Why Politicians Shouldn’t Run Anything–Part98

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    You take all the stupid things that can be done and you can be assured the government has done them all.

Ontario paying for wind turbines to not produce electricity

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli the system operator can now order wind producers not to generate power, and will pay them not to produce electricity when it’s not needed.

Ontario has signed generous contracts with wind producers for about 5,800 megawatts of electricity, only about 1,500 of which is currently connected to the grid.

Ontario has signed generous contracts with wind producers for about 5,800 megawatts of electricity, only about 1,500 of which is currently connected to the grid.

Ontario will start paying wind power generators not to produce electricity, but the government says the move will actually save ratepayers big bucks.

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    Only by government standards is this saving money. We used to do something even stupider. Now we do things that are less stupid, so we deserve credit for being smart.

Ontario has had a surplus of power since 2006, but until now, the province paid for all the electricity generated from industrial wind mills, even when it wasn’t needed.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the system operator can now order wind producers not to generate power, and will pay them — just as it pays Bruce nuclear — not to produce electricity when it’s not needed.

He says they are paid at a reduced rate that will save the province $200 million a year just on the wind turbines.

Ontario has signed generous contracts with wind producers for about 5,800 megawatts of electricity, only about 1,500 of which is currently connected to the grid.

The Progressive Conservatives say paying wind power producers with 20-year contracts not to generate electricity shows the Liberals’ green energy act “is a failed social experiment.”

Critics point out wind power is unreliable and can’t be counted on in peak demand periods like gas-fired generation or nuclear plants.

Meanwhile, Chiarelli says Ontario is making a net profit of up to $6 billion a year on importing and exporting electricity, a big turnaround from 2003 when the province paid $500 million to import power because it didn’t have enough to meet demand.

It’s not unusual for neighbouring jurisdictions to sell each other electricity, but the province used to frequently have to pay Quebec or New York state to take the excess power off its hands.

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    All this is based on four “facts”, each one of which is wrong. The first is that the world was running out of fossil fuel. Thanks to improved exploration and extraction, this is opposite to current supply. The second is that carbon dioxide is a “greenhouse gas.” Since Global Warming is not occurring, the best they can hope for is Warming is now in “a pause.” there can be no “greenhouse gases.” The third is that wind produces electricity, when it produces it at all, when it’s least needed. The fourth is that wind and solar need 100% backup. Never mind the only “green jobs” ever created are so heavily subsidized that, with enough of them, we’d be bankrupt.

    Solar and wind “farms” are going to make picturesque “abandoned places” when this is all finished with and the government has lost the will to pretend.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson
Author, “
Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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