Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Cost Of Wind In Ontario
The total cost of wind generation also increased from 2009 to 2012. This was due primarily to more wind generation coming into service. In all, the increased cost of wind generation accounted for about 5% of the increase in the total customer bill, or about 10% of the increase in the cost of electricity supply.
The report's author, mind you, is the Canadian Wind Energy Association, which is a trade association for wind power developers. Mind you, they are writing in response to a Fraser Institute report (Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act) authored by Ross McKitrick, so you might as well stamp "loony" on the cover of that baby. And the math is pretty simple: the effect of wind energy on Ontario hydro bills is pretty small.