Ontario to add renewable energy, shut coal-fired power plants

There are 2 comments on the Mar 1, 2013, Reuters story titled Ontario to add renewable energy, shut coal-fired power plants. In it, Reuters reports that:

Ontario's power grid operator expects more than 3,200 megawatts of renewable capacity to be connected to the transmission system, while the province's remaining coal-fired plants will shut over the next 18 months.

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La Quinta, CA

#2 Mar 3, 2013
"The grid operator also said the six remaining 475-MW
coal-fired units at Lambton and Nanticoke are scheduled to stop
burning coal by the end of 2013.
In addition, the conversion of 211-MW Atikokan from a
coal-fired plant to biomass is underway, with the unit expected
to be in service by the third quarter of 2014."

So, 6 coal fired plants shutting down in 2013 at a loss of 2,850 MW of spinning, baseload capacity, to be replaced by 211 MW of biomass spinning, baseload capacity in 2014. No mention of how the spinning and baseload demands will be met in the future by solar and wind generation. You will need either some kind of energy storage along the transmission grid or an alternative spinning, baseload generation system(s) to keep grid reliability up to current standards. It will be an interesting experiment to say the least.

Brantford, Canada

#3 Mar 18, 2013
The MCIdiots and Ontario Liberals have outdone themselves once again...They have just out priced Ontario out of the energy markets!

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