There is no doubt that what is happening in Japan is a very tragic case. Does this mean we need to reject nuke power in Ontario? That’s the call coming in tsunamis as big as the one the crippled the nuke plants in Japan. Yet this knee jerk reaction is happening, and governments like they are, may bend even a little in slowing the rebuilding and adding to our nuke fleet.
The claim is we can replace all our nuke plants with wind. Right. This knee jerk reaction is not looking at the facts, only emotion.
As of this writing nuke plants in Ontario are producing 9,683MW of power (see).
At 1.5MW each that would be 6,455 wind turbines. At 7% name plate for summer output we get 92,219 turbines. If you want them built in 20 years (the lifetime of turbines) that would mean we would have to start building 5,000 every year for the next 20 years, or from start to finish 16 every day.
Then when those were all build and done, we would have to start the cycle again with 5,000 every year as the one’s we built this year all need to be replaced in 20 years. Which means to supply the power of all our nuke plants with wind we would have to build 16 per day forever.
That does not include more wind in lieu of nuke plants needed in the future. Nor do those 93,000 wind turbines provide power when the wind does not blow. On those days, I suppose we are to shut down half of Ontario.