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.
…together, wind and photovoltaic solar are supplying less than 1 per cent of global energy demand.
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.
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.

Wynne’s McGuinty Mistakes

No Real Fixes, so writes Parker Gallant. While the Wynne-lose Premier of Ontario beats her breast about “her mistake” concerning rising unaffordable consumer energy costs (that produces real energy poverty for many people), she also exhorts us to join the Renewable Energy revolution:
[PG] It is apparent that the people at Environmental Defence — the same ENGO that was a participant in the creation of the Green Energy Act — somehow believe they are superior energy planners than those with qualifications. Beyond Environmental Defence, the 100%RE group includes the usual suspects such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina, Greenpeace, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Physicians for the Environment, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and several lesser known names, including the Toronto Environmental Alliance and TREC. The latter were responsible for the Toronto Exhibition Place wind turbine used by countless Ontario Liberals as a photo-op but which generates almost no usable power and whose control now rests in the hands of Toronto Hydro. TREC have placed a plaque at the base of the turbine with the names of the people who invested in the turbine and have no hope of ever seeing a return on their money. One of the names on the plaque is Dianne Saxe, the current Environmental Commissioner. (It appears supporting industrial-scale wind turbines that kill birds and bats did not deter the Ontario Liberal government from appointing Ms. Saxe as commissioner of the environment.)

[PG] Premier Wynne’s “mistake” will continue to drive up our bills for some time. If she pays any attention to the dreamy musings of Environmental Defence and their ilk in the drive for 100% renewables, those heart-wrenching stories will become a daily occurrence.

New taxes coming of the Crap-and-Trade variety, Carbon tax , etc. The more things change… Thanks also go to Dalton the Dolt and Georgie Porgie. I’m, SORRY, from a politician means, NOTHING.




November 21, 2016


Wind Concerns Ontario welcomes the acknowledgement by Premier Kathleen Wynne of financial hardship imposed by her government’s energy policies, and has sent six recommendations for action that will provide immediate relief.

“We know that energy poverty in Ontario is real and worsening under this government,” says WCO president Jane Wilson. “Hundreds of thousands of people are having difficulty paying their electricity bills, and many are having to choose between ‘heat and eat.’ Meanwhile, corporate power developers are getting paid huge profits in Ontario – this has to change, now.”

Wind Concerns Ontario sent the Premier a list of recommendations:

Immediately cancel LRP II renewable power program. Currently “suspended,” its target was to acquire 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power, even though the government says we have a “robust” supply of power for the future. The cost of this new capacity would go straight to Ontario’s electricity bills
Cancel the five wind power contracts awarded under LRP I for 299 MW. This action will save ratepayers about $65 million annually and $1.3 billion over 20 years. Cancellation costs will amount to a small fraction of the annual cost, probably on the order of about $2 million, at most. In addition, cancelling approved but not yet built wind power projects, and the new FIT 5.0 program will also save money. Together, these cancellations can save ratepayers from future rate increases of nearly $4 per month.
Cancel “conservation” spending of $400 million annually. This action would have an immediate effect on ratepayers’ bills, reducing them by $5.50 per month or about $70 a year. Ontario’s ratepayers have already reduced their consumption from 157 TWh in 2005 to 137 TWh in 2015, for a significant 12.7% decrease.
Allocate the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) to the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The OESP is essentially a social assistance program and it is questionable as to whether ratepayers should bear the burden of its costs. With an estimated annual cost of $200 million, the effect of this would be an immediate savings of about $4 per month on ratepayers’ bills, and an annual savings of $50. We recognize, however, that the move would impact the budgetary shortfall by a like amount so we recommend the following action.
Levy a tax on wind and solar power generation on a per-megawatt basis starting at $10 per/MWh. This would result in raising sufficient revenues to offset the OESP costs. The effective rate could be held at that level or increased in the event the OESP costs exceed the forecast $200 million per annum. The Auditor General previously reported the award value per MWh of the 20-year contracts to wind and solar power developers exceeded those in other jurisdictions by a considerable margin. The tax would serve as a recognition of those excessive margins. (Note: the wind power contracts also contain cost of living increases of up to 20% over the term of the contracts.)
Immediately reduce the Time of Use (TOU) off-peak rate. We recommend an immediate reduction in the TOU off-peak rate from 8.7 cents/kWh to 7.4 cents/kWh to encourage the shift of power consumption from peak to off-peak time in order to flatten daily demand.

“Poverty is a major factor in population health,” says Wilson, a Registered Nurse. “It is time Ontario takes action to help people now, and not cause further hardship for Ontario families.”

Wind Concerns Ontario is a coalition of individuals and community groups concerned about the negative impacts on health, environment and the economy from industrial-scale wind power generation projects.


I had almost given up blogging (breaking wind), when Ms Wynne-lose gave us all a reason to keep blogging on (KBO, as Churchill used to say).

Never trust a Liberal, however, when he, she or it makes a promise. The Wynne-lose government never outdoes itself when it says it is helping the consumer, this time by reducing Hydro Bills by the 8% PST (rates will go up by more than that in the coming round of rate hikes, even more when added to the pending Carbon Tax.

We are still getting shafted, and have been shafted continuously from the initiation of McGuinty’s hare-brained Green Energy policies. I am still chafed by the fact that the gov’t’s “fart catchers” (as the defunct Frank magazine used to call them) never blinked when those policies produced legislation that eviscerated local political autonomy by imposing a Green Energy Act that disenfranchised electors from the process by prohibiting them a yea or nay in the planning, placement and operation of Wynne Turbines and Solar farms. Such a totalitarian imposition WAS PROOF ENOUGH THAT A BOGUS SYSTEM OF POWER GENERATION WAS BEING FORCED ON AN UNWILLING CITIZENRY (except in the “progressive” urban areas where no one was going to be affected by the monster whirlygigs, nor was anyone going to tell them that the monsters would produce unneeded power). Part of the Fart Catcher contingent was going to profit immensely from the scam, the wind developers. All of this was done by robbing tax payers and then giving away the product at less than the cost of production so that the billions wasted could never be recouped.

Ontario Wind Resistance has demonstrated how rural Ontario has been shafted, lo these many years, by a lying, cheating and stealing government of some of the people: “They overrode local planning rights by passing the Green Energy Act of 2009 under Wynne’s predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, then rammed industrial wind factories down their throats.” Then there are the human costs, the health problems, the deep destruction of flora and fauna, and the list goes on.

Yes, the end is still far, but now a little closer (if the main Opposition in Provincial Parliament can stop stumbling over its own stupidity).

Hydro Rates, Birds, Setbacks

Ontario power rates have never been higher and yet power never this cheap to generate:  The more the wind blows, the bigger the losses and the higher the hit to consumers.

Study asks for 18km setback from lakes (rivers?) My, what and idea… a long time coming!!!

Ministry does not have to collect carcasses after three years. Dereliction of duty, or what!?

Brant County Being Set Up

Brant County is being set up for Scam and the Green Lie!  Samsung wants to talk the County into a partnership.

Brant to Get the Green Wash (Michael-Allan Marion, reporting)

Here’s some links to info on Samsung and their particular brand of service ot the community”:

BRANT, beware, you are being conned to join in the Wynne-lose game that costs taxpayers billions and keeps power rates in Ontario at an unprecedented high!
Samsung is selling Green Illusions and peddling the Green Lie! EASY to do, of course, when the provincial government is paying you to do it!!!

Samsung gets to keep the profits provided by Ontario Taxpayers (Green Energy does NOT, cannot make money, so the profits are provided), AND Ontario sells off Green generated power at less than the cost of production to jurisdictions outside of Ontario and Canada. It’s BUDGETING, the Ontario way!

Wynne Turbine Carnage Continues

Health Officer [Dr. Janice Owens]  Dismissed:
One of the health unit’s initiatives since her appointment has been a study of the possible health effects of wind farms in Huron County, which has some of the largest turbine installations in the province.
Hessel [Mayor} said Owen’s departure was unrelated to the wind farm issue and that work would be carried on by health unit staff.

BTW, the last HO was also dismissed…  Is the Mayor on the take?  Oh, sure, not related! In a pig’s patootie!

What Else Is New?

Ontario Signs Up for More Expensive Power, expensive and unreliable power, writes Tom Admas in the FP:
“But rather than heed […] warnings, the government barges on. Under the current version of the FIT program, the government will buy wind power from small projects at a 50 per cent premium over the competitive wind price, and solar power at a 30 to 90 per cent premium over competitive solar prices. Other bonuses available to FIT producers allow them to add even higher charges to the bill by, for instance, finding First Nations to accept ownership positions with their projects.”

It gets worse: you are paid for power you produce (it goes without saying, unneeded power) AND then paid for power you could have produced if the Grid hadn’t been overloaded:
“New wind and solar contract holders will likely be paid not only for how much power they actually generate, but for a significant portion of their “deemed generation” — that is, what they didn’t produce but might have had the grid been able to accept all of their production, but instead ended up “curtailed” because the grid was oversupplied.”

And WORSE: “Not only are Ontario ratepayers burdened with payments to generators to not generate, but as the auditor general [wat dat?] has pointed out, our losses on exporting surplus power keep growing. Net exports in 2014 equalled 10 per cent of Ontario usage — well over half of Toronto’s total usage, sold to the U.S. at a fraction of the price that actual Torontonians paid. In 2015, net exports hit 12 per cent of Ontario’s usage.”

Then, there will be the Carbon Tax yet to come, all invented as get-rich-quick schemes through the boondoggle of global warming and climate change for developers of so-called alternative energy (there is no alternative, it’s being shoved down your throat). Alternative to what? Alternative to cost-effective and proven power generation like Hydro, Nuclear, and, yes, even, Coal. Oh, forgot to mention, CO2 is a living-giving gas…


In Canada, Energy Poverty Rising [Goldstein, Toronto Sun]: “…more than one million households now spending more than 10% of their incomes solely on electricity and home heating fuel.” To be sure, in Ontario, it will continue rising until 2019.

Furthermore, “These numbers will rise in coming years as Canadian governments pour ever-increasing amounts of money into expensive and unreliable green energy projects such as wind turbines and solar panels, as well as introduce carbon pricing.” Not to mention the brazen cash grab all governments in Canada will make in the name of a Carbon Tax, in a country that is practically speaking carbon neutral.

“Meanwhile, in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government estimates the cap-and-trade carbon pricing scheme it will introduce next year will add $156 annually to the energy and gasoline bill of the average household in 2017 alone.”

Goldstein suggests mitigation of energy poverty by making sure that “100% of all monies raised through carbon pricing, which increases taxes and prices on consumption, will be returned directly to the public in income tax cuts and grants to the poor.” It would be a start, but in Canada and Ontario, it ain’t gonna happen, it would be too politically incorrect and impractical for governments that can’t/won’t balance their budgets because of the Left Wing obsession with the panacea of Deficit Financing.

WAINFLEET Media Release, aka The Wainfleet Resolution

Concerning Wainfleet Council Resolution passed on January 2016 calling on the Ontario government not to award more Feed-In-Tariff contracts for power generation from wind.

The Resolution has been endorsed by 51 other Councils in Ontario.  The list of Councils appears in page 2 of the embedded document released by Wainfleet Council: Now that coal-fired power plants have closed, the government should have met its carbon reduction goals for the electrical power system in Ontario which is now largely based on carbon-free hydroelectricity and nuclear power. This gives the province an opportunity to assess renewable generation alternatives that have less impact on the host communities.

2016 03 04 Media Release Re Wind Power Generation Resolution

Download (PDF, 109KB)