Don’t worry, USA, Canada will sell us electrical energy when our BigWind won’t blow

St. Leon, Canada

Canada is showing common sense. They have pulled the plug on a proposed  wind project after a finding that “”Manitoba Hydro has determined that the capacity value of wind generation within Manitoba to meeting the winter peak load is zero,” Zero?! No kidding!! Hydro said in a report to the PUB,  it doesn’t really matter what it costs if it isn’t there when you need it.   But the point is that all wind turbines must be backed up by conventional generation.  Additionally, it is important to note that we will be IMporting electrical energy from Canada. Energy that is currently NOT IMported! Below there is a reference to selling this hydro power to the USA, where a number of coal plants will be retired. This point cannot be driven home hard enough to our politicians, who get it wrong every election cycle. The USA IS ELECTRICALLY INdependent. We have coal, nuclear, natural gas and hydro -but- if you close our coal plants and make us plant thousands of turbines, we WILL need energy from other countries. Sickening… 

The plug has been pulled on a proposed 175-megawatt wind farm near Manitou that would add more alternative energy to Manitoba and be a boon to farmers, a U.S. firm said….

Proponents say Manitoba Hydro is concentrating on building two new mega-generating stations in the north and believes wind is unreliable during our cold winters.

CPV’s decision to pull out of Manitoba comes as the Public Utilities Board studies Hydro’s bid to build the Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations and a new transmission line to the United States. Hydro says the three projects will cost about $20 billion, but should pay for themselves with increased electricity exports to the American Midwest, where a number of old coal plants are being retired….

In filings to the PUB, Hydro has said wind generation isn’t dependable enough to expand it beyond the St. Leon and St. Joseph wind farms, which together are capable of delivering 233 megawatts of power.

“You can’t count on the wind blowing at the time you need the energy,” Hydro consultant Dean Murphy told the PUB at a recent hearing.

Hydro said it examined the performance of the St. Leon and St. Joseph wind farms during the peak-load hour of each month from June 2007 to May 2013. It found the minimum wind generation during the peak-load hour each month was zero or near zero.

“Manitoba Hydro has determined that the capacity value of wind generation within Manitoba to meeting the winter peak load is zero,” Hydro said in a report to the PUB….

via Plug pulled on wind farm – Winnipeg Free Press.

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