The folly of wind power

The Green taliban and warmists implore us to all use “renewables” to produce our power.

They tell us this despite renewable power sources being inconsistent and mostly ineffective. All around the world we are seeing examples of renewable energy projects failing, usually at huge cost to the unfortunate taxpayer who picks up the bills.

Lake Land College recently announced plans to tear down broken wind turbines on campus, after the school got $987,697.20 in taxpayer support for wind power.

The turbines were funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, but the turbines lasted for less than four years and were incredibly costly to maintain.

“Since the installation in 2012, the college has spent $240,000 in parts and labor to maintain the turbines,” Kelly Allee, Director of Public Relations at Lake Land College, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The college estimates it would take another $100,000 in repairs to make the turbines function again after one of them was struck by lightning and likely suffered electrical damage last summer. School officials’ original estimates found the turbine would save it $44,000 in electricity annually, far more than the $8,500 they actually generated. Under the original optimistic scenario, the turbines would have to last for 22.5 years just to recoup the costs, not accounting for inflation. If viewed as an investment, the turbines had a return of negative 99.14 percent.

“While they have been an excellent teaching tool for students, they have only generated $8,500 in power in their lifetime,” she said. “One of the reasons for the lower than expected energy power is that the turbines often need to be repaired. They are not a good teaching tool if they are not working.”

The college estimates it would take another $100,000 in repairs to make the turbines function again after one of them was struck by lightning and likely suffered electrical damage last summer.

The bills just keep on piling up.

Even though the college wants to tear down one of the turbines, they are federal assets and “there is a process that has to be followed” according to Allee.

The turbines became operational in 2012 after a 5-year long building campaign intended to reduce the college’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to fight global warming. Even though the turbines cost almost $1 million, but the college repeatedly claimed they’d save money in the long run.

“It is becoming more and more difficult for us financially to maintain the turbines,” Josh Bullock, the college’s president, told the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier last week. “I think it was an extremely worthy experiment when they were installed, but they just have not performed to our expectations to this point.

Bullock states that the turbines simply haven’t been able to power the campus’ buildings and that most of the electricity wasn’t effectively used.

Lake Land plans to replace the two failed turbines with a solar power system paid for by a government grant. “[T]he photovoltaic panels are expected to save the college between $50,000 and $60,000 this year,”Allee told the DCNF.

I hope they haven’t used the same people who prepared the business case for the wind turbines.

Globally, less than 30 percent of total power wind capacity is actually utilized as the intermittent and irregular nature of wind power makes it hard to use.Power demand is relatively predictable, but the output of a wind turbine is quite variable over time and generally doesn’t coincide with the times when power is most needed. Thus, wind power systems require conventional backups to provide power during outages. Since the output of wind turbines cannot be predicted with high accuracy by forecasts, grid operators need to keep excess conventional power systems running.

Wind power accounted for only 4.4 percent of electricity generated in America in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration.

It appears the only thing renewable in all this is the capacity of the taxpayer to keep on picking up the tab for green follies.


– Watts up with That



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  • XCIA

    I think our Green’s are far more efficient than the Swedish Green’s. The Swedish Green’s will take years to make Sweden a third world country, whilst our mob could accomplish the same feat within 12 months if they ever get near the levers of power.

  • dumbshit

    “While they have been an excellent teaching tool for students, they have only generated $8,500 in power in
    The lesson being, mind what you invest “your” money in. Although the potential lefties among them will just glaze over, as it is just government money.

  • oldmanNZ

    “I think it was an extremely worthy experiment when they were installed”
    more proof that theory is not also reality.

    someone must has crunch the numbers on this. its not hard, and presented something false.
    much like everything else the greens present, like 250000 kids in poverty.
    end of the world due to CO2 (instead we got more food).

    simply cannot trust a green to run a financial goverment,

  • Oarsum
    This is a pretty good blog that destroys all arguments against wind power. They are inefficient; kill wild-life; very poor return on $expended; expensive power; unhealthy if nearby; much shorter life span than predicted. Most of the blogs are over 1000 words

    • OneTrack

      Not to mention very polluting when you factor in the mining and processing of the rare earths required for the turbine’s magnets.

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  • Dog Breath

    NZ must have data to the viability of wind power. We have had this capability for some years. When I fly to Wellington I see the huge wind farm on the south west coast and there aren’t many days when they are not producing significant power. Same as those in the Manawatu. So what are the viability numbers for these wind farm.
    I also note that power crisis are a thing of the past yet we have not built any new dams.We have built wind farms so it looks to me that wind farms assist keeping hydro schemes with water capacity thus being part of a total power scheme rather than one technology over another. We must be doing something right.

    • OneTrack

      I was looking at the mbie web site ( which I found pretty useless to be honest ) and it seemed to be saying wind produces a very, very small percentage of our generated electricity. Hydro and geothermal seem to be the heavy hitters.

      • Dog Breath

        Then it must be expansion of geothermal power with a little bit of help from wind power with Huntley as a backup to assure supply which ended the years of power crisis when our dependence on hydro was at its greatest with an expectation that hydro could continue to expand to meet consumption needs. As we know each new hydro scheme has failed the RMA process so no hydros have been built for years. Huntley life has been extended to provide backup while alternative renewable sources are brought on line which means more geothermal or a last ditch effort for more hydro with RMA changes or are they waiting for the Bluff smelter contract to end.