This is the Bull Creek Wind Farm, northeast of Provost, Alta on Sept. 12. On that day, half the turbines were not turning and the other half were barely turning, or ramping on and off. The wind turbine on the right is so close to the Saskatchewan border, it’s shadow falls on the Land of Living Skies. The right edge of the photo is Saskatchewan. Photo by Brian Zinchuk.

Alberta’s power grid at 9:40 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. MC is maximum capacity in megawatts, TNG is total net to grid, in megawatts, and DCR is dispatched, and accepted, contingency reserve. Alberta Electric System Operator.

It’s another windless day in Alberta Sunday morning, as the Alberta electrical grid was getting just four per cent of its wind capacity, according to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

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The AESO’s minute-by-minute updated website showed wind was putting out 106 megawatts of the 2,589 megawatts attached to the grid.

Twelve of 28 wind farms were contributing zero to the grid Sunday morning. Forty Mile Granlea and Wheatland Wind are still under construction, so that accounts for those two facilities. Alberta Electric System Operator.

As usual, despite having 70 megawatts of battery storage, with 58 megawatts online for dispatchable power, the four battery facilities in Alberta were again contributing zero to the grid, despite the low wind output. In 9.5 months of random observations, Pipeline Online has not once seen the AESO website report any power contributed to the grid from these four battery facilities.

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At the moment SaskPower set a summer consumption record, wind power was generating just 4.7 % of its capacity