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The Great American Wind Power Fraud

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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By Alan Caruba

In July the Fairhaven, Massachusetts Board of Health voted to shut down the town?s two wind turbines at night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. after dozens of residents had filed more than 400 complaints. Testing had demonstrated that the turbines exceeded state noise regulations and those specified in their operating permits.

In July the Heartland Institute?s Environmental & Climate News reported on the announcement by Nordex USA, a manufacturer of wind turbines that had accepted millions of dollars in subsidies while promising to create 750 jobs that it had shut down its Jonesboro facility. In 2008, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) had given Nordex $8 million from the Governor?s Quick-Action Closing Fund and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority had given Nordex another $11 million. The decision, said the company, was its uncertainty about receiving federal subsidies. At the time, only fifty people were employed there. Read the rest of this entry »

WIND POWER: WE PAY PRICE FOR FOLLY OF GREEN POLITICS

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Source: UK Daily Express

We are starting to get a few more anti-green articles in the UK papers now, this is from the Daily Express, commenting on the recent report that Benny Peiser’s GWPF commissioned.

THE Government?s ideological obsession with wind power is inflicting ever greater damage on Britain, driving up our energy bills and ruining our countryside. Brutalist, expensive and inefficient, wind farms are nothing more than vast monuments to political vanity. They contribute little to our electricity supply, yet they cost us all a fortune.

The full insanity of this approach has been exposed by a new report from respected economist Professor Gordon Hughes, who warns that the Government?s green agenda is likely to push up electricity bills by more than £300 a year by 2020. In total, argues Professor Hughes, the Government?s subsidy for wind power amounts to more than £124billion over the next eight years, a colossal burden on families and businesses at a time when the economy continues to struggle.

Just like the attachment to mass immigration or surrendering to the EU, this policy has been advanced by the coalition, not for the sake of the national interest but solely on the grounds of fashionable political dogma. Read the rest of this entry »

The Earth Times Asks: Should We Embrace Wind Power?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Source: Earth Times
Continuing The Earth Times’ series of debates on the hottest topics in the fields of the environment and conservation, we explore the arguments for and against wind power. Tackling the issue are Jonathan Pyke and Mark Duchamp.

Jonathan Pyke is the coordinator of Action for Renewables, which campaigns for the expansion of renewable energy in the UK. It works with the public, the energy industry and environmental campaigners at both the local and the national level. For more information, visit the Action for Renewables website or follow its latest news on Twitter: @Act4Renewables.

Mark Duchamp is the executive director of the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW), which works to question the effectiveness of wind farms as a tool for solving a range of environmental problems. Mark is also the president of Save the Eagles International and serves as the chairman of the World Council for Nature (WCFN).

Q: Under the European Union climate change targets, around a third of all the UK’s electricity will have to come from renewable sources. What role can wind power play in achieving this?

Jonathan: Wind is contributing over 6GW of energy already. Out of all renewable technologies it’s the one we’ve got the most experience in, so the bulk of generation is going to come from on and offshore wind. But there’s also a big role for solar photovoltaics, biogas and tidal generation too, as those technologies establish themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Wind Power: Questionable Benefits, Concealed Impacts

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Source:  TownHall

by Paul Driessen

America is running out of natural gas. Prices will soar, making imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and T Boone Pickens? wind farm plan practical, affordable and inevitable. That was then.

Barely two years later, America (and the world) are tapping vast, previously undreamed-of energy riches ? as drillers discover how to produce gas from shale, coal and tight sandstone formations, at reasonable cost. They do it by pumping a water, sand and proprietary chemical mixture into rocks under very high pressure, fracturing or ?fracking? the formations, and keeping the cracks open, to yield trapped methane. Read the rest of this entry »

A CHILL HITS WIND POWER

Monday, February 1st, 2010

by DENNIS T. AVERY

CHURCHVILLE, VA?As I write, a strong wind is blowing across the Alleghany Mountains onto my house. It?s bringing an ?Arctic Clipper? that will drop my temperatures this weekend to a frigid and unusual 6 degrees F. Why can?t I get some good from this chill wind?with a wind turbine to harvest the ?free? energy?

Out in Oregon, General Electric has just announced a big wind project: 338 turbines, rated at 845 MW. GE claims it will power for 235,000 homes, and is applying for the appropriate federal subsidies.

Will the wind turbines power 235,000 homes?  Don?t bet on it. My friend Donald Hertzmark?an energy economist?warns the power deliveries from this wind project are likely to average only 25 percent of its rated capacity. That would serve only 58,000 homes, not 235,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Windpower: Will Negative Pricing Blow Out the Lights? (PTC vs. reliable new capacity)

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Source:  Master Resource  

by Josiah Neeley

?It is well known that Texas is undergoing a major challenge in maintaining resource adequacy due to improper price signals; less well known is that a significant portion of the problem can be laid directly on the doorstep of subsidies for wind generation.?

The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), which currently provides a $0.022/kWh subsidy to qualifying renewables, is set to expire at year-end. Just the prospect of expiration has dramatically slowed new construction of industrial wind capacity, despite a raft of other subsidies to politically correct energy. [1]

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has released a new paper looking at the effect of the production tax credit both on taxpayers and consumers. Bill Peacock and I found that PTC continuance puts the Texas electricity market at increased risk of price spikes and blackout by discouraging the construction of new reliable, on-peak generating capacity. Read the rest of this entry »

Curbing Obama power grabs

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Source: SPPI55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

OPINION

The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help?

BY Paul Driessen

You?ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats.

But he certainly knew his concerns and opinions meant nothing, changed nothing, accomplished nothing. And then he voted 97% of the time with Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Dictator Harry Reid

Reid has kept over 300 bills bottled up, squelched almost all proffered Republican amendments on anything that did move, and used the ?nuclear option? to end the longstanding 60-vote rule and wipe out any chance that Republicans could block Obama nominees or prevent the President from packing the vital DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The three new liberal judges on that court can now be counted on to defer to Mr. Obama?s policies and ?agency discretion? on future arrogations of power. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Wind Spin: Miami Herald Should Get It Right

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Source: Master Resource

Wales Windfarm

Wales Windfarm

by Glenn Schleede

?I would suggest that the owners of the ?wind farms? that may not be able to sell all their output don?t deserve a lot of sympathy. They should have known the risks of investing in an industry that exists only because of massive tax breaks and subsidies and other unwise government policies.?

Mr. Graff: Thanks for your probably well-meaning [August 5th] story that bore the headline, ?Newly Available Wind Power Often Has No Place to Go.? However, I wonder if you realize that the story was quite one-sided and likely misleading.

That tends to happen, unfortunately, when a ?news? story is based heavily on information fed to reporters by lobbyists ? in this case from the wind industry?s Washington-based lobbyists, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Please consider the following points: Read the rest of this entry »

Misleading DOE August 6, 2013, Press Release and Report on Wind Energy

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source: Glenn Schleede   wind mill charge

by Glenn Schleede

The highly misleading August 6 DOE press release and report claiming that, in 2012, wind was ?the fastest growing source of power in the United States? raises two questions:

  1. Why does the highly trained scientist heading the US DOE allow such a misleading claim to be issued by his Department?
  2. Why do so many reporters and editors repeat such misleading claim? Read the rest of this entry »

Wind payback period “several millennia”

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  Bishop Hill 

ConsumerReport.org is reporting that home wind turbines are a rip-off:

The Honeywell costs $11,000 installed, comes with a five-year warranty and has a 20-year expected product life. But having a thorough site analysis by a manufacturer-authorized installer, backed by your own research on websites such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is vital.

At the rate the WT6500 is delivering power at our test site, it would take several millennia for the product to pay for itself in savings?not the 56 years it would take even with the 1,155 kWh quote we received.

Time to terminate Big Wind subsidies

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Source:  SPPI Blog

by Paul Driessen

Unprecedented! As bills to extend seemingly perpetual wind energy subsidies were again introduced by industry lobbyists late last year, taxpayers finally decided they?d had enough.

Informed and inspired by a loose but growing national coalition of groups opposed to more giveaways with no scientifically proven net benefits, thousands of citizens called their senators and representatives ? and rounded up enough Nay votes to run four different bills aground. For once, democracy worked.

A shocked American Wind Energy Association and its allies began even more aggressive recruiting of well-connected Democrat and Republican political operatives and cosponsors ? and introducing more proposals like HR 3307 to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC). Parallel efforts were launched in state legislatures, to maintain mandates, subsidies, feed-in tariffs, renewable energy credits, and other ?temporary? ratepayer and taxpayer obligations. Read the rest of this entry »

The sorry lessons of green-power subsidies

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Source:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-sorry-lessons-of-green-power-subsidies/article2417284/

A recent study, co-authored by Fraser Institute energy economist Gerry Angevine, found that Ontario residents will pay an average of $285-million more for electricity each year for the next 20 years as a result of subsidies to renewable energy companies.

By the end of 2013, Ontario household power rates will be the second-highest in North America (after PEI), and they will continue to accelerate while they level off in most other jurisdictions. Even more alarming for Ontario?s economic competitiveness, businesses and industrial customers will be hit by almost $12-billion in additional costs over the same period.

Such is the legacy of the provincial government?s 2009 decision to establish feed-in rates, ranging from 44.5 cents to 80.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar power, and 13.5 cents/kWh for wind power. These solar feed-in rates average 11 times the 5.6 cents/kWh paid for nuclear-generated power, and 18 times the 3.5 cents/kWh for hydro-generated power. The wind-power rates are more than twice as high as nuclear, and four times those of hydro. Read the rest of this entry »

?PC? power is not ?sustainable?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

And President Obama?s ?all-inclusive? energy policy is anything but!

Mary Kay Barton

President Obama?s mantra du jour for his 2012 campaign speeches is ?all-inclusive? energy.  Any business touting this version of ?all-inclusive? would be prosecuted for false advertising.

When the President says ?all-inclusive,? he means politically correct (PC) ?green? energy (wind, solar and bio-fuels), and nothing that actually provides reliable, affordable power ? especially not hydrocarbons. Another PC buzzword ? ?sustainable? ? is right out of the United Nation?s Agenda 21 Protocol and the President?s goal of ?fundamentally transforming? America.?

Increasing pain at the pump and plug underscore the reality that Mr. Obama?s energy policies are anything but all-inclusive, and his PC power is anything but sustainable ? though they certainly are transforming our country. In fact, if the Keystone XL pipeline’s oil were used to generate electricity, it would provide more energy than all existing US wind and solar installations combined.

Be they massive or small-scale, actual or theoretical and decades away ? wind, solar, corn ethanol, switch-grass and algae projects are being paid for with countless billions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars. The arrangements are sweet for promoters and ?investors? on the receiving end, and for politicians looking for crony capitalist campaign contributions from these recipients.

But they?re neither nice nor ?sustainable? for those of us paying the tab. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain Suspends Subsidies for New Renewable Energy Power Plants

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Source:  Bloomberg

Spain halted subsidies for renewable energy projects to help curb its budget deficit and rein in power-system borrowings backed by the state that reached 24 billion euros ($31 billion) at the end of 2011.

?What is today an energy problem could become a financial problem,? Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said in Madrid. The government passed a decree today stopping subsidies for new wind, solar, co-generation or waste incineration plants.

The system?s debts were racked up as revenue from state- controlled prices failed to cover the cost of delivering power. Costs have swollen in the past five years because of an increase in regulated payments for the power grid, support for Spanish coal mines and subsidies for renewable energy plants. Read the rest of this entry »

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Heat waves pushes Texas power grid into red zone

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Source:  Reuters

The Texas power grid operator has scrambled this week to meet soaring electricity demand in the face of a brutal heat wave, and residents of the second most populous U.S. state are one power plant shut-down away from rolling blackouts.

Power demand for Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc, or ERCOT, which runs the power grid for most of the state, hit three consecutive records this week as Texans cranked up air conditioners to escape one of the hottest summers on record.

The grid operator on Thursday cut power to some big industrial users, and businesses and households face a repeat of the rolling blackouts they faced in February, when a bitter cold snap interrupted power supplies. Read the rest of this entry »