Archive for January, 2014

Wind Works

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

This has been a very difficult winter in Southern Ontario. I am missing an appointment today due to road closures. The energy grid has been stretched in some cases beyond breaking. The Toronto ice storm left people without power for more than a week. New Brunswick had similar problems. Newfoundland had brown outs and rotating blackouts, and a longer outage for some as they ran short of power due to equipment failure, and very high demand. Quebec Hydro asked people to curtail or delay consumption due to a strained electricity grid during one of the cold snaps. 4000 folks in Manitoba were without natural gas due to a pipeline explosion. Propane is in short supply in the US northeast, and Ontario and Quebec, and prices have risen by 25-50%. Natural gas wholesale prices tripled in parts of the US, including New York City, and has risen at the Henry Hub by 50% since a year ago. Natural gas in storage is 20% below a year ago, and 10% below the 5 year average.

With these energy challenges, how has Ontario wind turbine fleet performed? (more…)

Neil Young’s Honour the Treaties Tour

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Federal government has criticized Neil Young’s statements about the tar sands. Young claimed that the bitumen was destined for China. And the government said that “even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day.” The government is missing the point. (more…)

Ontario Electricity Supply Mix 2013

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The IESO has released data on the supply mix of electricity for 2013. The data shows that wind generated 3.4% of Ontario’s supply, which is substantially below the number I calculated, which is 4.3% of demand. (more…)

Wind Output in Ontario 2013

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Between 1 and 2 PM, December 31 2013, the last coal fired generating station in Ontario stopped producing power. No more coal will be burned in Ontario to produce power. The coal shutdown is the largest climate initiative in Canada, and is a significant milestone.