90% of Ontario’s wind subsidies benefit a select few multinationals: study

“Ontario ratepayers have given at least $1.7 billion in subsidies to wind developers since 2006, when the province first started subsidizing industrial wind farms. The study found that nearly 60% of all wind subsidies have gone to six companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenue and 82% to nine companies with more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

In total, 90% of wind subsidies have gone to just 11 companies, including Suncor, Enbridge and Samsung, among others. The study also finds that the amount of subsidies could grow to as much as $8 billion over the next decade and $13 billion over the next 20 years.”

Energy Probe

(November 25, 2014) Subsidies given to Ontario’s wind farm owners largely benefit a select few multinational corporations, a new Energy Probe study shows.

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Metro Martin electrocutes reality

Just when the fools’ Quebec as a solution to nuclear energy in Ontario meme seemed to be disappearing, the chief Liberal propagandist wades in with an article devoid of reporting.

Martin Regg Cohn wants your perception of reality to include some interesting things. Writing for the paper that finds Toronto’s lowest common denominator most successfully, Metro Martin drop some bon mots from a spritzer bistro

After months of negotiations kicked off by Wynne and Couillard, the two provinces are set to sign a historic power-sharing agreement — electrical, not political. The goal is to backstop each other’s base load electricity during peak periods

Base load refers to load that is always there (the base), and baseload supply refers to supply that is always there. Backstopping baseload is a stupid combination of words

This new approach will lead to ongoing power swaps without any money changing hands

It’s a pity Regg Cohn didn’t ask for confirmation this wasn’t already happening. I know it is. I explained it 3 years ago and have tracked it ever since. Some of the unexplained trade occurs at a plant co-owned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Hydro-Quebec. In the past 12 months my data queries show 767,531 megawatt-hours (MWh) quietly sent onto Quebec’s grid without OPG noting the generation on their books. The generation wasn’t worth much as it usually occurred in off-peak hours, but so does much wind generation purchased above $120/MWh, or twice the rate of nuclear, which would price the power flowed to Quebec at over $90 million.Read More »

watching US moves on Keystone XL

Jennifer A. Dlouhy produced a column which supports my instinct that the U.S. will suffer along with, if not more than, Canada if Keystone XL isn’t completed.

German CEO: The world is watching US moves on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON — Business leaders around the world are watching to see what the United States does with the Keystone XL pipeline, the CEO of engineering giant Siemens said Friday.

…Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser said that if the U.S. government ultimately rejects the project, it would be like “stopping halfway” — harvesting North American energy resources but failing to transport them to market.

“It doesn’t do any good to have the greatest opportunity in the world to produce cheap, (reliable and sustainable) energy if you stop halfway through and don’t transport that blessing you folks have in this great country,” he said in an interview Friday.

“If the project was held up, the signal would be they have all the opportunities, which everyone dies to have, and they didn’t take advantage of it because they stopped halfway,” he said. “The signal will be: Look at them, they have all that opportunity and they missed it.”

That’s putting things politely; the signal will be they are petty protectionist.

Hot air from the wind power lobby

I am writing on the very poor paper CanWEA paid for to debunk the Fraser study. My Cold Air study will support the criticisms made by McKitrick and Adams in “Hot air from the wind power lobby”

Financial Post | Business

Wind and solar power are key drivers behind Ontario’s surging electricity prices

On Oct. 30 we published a Fraser Institute study entitled “What Goes Up… Ontario’s Soaring Electricity Prices and How to Get Them Down.” We analyzed the factors driving the rise in Ontario’s electricity prices, focusing on the so-called Global Adjustment (GA), which is a non-market surcharge set by the province to fund payments to electricity producers for above-market revenue guarantees. Our econometric analysis allowed us to track not only the impact of direct payments to power generating firms but also indirect effects arising when one distorted production decision subsequently distorts the incentives of others, boosting overall provincial liabilities. Among other things we found that adding wind power to the grid increases costs by about three times the amount of the direct payments to wind turbine operators, with the interaction effects making up the difference.

On November 3, The…

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Greenwashing benefits Environmental Defence

Following is a post written by Parker Gallant.
I have not researched the topic personally and can’t be certain the green “belt” is referencing a geographic location and not the other “belt” possibilities, including; a mental location, a serving of an intoxicant, or a clothing accessory utilized as a disciplinary tool

Greenwashing1 benefits Environmental Defence

When the Ontario Liberal Government create “not-for-profits” strange things happen! One example is an entity called “Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation” (FGF) created in 2005. Their website states their purpose as: “to coordinate and fund activities that bolster the richness of life in the Greenbelt.”

FGF was launched with $25 million in funding by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and went about handing out grants when the opportunity presented itself.

By 2012 FGF managed to get rid of most of their start-up cash so the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing gave them another $20 million of taxpayer dollars. According to the March 31, 2012 and 2013 year-end annual report the Greenbelt Foundation utilized about 40% of their annual spending on grants with the rest spent on salaries, public awareness, research and other activities. If they were an actual charity that would be a truly dismal record.

Despite so much of the money supplied by the Ministry going to pay”administrative” related expenses, Environmental Defence, with Rick Smith in the position of Executive Director, managed to secure grants of $2.2 million from FGF by March 31, 2012-  as noted in an article published in 2012.

Reviewing the list of grants on the FGF website you find MaRS Discovery District, a charity recently bailed out by the Liberals (via another Liberal creation-Infrastructure Ontario) in their most recent scandal. One can also find a grant ($200,000) to the Toronto Environmental Alliance and another to the Sierra Club Foundation ($185,000).Read More »

Wind and Generator Curtailment: October 2014

I need to test embedding a google docs graph, which is on hourly forecast of wind generation along with my estimates of curtailed generators – so 744 record making a fairly detailed chart

The winning graphic for this level of detail is a screen capture from Microsoft’s Excel.

MSsnip

I have many google spreadsheet graphs embedded in pages on my data site (also using google’s sites), but for blogging it’s images that I still find easiest to work into a posts.