Industrial wind turbines—good and bad news

Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives

Good News

Ratepayers in Ontario finally received some good news as Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, formally cancelled the 100 MW North Stormont “Nation Rise Wind Farm”.  The cancellation was based on the harm to “bat species” as the Minister noted in his decision: “I amend the decision of the Tribunal to find serious and irreversible harm to bats and revoke the approval.”  The project would have generated unneeded intermittent and unreliable power and cost Ontario’s ratepayers in excess of $400 million over the contract period.

The foregoing is welcome news for the battered ratepayers of the province.

Bad News

The bad news is related to just one day this past weekend.  On Sunday December 8th the wind was blowing throughout the province while Ontario’s demand for electricity was relatively low averaging only 15,231 MWh over the 24 hours…

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