Wind Turbines vs. Power Management

by Mike Osborn, Meaford Independent
There has been much press regarding the health issues and Wind Turbines, but I would like to address their impact on energy strategy and management in Ontario. I will focus the two key regarding the connection of Wind Turbines to the grid: (i) do they sustain and improve the reliability of power? (ii) do they provide value for money? Let us now examine power management in Ontario. The Marketplace: Anyone who manages a business knows it is vital to match supply with demand. Read article

2 thoughts on “Wind Turbines vs. Power Management

  1. Mike… you did a fairly good job of identifying the problems with wind power mostly with respect to its integration to the grid but I think there is an even bigger issue that you scarcely touched on.

    Wind energy is sporadic and thus it needs backup like gas. As wind goes up and down, gas has to go down and up so that the grid is appropriately supplied. Here’s the problem…The cycles happen so fast that the type of gas generators that can accommodate this type of load on the grid are what is referred to as ‘simple cycle’ design. These are in the 30 to 40% efficiency range. If the gas generators weren’t trying to respond to such horrendously rapid cycles, the gas generators could be ‘combined cycle’ design which is in the 50 to 60% efficiency range. In other words, if the higher efficiency gas turbines were used, you would get the same amount of electrical supply without any wind turbines at all AND with no increase in burning gas! Check out a website called Master Resources for a more detailed explanation for this. Think about it…. the province could be just as well supplied with no increase in gas and could have avoided all these problems due to wind turbines.

    One other problem which I believe exists is the hidden future cost of wind with respect to its impact on existing power plants. Equipment lasts longest when it runs at a greatly reduced number of load point and the fluctuations between those load points are minimal, predictable and gradual. Think about the life of your car….will it last longer when it is on cruise control on Hwy 401 when it can run for several uninterrupted hours? Or if it goes the same distance but with a start and stop every 200 metres? By forcing the gas generators to be constantly fluctuating, I think the answer the answer is obvious that the units simply won’t last nearly as long.

  2. The real problem here is that Ontario is dealing with an eco-nut who is being pushed by developers who want to make fortunes from horse & buggy machinery/IWTs.
    Proof that IWTs don’t work will not stop an eco-nut from pursuing this course of action.This is ideology and not reason on display here.

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