Posts Tagged ‘wind energy’

NERC Reality vs. AWEA’s Goggin: Chasing a Ghost in Windland

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Source: Master Resourcewind mill charge

by Kevon Martis

“It is simply dishonest to state that very high levels of renewables can be accommodated with little problem, while NERC states that until we figure out who pays for all the substantial operational and reliability challenges those VERs bring to the system, higher penetrations (above 20%) become problematic.”

Last fall I entered into a debate in the comment section of a post on The Energy Collective with AWEA’s Michael Goggin. As is his style, Mr. Goggin posted a long series of statements about wind energy suggesting that it is neither more difficult to integrate high percentages of wind into the grid than conventional generators nor does it create significant additional expense for grid operators or ratepayers. (more…)

Where Do Wind Turbines Come From?

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Source: No Frakking Consensusimage246

by Donna Laframboise

Mining the iron ore needed to build wind farms entails ripping mountains and valleys “to shreds.”

Andrea Jennetta is the publisher of Fuel Cycle Week – a newsletter for nuclear industry insiders. A yearly subscription costs US $2,750.

She also writes the I Dig U[ranium] Mining blog. One of her recent posts is titled Wind Turbines and ‘Dirty’ Mines – Hypocrisy at its Finest. It is accompanied by a large photo of an iron ore mine with the words “This is where wind turbines come from” superimposed over it. You can see that photo here.

In her blog post, Jennetta says “anti-industrial activists” like to “show people how sausage is made” so that hopefully they’ll never eat the stuff again. And they’ll fight tooth-and-nail to block any sausage factory from ever being built anywhere near where they live. (more…)

Gone with the Wind

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Source:  Washington Free Beacon

Green energy firm sacks two-thirds of American workforce days after receiving $32 million government loan
Just days after the Export-Import Bank approved a multi-million dollar federal loan guarantee to benefit a mostly foreign-based wind-energy outfit, the company pink-slipped more than 200 American workers.

The Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that promotes and finances sales of U.S. exports to foreign buyers, approved a $32 million loan guarantee on Aug. 2 for a Brazilian firm to purchase wind turbines from LM Wind Power. According to its website, LM Wind Power is headquartered in Denmark. (more…)

Wind payback period “several millennia”

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Source:  Bishop Hill 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.

Wimp Power: Some Quotations from Wind’s Critics

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Source:  Master Resource



Energy and environmental issues need to be addressed using logic and scientific thinking, not emotion, wishes, and depiction.  On a realistic basis, industrial wind energy fails to deliver the goods. By this I mean that windpower:

1) Is not a technically sound solution to provide us electricity, or to meaningfully reduce global warming, and

2) Is not an economically viable source of energy on its own, and

3) Is not environmentally responsible

When you take away the wind lobbyists’ fast-talking shenanigans, their con comes down to these two things: They are telling us what we want to hear, and we’re not really verifying the truth of what they’re saying. (more…)

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. (more…)

The sorry lessons of green-power subsidies

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


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. (more…)

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. (more…)

Obama Discovers Shale Gas

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Source: The Global Warming Policy Foundation

CCNet –  17 January 2012

Obama Discovers Shale Gas

 A re-election campaign is a terrible thing to waste, and this year’s race is already producing miraculous changes at the Obama White House: The latest example of a bear walking on its hind legs is the President’s new embrace of … natural gas from shale. The catch is that this endorsement runs against every energy policy pursued by the Obama Administration for three years. It’s certainly smart politics for Mr. Obama to distance himself from the anti-fossil fuels obsessives, and no doubt his political advisers are hoping it helps this fall in the likes of Ohio and Pennsylvania. On the other hand, this could be a one-year wonder, and if he wins Mr. Obama might revert to form in 2013. –- Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 17 January 2012 (more…)

Patrick Moore: Greenpeace Founder Questions Windfarms

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Source:  Climate Realists
RIDGETOWN – Southwestern Ontario’s flourishing wind energy industry came under fire Wednesday from the co-founder of Greenpeace.

Dr. Patrick Moore told more than 1,000 area farmers the industry destroys more jobs than it creates, and causes energy prices to climb for all users.

“The industry is a destroyer of wealth and negative to the economy,” said Moore, speaking at the 19th annual Southwest Agricultural Conference at Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph. (more…)

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. (more…)

Wales in revolt over mammoth wind farm scheme

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Europe's biggest wind farm, at Whitelee in Renfrewshire: 800 similarly giant turbines are now planned for mid-Wales

Source:  UK Telegraph

The Welsh Assembly’s plans to install 800 giant wind turbines in mid-Wales make no economic sense, says Christopher Booker.

On Tuesday the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff will see the biggest demonstration so far in Britain against the disaster now being set in train across the land by the Government’s infatuation with wind power. Nowhere is this more obvious than in mid-Wales, where the Assembly wishes to see the hills covered with up to 800 giant wind turbines, up to 415ft high, visible over hundreds of square miles. Recently In Parliament, Glyn Davies, the Tory MP for Montgomeryshire, spoke about the anger this is arousing locally, recounting how one recent meeting called at short notice in Welshpool had drawn 2,000 people. (more…)

Renewable energy harms the economy

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011


Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked for it, and now he has it: evidence that so-called “renewable” energy mandates raise electricity costs, subtract jobs and harm the economy.

Earlier this month our organization released a study of Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, and the findings will not encourage citizens of a state struggling with still high unemployment and stagnant population growth.

If the AEPS is kept, consumers can expect to pay $8.6 billion more for their electricity between 2016 and 2025, while seeing net losses in jobs, annual wages and disposable income because of the mandate.

Ohio’s AEPS requires that the state’s utilities generate 25 percent of their power from “alternative” sources by the year 2025, with half that amount (12.5 percent) required to come from “renewable” sources such as wind or solar. (more…)

Global Warming: Good for Bad, Bad for Good — Except (Surprise!) Wind Energy

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

by Marlo Lewis

A study funded by the National Science Foundation finds that global warming (which we all know is turning our planet upside down) will not change the wind patterns targeted for “investment” by wind energy developers and their political patrons.

Verily, Gaia is great. She not only whips up violent storms to punish our sins of emission, she also insulates the wind from our corrupting influence so that green job creators can begin the process of planetary healing.

Or maybe there’s a simpler explanation. Congress funds the NSF and the NSF funds studies that “justify” both climate alarm and Soviet-style production quota like wind energy mandates.

I blog on this topic today at GlobalWarming.Org. As always, your comments are welcome. (more…)

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. (more…)