On Wednesday March 27th GFB: Dr. Sandy Skotnicki and Terry Yonge

Mar 25, 2013

By Dale Goldhawk

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11:15am ET | Dermatologist, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

12:15pm ET | Terry Yonge, IESO

12:30pm ET | Dr. Hartley Miltchin, GFB Podiatrist

GUEST – Dermatologist, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

TOPIC – Sunscreens as Zoomers are enjoying the sun down south this month

GUEST – Terry Yonge, IESO

TOPIC – Wind Turbines

INFO- Coping with surplus wind power will cost Ontario electricity ratepayers up to $200 million a year if market rules don’t change, says the power system operator.

Moreover, it says, if it can’t control the flow of wind and solar power onto the Ontario grid, then “reliable and economic operation of the power system is, at best, highly compromised and likely not feasible.”

Terry Young, vice president of the IESO, says that doesn’t mean the power system will become physically unreliable if the rules don’t change:

“We wouldn’t put ourselves in a position where reliability is compromised, but in order to do that it’s going to become more expensive to maintain it,” he said.

The IESO has drawn up new rules that will allow it to shut output from wind and solar operators off the system when there’s surplus power.

The renewable power generators are fighting the new rules vigorously.

Most have 20-year contracts with the Ontario Power Authority giving them unrestricted access to the power grid.

That, they say, was part of the deal when the Ontario government launched its campaign to encourage renewable energy in 2009.

“It is nothing less than a reversal of government policy with respect to encouraging the use of renewable power,” the power companies have told the energy board.

GUEST – Dr. Hartley Miltchin, GFB Podiatrist

TOPIC – Achilles Tendonitis causing heel pain. What is it and how is it treated.

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