Wind power is unreliable, expensive and doesn’t result in lower C02 emmissions. Why is Ontario still rushing ahead with it?

Erie Shores Wind Farm

In October 2007, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) — the government’s own agency, tasked with planning Ontario’s power system and now entering into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers — published its Integrated Power System Plan, where it analyzed a “high wind power” scenario for the province, and concluded: “Since wind generation has an effective capacity of 20% compared to 73% for hydroelectric generation, additional generation capacity with better load-following characteristics would need to be installed.

“This needed capacity will likely have to be obtained by installing additional gas-fired generation. Thus, in addition to incurring further capital costs for the gas generation installation, higher gas usage would be expected to make up for the reduced amount of renewable energy from wind compared to that from hydroelectric generation or this alternative. Therefore, this alternative would result in higher greenhouse gas emissions.” The OPA concluded: “Wind and solar power will never be more than a niche supplier of power in Ontario.”

For an hour-by-hour comparison of generator output and capability, visit the IESO website. Scroll down to wind total. In particular for Elgin county, follow the meagre output from the Erie Shores Wind Farm near Port Burwell.

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St. Thomas Sunshine Club proves stingy on memberships in 2009

Holding the line or a pause in the action? Membership in the city’s Sunshine Club stalled at 27 in 2009, based on figures released this week under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, which requires municipalities to publicly report salary and benefits of more than $100,000 paid to municipal employees.

Mind you the select group would have inched up to 28 but for the extended leave of absence undertaken by city treasurer Bill Day who, in 2008, earned a base salary of close to $110,000.

Leading the payroll parade again this year is St. Thomas Police Chief Bill Lynch at $135,424, up marginally from $135,267 in 2008.

As was the case at this time last year, Deputy Chief Darryl Pinnell has a lock on second place at $126.494 — virtually identical to a year ago.

Three other members of the force remained on the list: senior inspectors Mark Traichevich and Jeff Driedger at $119,871 (up slightly from $119,732 in 2008); and Staff Sgt. Steve Withenshaw, $101,677 ($101,627); while Staff Sgt. Randy Mundt joined the club at $100,700.
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