How many wind turbines needed to replace Ontario’s gas plants?

Yesterday out our way, July 26, 2022 was like a late spring day with mild temperatures in the mid-twenties, sunshine for most of the day and a light breeze. 

No signals of “climate change” were evident!

Peak Ontario demand for electricity occurred at a 5-minute interval during hour 19 at 19,457 MW. During that hour IWT (industrial wind turbines) produced 278 MW while Ontario’s gas plants during the same hour generated 3,766 MW. 

Over the entire 24 hours of the day IWT generated 7,150 MWh while gas plant generation was 49,375 MWh.

The foregoing should make one wonder how much IWT capacity would have been needed to replace the natural gas generation on this particular day?  The 4,900 MW of those IWT operated at a daily average of 6.08% of their capacity and produced those 7,150 MWh so how much more IWT capacity would be needed to replace the output of the gas generation was the question that came to mind?

After a few mathematic equations the conclusion was; this particular day, Ontario would have needed additional IWT capacity of 81,208 MW bringing total capacity of those IWT to 86,108 MW or 2.26 times the total Ontario current grid connected capacity of 38,079 MW of all generation types in the Province.

What the above suggests, should  eco-warriors like the OCAA (Ontario Clean Air Alliance) and others like the City of Ottawa get their way, it means Ontario’s landscape would have over 34,000 IWT (an average of 2.5 MW capacity per turbine) scattered throughout the province.

Those 34,000 IWT are approximately 12 times the current 2,700 IWT or so, we have. Those existing IWT already affect the health of those living near them, harmed aquifers as well as decimating birds and bats, (many on the endangered list) so try to imagine the effect 34,000 of them would have!

Time to stop the stupidity driving the politicians catering to the eco-warriors out to decimate the province and country in their false belief mankind is the control knob of the climate.

Author: parkergallantenergyperspectivesblog

Retired international banker.

5 thoughts on “How many wind turbines needed to replace Ontario’s gas plants?”

  1. VEZINA: Changing Canada’s energy sources is a big, risky deal | Toronto Sun, March 28, 2022
    https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/vezina-changing-canadas-energy-sources-is-a-big-risky-deal

    So, replacing all vehicles (in Ontario) now using gasoline with electric ones would require more electricity than the entire current demand placed on the grid — more than doubling the load.

    That’s just the electricity needed to get off gasoline, excluding other hydrocarbon fuels such as diesel, propane, methane and ethanol.

    If nuclear power is not enough to do the job, what about wind and solar power?

    Here, the math gets downright daunting.
    Assuming electricity generation of 11 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per square foot, a high estimate for solar panels, it would require approximately 406 square kilometres of panels to match the output of Bruce Power.

    So basically, the land mass of all of London, Ontario.

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  2. What is the sign for infinity, because that is how many wind turbines it would take to replace gas-fired power plants.

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  3. Politicians cannot even use calculators. That is why they are politicians. Municipal politicians (very few exceptions) know nothing.

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