Stephen E. Aplin — Canadian Energy Issues — December 3, 2014
Right now, the 27 wind farms in Ontario are generating roughly 2,000 megawatts of power. Wind power proponents are applauding: this is one of the very rare moments when the “capability” of the wind fleet has been as high as it is right now, 94 percent. Single mothers and senior citizens on fixed incomes, who are either regular or prospective-regular Food Bank “clients,” are now watching their already meagre monthly income further eroded.
That is for two reasons. First, wind power in Ontario fetches a minimum of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour—nearly twice the nuclear rate. Second, wind power gets priority place on our grid, in spite of the fact that it is a notoriously unreliable power source. It does not matter that Ontario has more than 2,000 MW of hydro capacity sitting there doing nothing, or that that hydro goes for around 4 cents per kilowatt hour.
Wind has been deemed green by the powers-that-be and their entourage. Therefore, it fetches high rates. High rates is the only way that wind “entrepreneurs” can make a profit selling electricity in Ontario. And since every business operating in this province (except mine and yours and everybody else who doesn’t own a wind or solar farm) is entitled to a profit, wind-farm profits are guaranteed by everybody who pays an electricity bill in Ontario—including single mothers and seniors who have to scrape to the Food Bank because high power rates have eaten into their already-low fixed monthly income. (Continue reading here…..)