan Thayer

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