Wind and Nuclear Power: As Different as Chalk and Cheese

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Ontario’s misguided Green Energy policy

Tony Keller’s Blog

Global Panic as Green Sector Collapses and Investors Face Ruin


Governments, investors and even the World Bank are rushing for the exits in the Great Escape from the green energy bubble.

Solar energy appears to be the worst affected sector so far. Dow Jones reports on a startling U-turn by Britain’s ultra-green government has caught investors off guard and shock waves across the markets will likely precipitate the further rush from green energy projects to shale gas. Continue reading

Wind power makes no economic sense

When Pickens came to his senses, he cut his GE order in half and is expected to dump the remaining turbines on someone oblivious to market realities. Fortunately for him, Ontario fits the bill in the sucker-born-every-minute category. Premier Dalton McGuinty has embarked on a foolish wind energy program that forces Ontario consumers to pay higher rates for electricity to subsidize foreign wind power companies.

By Harvey Enchin, Vancouver Sun

When legendary oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens embraced wind energy in 2008, and placed a $2-billion US order for turbines with General Electric to build America’s biggest wind farm in Texas, he won applause from environmental alarmists around the globe. Al Gore expressed hope that other business leaders would follow his example. Continue reading

No case for wind energy in Alberta

Medicine Hat News

With the province having given Medicine Hat the approval to build a wind farm, the decision as to whether to proceed now rests with city council. Our aldermen should pass on this one.  As it stands, the proposed wind farm will cost about $25 million to build and would potentially supply enough electricity to power some 3,000 homes.

Wind power, of course, has been in the news for quite some time. There are wind farms sprinkled across southern Alberta and Montana.  These wind farms, however, owe more to government promotion than they do to economics. Wind-generated electricity is one of most expensive forms of power generation around. Continue reading

New polluting gas plants, not wind, are replacing coal in Ontario

Natural Gas Plant near Gardner Expressway, Toronto

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Ontario’s future economy dependent on precarious natural gas

By Donald Jones, P.Eng.

The now defunct 2007 Integrated Power System Plan set a 14,000 MW limit on nuclear which is the capacity of all the nuclear units in Ontario, including the two closed units at Pickering and the two being refurbished at Bruce, and this was expected to meet around 50 percent of Ontario’s future electricity needs. The recently announced Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) has dropped this to 12,000 MW which the government now thinks is enough to meet the same 50 percent. Continue reading

Gas and wind on the Ontario grid – not a chicken or egg thing

by Donald Jones, P.Eng

Natural gas or wind, what comes first? How often are we told through the media and via government spin that natural gas-fired generators will back-up wind generation whenever the wind drops. This gives the impression that gas is there solely to support wind. Not true.

The Ontario grid depends on dispatchable gas, which is replacing dispatchable coal. Wind is not needed at all as far as grid capacity is concerned. To assign a “capacity factor” to wind generation makes no sense since the grid does not need its capacity. Continue reading

Holland Marsh Advocates Hope to Halt Power Plant

Holland Marsh

Suite 101

Mike Schreiner:  This sets a dangerous precedent for the province of Ontario and every municipality within it because it makes a mockery of the Environmental Assessment process.

 Stopping a power plant from being built on land that feeds 50 percent of Ontario residents has been a long battle that just launched an official petition. Continue reading

Oakville power plant explodes on McGuinty

by Kelly McParland, National Post

Following the bouncing ball of Premier Dad’s political thought processes is getting harder — and more entertaining — all the time.

For quite some time, Ontario’s paternalistic  premier has insisted that building a gas-fired power plant in the leafy enclave of Oakville was an absolute necessity, and that there was no chance he’d reconsider his decision to push ahead with it. Continue reading

Ontario to pull plug on Oakville power plant

Natural Gas plant in Conn., after an explosion that killed at least five people

By Karen Howlett, Globe and Mail 
Location for plant criticized for being too close to neighbouring homes and schools

The McGuinty government is pulling the plug on a controversial power plant planned for Oakville, following stiff opposition from local residents who complained it would be too close to neighbouring homes and a school, sources say. Continue reading

Enviro-babble threatens Ontario

by Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun

Now gas-fired plants are on the do-not-build list.  That leaves us with windmills, solar and a couple of hamsters running around on a treadmill to keep the lights on.

It’s pathetic the way we cling slavishly to every utterance of the eco lobby.  When the Great Green Gods speak, we all nod our heads like so many Bobblehead dolls.

So it was Wednesday, when Environment Commissioner Gord Miller released his annual report.  The problem with self-styled enviro gurus is no government, anywhere, can live up to their standards.  No matter what the government does, it will be slammed for not doing enough.

Miller warned there aren’t enough controls over the siting of gas-powered generation plants. Continue reading

Why wind power is more complicated than people imagine

On many of these days, Ontario got more electricity from wood fires and from burning waste methane gas at garbage dumps than from the expensive wind turbines.

By Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen

July 8 — a Thursday — was the height of Ontario’s heat wave, the day it reached 35 degrees in Ottawa, the day when air conditioners strained our electrical system to the limit. Continue reading

Government approves waiving Planning Act for “peaker” plant

“The whole process is just very, very disrespectful to people.”

By Bill Rea   The King Sentinal

Happy people in King were a little hard to find after Thursday’s announcement that the provincial government has okayed the plan to exempt the peaker plant planned for the Holland Marsh area from the provisions of the Planning Act. Continue reading

Rethink gas and wind thing

Toronto Star

Natural gas is seen by environmentalists as a “transitional fuel” from coal to renewable energy yet the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shale gas could be the same as that from coal-fired generation, so why the transition? Continue reading

Former CEO of Ontario Power Authority Denounces McGuinty’s Dangerous Energy Policy

Jan Carr

By Jan Carr, PhD, P.Eng.

Ontario needs to return to rational decision-making when it comes to ensuring that current strategies meet future power generation needs. Current policies, such as the promotion of wind power, reflect public concerns about global warming at the expense of securing a stable and economic energy future. If such publicly popular but economically unsound policies continue, the province’s prosperity will be seriously jeopardized.

In this provocative paper, one of the world’s leading experts on electricity generation traces the history of electrical utilities in Ontario and why their continued existence is essential to providing power cheaply and efficiently. In fact, he urges continued promotion of utilities as the best way to ensure that Ontario’s carbon footprint is reduced while maintaining its economic well-being.  Read Entire Paper Here

Gas, not wind, is replacing coal

Toronto StarSNGPla1

Wind is not replacing coal; gas is.

Natural gas will need to be burned in gas-fired power plants whether the demand on the grid is high or low and whether or not the wind is blowing. Gas is replacing coal, to be burned to provide base and intermediate load. It also provides load-following and back up to the wind generators because the nuclear plants cannot respond quickly enough, and stored water is a valuable commodity not to be wasted. Continue reading

Dirty Little Secret – Amy Tang’s “Omission”

Owen Sound Sun Times
The front-page story headlined “Turbines part of green plan” (Sun Times, Oct.10/09), is a perfect example of how our provincial government is misleading the public with regard to the issue of wind turbines.

Amy Tang, identified as the spokesperson for Energy Minister George Smitherman, is quoted as saying “We have to remember why we entered into renewable energy in the first place, which was our commitment to get off coal.”

Unfortunately she neglected to explain just how wind turbines get us off coal. I suspect her omission was deliberate, because in reality there is no practical way that wind turbines can replace coal fired thermal units. Continue reading

Green policies offer fascinating case study in the difference between real PR and fake PR

steve_aplin50Canadian Energy Issues  by Steve Aplin

All of which means that when the greens call for wind, they are really calling for natural gas. When Ontarians read newspaper headlines in 2015 saying that provincial GHGs are as bad as they ever were, they will wonder how they were so badly fooled by those who said wind is the answer to climate change. Continue reading