Hey Bob

Over the last two years, I have posed questions focused on Ontario electricity rate drivers to Ontario’s Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli on Twitter. Minister Chiarelli is an active Twitterer. He has yet to respond to any of these questions. Here’s a sampling of those questions.

Earth Day 2011: Green Energy Good Intentions

This video addresses the careless train of thinking that has resulted in a situation where a large amount of Ontario’s power production is useless. During Earth Day 2011, hundreds of megawatt hours of hydro-electric production appears to have been spilled at Niagara. In 2009, OPG reports that it spilled 0.6 TWh of hydro-electric production — …

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Wind a Driver for Ontario Electricity Export Losses

Simple linear regressions of hourly wind output vs. hourly net exports for a couple of time periods yield the following: For all of 2010, the regression coefficient is 20.5% with an R Square of 4.2%. For┬áJanuary 2011, the regression coefficient is 29.5% with an R Square of 8.7%. The low R Square appears to be …

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Ontario Electricity Export Hit Record in December 2010

Scott Luft has provided an excellent summary of Ontario’s electricity exports in December 2010. There were extensive periods of negative prices early and late in the month when neighbouring utilities were paid to take excess power from Ontario’s grid. During the week of December 15 through 22nd, the average rate of exports was greater than …

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