Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekly Wind Report

If there's one thing I don't mind, its facts. I've been open about my position on wind power and its usefulness (or lack thereof) in generating electricity for Ontario. So I don't mind looking and publicizing facts about wind power.

So in that trend, I'll be posting data taken from the IESO public reports concerning wind generation in Ontario every weekend.

For the week of February 16 - 23, there were 1085 MW of installed capacity of wind generation.

The maximum amount of electricity generated by wind at any point in time in that week was 565 MW.

The mimimum amount of electricity generated by wind at any point in time in that week was a meagre 22 MW.

The average capacity factor over the week was 20.84%.

The graph tells the rest of the story.


Figure 1: Electricity generation by wind power (February 16 - 23rd by hour). Data publicly available on IESO website.

3 comments:

Wayne said...

Yet they keep on subsidizing and building more windmills that will rot of old age before they do a proper day's work. Some other technology has to be on standby and pick up the slack. Are these CUPE windmills or what? (a cheap shot is better than no shot at all)

Eric said...

Hahaha.. exactly Wayne. The real cost of wind power isn't just in those turbines themselves, but the cost of building a backup from natural gas or coal.

控制 said...

「不可能」這個字詞,在聰明人的字典中是找不到的。........................................

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