Ontario power: Why Ontario effectively paid its neighbours $214,584.24 in one weekend hour to take our power

by John Spears, Toronto Star
Mild temperatures, high winds, spring run-off and a weekend combined to send the price of power below zero on Sunday in Ontario. But despite the near-record negative price – which means, in theory, that producers are paying customers to take electricity – Ontario ratepayers will still pick up the tab.  Read article

7 thoughts on “Ontario power: Why Ontario effectively paid its neighbours $214,584.24 in one weekend hour to take our power

    • It probably takes a particular sense of humour David, but I did chuckle at this sentence, provided the speaker, and the institution being referred to:
      “Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association, the biggest industry group for wind energy, doesn’t think solving the problem of balancing and routing energy sources is as hard as MIT makes it out to be.”
      Those MIT folks just don’t know how to wish hard enough!

    • Move the power around minute by minute and hire more weather forecasters. A minute dosen’t give much time to react to problems. Politicians and renewable energy developers got into problems that are way over their heads. As if grid problems can be solved by magic.

      • Anyone else ever thought that maybe in some perverted way havoc is supposed to be created on the Ontario grid? The best opportunities await when the streets are flowing in blood.

        I got this sinking feeling that these exports are turning a huge profit for some on the receiving end of the deal. Heck, they probably bottle it then sell it back to us in the middle of an August heatwave for $1,000 per Kw

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