The report calls for wind to contribute about 7 terawatt hours, or triple the current output. But wind power has to be balanced by other forms of generation that can quickly be ramped up or down to offset the variations in wind.
That offsetting generation is generally provided by fossil fuels such as natural gas or coal (which Ontario plans to eliminate by 2014.)
The report doesn’t address of what forms of energy might be needed to balance variable sources of energy, especially wind.
John Spears, Business Reporter Toronto Star
The “renewable is doable” coalition, which includes Greenpeace, the Pembina Institute and the World Wildlife Fund, are to release a report Tuesday calling for Ontario to boost its targets for renewable energy. Continue reading