Another Wednesday, another day Alberta’s wind power puts out 2% of its rated capacity

There must be something about Wednesdays, because another Wednesday resulted in another failure of Alberta’s wind power generation.

At 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Alberta’s power grid was getting just 54 megawatts from its 28 wind farms with a cumulative nameplate capacity of 2,589 megawatts. That’s 2 per cent of its total rated capacity, and less than half the power output of SaskPower’s singular coal unit equipped with carbon capture and storage, Boundary Dam Unit 3. And that level of output remained persistent for at least the next two hours.