Wind energy claim that it’s clean not true in Ontario context

protest-london-not-clean-not-green.jpgSanto Giorno, Sarnia Observer
The wind energy lobby, the provincial government and the mainstream environmental groups continue to claim that wind-generated electricity is “clean” and therefore “good for the environment” (Sarnia Observer, Sept. 23, Turbines rising in Lambton).

This claim is simply not true in the context of Ontario’s electricity sector.

With every megawatt-hour of wind-produced electricity accepted into the Ontario grid, the province is in fact substituting electricity that produces an average of 40 kg CO2 per megawatt-hour (from gas turbines operating ONLY during peak demand) with electricity that produces an average of 200 kg CO2 per megawatt-hour (from gas turbines that MUST operate whenever the wind stops blowing).

If the provincial government continues to promote wind energy, as outlined in their 2013 Long Term Energy Plan, the increasing amounts of wind-generated electricity will cause CO2 emissions from Ontario’s electricity sector to double between 2016 and 2032.

These are the findings in an annual report titled “Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma” by the two Ontario engineering societies – the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

The latest edition, published in April 2015, can be found here. The CO2 emission numbers were calculated using published data from the grid’s system operator, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Read article.

17 thoughts on “Wind energy claim that it’s clean not true in Ontario context

  1. Now the press is finally catching on. The article is correct, too bad its taken this long for them to wake up.

  2. So we now know this group and many others real eyes that government lies as to there false claims regarding wind turbines. Right?
    Then why is it that the biggest lie is your Birth Certificate name fraud is not in line with your line of thinking?
    They have you all lost at sea with no claim to your authority over these public servants because you allow yourselves to be dead fiction claiming joiner to the legal name fraud on your BC!
    This is why you cannot win with these as holes
    The trick is so large and you cannot believe it and full disclosure was not presented.
    I just told you so, but don’t take my word for it,look it up. And any of you liars,oops lawyers out here ,please prove I am wrong.
    Geez! : The Universal Political Scandal.

  3. Meanwhile, despite this important information, these turbines and their infrastructure continue to threaten the lives of nearby residents!

    How much stupidity can be tolerated by people whose lives are so negatively impacted?

    • It is us to be stupid and thus allow this intrusion on our communities and our ongoing lives living in this hell hole because of all these lies.

      • lies meaning we are acting in fraud with the joiner of the legal name that is copyrighted to the City of London. Thus you are infringing on someones else’s copyright you do not owned and have you in-dishonour

  4. India permits free energy technology despite threats from UK, US, Saudi Arabia
    India permits free energy technology despite threats from UK, US, Saudi Arabia
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:21
    (Before It’s News)

    APRIL 16, 2015
    India considers its own free energy program a matter of national pride, and is very much willing to risk antagonizing Petrodollar countries with its support on Reactionless AC Synchronous Generator (RLG) invented by its own Paramahamsa Tewari, an electrical engineer and former Executive Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India.
    Years ago, Tewari has also proven the theories inside Bruce de Palma’s homopolar engine which first exposed this writer to the world of free energy technologies.
    Obviously, a country cannot implement its own free energy program without considering all possible consequence including a military response from Petrodollar countries, e.g. Saudi Arabia, UK, US. That’s why India has been aligning its own military program with that of Russia which at present is standing up, together with the BRICS countries, against the Nazionist cabal imposing all sorts of sanctions to destroy it.
    The BRICS alliance has in the past promised to release all suppressed technologies, e.g. free energy, for our responsible utilization. It looks like they are keeping their word.
    “Ere many generations pass; our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point in the universe.” – Nikola Tesla

      • Bank of Canada Exchange Rate Information, Sept.25, 2015

        $1 Canadian = $0.75 USD

        This is the “official” exchange rate but it costs more for an individual to exchange currency.

        As the price of oil has dropped so has the value of the Canadian Dollar.

  5. Facts don’t matter to proponents of “green” energy. Ideology is the only thing that counts.

    These people are on the money making merry-go-round in one way or another, and have no intention of getting off.

    Now it’s called an “interruptable” supply of power.

  6. As Ronald Regan said, government is the problem. At least, in this case, a government with economic ties to the wind industry. With their war measures type enabling legislation, the Green Energy Act, pushing laws, best practices and the inconvenient opinions of the affected out of the way. And political control of the power system to buy more wind generating capacity despite an obvious inability to absorb the power. And constantly running gas turbines to cover up the intermittent nature of wind power — that this increases our GHG emissions under the guise of reducing them is no surprise. Unlike some countries, use of the government for private profit does not seem to be illegal. Just seems to make us more like some of the corrupt 3rd world countries. And that this is trashing the environment in too many ways to count is just a bonus.

    • I fully agree!

      The most amazing thing to me is that rural residents who are forced to live next to these turbines, or in some cases surrounded by them, have had their environment suddenly ruined by the horrible sounds that these turbines emit. The soundscape they create is such that one does not feel as though this is earth when walking out in the yard or anywhere in the neighbourhood. It is absolutely disorienting and yet the MOECC keeps saying these turbines are ‘in compliance’.
      The information on infrasound radiation that is coming out is downright frightening and yet REDA is not being enforced.
      Environmentally these turbines are a disaster!

    • Gregory: I very much agree. We have to realize, too, that money is a very strong motivator be it to a private indivivual or the government. The Hwy 407 example should be the one to watch for a guide on the GEA.

    • Assume you are referring to the public-private partnerships that are so much in fashion now-a-days which gives an advantage to the private partner over other private competition in what are deemed as “worthy” projects.

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