Green Energy Policies raise the Cost of Heating this Winter in Canada

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 19th, 2013

Week in Review

‘Manmade’ global warming is not science.  It’s politics.  Where those on the left secure their liberal base by pushing costly green energy policies that increase our electric bills (see Ontario electricity rates rising due to Liberal mistakes, opposition says posted 10/18/2013 on CBC News Toronto).

The governing Liberals’ politically motivated interference in the energy sector is hurting ratepayers who are trying to conserve electricity, Ontario’s opposition parties said Friday…

The price for off-peak power will rise by 7.5 per cent for a kilowatt hour, while peak hour rates will rise by four per cent, the board announced Thursday…

It’s another sign that the energy system under the Liberals has become an “expensive mess,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

Cancelling two gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga — which the province’s auditor general says will cost taxpayers up to $1.1 billion — to save Liberal seats is driving up prices, he said, just like putting wind turbines in communities that don’t want them, then paying to get rid of the surplus power…

The OEB said the Nov. 1 increase is based on estimates for the coming year that include more generation from renewable sources along with a higher price for natural gas.

Sunlight and wind may be free.  But the massive infrastructure to pull the energy from sunlight and wind is not.  That infrastructure is very, very costly.  Because you need a lot of it to produce useable energy.  Unlike a coal-fired or gas-fired power plant.  These plants are very costly.  But they produce so much electric power that the cost per unit of power produced is negligible.  The fuel (coal and natural gas) being the greater cost.   Of course, that’s only when they are running at capacity and people are buying what they produce.

Those two power plants would have produced inexpensive electric power.  Now not only are they going to be replaced with renewable sources the cost of that massive renewable infrastructure has to be added to the people’s hydro (electric utility) bill.  With renewable sources providing a fraction of what coal and gas provide the cost per unit from renewable sources is very high.  Requiring taxpayer subsidies.  And if that wasn’t bad enough because of the intermittent nature of wind those coal-fired and gas-fired power plants have to produce power even when the wind is blowing so it’s there when the wind isn’t.  Creating surplus power.  Very expensive power that no one is buying.

If only manmade global was real.  For if it were we could raise the temperature during the winter so we wouldn’t have to spend so much on costly and polluting power to heat our homes.  Why, the warmer winters would even make it easier for our wildlife to find food.  That’s right.  With manmade global warming everyone would be a winner.  But it’s not.  So we have more and more expensive heating bills to look forward to.

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Britain’s Secret to reducing the Carbon from their Electric Power Generation is Frequent Power Outages

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 18th, 2012

Week in Review

It’s pretty sad when a nation’s green energy policies requires an energy bill to ‘keep the lights on’.  But that’s precisely what’s happening in Britain.  Because they agreed to give up good, reliable electric power generation for something that may not be able to keep the lights on (see Energy Bill: The Plan To Keep UK’s Lights On by Gerard Tubb posted 11/18/2012 on Sky News).

The energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, has to balance the need to create new generating capacity with commitments to a low carbon future and more electricity from renewable sources.

Many power stations are coming to the end of their life and the Government estimates it will cost £110bn to replace and improve electricity infrastructure over the next decade…

Electricity use is increasing, with suggestions that demand could double by 2050…

The UK is signed up to providing 15% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and to reducing to zero the amount of carbon pumped into the atmosphere from electricity generation.

Electricity use is on pace to double by 2050 and the UK is decommissioning power plants and spending a fortune on electric generation from renewable sources.  Going from reliable power generation to intermittent power generation.  Which is nothing more than a step backward to a time before Margaret Thatcher.  And a return to the British Disease (strikes, industrial unrest and frequent power outages).  Or worse.  For the environmentalists would have Britain go back to the time of Stonehenge if they had their way.  A time when there was no electricity.  Or man-made carbon in the atmosphere.  Or indoor plumbing, air conditioning, refrigerators, telephones, etc.  Now that would make the environmentalists happy.  Abject misery for the human race.

Life was pretty precarious back in the 3rd century BC.  We’re lucky the human race survived to make it here today.  A time where life is not so precarious.  Thanks to technology.  Especially electricity.  Which helps keep our food safe, our water safe, our homes warm in the winter and allows hospitals to save lives.  Just look to the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  And how the loss of electric power took away safe food, safe water, warm homes and life-saving hospitals from the victims of that storm.

Electric power saves lives.  And makes those lives safer.  We should not be compromising our electric power to ‘save the world’ from global warming.  At least not until man-made carbon moves the glaciers as far as Mother Nature did during the Ice Ages.

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