See all those orange pins on this Google map, created by @ReliableAB? The show the locations of 45 wind farms with at total of 1,519 megawatts of nameplate capacity (grid-scale solar is purple). But a week after Alberta Premier Danielle Smith announced new rules for renewable power development, wind power yet again collapsed to effectively nothing.

At 9:38 a.m., on Wednesday, March 6, wind power in Alberta hit 5 megawatts out of an installed capacity of 4,481 megawatts, according to X account @ReliableAB, which posts hourly logs of the Alberta electrical grid using data from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). At that time, the pool price spiked to $714.57 per megawatt-hour

Five megawatts is 0.1 per cent, or 1 one-thousandth of nameplate capacity. And wind output hovered in single-digit territory for four hours, from to 8:39 a.m. to 11:39 a.m.

This coincided with 820 megawatts of coal-fired power generation being offline at the same time, at the Genessee Generating Station. Those two units are expected to be shut down any day now to be converted to natural gas-fired operation, and their shutdown could be related to that. They have been going on and off for the past few days. As soon as one coal unit started spinning up, and the sun rose higher in the sky, the price spike dropped sharply.

 

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These graphs, produced by @ReliableAB, showed how wind power (in orange) flatlined for about half a day.

Note on the graph below, orange is wind power, purple is solar, black is coal, dark green is dual fuel, and the massive block of green is natural gas. The proposed federal Clean Electricity Regulations would do away with all the black, dark green and green by 2035, unless massive carbon capture is installed on each plant.

 

Here’s another view of @ReliableAB’s produced map showing the approximate centre point of each of wind and solar farm in Alberta:

https://earth.google.com/web/data=MjYKNAoyCiAxUmNIZ0V1LVE2RVNTUVM4bFNkVjBUR0U0bkQ3WUxOTRIMCgozY2JlZWM4NF8wIAI

 

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