Energy

Is the case for wind power running out of puff?

As regular readers will know I abhor wind power.

It is for a number of reasons…visual pollution, noise pollution, their bird and bat destroying un-green-ness and the fact that wind power doesn’t work unless it is subsidised.

The UK more than most countries has ‘invested’ billions in wind technology, which has proved spectacularly useless at producing power.

UK electricity demand hit its highest level this winter on Monday – while wind turbines generated their lowest output, official figures show.

Cold weather saw UK demand hit 52.54 gigawatts (GW) between 5pm and 5.30pm, according to National Grid.

At the same time, low wind speeds meant the UK’s wind turbines were producing just 573 megawatts of power, enough to meet only one per cent of demand – the lowest of any peak period this winter, Telegraph analysis of official data shows.

Earlier on Monday wind output had dropped even lower, generating just 354 megawatts at 2pm, or 0.75 per cent of Britain’s needs – the lowest seen during any period this winter.

The analysis will fuel concerns that despite receiving billions of pounds in subsidies, Britain’s wind farms cannot be relied upon to keep the lights on when they are needed the most.

Britain now has about 12 GW of wind capacity installed on and offshore – meaning during Monday’s peak demand period, wind farms were generating less than five per cent of their theoretical maximum output.

Gas, coal and nuclear power plants instead provided the vast majority of the UK’s electricity needs.

A spokesman for National Grid said that Britain’s spare margins – the safety buffer between supply and demand – had remained “adequate”.

On average, UK wind farms produce about 28 per cent of their theoretical maximum power output.

But critics warn that cold snaps when demand soars can often coincide with periods when the wind doesn’t blow.

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Labour in the UK declares a crisis in energy…problem now solved

Oh dear lord, it seems Ed Miliband has David Cunliffe and the NZ Labour party advising them.

They are even mimicking declaring a crisis for particular industries and just like in New Zealand they have tried to come up with their own power solution.

It has of course been widely mocked.

Labour’s flagship energy price freeze was branded ‘a joke’ last night, as senior figures in the party confirmed it has been reviewed in the light of falling prices.

The price freeze, which Mr Miliband pledged would last until 2017, has been thrown into turmoil in recent weeks as a slump in the price of oil saw the prospect of falling energy prices.

The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that Labour is conducting a U-turn on the policy, which was launched by Ed Miliband in 2013.

It has now been ‘re-branded’ as a price cap, which will allow bills to fall to reflect tumbling wholesale prices.

Yesterday E.On became the first Big Six firm to offer a cut in gas prices of 3.5 per cent to its customers, and others are expected to follow suit.  Read more »

Can anyone spot the problem with this picture?

Only the Greens would promote this…in this way.

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Jordanian MP: I Would Set Myself On Fire Before I’d Import Israeli Gas

Some people are dumber than a sack of hammers, especially those who would seek to impoverish their own citizens over religious hatred.

Truth Revolt reports:

In a televised debate about energy options for Jordan, advertising executive-turned Member of Parliament Hind Al-Fayez said that in order to stay warm, “I will use firewood or even set myself on fire, but I will never import Israeli gas.”

Ms Al-Fayez warned that Israel was Satan and her country’s plan to purchase natural gas from Israel was part of an Israeli plot to starve the Jordanian people.

The debate aired on the Jordanian/U.K. ANB channel on December 14, and was translated by MEMRI:

Al-Fayez: We must not have dealings with Satan. We should not use the Jordanian deficit as a pretext to justify dealing with Satan. The Jordanian Kingdom has been having dealings with Satan since 1994 but where has it gotten us? What did it do to our deficit?   Read more »

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More on the lack of peak oil

Yesterday we explored the lack of peak oil.

I also found an interesting recent article on the topic at Real Clear Politics.

In a chilling 2010 column, Paul Krugman declared: “peak oil has arrived.”

So it’s really not surprising that the national average for a gallon of gas has fallen to $2.77 this week – in 10 states it was under $2.60 – and analysts predict we’re going to dip below the two-dollar mark soon. U.S. oil is down to $75 a barrel, a drop of more than $30 from the 52-week high.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Energy Research estimates that we have enough natural gas in the U.S. to meet electricity needs for around 575 years at current fuel demand and to fuel homes heated by natural gas for 857 years or so – because we have more gas than Russia, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia combined.

With prices returning to ordinary levels and a few centuries’ worth of fossil fuels on tap, this is a good time to remind ourselves that nearly every warning the left has peddled about an impending energy crisis over the past 30 to 40 years has turned out to be wrong. And none of them are more wrong than the Malthusian idea that says we’re running out of oil.

Each time there’s a temporary spike in gas prices, science-centric liberals allow themselves a purely ideological indulgence, claiming – as Krugman, Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren and countless others have – that we’re rapidly approaching a point when producers will hit the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum. Peak oil. With emerging demand, fossil fuels will become prohibitive. And unless we have our in solar panels in order, Armageddon is near.   Read more »

Even Google Engineers now say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’

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Google is one of the biggest investors in renewable technology. They have poured billions into research and now their top engineers say that renewable energy is hopelessly flawed.

Eric Worrell at WUWT explains:

A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”.

According to an interview with the engineers, published in IEEE;

“At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope …
Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.”
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And they said it wouldn’t happen to them

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For some time I’ve been warning various companies that the troughers who beat up on the tobacco  industry are now turning their sights onto products like energy and sugary drinks. They said nah it wouldn’t happen to them.

Well I told them.

In Australia we now see the same tactics once applied to tobacco companies now being applied to anyone employed by energy drinks manufacturers. And it’s happening now.

Deakin University in Australia is currently holding the 1st International Energy Drinks Conference in Victoria.

Here’s how they view participation by anyone from companies that manufacture these drinks.

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Renewable energy = death

The hipsters, the left-wing and the green taliban always bang on about “clean energy and renewables.

But it is very expensive and it won;t get any cheaper.

By insisting on abandonment of fossil fuels they are really insisting on removing cheap and viable fuels from those who most need them.

They are actually condemning poor nations and their populations to more poverty, more subsistence living and more disease by preventing them from accessing the very fuels that have enabled us to move into the first world.

This video focuses on the unintended consequences of marchers demanding an end to fossil fuels.

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Small cars are gay

Everyone know I drive a utes, a proper man sized vehicle that can load up burly blokes, their guns and dogs and travel in comfort.

Green taliban types will tell you that I am wasting the earths resources in owning and driving such a vehicle.

Turns out their preferences, gay little cars are actually the least fuel efficient.

Drivers looking for savings at the petrol pump could be making a mistake if they swap their estate or 4×4 for a smaller car, according to research which suggests that fuel economy estimates are biased against larger vehicles.

Motorists are usually advised that smaller cars can travel more miles per gallon (mpg) than those with larger engines, making them cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photograph: Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/nbpictures Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait. Canadian firefighters in Kuwait battle to seal an oil well.

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Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait.
Canadian firefighters in Kuwait battle to seal an oil well.

Oil Well Burhan Kuwait

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