Fact-based Perspective on the Green Energy Act

Town of Blue Mountains Mayor and Council,
Please refer to the chart (provided by Bill Palmer).  These data are rock-solid, as provided / published by the IESO. Please refer to my comments below. The message is simple and easy to understand.

output Palmer

Between the years  2000 and 2012 coal use (black curve) was reduced from about 42 TWh to about 4 TWh, a reduction of about 39 TWh.

Wind Power (terra cotta curve, lower right) has contributed essentially nothing to reducing Ontario’s coal use. (How could that small amount of wind, only about 4TWh even in 2012, possibly have replaced 39 TWh of coal???)

The reduction in coal was because of reduced demand (red), return-to-service of nuclear (purple) and increased gas (orange).

Since Ontario now burns only a very small amount of coal, there’s no coal for wind to displace. So adding more wind will only work toward replacing CO2-free Nuclear and Hydro with Natural Gas, hence increased CO2.

So wind power in Ontario has, and will, provide no net benefit to Air Quality and the Environment. Quite the contrary.

If TBM can’t head off inappropriate local wind projects within the GEA rules, it should at least expose and fight the GEA in all communications with the Premier and involved Ministries.

Ron Hartlen, PhD, PEng (retired)

13 thoughts on “Fact-based Perspective on the Green Energy Act

    • I have sent similar graphs to politicians everywhere…

      They have trouble understanding that the line (or bars) down near zero means the contribution is inconsequential.

      When you tell them that production is at or near zero several hundred times a year because the wind is ZERO – their answer is that we need to put up more…

      Dumb, dumber and dumbest have set up an idiocracy. (And Wynnne is their leader now…)

  1. For the context:
    The Town of Blue Mountains is currently dealing with concerned neighbours of a wind turbine to be installed in a residential neighbourhood. It is only a small home-style turbine, but it will tower over the homes which are in a closely-packed residential cul de sac. Council appears sympathetic, but it seems the Green Energy Act has essentially tied their hands completely.

      • Here — found it:

        An Ottawa resident who has been lobbying to put a wind turbine in his backyard in the city’s Westboro neighbourhood has been told that his project is grinding to a halt.

        Graham Findlay had applied for a variance to install what’s known as an “energy ball” on his property near Island Park Drive.

        Findlay is a commercial wind arm developer with Ottawa-based 3G Energy Corporation and has said that he wants to mount that “energy ball” on a pole in his backyard to make it 10 metres high so he can produce his own energy at home.

        In October, the city refused to approve his application to mount the turbine in his backyard, so he appealed through the Ontario Municipal Board.

        His neighbours, however, testified at the OMB hearings that they felt the turbine would be invasive and could be dangerous if the tall pole with a turbine on top fell over.

        Even though the turbine has been designed specifically for residential areas, the OMB said in its June ruling that it supported Findlay’s neighbour’s concerns.

        Findlay said his neighbourhood simply isn’t ready for his energy plans, but that someday soon, people might welcome the backyard art of wind turbines.

        There are dingbats everywhere!

        However…. It may do more good than harm to let it go for now and get it torn down later.

        It could become a lightning rod for action against Stupid Green Energy.

        Just sayin’

    • The Town of Blue Mountains: ‘hanky moment’

      ‘[excerpt] Council appears sympathetic, but it seems the Green Energy Act has essentially tied their hands completely.’

      Send them a box of chocolates – with a note [whatever you feel is appropriate]

      • Traditional values? [none found]

        Community Vision

        The Blue Mountains will be a progressive four season community, building on its agricultural and recreational features, offering a healthy and supportive lifestyle to a diverse range of residents, businesses and visitors.
        Our Mission

        The Town will realize the community vision through innovative leadership and strong partnerships to provide sustainable services into the future.

        Under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and in accordance with Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains wishes to inform the public that all information including opinions, presentations, reports and documentation provided for or at a Public Meeting, Public Consultation, or other Public Process are considered part of the public record. This information may be posted on the Town’s website and/or made available to the public upon request.

        Double note:
        This information may be posted on the Town’s website and/or made available to the public upon request.
        What? Okay – what should the citizens – be asking to see?

        p.s. Our Sustainable Path [introduce yourself]
        p.p.s. ….innovative leadership?

        Welcome to Wynne country.

      • Embrace the ‘bobble-head’ – and sniff.

        Energy and Water Conservation

        Conserving energy and saving water can help us all save money and benefit the environment at the same time
        As indicated in The Blue Mountains’ Sustainable Path, “as we strive to become an environmentally aware and conservation focused community, our goals are to:

        · Develop and promote The Blue Mountains as a conserver society
        · Enhance water conservation strategies
        · Create an energy conservation culture
        · Embrace renewable energy production and achieve efficiencies in energy generation and consumption
        · Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
        · Move significantly towards becoming a zero waste society” (pp.31-35)

        The Blue Mountains Sustainable Path booklets are available free-of-charge at the Town office.

        FOR MORE INFORMATION, please check out the links provided on this page.

        Traditional values – for our future – 2050

  2. IWTs have nothing to do with facts. this is ideoligy, politics and money. This is an investment craze driven by the opportunity to make huge amonts of money at the expense of consumers.
    If these renewable energy schemes had to stand on their own there would not be any IWTs installed.

  3. Another Ontario scandal.
    Doubting is thinking, Oct.31, 2013
    “Tesla Carbon credits: an ongoing scandal”
    “This explains the existence of so-called compliance cars: autos whose only purpose is to meet ZAV requiremants. Examples include the Toyota R4V EV and the Chevy Spark.”
    Scroll down about 1/2 page to read the above.
    Ontarians furnished money to build a compliance vehicle that is only sold in California. Tesla furnishes the battery pack for these vehicles.
    Think you would find this information in an Ontario paper?
    The vast majority of Ontarians don’t even know they are being taken to the financial cleaners with these “green” things.

  4. Where does air pollution actually come from?

    Ontario electricity produced by coal in 2010, 12.6 TWh (1) (2)
    Which was 8.3% of total Ontario electricity production 2010.
    U.S. electricity produced by coal in 2010, 1847 TWh (3)
    146 times as much coal used in the U.S. for electricity production.

    Now you might think that pollution from coal might be the main source of pollution in the U.S.
    Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) are a main source of air pollution and very representative of all types of air pollution. In the U.S. about 31% of NOx comes from all fossil fuels used for electricity production. The majority, 62%, comes from vehicle exhaust (4).
    Additionally, in the last 30 years there has been a 52% reduction in overall NOx levels (5).

    (1) TWh Tera Watt hour = 1,000,000,000,000 watts = 1,000,000,000 kilo watts
    (2) Total electricity output by fuel type (Ontario, 2010) http://www.ieso.ca/imoweb/media/md_newsitem.asp?newsID=5529
    (3) Total electricity output by fuel type (U.S., 2010)
    (4) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Emission Sources
    (5) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Trends

    Ontario coal plants are some of the cleanest in North America. All of the units that are often used have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) scrubbing.

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