Surplus wind power could cost Ontario ratepayers up to $200 million: IESO

Power-generating windmills don't always produce power when it's most needed.

Power-generating windmills don’t always produce power when it’s most needed.

John Spears Toronto Star
Coping with surplus wind power will cost Ontario electricity ratepayers up to $200 million a year if market rules don’t change, says the power system operator. Moreover, it says, if it can’t control the flow of wind and solar power onto the Ontario grid, then “reliable and economic operation of the power system is, at best, highly compromised and likely not feasible.”

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) makes the statements in a filing with the Ontario Energy Board. It is responding to complaints from big wind power companies that the IESO’s proposals to impose new market rules on wind and solar power will cost them millions in lost revenue. The dispute comes as more and more renewable power is about to flow onto the province’s power grid. About 2,700 megawatts of wind and solar power are currently feeding electricity into Ontario’s system, three-quarters of it wind. That amount is set to more than triple by January, 2016.

Solar power generally flows into the system when it’s most needed, when demand for power is high. But wind often blows at the wrong time — overnight when demand, or “load” on the system is low — and dies when demand is high.  Read Article

8 thoughts on “Surplus wind power could cost Ontario ratepayers up to $200 million: IESO

  1. It is a useless, inefficient, source of energy. It does nothing to reduce the Co2 levels. It is ridiculously overpriced. Time to turn this scam around, and return to our search for a feasible method of producing power; cleanly and efficiently, at a price we can all afford. The money we save on this fiasco will pay for years, if not decades, of relevant research.

  2. And the bad news is that as more and more
    renewables come on line these costs will
    escalate. If you follow the daily IESO
    generation/demand stats renewables,
    because of their intermittent nature, are
    always surplus generation.

  3. We are forced to pay for energy we do not need, do not want, have no use for,and are being harmed by. Who are the useless turds we have to thank for this?…..Oh my Gosh, look at that list! Time to start paying them back for what they have done to us.

  4. This is pretty old news, the estimates I have seen were quite a bit higher than $200 m. The Ont Society of Enginers warned McGuinty of this problem over a year ago. About last May, Steve Paikin on The Agenda was astonished to hear one of the engineers state that wind power would result in the higher costs and higher Co2 levels as well, with the current FIT regulations. I think this episode is still up at their site.

  5. Sad thing is, of course, even IESO are part of the problem! Nowhere in the article are they suggesting there is anything wrong with industrial wind energy as it’s being forced on Ontario.
    If experiences elsewhere are anything to go by if there actually was a move to utilize what little wind(and solar) energy is available just at the time the grid could take it then the wind(and solar) energy companies would be compensated by even more of our tax dollars for the times it could not be used. The madness will continue until such time that a government is elected who will begin to question on what societal grounds stupid laws can be used to protect private corporate crooks whose business ethics are based solely on ‘secret deals’ and contracts only enforced by including ‘gag orders’.
    Andrew Watts

    • I’m gonna live like a millionaire!
      I have a generator………..and,
      ……..nylons and shoes.
      The Liberals made me do it!
      By definition of law – it’s madness.
      I was in jeopardy!

      Re: ‘California Girls for Electricity Woes’

  6. Germany’s renewable energy exports are creating havoc
    in Europe. With their integrated systems, random and
    unscheduled power peaks are transmitted to Poland and
    Czech Republic causing problems to their respective grids,
    to the point where they are constructting breakers to stop
    the flow.

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