Alternatives

Alternatives to industrial wind power include

Conservation

  • Incentives to use less electricity “Ontario has blown an opportunity to invest heavily in conservation — the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly option”  Sun

Efficiency

Solar, biogas, biomass, wood waste etc.

  • The best thing about solar is that it produces power during the day, when we need it

Natural Gas

  • Coal is being displaced by natural gas in Ontario. Click here for more.
  • “gas generation to back up wind” WCO
  • “forcing the system to keep other generators – usually gas-fired plants – on standby” Star

Hydro-Electric Power

  • The cheapest & cleanest electricity that we have
  • “by IESO having to instruct OPG to spill hydro production” WCO
  • Ontario has been wasting energy by spilling water around the turbines as Niagara Falls because expensive 20-year wind contracts ensure preferred access to the grid. This is bad policy, especially when one considers that Ontario has had a surplus of electricity for years:

Imports and Exports

Ontario is capable of importing or exporting approximately 4,800 MW at any one time, depending on system conditions. Ontario’s high-voltage transmission grid is connected to Manitoba, Quebec, New York, Michigan and Minnesota. IESO

Year Imports (TWh) Exports (TWh) Net Imports (TWh)
2011 3.9 12.9 -9.0
2010 6.4 15.2 -8.8
2009 4.8 15.1 -10.3
2008 11.3 22.2 -10.9
2007 7.2 12.3 -5.1
2006 6.2 11.4 -5.2
2005 11.0 10.2 0.8
2004 9.8 9.5 0.3
2003 10.4 6.3 4.1
2002 7.1 3.9 3.2
2001 4.3 4.1 0.2
2000 5.1 5.5 -0.4
1999 6 4 2
1998 6 3 3
1997 3.8 6.4 -2.6
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2 Responses to Alternatives

  1. What price is being paid for these kWh that are fed into the Hydro One system?

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