Archive for September, 2008

Energy Minister directs OPA to review renewable and conservation potential

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The Energy Minister of Ontario, George Smitherman, has issued a directive to the Ontario Power Authority to review the potential for renewables and conservation in the Integrated Power System Plan that is before the Ontario Energy Board for review. 


August Production Update

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Winds were slow in August.  Ferndale produced 588,000 kWh, and Ravenswood produced 1,287,000 kWh, for capacity factors of  15.5% and 17.5% respectively.  It was the lowest production month of the year, which is not unusual for August. 

Interestingly, the output per turbine at Ravenswood was greater than Ferndale.  This has occured in February, March, and now August.  Different locations definitely have different production patterns.


I drove past the Amaranth wind project on Tuesday evening, and saw that some of their new ones were turning.  Many others are erected, but presumably awaiting commissioning.  They will no doubt be done in a month or two.  Port Alma is also producing.  Between these two projects, and additional 200 MW of capacity will have been added to Ontario’s grid.  The Underwood project will bring an additional 190 MW on line later this fall as well, as most of its turbines are erected.  This will increase Ontario’s wind capacity from 530 MW to 920 MW.  This should result in wind generating more than 1.5% of Ontario’s power requirements next year.  When combined with the conservation efforts underway, we should be able to run the coal plants at least 10-15% less than last year.

Communications links

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Last week there were a few unnecessary trips of the Ravenswood wind farm.  It drives home the importance of good telecommunications links.