It’s amazing how the fight has moved from “Wind and solar are pipe dreams” to “Well they can generate some power, but not all” which is also false
Wind can be a replacement, and, with a good transmission system, makes a better baseload generation system (Think: the wind may not always blow, but is the whole province ever wind-free?) than any gas or nuclear.
With respect to complexity and work. Doing that math, wind power is *far* less than half the price per installed MW, and at a year over year average of 50-75% peak capacity, actually still works out cheaper per running watt-hour than nuclear.
That does not even factor in the cost of Waste disposal, (estimated at at least $24 million), or liability costs in case something goes wrong. Ontario’s nuke plants regularly leak tritium into the Great Lakes.
IE, for the amount of money that Ontario wants to put into Nuclear power over the next 20 years, we could be generating over twice as much power with wind. Next time someone says we can’t afford renewables, throw that stat in their face.
Now, the nay-sayers amongst you will be saying “but Matt, the wind doesn’t blow all the time”, and you’d be right. On a year over year basis, the wind turbines will generate about half their installed capacity, which still puts us ahead of nuclear.
The best part of this is that this is just the basic numbers, and doesn’t include waste disposal, which will cost at least $24 million, or insurance, which is basically impossible to price, and is basically 100% subsidized by the gov’t, which basically prays that we won’t have an accident.
This joke is going around Facebook these days, but I can’t find any real attribution, just a bunch of names that peter out…
A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies looks at the Tea Partier and says,”look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”