Wind power: missing in action during Ontario heat wave

The impact of the well above normal temperatures Ontario has been experiencing for the past several days in September was seen in hour 17 (5 pm) yesterday, September 25, 2017.

From all appearances, hour 17 set the record for high peak demand in the province for the current year as businesses and homes had air conditioners and fans blasting away, drawing power from the grid.

Peak demand for hour 17 was 21,639 MWh.

Nuclear and hydro along with gas generated 20,091 MWh during that 60 minutes and was supplemented by net imports of 1,221 MWh from Manitoba and Quebec.

Where were “renewables” (excluding hydro), wind, solar and biomass? Together, they generated a miserly 307 MWh. In fact, wind power generators probably consumed more then they contributed with a minuscule 67 MWh. That 67 MWh represented about 1.5% of their grid connected capacity of 4,213 MW.

Put another way, wind power contributed .3% of peak demand!

All this simply proves industrial wind turbines (IWT) are unreliable and intermittent. If they can’t be counted on when we need the power, why does our Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault and Premier Wynne continue to support them? Why not cancel contracts for wind power plants that have not commenced construction?

The time has come for the Ontario Liberal government to admit that industrial-scale wind turbines deliver nothing more than unreliable, intermittent power that must be backed up with reliable power in the form of nuclear, hydro and gas.

The dream is over.

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6 thoughts on “Wind power: missing in action during Ontario heat wave”

  1. So all the while that the turbines are not moving here in Huron County, the people who are being harmed by noise, low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation are absolutely relieved! The solution to the harm being caused by the turbines that were sited too close to or surrounding peoples’ homes is clearly having the turbines turned off.

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  2. http://live.gridwatch.ca/home-page.html

    Red alert ….
    Red alert…
    Negative power …
    Overload…
    Red alert…

    All Ontarions please shut your power off so that the Lieberal foriegn guaranteed renewable energy market contracts may be filled without penalties to ratepayets!!! Shut all power off immediately or you will face fines on your bill or jail time… or both!!!!

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