Windpower doesn’t work, but …

23 Jul

Wind energy, despite the hype, still provides just 2.6 per cent of the province’s energy supply, reports Canada’s Independent Electricity System Operator.

Nowhere will this study be watched more closely than in Ontario, where the government long ago married itself to heavily subsidized wind and solar energy as an economic driver (a strategy that is problematic for other reasons, on which more later). If Health Canada were to conclude that the activists are correct; that their complaints are not just the result of anti-turbine NIMBYism, the McGuinty government would find itself in rather a pickle. It would be committed to years of locked-in payments for wind energy contracts that the federal regulator might declare a threat to human health.

But don’t worry about the wildlife

“bird and bat mortality is unfortunately inevitable at wind power facilities, we are seeing numbers that are within the ranges that are called for by regulators,” Mr. Whelan said.

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