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Should we rip Ontario’s wind turbines out of the ground?

Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives

During the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, candidate Tanya Granic Allen declared “I’m going to rip those turbines out of the ground!”  Many folks in rural communities suffering from health effects caused by those industrial wind turbines (IWT), and people who have trouble paying their electricity bills probably cheered that statement. They might have wondered what doing that would cost.

Let’s ponder that question and try to put a dollar figure on it!

The capital cost of IWT suggested by AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) was approximately US $1.3 million per megawatt (MW) which equates to about CDN $1.7 million/MW. IESO’s recently released 18th month Outlook Report (July 2018 to December 2019) indicates we have 4,400 MW (rounded) installed “grid connected” IWT and 600 MW of “embedded” IWT wind generation.  What that suggests is, the total capital cost of grid and embedded IWTs is in the neighbourhood…

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