Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Ontario Hit by Monster Heat Wave: Wind Provides 0.1% Relief!

Canadian Energy Issues blog reports on the amazing stalwart response of Ontario wind farms to the deadly challenge of a monster heat wave. In the face of the heat wave, Ontario wind is operating at a capacity factor of 1% -- contributing 0.1% of the province's power load!
Anybody who thinks wind and other intermittent renewable energy sources are the answer to Ontario’s power supply problems needs to monitor the electricity system operator’s website. Here we are, in a major heat wave, and the provincial wind fleet is operating at a ONE PERCENT CAPACITY FACTOR. That’s right: wind, the mainstream greens’ preferred power source, is contributing one tenth of one percent of the province’s electricity.
So where is the other 99.9 percent of Ontario’s power coming from? The top four souces, from highest to lowest, are: nuclear (9,321 megawatts), natural gas (5,382 MW), coal (5,035 MW), and hydro (3,796 MW). It is those four that are powering the province’s air conditioners right now.
Good thing we have the nuclear plants.

...No policy maker should listen to anything the mainstream greens say.
Next time somebody tells you wind and solar are the answer to Ontario’s power problems, remember this date/time. _Canadianenergyissues
Texas experienced a similar situation last winter, as did the UK. In fact, anyone stupid enough to rely upon an intermittent power source for crucial, life-saving power, is going to experience the sinking feeling of being stood up by wind (or solar, wave, etc).

For more information on the problems with wind energy:

Wind Energy Facts

Ted Rockwell Energy Facts

Without Hot Air Energy Facts



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