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Wind flat as power demands peak in Ontario heat wave

Wind Concerns Ontario, July 28, 2015

Don't count on wind power to help during a heat wave: it's not there.
Don’t count on wind power to help during a heat wave: it’s not there.

Wimpy wind falls flat

Just as Ontario suffered from a heat wave1:  our 3,217 megawatt (MW) capacity of wind suffered a failure, producing a miniscule 13 MWh (hours) at 10 AM on July 27, 2015, as demand ramped up.

Ontario’s numerous industial wind developments were producing at .004% of their rated capacity.

To look at this in more detail, during hour “10” of that day, wind produced .00066% of total Ontario demand of 19,469 MWh.

The only good news in this is the wholesale price of electricity (HOEP) during that hour was almost $82.00/MWh so it only cost ratepayers about $700.00 — if one assumes those 13 MWh were exported!

Hardly reliable and hardly dependable.

So, why is Energy Minister Chiarelli seeking another 300 MW of capacity in his latest directive to the IESO?

Parker Gallant

July 28, 2015

1. Highest ever recorded tempature in Ontario on July 27th was in 1919 when it reached 36  C