More proof: wind power produced out of sync with demand in Ontario

Wasted. [Photo Gary Moon/Moonlight Photography]
October 11, 2017
Friday October 6th, 2017 was a work day just before the Thanksgiving weekend. At 10 AM that morning, Ontario’s electricity ratepayers had much to be thankful for. Power generation from wind amounted to just 27 MWh, but that 27 MWh wasn’t really needed as nuclear, hydro and a little gas were providing all the power we needed.  And, both hydro and gas were capable of producing lots more if Ontario demand required it.
The hourly Ontario energy price (HOEP) during that hour was $13.50/MWh (megawatt hour) so the value of the 27 MWh that wind produced in that hour cost ratepayers about $365.
Two days later, Thanksgiving Sunday was a different story: at 3 AM wind power was working in the night, generating 1,145 MWh with another 2,797 MWh curtailed (wasted, held back, not added to the grid). Ontario’s ratepayers were paying $135/MWh for the grid-accepted wind and $120/MWh for the curtailed wind.
The HOEP was a negative $3/MWh so the grid-delivered wind was costing ratepayers $415.95/MWh or 41.6 cents/kWh! In total, that one hour cost ratepayers $476,274 for unneeded generation. On top of that, because Ontario demand for power was low (most of us were fast asleep so the LED lights were out), Bruce nuclear was steaming off excess generation (we pay for that), OPG was probably spilling water (we also pay for that), and we were exporting 2,802 MWh to Michigan, New York and Quebec and picking up the $3/MWh cost.
So, comparing the two hours suggests we didn’t need wind generation on October 6th during a business day and we didn’t need it on October 8th in the middle of the night!
This is more proof that wind power is produced out of sync with demand.
The time has come to stop all contracting for additional wind generation and to cancel any that are not under construction.
Parker Gallant

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  • Sommer
    Posted October 11, 2017 2:25 pm 0Likes

    Thank you, Parker for your calculations.
    Any time the wind is not blowing is a good time for those who are being harmed by turbines, because, without their consent, they were sited and constructed too close to their homes or in some cases surrounding their homes. Now noise, low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation are harming them. The time has come to turn turbines that are harming people off and keep them off. In fact, this solution is long overdue.

  • Bob Lyman
    Posted October 11, 2017 3:55 pm 0Likes

    Parker, I, too, thank you for your patience and diligence in documenting the high costs and low benefits of wind (and solar) energy in Ontario. Your examples have become legion, but I am sure that, like me, you run continually into the near-theological argument that we must do these insane things to “save the planet”. Making sound economic arguments about the failings of Ontario electricity policy and operations, unfortunately, is not enough. Have a look at the articles that I and others are posting on the Friends of Science website that take issue with the global warming alarmist position.

    • Sommer
      Posted October 13, 2017 8:13 am 0Likes

      Education is needed now.
      All readers need to view this newly released documentary:
      which puts into historical perspective how we got to this crisis in Ontario. I asked James Corbett to look into our situation here in rural Ontario and in his usual thorough and well researched style, he has put many of the pieces of the puzzle together. You’ll see industrial scale turbines throughout both parts of the documentary and a focus on the current energy agenda by the oil oligarchs in the last half of the second video. He names names with the accuracy of a journalist/detective. James promises to continue this work. This is truly exciting! Help get it out to all who are administrators of this energy agenda and to all government agents who are ushering it in without realizing the end goal.

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted October 11, 2017 6:06 pm 0Likes

    Like…. right….. now!!!

  • Stan Thayer
    Posted October 13, 2017 4:46 pm 0Likes

    Simple remedy is to stop paying them!
    We can probably keep them in court until they die off.
    Sort of like what they are doing to some of us.
    This situation is NUTS!
    On the morning Mr Gallant mentioned, to further his statement, Ontario had 3 nuclear generators offline, 26 hydro dams offline and 44 gas plants offline.
    The most expensive power was the IWT’S. They should have been offline too.
    Stan Thayer

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted October 15, 2017 12:05 pm 0Likes

    Good luck to the folks living amongst the turbine power plants today… better hunker down…. wind capacity has jumped from 10% to 12.4% in one hour…. I wonder if the companies or MOECC will order a shut down of the turbines today due to hi winds….
    also every single MW of produced turbines is being spilled over to michigan and NY…. these windy days sure to cost Ontarians a lot of physical … emotional and financial damage….

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted October 15, 2017 12:24 pm 0Likes
    Maybe able to use these stats on the power plants as further evidence of the lack of control of turbines… you can clearly see projects running at full capacity with no mitigation…. its all in the numbers kids… running these things wide open even over capacity in some areas….

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted October 15, 2017 1:12 pm 0Likes

    Wind now at 13.5%!!! All citizen take cover!!!!

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted October 15, 2017 1:41 pm 0Likes

    15.5%!!!!!! Turbine capacity!!

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted October 15, 2017 1:52 pm 0Likes

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