Reports, Press Releases, Radio Adverts, Public Meetings by Wind Lobbyists and all the other malarkey involved in this Green Energy debacle in Ontario can be summed up in one single word: CRAP!
CRAP….I’ll say it again CRAP!…….crap energy that isn’t needed let alone reliable. crap energy that does nothing more than destabilize a once affordable grid and crap energy that is driving up consumers Hydro Bills beyond the ability to pay!
Does this sound like something a “sane Government” would promote, continue to push and relentlessly believe that it is the right path for Ontario to follow to create a Green World of astronomical failure?
And that’s the simple TRUTH!
Website explains the real story of electricity generation in Ontario
BY LORRIE GOLDSTEIN ,TORONTO SUN July 06/2013
A mock wind turbine with a knotted stem displayed during a protest outside the Chancellery in Berlin last March, comments on the progress of Germany’s transition to renewable energy. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS
There’s a simple way to understand the real story of electricity generation in Ontario — as opposed to the bafflegab coming from Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.
Go to http://www.ieso.ca, the website of the Independent Electricity System Operator, and look at the graphs at the right hand side of the page marked “Energy Demand” and, below that, “Generation By Fuel Type.” From that, you’ll learn three things Wynne and Co. are loathe to tell you about electricity generation in Ontario.
1. Nuclear power is the backbone of our system and will be for generations to come.
2. Contrary to their claims, the Liberals aren’t replacing coal power with wind, but with natural gas.
3. Wind power, despite its massive cost and the fury it has ignited in rural Ontario because of the dictatorial way the Liberals imposed it, actually supplies an inconsequential amount of electricity. (Solar is even smaller.)
While the numbers vary day to day, right now (12:30 pm, Friday, July 5), the ieso.ca website says we’re using 19,479 Megawatts (MW) of electricity, with peak use of 19,941 MW expected at 4 p.m.
At this moment, nuclear power is providing 11,629 MW of electricity; hydro 4,686 MW; natural gas 1,963 MW; coal 2,107 MW; wind 77 MW, other sources 174 MW.
The fact we’re using coal at all may strike you as odd, given that former premier Dalton McGuinty promised in the 2003 election that brought him to power to eliminate it by 2007.
But then again, maybe not, since it’s just another broken Liberal promise.
That said, the Liberals have significantly reduced coal power, and now say they will eliminate it by the end of 2014, but not by using wind.
What the Liberals have actually done is to replace coal with natural gas. (Natural gas, also a fossil fuel, burns more cleanly than coal.) Which brings us to wind power, and the fact that never has so much been spent by so many — us — to generate so little electricity, so inefficiently.
The ieso.ca website explains while Ontario now has “more than 1500 MW of wind generation capacity connected to the province’s power grid” — with much more planned for the future — alas: