Ross McKitrick: Wind Power Subsidies Triple Power Prices in OntarioPosted: August 25, 2016
“The story only gets worse if you try to find any benefits from all this spending. Ontario doesn’t get more electricity than before, it gets less.”
The guy who broke the “hockey-stick” scam breaks down the resulting wind energy scam…
One of the favourite smoke-and-mirrors lines pulled by the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers is that wind power lowers power prices.
Among the ‘tiny’ little omissions in that pitch are that:
1) they’re only ever talking about spot prices when the wind is blowing; and
2) they skate over the massive subsidies that get tacked on top of the price paid by retailers for the power delivered; and
3) they run a mile from the unnecessary cost of base-load plants holding additional ‘spinning reserve’ and the insane and otherwise unnecessary cost of running highly inefficient Open Cycle Gas Turbines, that are critical to keep a grid up and running when wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis.
That little trick lasts about as long as it takes Joe the Power Punter to open his power bill; because all of the above is helpfully collected in…
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