CanREA pretends, “Here they come to save the day”

Mere days after COP 26 came to a close CanREA (Canadian Renewable Energy Association) issued a press release about their new 62 pages of gibberish.  The press release stated “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net-Zero: CanREA’s 2050 Vision presents an illustrative, but realistic, scenario to support this net-zero target by relying on Canada’s abundant and low-cost wind and solar energy resources to supply two-thirds of the new electricity required by 2050. This requires an almost ten-fold expansion in this country’s wind and solar energy capacity in the next 29 years.“

Reading the gibberish in the CanREA “Vision” had me reflecting back to my childhood and the “Mighty Mouse” cartoons with the accompanying song and the line in the song; “here I come to save the day“! Does CanREA really believe they can deliver on their claim(s) or do they think as adults we will buy into the BS they tout?  Industrial wind and solar generation won’t get us to “net-zero” emission reduction by 2050 and instead will cause blackouts and increase energy poverty when paired with battery storage as their 2050 Vision suggests.

The CanREA “Vision” doesn’t mention the blackouts caused by wind and solar generation’s failure in Southern Australia, California, Texas and of course the EU. The latter is not related to blackouts but the occurrences in the UK with fired up coal plants during the UN COP26 Climate Conference was due to the failure of those off shore industrial wind turbines to generate power.

It is also humorous to note CanREA’s Vision fails to mention the lifespan of typical wind and solar generation is about 20 years so, one-third of the “ten-fold” expansion they suggest, will require replacement before the 2050 target is met.  

The other issue only casually mentioned is the recyclability of industrial wind turbines, solar panels and EV batteries. The “Vision” suggests wind turbine manufacturers are working hard to come up with recyclable wind turbine blades which signifies existing blades are not recyclable.  An interesting article posted in “e&cn” (Chemical and Engineering News) in April 2018 examines the difficulties associated with recycling wind turbines, solar panels and batteries! The article suggests recycling all three is difficult and also refers to the need to use gas fired furnaces in portions of the recycling process which seems ironic if the aim is “net-zero” emissions.  The article concludes with this final sentence: “Industry experts and watchdogs agree that if old solar panels, wind turbine blades, and electric car batteries pile up for lack of good recycling options, waste will become a black eye for these supposedly clean industries.“

As one would expect the ‘Vision” says nothing about wind turbine’s harm to humans (audible and inaudible sound and shadow flicker) or how it often affects aquifers in rural communities causing a loss of clean water for households.  It only casually mentions birds and bats but in an affirmative way, suggesting IWT (industrial wind turbines) generators have focused on harm to them reputedly; “resulting in leading research and tools for the mitigation of impacts on birds and bats.

It seems obvious to anyone with even a narrow knowledge of “renewable energy” that IWT, solar panels and battery storage are not “here to save the day” and instead are focused on simply enriching the CanWEA members who both ignore their costs and harm to the rest of the human race. 

We Canadians need “Mighty Mouse” to swoop down and save us from those aiming to kill our economy.

Author: parkergallantenergyperspectivesblog

Retired international banker.

4 thoughts on “CanREA pretends, “Here they come to save the day””

  1. What’s going on. Ontario Minister of Energy with Robert Hornung and his crew. Hope that isn’t a signal we are going to have more of that useless and expensive “renewable energy”?
    Todd Smith
    @ToddSmithPC
    Nov 26
    Electric vehicle owners can get paid to sell electricity back to the Ontario grid
    @IESO_Tweets

    @ONenergy

    @ongov
    https://thestar.com/autos/2021/11/25/electric-vehicle-owners-can-get-paid-to-sell-electricity-back-to-the-grid.html via
    @torontostar

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  2. A couple more random thoughts. CanREA are in a hurry as massive capex of RE building nameplate are not supplying demand anywhere. Any quick RE buildout in Canada will be imported as we don’t have mining, refining or manufacturing at scale here. (Cheap, Chinese, DRC, slave labour, emissions at source). Even CanREA knows they are a bit player, needing nuclear and hydro baseload and gas peakers. Neither CanREA or Hydro Quebec follow OCAA to the podiums to quit gas & nuclear. Does CanREA scenario describe industrialization of rural landmasses for RE and transmission? A conversation nobody seems to want to start. Do they cost their proposal based on bits and pieces or all the components of an RE grid cradle-to-grave (as nuclear must to get a contract)

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