$1B worth of energy wasted last year: engineers

ARE WE SURPRISED?! Are we? ARE WE?

$1B wasted! Toronto Sun Report
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, a non-partisan body, which represents the province’s engineers, says it has crunched government hydro numbers from 2016 and they show that 7.6 terawatt-hours of clean hydro went down the drain that year. That’s equal to the amount required to power 760,000 homes – or $1 billion worth of electricity – said the group’s past president Paul Acchione.

A 58% increase over the previous year!

Colin Nekolaichuk, spokesman for energy minister Glenn Thibeault, slammed the Tories for voting against the government’s 25% hydro rate reduction plan and not having a plan of their own. He did not address the analysis of the OSPE in a statement to the Toronto Sun.

Ontario Ignores 68% of Turbine Noise Complaints

68% of Noise Complaints not investigated [re-blogged from Ontario-Wind-Resistance.org]:
Documents released through Ontario’s Freedom of Information Act and obtained by Global News reveal officials from the Ministry of Environment chose not to investigate or deferred responding to – meaning they did not make immediate plans to investigate – roughly 68 per cent of all noise and health complaints lodged against wind turbine operators in the province between 2006 and 2014. This represents nearly 2,200 individual complaints.

A list of 3,180 complaints is included in the documents. Of those, more than 1,700 were not investigated by the ministry. In another 446 of the complaints the ministry deferred responding. Complainants reported sleep disturbances, headaches, and dizziness from the wind turbine noise emissions. Read article

Wind Turbines Are Neither Clean Nor Green and They Provide Zero Global Energy

The Spectator UK, Matt Ridley writes unclean, not green useless alternative energy.
The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market last year’.
You might even think,
…wind power is making a big contribution to world energy today. You would be wrong. Its contribution is still, after decades — nay centuries — of development, trivial to the point of irrelevance.
To the nearest whole number, what percentage of the world’s energy consumption was supplied by wind power in 2014, the last year for which there are reliable figures? Was it 20 per cent, 10 per cent or 5 per cent? None of the above: it was 0 per cent. That is to say, to the nearest whole number, there is still no wind power on Earth.
but
…together, wind and photovoltaic solar are supplying less than 1 per cent of global energy demand.
and
Do not take refuge in the idea that wind turbines could become more efficient. There is a limit to how much energy you can extract from a moving fluid, the Betz limit, and wind turbines are already close to it. Their effectiveness (the load factor, to use the engineering term) is determined by the wind that is available, and that varies at its own sweet will from second to second, day to day, year to year.
finally,
The point of running through these numbers is to demonstrate that it is utterly futile, on a priori grounds, even to think that wind power can make any significant contribution to world energy supply, let alone to emissions reductions, without ruining the planet. As the late David MacKay pointed out years back, the arithmetic is against such unreliable renewables.

It takes tons of fossil fuels to produce the tons of turbines and solar panels. Green energy is the most counterintuitive political, social and economic fantasy humankind has ever devised.

They Stoop to Intimidate

Wind power developer uses threat to influence environmental agency Ottawa Wind Concerns

“Power developer announcement it is about to clear land which is habitat for an endangered species is an attempt to force the Environmental Review Tribunal to issue a decision on the Prince Edward County wind power project, and proposed “remedies” for species at risk”

“The Environmental Review Tribunal determined the Blandings Turtle was endangered by the wind farm; the company is proceeding with construction in the absence of a final decision.”

Government PONZI Scheme

North Bay Nugget reports bullet points to remember about the massive PONZI scheme: the Industrial Wynne Turbines (re-blogged from WCO):

1. Global Adjustment Charge
2. Environmental & Health Effects
3. Liberal friends rewarded
3. Turbine developers know where the bodies are buried
4. Loss of democratic rights
6. Ruination of Rural health and land
7 Enormous PONZI scheme enabled by Liberal Government

Of course, the government will be re-elected by voters in the GTA, the people least affected by Green Energy, notwithstanding high energy costs.

She Wynnes, You Lose

Unplug Wynne has posted this video to explain how you lose:

Kathleen Wynne is trying to trick us again. Down in the polls, she’s playing a shell game, trying to take us for fools. The Wynne government is now claiming they’re cutting our hydro bills, but won’t they won’t say is that we’ll be paying for it with higher tax bills.
It’s a total scam. After raising our hydro bills by over 100 percent over the last few years, she’s giving us a quarter back by taking it from our own pocket.

Buy the bumper sticker

Hydro Cable Under Lake Erie

To carry Ontario power to US, mostly Green Energy. Watch video CTV Report starting at minute 1:00
Ontario Hydro Sells Green Energy cheap.

So, Ontarians pay through the nose for Greed Energy generated by Industrial Wynne Turbines, while the US can buy it at a DEEP discount.

Of course, if they had to pay the real cost, they wouldn’t and we’d be stuck with unusable greed-generated energy.

CO2 and Chemistry

CO2 can’t cause global warming, reblogged from Quixotes Last Stand;

Let’s put this amount of energy in perspective. If we all turned off all our appliances and went and lived in caves, and then devoted every coal, nuclear, gas, hydro, wind and solar power plant to just heating the ocean, it would take a breathtaking 32,000 years to heat the ocean by just this 1˚C!

In short, our influence on our climate, even if we really tried, is miniscule!”

Perhaps, the Carbon Taxes will warm things up?

Amherst Island Will Defend Itself

The citizens of the Island will be in Toronto January 31 this year to appeal the ERT’s decision to allow a major Industrial Wynne Turbine project to continue.

Parker Gallant explains why the project could be a perfectly bad idea for Amherst:
“On its own, cancellation could save Ontario ratepayers over $500 million in future costs. Those contracts, signed years ago, either have not been built or are involved in litigation preventing them from breaking ground. Their sunk costs are small in comparison to their full costs over 20 years and canceling them outright would represent a nominal cost to ratepayers while saving, birds, bats, butterflies and endangered species from harm as well as prevent human health effects, and depreciation to property values.
Cancellation would reduce the amount of surplus energy that is exported at a cost to ratepayers or simply curtailed, but paid for by ratepayers. Savings would be in the billions.

The article goes on to discuss the history of the Island and its natural wonders. For one, it is the Owl Capital of North America; it’s the first of the 1000 Islands. Fighting to protect the Island is the Association to Protect Amherst Island along with many allies:
“Organizations as diverse as Heritage Canada The National Trust, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Kingston Field Naturalists, the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland, BirdLife International, the Maryland Ornithological Society, the Hawk Migration Association of North America, Pennsylvania Ornithological Society, and Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club all oppose turbines on Amherst Island.”

Because of draconian laws in Ontario, The Green Energy Act, the powers of local authorities to run their own affairs in the matter were taken away, as they were in every municipality that opposes Wynne Turbines or that is unwilling to host them (this host idea was generated by Ms Wynne-lose herself which amounted to a double-cross just as she double-crossed Toronto on the issue of tolling their main highways, a corrupt attempt to buy her re-election because the GTA elects the government in Ontario.). Because of this unjust and unconstitutional law, the GEA of Ontario did not invoke the notwithstanding law in the Charter of Rights, Wolfe Island has already been destroyed

In conclusion, Parker Gallant
So, Ontario has a “robust supply” of electricity, wind turbines will harm the 34 endangered species, and we are exporting surplus generation at pennies on the dollar while curtailing wind, spilling hydro and steaming off nuclear energy. Ontario doesn’t need the intermittent power from the turbines on Amherst Island. We don’t need them in Prince Edward County either (White Pines) (or Dutton-Dunwich, or La Nation, or North Stormont). The Minister should demonstrate that he means what he said recently in North Bay: “There are some families in this province that are struggling to meet their energy bills. It’s why I’ve recognized and the premier has recognized that we need to do more …That is why we’re making sure we can find ways to reduce bills. Everything is on the table within reason.”

Granting the Appeal in favour of Amherst Island would save a Billion dollars in the bankrupt province of Ontario, but fiscal responsibility is not the Wynne-lose government’s mandate..