Stretching the truth to the absolute extreme


It is -9, with the windchill it feels like -16. Ontario has 413mw of wind capacity. At 1pm the four wind-farms in Ontario are generating at 4.6%  of their rated capacity. Not too impressive.

When the Ontario govt. or the wind industry tell you that a wind farm has the capacity to power x number of homes they are stretching the truth to the absolute extreme. A wind farm has the capacity to power x number of homes only when it is running at maximum output. I have yet to see this happen.

As you can see 4.6% output is a very long way from 100% output.

The govt. plans to back up wind by building natural gas plants.

What is the most price sensitive fuel right now and into the future?

Natural gas.

This McGinty, Duncan policy is not only going to drive up electricity prices it will also cost thousands of manufacturing jobs.

It is time for every voter in Ontario to start asking some hard questions and demanding answers to the McGinty, Duncan energy policy.

This is without a doubt, the most flawed energy policy ever presented to the Ontario consumer.

Who will pay for this disaster.

YOU and your CHILDREN.

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4 thoughts on “Stretching the truth to the absolute extreme

  1. The load numbers quoted by the wind turbine industry are often quite unrealistic. If you do the math, you will find out that “powering a home” works out to, say 1.5 kW, or 1.1 kW, or even 0.9 kW in one bit of hype I read. I have a toaster that uses more electricity than that! If you heat, cook and heat your water with gas, use no high capacity electric appliances, and spend your time reading the newspaper by the light of a 13W compact fluorescent bulb, then you fit their defnition of being “powered” by this much electricity. Of course, you are dumping CO2 into the atmosphere, but I guess that doesn’t matter as long as your electricity demand is low. Heating with wood is better as at least the carbon is cycling from atmosphere to tree to atmosphere whereas the fossil carbon is on a one way trip.

    Hooking a lot of wind turbines to a grid which is supposed to supply reliable, stable electricity all the time is not very smart. The intermittent, variable nature of the generation makes it a challenge. You have to keep reliable generation on line which can be loaded & unloaded from minute to minute as the wind generation changes. This generally means FOSSIL generation, as the nuclear units are not meant to be maneuvered like that, and you’d rather keep the cheap hydraulic generation going. You also need even more infrastructure (transmission lines, transformer stations, etc) due to the spread-out nature of wind generation. You have to spend more money on planning to predict wind generation and add it into the planned generation mix for the next day, week, etc. In the end you will find that all the money spent on wind generation offsets only a very small amount of conventional generation, and the only people with smiles on their faces are the wind entrepreneurs. Check the latest experience from Germany if you don’t believe this.

    Wind turbines could be used to great effect in the north where communities aren’t connected to a grid and have to ship in and burn expensive, polluting diesel fuel 24X7. Icing is a potential problem but the latest units have anti-ice features like blade heaters. The Atlantic Wind Test Site (now Wind Energy Institute of Canada) has been developing, with our tax dollars, for 15 years now, a computerized automatic dispatch controller to integrate diesel & wind generation for isolated communities. On a CBC documentary in 1990 they said it was ready to go. Why isn’t it in use? The government needs to raise the priority of this & give them the support they need to commercialize this system, then get them installed up north.

  2. The Ontario government has allowed themselves to be conned. They’ve welcomed it. There will always be greedy corporations out there but when my tax dollars are now used to prop up their artificial yet lucrative industry, this is crossing the line.

  3. It appears the canadian wind energy ass (canwea)have been telling a bit of a story.Lets get out the real facts so our politicians can figure it out.The wind industry must be a big con job.

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