Preparing for a flood of renewable power

Pages B1 & B2 (Business section of Thursday’s paper)

Ontario Wind Resistance

by John Spears, The Star
With about 2,000 megawatts of wind and solar power now flowing onto Ontario’s electricity grid, the province sometimes has to dump surplus electricity at a loss. With 10,700 megawatts of renewables scheduled to come into service by 2018, can Ontario’s system handle the strain?

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers has raised a skeptical eye at the province’s green energy plans. But at a meeting organized by the society Wednesday, the province’s chief power planner said it’s under control.

“We’ll be ready for it,” Amir Shalaby of the Ontario Power Authority said after addressing the meeting at the Toronto Board of Trade. Currently, wind and solar power flow onto the power grid whether needed or not. Wind power in particular is often most plentiful when it’s least needed, forcing power system operators to give it away for nothing, or even pay big customers to use…

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