Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Oxford Study Provides a Powerful Warning for Ontario.

Most Ontarians have just ignored the growing role of traditional energy companies, including TransAlta, Enbridge, and Suncor,  in expanding industrial wind generation in Ontario. “The Impact of Import Dependency and Wind Generation on UK Gas Demand and Security of Supply to 2025,” from The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, starkly indicates the marriage between wind and natural gas in the electricity sector.

... what is clear from this paper is that a truism (though not a particularly elegant headline) for gas in the present decade is 'want wind, need gas.'

It would appear that the more ambitious targets for wind generation in the UK have been formulated without a full appreciation of the costs and complexities caused by intermittency of very substantial levels wind generation.”

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