Wind power

The Future of Energy: Wind Power


Today’s guest post by Whaleoil reader Bruce Alan Forbes is part of an article he wrote called The Future of Energy with predictions for 2040. As it is an in-depth analysis I divided it into six posts so that we could discuss each part separately.

62 Siemens wind turbines of the type SWT-2.3-101 turn here in the wind park West Wind near Wellington in New Zealand.?

Wind Power,

Wind power has been around for thousands of years. 200 years ago, the Fens in the UK were drained using wind-driven pumps. Because they were expensive to build and operate, and the wind often did not blow when needed, these were soon replaced by low-pressure steam driven pumping engines that, by today?s standards, were very inefficient and extremely expensive. The drive for efficiency and low cost led to their being replaced with higher-pressure steam engines, diesel engines and finally, by electric pumps.

Wind power today suffers from the same problems it did hundreds of years ago – expensive machinery, low average output and the vagaries of the wind.

Wind farms do not generate much in light winds and they must be shut down in strong winds. Typically, they generate less than 10% of their rated output for 30% of the time, and more than 80% for only about 5% of the time. A wind farm provides expensive electricity at unpredictable times – often when it is not needed.

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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.

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Germany’s wind powered nightmare


I hate wind turbines, they are a blot on?the?landscape, kill thousands of birds, are noisy and don’t work even with billions in subsidies.

The Germans are finding out just how bad they really are.

The Germans went into wind power harder and faster than anyone else ? and the cost of doing so is catching up with a vengeance.

The subsidies have been colossal and the impacts on the electricity market chaotic.

Some 800,000 German homes have been disconnected from the grid ? victims of what is euphemistically called ?fuel poverty?. Power starved Germans, instead of freezing, grabbed their axes and tramped into their forests to improve their sense of energy security ? although foresters apparently take the view that this self-help measure is nothing more than blatant timber theft (see our post here).

German manufacturers ? and other energy intensive industries ? faced with escalating power bills are packing up and heading to the USA ? where power prices are 1/3 of Germany?s (see our posts here and hereand here). And the ?green? dream of creating thousands of jobs in the wind industry has turned out to be just that: a dream (see our post here). ? Read more »

Where did all that green energy go?

The UK is facing power blackouts this coming winter…and all because of their much vaunted green energy solutions…which?don’t work.

Britain?s electricity supplies will be at their tightest level in a decade this winter, forcing the country to rely on emergency measures to ensure the lights stay on, according to official forecasts.

The closure of three power stations has increased the risk of blackouts since last winter, new analysis by National Grid shows.

The ?safety buffer? margin between peak winter electricity demand in and the output from Britain?s ageing power stations is likely to fall to just 1.2 per cent ? down from 4.1 per cent last year, it finds.

But an emergency system of backup power plants, first introduced last winter, will be in place again this year to help prevent blackouts, the company said.

Even with the backup plants in place, the effective spare margin last winter was 6 per cent and this year will fall to 5.1 per cent ? the lowest since 2007-08, Grid data shows.

The backup power plant operators will be paid ?37 million to guarantee they can fire up if needed in an emergency, and more if they are actually called upon.? Read more »

Steve Joyce could learn a thing or two from Tony Abbott


Steve Joyce is addicted to subsidies and corporate welfare. He just loves hurling the lolly about.

He would do well to learn from Tony Abbott who has just gassed the wind farm subsidies in Australia.

Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his ?war on wind power?.

In doing so Mr Abbott has sent a clear message to the mendicant green renewable energy sector that there will be no more cheap state-supplied financing for its projects.

Fairfax Media reports Mr Abbott?s conservative coalition government has ordered the taxpayer-funded $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to immediately cease?any new investments in wind power projects. Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann issued the so-called green bank with a directive to change its investment strategy.

The funding ban?is just the latest salvo in the government?s attacks on the renewable energy sector which also includes small-scale solar projects.


Mr Hockey started the Abbott government?s campaign against wind farms?in 2014 when he told Sydney radio host?Alan Jones he found the massive?turbines ?utterly offensive?. Prime Minister Abbott reignited the debate last month, telling Jones he finds turbines ?visually awful?. He said he wanted to reduce the growth rate of the sector as much as?possible.

Joe Hockey has come good big time, clearly following the lead of his boss.

The decision will please anti-wind government members but wind industry insiders, who declined to comment on the record, told Fairfax Media?the decision is a ?big blow?. One said that while it will not sink the industry altogether, it will make things harder.

Head of Australia at Bloomberg New Energy Finance Kobad Bhavnagri? said the decision would have a ?significant? impact on the industry.

As Breitbart London reported last month, the UK-born Mr Abbott (his family moved to Australia from London when he was aged three), who once famously dismissed the argument behind anthropogenic climate change as ?absolute crap?, has never carried his disdain for wind farms lightly.

In June he told a radio interviewer a cycling trip to an island off the Western Australia state capital Perth had rammed home his personal dislike for wind generators. He added that he wants ?fewer? wind farms in Australia and is keen for an inquiry into their health impacts.

?When I?ve been up close to these things, not only are they visually awful, but they make a lot of noise,? Mr Abbott told Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones. ?Up close, they?re ugly, they?re noisy and they may have all sorts of other impacts.

?It?s right and proper that we?re having an inquiry into the health impacts of these things.?

I?wonder what the Libs would want as a trade for Abbott in exchange for Joyce?

We would probably have to give them half the All Black pack as well.


– Breibart

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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Wind power project canned in Tassie, not economically viable


If Tasmania, with all its wind, can’t make a wind farm economically viable then no one can.

Hydro Tasmania has killed off a $2 billion wind farm planned for King Island.

The state-owned power generator said the project was not economically viable.

Hydro had planned to build a 600 megawatt wind farm on the island, with the power generated to be connected to the National Electricity Market via a high-voltage underwater cable across Bass Strait to Victoria. ? Read more »

How about that Green Energy huh?

This is the sort of nonsense you get when the green taliban pushes their pet projects onto ratepayers.

A wind turbine which cost the taxpayer ?48,000 and generated an average of just ?5 worth of electricity per month, is being removed.

It was put up at the Welsh government’s Aberystwyth office when it opened in 2009 as part of a range of environmentally-friendly features.

But ministers came under fire last year over its output and now it has gone.

They say the turbine’s manufacturer went into liquidation and they were not likely to find someone to maintain it.

Last year, the Welsh government confirmed in a response to a Freedom of Information request that between January 2012 and July 2013 the turbine generated 585 kilowatt hours of energy (kWh) – an average of 33 kWh per month.

Taking 16p as an estimate for the price of electricity per kWh in the consumer market, that worked out at a value of ?5.28 per month.

At that rate it would have taken hundreds of years for the turbine to offset its cost. ? Read more »

UN wants us all to turn into vegan hippycrites

I had little respect for the UN to start with, but now any differences we have are irreconcilable

Governments must switch from fossil fuels to nuclear, wind and solar energy to avoid a global warming catastrophe in a move costing about 300 billion ($578 billion) a year, a United Nations report warns today.

The study by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lays out the pressing need for the world to ditch coal and oil and switch to green energy.

The report is likely to spark a new row over the cost of countering global warming, as climate change sceptics urge governments not to succumb to a green agenda, alleging it would drive up living costs for the rest of the century.

Not just the costs, it is completely batshit insane! ?With the Nuclear option off the table, and with New Zealand’s primary income coming from cows, we might as well lock up and move somewhere else. ? Read more »

This is a joke, right?