Did Anyone Notice Wind Wimped Out Again

Yesterday, July 13, 2022, was one of those; not so hot summer days in most of Ontario so according to IESO (Independent Electricity System of Ontario) peak demand at hour 16 only reached 18,135 MW during a five (5) minute interval.  At that hour those IWT (industrial wind turbines) with a capacity of 4,900 MW were contributing 108 MW or 2.2% of their capacity and 0.6% of demand. Had they been absent they wouldn’t have been missed!

The two generation sources the OCAA (Ontario Clean Air Alliance) insist the government shut down, ie:  Nuclear, generated 9,430 MW and Natural Gas plants generated 4,093 MW at that hour.  Had the latter two generation sources not been operating at that or any other hour Ontario would have experienced wide-spread BLACKOUTS with a negative effect on businesses and our daily activities.

Once again at hour nine (9) as daily demand was increasing on a regular work day, those IWT were generating 36 MW which was probably less than they were using just to keep their lights blinking! 

The foregoing unreliability and intermittency of IWT is not an occurrence for Ontario only as it has been demonstrated around the world where they have been endorsed and promoted by politicians.  On their own, without other generation sources, such as natural gas or coal fired generation backing them up, most of the developed world would find ourselves back in the dark ages.

It seems truly unbelievable the push to go fully “fossil fuel free” has gained so much momentum around the world collectively as one example: the push for EV (electric vehicles) to replace ICE (internal combustion engines) is occurring. 

Plugging those EV in to recharge them without fossil fuels generating electricity is nothing more than a pipedream by the eco-warriors and their obedient and obtuse politicians as recently noted.     

Author: parkergallantenergyperspectivesblog

Retired international banker.

5 thoughts on “Did Anyone Notice Wind Wimped Out Again”

  1. People being harmed by the swooshing and whomping sounds and by the inaudible sound pulsations/infrasound always notice when wind whips out. They can feel the relief. Why are the turbines that were sited too close to peoples’ homes still running?

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  2. Natural gas where it makes sense, liquid fuels where that makes sense, nuclear and hydroelectric elsewhere. “Greenhouse gases” only exist in greenhouses. This is proven by the Ideal Gas Law: PV=nRT.

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  3. Natural gas where it makes sense, liquid fuels where that makes sense, nuclear and hydroelectric elsewhere. There is no climate crisis, but energy poverty is coming. Do not follow Germany. It is a road to disaster.

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