Expensive Renewables get Priority over Cheap Renewables-Why?

March 31, 2022 demonstrates how Ontario’s Spring weather frequently treats us ratepayers badly, irrespective of “climate change” or that net-zero 2050 target!

As it turns out the wind was blowing as it frequently does when Spring arrives in Ontario and it proved hurtful due to the favoured treatment granted to IWT (industrial wind turbines) for their generation.  For ten (10) hours IWT delivered more generation to Ontario’s electricity grid than our hydro capacity did. That seems odd as during the Spring the water is flowing as the snow melts and supplies our creeks, rivers and lakes with lots of water to run the many hydro dams evident throughout the province.  

On examination of the daily IESO generation output one notes for 5 of the 10 hours wind out-generated hydro in the middle of the night. During the same hours it appears that wind’s generation was also being curtailed (about 3,100 MWh) and it sure appears hydro was being spilled.  During those 5 hours the HOEP (hourly Ontario energy price) averaged $4.80* a MWh or 0.48 cents/kWh and our neighours in Michigan were scooping it up.

Collectively we sold Michigan net exports (exports minus imports) of 35,524 MW over the full 24 hours for the bargain basement price of $16.46/MWh or 1.65cents/kWh so we earned $584,725 which sure didn’t come close to its cost.  If what was sold was all generated by those IWT it would have cost ratepayers $4,796,000 and if one included curtailed wind the total cost would have been almost $5,168,000 or $145.48/MWh without including any costs for spilled hydro*. So, the net result of March 31st generation was an additional cost of $4,583,000 for those exports without including associated costs of the spilled hydro.  

So, during Spring while those IWT are chopping up migrating birds and bats, creating noises harming people and animals living close to them they are also adding costs to our daily living! 

We are doing the harm with technology eco-warriors tell us is cheap, abundant and beneficial but what we experienced in Ontario yesterday is atypical of our Spring and Fall seasons and is anything but cheap or beneficial and most often abundant when unneeded.

Unfortunately, the eco-warriors have convinced our Federal and Provincial politicians doing this will save the world from climate change! 

How dumb do they think we are and why are the politicians allowing IWT generation to take precedence over low-cost hydro?

*IESO fails to tell us when hydro is spilled or it’s associated cost nor do they disclose how much wind generation is curtailed and paid for. It’s time for full disclosure by IESO!

Author: parkergallantenergyperspectivesblog

Retired international banker.

3 thoughts on “Expensive Renewables get Priority over Cheap Renewables-Why?”

  1. The Steamboat Institute of Colorado last August hosted a pro/con meeting of well known advocates for the climate question. The conference offered proponents a neutral venue for presentation and debate IN THE OPEN a dais familiar to climate challengers but seduously avoided by the Greens. What has this to do with the tortured fiscality of Dumbtario? Simply this the Greens can be forced to confront and answer the metastatic question WHY? Their vacuous responses are laid bare at Steamboat and can be dredged from Dumbtario by fiercely
    unrelenting questioning WHY. Questioning that brushes aside
    their
    pubertic “but everybodys doing it Mom!”

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