What does “a handful” mean?
More details are emerging about the ‘backup’ natural gas power plant that may be installed in the Kodak Lands in Mount Dennis. It does not sound good. The plant will not be run only in the case of power outage. It will be run to avoid paying full price for electricity, according to an excellent article in The Star.
The gas-fired plant would probably only be used a “handful” of times a year as a back-up generator, according to Metrolinx.
It would have the capacity to run the entire Crosstown system to avoid peak demand times on the provincial power grid and save about 40 per cent on the price of electricity. It would also generate enough power to run the entire Crosstown system in a power outage, said a spokesman for the agency.
Those two statements do not agree. Power prices regularly change 40% or more.
This raises a horrifying possibility: that this power plant will be run regularly, perhaps daily. Former MP Mike Sullivan raised that issue in an Fired up over a new gas plant in our community:
It is unreasonable to expect it will only run in ’emergencies’. It will generate power to the provincial grid whenever it is profitable to do so.
Indeed, it is hard to imagine that a responsible fiscal manager would not run the plant at every opportunity. How could she leave a profit-generating asset sitting idle?
The David Suzuki foundation says that natural gas plants produce ground-level ozone and particulate matter, which contribute to smog and respiratory illnesses.