— Katewerk (@katewerk) October 20, 2020
Instead of talking about a trivial increase of a couple of dollars, Ontarians should be paying attention to the $4.7 billion the provincial government is borrowing this year to keep power bills artificially low. Ontarians are getting a rebate of 33 per cent off their real power costs. Pretending that power rates are far lower than they really are is a trifecta of political stupidity that the Liberals started, the PCs continued, and the NDP promises to make worse.
Ford defended the increase this week by saying that’s it’s rising at the rate of inflation. It is, but the increase has little to do with inflation. Instead, as the OEB pointed out, prices are going up because of declining demand.
But wait, wouldn’t decreasing demand in a market that already has a large supply surplus tend to lower prices, not increase them? Unfortunately, not in Ontario.
During the 15-year Liberal reign, the supply of wind, solar and natural gas generation increased to well beyond what the province required. For example, gas-fired generation makes up 25 per cent of provincial capacity but produces only six per cent of power output. In a free market, that kind of surplus would have driven prices down and pushed inefficient competitors out, but the Liberals had a solution for that. They guaranteed to pay for that new power, even if it was not needed or generated.
That’s the root cause of this week’s power increase. Guaranteed contracts have left Ontario with huge fixed power costs. As the volume of power used declined steadily for more than a decade, fixed costs rose to 18 times what they were back in 2008. Just over one-quarter of fixed costs now are attributed to wind and solar power.
Related: The Liberals are becoming a climate cult
Study: Renewable Energy does Nothing to Reduce CO2 Emissions
According to these reports, US$3660 billion has been spent on global climate change projects over the period 2011–2018. Fifty-five percent of this expenditure has gone to wind and solar energy. According to world energy reports, the contribution of wind and solar to world energy consumption has increased from 0.5% to 3% over this period. Meanwhile, coal, oil, and gas continue to supply 85% of the world’s energy consumption, with hydroelectricity and nuclear providing most of the remainder. With this in mind, we consider the potential engineering challenges and environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the main energy sources (old and new). We find that the literature raises many concerns about the engineering feasibility as well as environmental impacts of wind and solar.
In short: The world spend $3.6 trillion dollars over eight years, mostly trying to change the weather. Only a pitiful 5% of this was spent trying to adapt to the inevitable bad weather which is coming one way or another. Both solar and wind power are perversely useless at reducing CO2, which is their only reason for existing in large otherwise efficient grids. Wind farms raise the temperature of local area around them which causes more CO2 to be released from the soil. Solar and wind farms waste 100 times the wilderness land area of fossil fuels, and need ten times as many minerals mined from the earth. Biomass razes forests, but protects underground coal deposits.
The role of large wind and solar power in national grids is to produce redundant surges of electricity at random or low need times, they are surplus infrastructure designed in a religious quest to generate nicer weather. They always make electricity more expensive because the minor fuel savings are vastly overrun by the extra costs of misusing and abusing perfectly good infrastructure, which has to be there to provide baseload and backup, and yet is forced to run on and off, sitting around consuming capital, investments, labor and maintenance. It is simply impossible to imagine a situation where unreliable generators have some productive purpose on major grids other than to generate profits for shareholders or their mostly Chinese manufacturers.
Despite the extortionate, futile mountain-of-money paid to wind and solar parasites, they produced a pitiful 3% of all the energy needed on Earth, while fossil fuels produced 85%.
h/t Another Ian
You can do better than that.
A re-elected #SaskParty gov't could notify the Trudeau government that wasteful spending on unreliable, inefficient solar and wind is over, and that our own affordable coal and gas will continue to power this province. #skvotes https://t.co/Qk0MY6f7z5
— Katewerk (@katewerk) October 1, 2020
Have you ever heard of Unobtainium?
California’s Electric Grid Is Near Collapse. With a special appearance by Anthony Watts.
The manager of California’s power grid said a third night of rolling blackouts Monday was a near certainty, taking in millions across the state as the West continues to swelter and electricity supplies dry up.
Steve Berberich, the chief executive of the California Independent System Operator, told reporters that an estimated 3.3 million homes and businesses are likely to be blacked out.
Berberich said the state is facing a fundamental problem: California is heavily reliant on solar and other renewable energy sources, and in the evening the solar power vanishes even as more customers switch on their air conditioning. He said the ISO has been sounding the alarm for some time that shortages were coming, to the point that it’s been trying to persuade environmental regulators to postpone the shutdown of some badly polluting power plants in Southern California that are scheduled to be mothballed at year’s end.
Berberich blasted regulators at the Public Utilities Commission for exacerbating the supply problem. He said the ISO has warned the PUC for years that grid problems were looming — and has been badgering the PUC to do a better job of forcing the big regulated utilities to line up a lot more power ahead of time, a concept known as “resource adequacy.”
But he said the PUC ignored those warnings and the ISO system has often been forced to rely on last-minute imports to avoid blackouts — imports that are in short supply this week because neighboring states are baking.
“The situation we are in could have been avoided,” Berberich said. “The resource adequacy is broken.”
It could be worse. It could be -40.
…a single electric car battery weighing 1,000 pounds requires extracting and processing some 500,000 pounds of materials. Averaged over a battery’s life, each mile of driving an electric car “consumes” five pounds of earth. Using an internal combustion engine consumes about 0.2 pounds of liquids per mile.
But read it all.
Seems redundant: Canadians charged in the US for wind turbine fraud.
WUWT: Children mining cobalt in slave-like conditions as global demand for battery material surges
The shells were spotted stacked on top of each other in neat rows.
It’s All Over For Europe’s Green Deal As Angela Merkel’s MEPs Say ‘It’s No Longer Viable’
From the unlikeliest of places: New Michael Moore-Backed Documentary On YouTube Reveals Massive Ecological Impacts Of Renewables
From the comments – “32:53 – greta has left the chat”
Witness the 3rd consecutive unintentional failure of an article intended for flight in @elonmusk's "Starship" program, which originated amidst embezzlement for Tunnels in 2018.
— EVent Horizon (@evdefender) April 3, 2020
Full thread here.
And another: The thing that absolutely blows my mind: Any engineer in college should be able to figure this out. And any rigorous industry would do root-cause analysis and determine a reason for all these continued failures is low quality (both in worksmanship and material selection).
Related: He promised life-saving ventilators. He delivered sleep apnea machines.