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Tom Spears mentioned that the Ont wind power was only 107 MW (out of 1083 MW – the IESO lists 1186 MWe, but I believe that Phase II of the Port Alma wind plant is not yet in operation). Today the total output of all plants (according to IESO preliminary data) dipped as low as 1 MWe, and the total output was less than 10 MWe (<1% of total) for seven hours in a row.
Since March 2006, the average wind plant capacity factor (CF) in Ontario is 27.3%. The plants are spread out from Wolfe Island (nr Kingston) to Sault Ste Marie – the large geographical spread slightly reduces the oscillations in overall output. See attached jpg for the monthly CF 2006-present (The Aug 2010 data is based valid up to yesterday).
It's not really complicated. Windpower is a nice idea for sporting sailboats, but not for power generation.
The environmental ideologists have been promoting it, and 83% of the Canadian population have bought this method.
Nuclear plants that load follow supply about 80% of the power in France and France also exports power to the surrounding countries, but the social committee in the Ontario Legislature likes windmills. How nice.
"Why wind power is more complicated than people imagine"
By Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen
Tom should have stopped here, but he goes on and on to promote windmills