green energy

Megan’s madness means more monetary mayhem

Our bumbling Minister of Energy and Resources is going to solve all our problems with 4.5 windfarms per year (none yet completed, consented or planned) and hydrogen (captured from unicorns farts) as she moves us all to a zero carbon nirvana.? One does feel a little sorry for her having to defend this stupidity after the Comrade Captain’s Call Policy was unilaterally announced without any further thought than some Greenpeace Wombles suggesting it would make for great optics on the world stage.

Will it work? Can it work?? If anyone in the world can make technology perform and the citizens comply, it has to be Germany.? How are they getting on with their “Energiewende” utopia??Oddvar Lundseng, Hans Johnsen and Stein Bergsmark who?guest blog at WUWT explain. Quote.

More people are finally beginning to realize that supplying the world with sufficient, stable energy solely from sun and wind power will be impossible.

Germany took on that challenge, to show the world how to build a society based entirely on ?green, renewable? energy. It has now hit a brick wall. Despite huge investments in wind, solar and biofuel energy production capacity, Germany has not reduced CO2 emissions over the last ten years. However, during the same period, its electricity prices have risen dramatically, significantly impacting factories, employment and poor families.
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This is what the green future looks like

Anticipated investments in new power plants, storage and electricity networks by 2031 in billion euros

Sit up and take notice James Shaw, Megan Woods and friends.?This is the likely result of Cindy’s Captain’s Call Policy (CCCP).

In Germany, they called it the “Switch to the Future”??Energiewende. (Energy transition). If ruthless German efficiency cannot make the technology work then what hope does New Zealand have?

Germany has led the world (where have we heard that phrase recently?) and bullied the EU into climate change targets. They have set milestones and targets just like “Zero Carbon 2050” and it seems that it has not been a ripping success.? They had their ‘once in a generation’ solution, just like we are having Ardern’s generation’s “nuclear-free moment”.

This from the GWFP who translated the report from German. Quote.

Germany?s Federal Audit Office has accused the federal government of having largely failed to manage the transformation of Germany?s energy systems.

The expenditure for the ecological restructuring of the energy supply is in a ?blatant disproportion to the hitherto poor yield?, said President of the Court of Audit Kay Scheller in Berlin: ?The Federal Government is at risk to fail with its once in a generation project of the Energiewende?.

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Green, green, it’s green they say …

Wired poses a?thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river? Quote.

Brine is pumped out of a nearby lake into a series of evaporation ponds and left for 12 to 18 months. Various salts crystallise at different times as the solution becomes more concentrated.

The answer is lithium ? the reactive alkali metal that powers our phones, tablets, laptops and electric cars.

In May 2016, hundreds of protestors threw dead fish onto the streets of Tagong, a town on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. They had plucked them from the waters of the Liqi river, where a toxic chemical leak from the Ganzizhou Rongda Lithium mine had wreaked havoc with the local ecosystem.

There are pictures of masses of dead fish on the surface of the stream. Some eyewitnesses reported seeing cow and yak carcasses floating downstream, dead from drinking contaminated water. It was the third such incident in the space of seven years in an area which has seen a sharp rise in mining activity, including operations run by BYD, the world? biggest supplier of lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. After the second incident, in 2013, officials closed the mine, but when it reopened in April 2016, the fish started dying again. End of quote.

Well, that sounds all very green, eco-friendly and sustainable, doesn’t it James? Quote. Read more »

Another subsidised “green” energy company goes tits up

This is why politicians should not subsidise anything, let alone “green” energy projects:

A cutting-edge battery maker that received millions from taxpayers has become the latest government-backed energy firm to file for bankruptcy ??reviving the controversy over how stimulus dollars were spent under the last administration.

Seven years after Aquion Energy received a $5.2 million stimulus-tied grant from the federal government, the Pennsylvania company on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

?Creating a new electrochemistry and an associated battery platform at commercial scale is extremely complex, time-consuming, and very capital intensive. Despite our best efforts to fund the company and continue to fuel our growth, the Company has been unable to raise the growth capital needed to continue operating as a going concern,? Scott Pearson, Aquion’s outgoing CEO, said in a?press release.

The company, which is now seeking a buyer, produces batteries to store solar and renewable energy. It had been touted as a rising star in the energy storage business, even attracting investment from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and millions more in state funding. ? Read more »

Hot air and cold air both blow over South Island wind farm

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The battle lines have been drawn on a wind farm project that has “polarised” Blueskin Bay.

The depth of feeling about the project was highlighted by the packed public gallery at yesterday’s resource consent hearing for Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust’s (BRCT) $5million to $6million proposal to build three wind turbines on Porteous Hill, north of Dunedin.

The hearing began with a blow to the BRCT as council planner Darryl Sycamore no longer recommended consent be approved.

He said he was reserving his position until the end of the hearing, given the trust had made changes to the proposal.

The changes included reducing the maximum height of the wind turbines to 90m from the original 125m.

Worries about birds striking turbines, noise and health were among the issues brought up yesterday, but a key concern was around the impact on the area’s landscape. Read more »

Green taliban co-leader James Shaw attempts to scare investors out of fossil fuels

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Green Party co-leader James Shaw said Finance Minister Bill English needed to open his eyes to climate change or risk being hit by the “perfect financial storm”.

The Greens are calling on the government to require all public fund managers to disclose their exposure to climate risks, following Dr [Jan] Wright’s report.

“Publicly managed funds in New Zealand have significant investments in the fossil fuel industry, in assets that could lose value rapidly as major economies like China and the EU shift to cleaner energy,” Mr Shaw said.

“New Zealanders, who have money tied up in these funds, should be aware of how much of their savings are exposed if the value of the fossil fuel industry declines.”

I don’t even know where to start.

The clean non-oil energy storm has been predicted for nearly half a century now. ? Any change is hardly going to be rapid, and investors are hardly going to get caught overnight. Read more »

The ‘death star’ green energy project that slaughters birds and insects

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This nice green energy project is cooking birds and insects at alarming rates…and now it is under investigation.

The Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in the Southern California desert supplies enough carbon-free electricity to power 140,000 homes. For birds, bats and butterflies, though, the futuristic project is the Death Star, incinerating anything that flies through a ?solar flux? field that generates temperatures of 800 degree Fahrenheit when 300,000 mirrors focus the sun on a water-filled boilers that sit on top three 459-foot towers.

?It appears Ivanpah may act as a ?mega-trap,? attracting insects which in turn attract insect-eating birds, which are incapacitated by solar-flux injury, thus attracting predators and creating an entire food chain vulnerable to injury and death,? concluded scientists with the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in a?report that investigated 233 bird deaths?representing 71 species at three Southern California solar power plants.

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This is a joke, right?

Another rogering for warmists, EU abandons Climate Protection Goals

The EU is moving to ditch climate protection goals as they seek ways to create and develop affordable energy solutions.

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.

The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the “reckless” way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This kind of blatant self-interest, officials complained at the time, is poisoning the climate.

But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals. On Tuesday, the S?ddeutsche Zeitung reported as much.? Read more »

190 years to repay ‘investment’ in wind turbines

That is the prospect facing many councils and the government int he UK with all their idiotic conversion to wind power.

It simply doesn’t stack up, can’t work without subsidies and is uneconomic in the extreme. It is almost time for some criminal charges against politicians who push their silly projects.

We need to be very vigilant here to ensure that no council or other politician gets designs on building a “green energy” empire that that foisted on the UK.

Councils are wasting millions of pounds on wind turbines that are not working or will take hundreds of years to repay because they are generating as little as ?13 worth of energy a month.

Local authorities spent hundreds of thousands of pounds installing the turbines in an effort to meet renewable energy targets.

However, some have not produced any energy at all in the last year because of faults, a Freedom of Information request disclosed.

Some turbines generate so little energy they would take hundreds of years to repay their original value. Experts argue that the failure of some wind turbines to recoup their value shows how small wind turbines are a poor way to generate renewable energy.? Read more »

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