Earth Day and Industrial Wind Turbines Don’t Co-operate

The eco-warriors in Ontario and around the world just celebrated the fifty-second (52nd) “Earth Day” on April 22, 2022 and those IWT (industrial wind turbines) in Ontario failed to co-operate! It seemed as if they would, as at the 12 AM hour (ending at 1 AM) they generated 2,060 MWh or just over 43% of their capacity but that hour was their highlight of the day. For many of the following hours their generation fell and at hour 13 (hour ending at 2 PM) their generation was a miserly 197 MWh or about 4% of their capacity.  In total for the full day, IWT generated 21,647 MWh while our grid operator, IESO, was busy selling off our surplus 44,944 MWh to our neighbours, principally in Michigan with some to NY and Quebec.  What that suggests is all of the IWT generated power was surplus to our needs and served to ensure the price paid by our neighbours was miniscule averaging 1.57cents/kWh for the first six hours and 2.8cents/kWh for the full day. If the full 21,647 MWh of wind generation was all included in what IESO sold off the net cost to Ontario ratepayers and taxpayers for just the unneeded IWT generation would be about $2.5 million. Peak demand in Spring tends to be relatively low and it occurred in hour 20 reaching 15,672 MW in a 5-minute interval.  Unfortunately for ratepayers and taxpayers in Ontario, Spring is the season IWT generate the most energy.

As darkness descended those promoting “Earth Day” push the population to turn off their lights and anything else consuming power but it appears very few did so as consumption during darkness in hour 21 (hour ending at 10 PM) remained near its high dropping less than 4% which is normal and occurs most days.

The Day after Earth Day

We should be sure those eco-warriors would have loved what happened just one day later when the wind was blowing for the whole day as it frequently does in the Spring.  Peak demand for Ontario occurred at hour 20 once again but at only 14,622 MW which nuclear and hydro could have easily provided. Despite the foregoing wind took precedence due to its “first-to-the-grid” rights so one should suspect OPG spilled hydro and perhaps Bruce Power steamed-off nuclear and we will pay for both. 

The IWT were humming throughout the day and generated 60,235 MWh and appear to have curtailed about 3,800 MWh. During the day, IESO were busy selling off our surplus generation of 68,561 MWh to our neighbours in Michigan, Quebec and NY at the bargain basement price of the HOEP at $4.37/MWh meaning revenue from those exports was only $300K.  We ratepayers/taxpayers however were billed with $8.132 million for the IWT generation and another $456K for what was curtailed and picked up the balance of $8.288 million, allowing for the $300K recovery. 

One should note the coincidence between what was exported and collectively generated and curtailed by IWT on April 23rd as they are almost equal.

The total costs to Ontario ratepayers and taxpayers; in excess of what they paid for the electricity they utilized for “Earth Day” and the following day, comes to $10,788,000 or just over the cost of a large “Timmie’s” coffee per ratepayer; as a former Minister of Energy would suggest.

We ratepayers/taxpayers are paying for far too many “Timmie’s” coffees and not even getting a “thank you” from the politicians responsible for running the Energy Ministry!

Time for them to fix the mess!

Author: parkergallantenergyperspectivesblog

Retired international banker.

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