Category Archives: wind power

California’s future energy pipe dream

I wonder how they’ll manage to put 25,000 offshore wind turbines in place after seeing the long battle (back to 2001 for the first permit) to get Cape Wind in Massachusetts approved with enviros switching sides to protect viewsheds, and … Continue reading

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The stark reality of green tech’s solar and wind contribution to world energy

Summed in in one graph that says it all.

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Wind turbine payback period claimed to be within 8 months

From Inderscience Publishers , something sure to make greens go “See, I told you!”, except for that little fatal mistake at the end. Read on. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Poses Security Risk, New Paper Warns

London, 2 June: A new paper published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation warns that intermittent wind and solar energy pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of UK electricity generation. Many people – … Continue reading

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Newest target of copper thieves: wind turbines

From France24: A sophisticated network of metal thieves has targeted some 20 French wind turbines in a new looting trend, scaling the near 40-metre-high structures and stealing up to one tonne of metal from a single engine, Le Figaro reported … Continue reading

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Of sangaku and wind farms

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The Edo period in Japanese history ran from 1603-1867. For most of that period, 1639-1854, the nation kept itself deliberately aloof from all Western influence. Japan was closed to foreigners. Meanwhile, the aristocratic samurai class … Continue reading

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Gone with the wind: England’s most important coastline

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley I shall not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land. Thus William Blake, in the coda of the mystical … Continue reading

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Simulation in the ‘Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy’ provides new insight into best arrangement of wind turbines on large installations

From the Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard WASHINGTON D.C., April 1, 2014 — As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy in Decline

By Steve Goreham Originally published in Communities Digital News. The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate … Continue reading

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Claim: Offshore Wind Turbines for ‘Taming Hurricanes’

From the University of Delaware a press release I just can’t stop laughing about. Of course, they have no real-world tests of this claim, only “their sophisticated climate-weather model”. No numbers were given on turbine “mortality”, so one wonders how … Continue reading

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Case study: how to fight the Sierra Club with no money

John Droz, Jr. sends this new item In October of 2013, a major wind project was targeted for coastal North Carolina. I decided to use this as a test case for AWED’s model wind ordinance. The results were excellent from … Continue reading

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NOAA shows that wind farms affect weather radar, and that affects their primary mission of forecasting and safety

“Chaotic wind velocities associated with the rotating turbine blades triggers the doppler radar mesocyclone detection algorithm” Note: this essay was written by the National Weather Service Forecast Office is Burlington, Vermont and tipped to me by a reader. Vermont’s wind … Continue reading

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Is There an Equine Version of Wind Turbine Syndrome?

While not much gets past WUWT, this story from Portugal has only recently gotten some press, well after its posting in March, and I think it warrants attention here.  While I don’t know much about horses, I’ve known several people … Continue reading

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Claim: Let’s put batteries on wind and solar farms

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity … Continue reading

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Lomborg: Renewables are stuck, although green hopes keep rising

Guest essay by Bjørn Lomborg Globally, renewables have been *declining* for the last two centuries, and have remained stuck at about 13% for the past 40 years. People expect them to rise dramatically to 30% by 2035 — the honest … Continue reading

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Imagine the ‘outrage’ from environmentalists if it had been an oil derrick

Dozens of birdwatchers who traveled to a Scottish island to see an extremely fast and rare swift have been left distraught after it was killed by a wind turbine. While not an endangered species, sightings of the White-throated Needletail are … Continue reading

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Offshore Wind: The Enormously Expensive Energy Alternative

By Steve Goreham Originally published by The Washington Times The US Department of the Interior announced the first offshore wind energy lease sale earlier this month. Interior plans a July auction of 164,750 acres off the southern coasts of Rhode … Continue reading

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Washington passes wind

Reader Richard Lyman submits this story from AP and the “What we all knew but Washington would never admit because it stinks to high heaven department“. It is about how certain green interests get a pass on Endangered Species Act … Continue reading

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Are wind turbines killing off the whooping crane population?

An attempt to stimulate discussion about whether or not wind turbines could kill off all endangered whooping cranes in only five years, as some environmentalists suggest. Guest post by Caleb Shaw I am having trouble getting to the bottom of … Continue reading

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The Faults, Fallacies and Failures of Wind Power

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Wind power is not free. All natural energy resources such as coal, wind and sun appear “free” – no one has to incur costs to create them. But turning a “free” resource into usable electricity … Continue reading

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Government bureaucrats delay life-saving road projects, but let wind turbines butcher bats

Cut fingers, cancer, bats and birds Guest post by Paul Driessen and James H. Rust Georgia residents recently learned that a rare bat has stalled state highway improvements. The May 2012 sighting of an endangered Indiana brown bat in a … Continue reading

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New strategy for utilizing highly variable wind power

From the American Institute of Physics Using fluctuating wind power Incorporating wind power into existing power grids is challenging because fluctuating wind speed and direction means turbines generate power inconsistently. Coupled with customers’ varying power demand, many wind-farm managers end … Continue reading

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Maryland’s “Wind Powered Welfare”

Guest Post by David Middleton Going Green Offshore Wind Passes in Senate, Gov. O’Malley’s Signature Next The construction of a wind power farm off the coast of Ocean City could begin as early at 2017 By Jessica Wilde, Capital News … Continue reading

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The carbon footprint of alternate energy technology

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the carbon footprint of grid-scale battery technologies Americans take electrical power for granted whenever they flip on a light switch. But the growing use of solar and wind power in the United States makes … Continue reading

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Kenji sniffs out stupid claims by the Union of Concerned Scientists

For those of you who don’t know yet, Kenji is our family dog. Kenji is also a official dues paying member of the Union of Concerned scientists. see: Friday Funny – The newest member of the Union of Concerned Scientists because … Continue reading

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Rethinking wind power – Harvard study shows it to be overestimated

Harvard research suggests real-world generating capacity of wind farms at large scales has been overestimated Cambridge, Mass. – February 25, 2013 – “People have often thought there’s no upper bound for wind power—that it’s one of the most scalable power … Continue reading

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Predicting Power Madness at Decadal Scales

In light of the recent announcement by Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanan that the chances of avoiding power cuts looks very slim in the UK, Dr. John Brignell, proprietor of the Number Watch Blog, writes in with this note about … Continue reading

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Life After Energy: What if fossil fuels disappeared tomorrow?

There is an anti-human TV program on the History Channel called Life After People, which portrays the aftermath of the imaginary scenario where all people on Earth suddenly vanished in a rapture-like event tomorrow. I’ve often seen it flipping channels, … Continue reading

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Oooops! (at least they didn’t name it ‘robust’)

So much for Endurance… From Louise Gray at The Telegraph: Wind turbine collapses in high wind A controversial 115ft wind turbine has collapsed after being hit by heavy winds. The £250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a ten storey … Continue reading

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A LOL ! press release on renewable energy from wishful thinkers at the University of Delaware

From the University of Delaware a press release that made me laugh out loud when I read it for the sheer disconnect with reality. The bold in first sentence about the 99.9% is mine. See why I think their press … Continue reading

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A Subsidy That’s Blowin’ in the Wind

Guest post by Steve Goreham The U.S. wind industry is in despair. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), a subsidy of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour to producers of electricity from wind turbines, is set to expire at the end of … Continue reading

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An ill wind blows from wind turbines

Newsbytes from the GWPF, Lies, Damn Lies And Green Statistics Almost all predictions about the expansion and cost of German wind turbines and solar panels have turned out to be wrong – at least by a factor of two, sometimes … Continue reading

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Enough wind to power global energy demand – except when the wind doesn’t blow

From the Carnegie Institution , some lofty ideas. Would you imagine a steady energy supply coming from high altitude kites? Enough wind to power global energy demand Washington, D.C.— There is enough energy available in winds to meet all of … Continue reading

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McIntyre’s talk in London – Plus, the UK’s tilting at windmills may actually increase CO2 emissions over natural gas

At The Register, Andrew Orlowski attended the talk and has a news article describing Steve McIntyre’s talk at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, which was an event hosted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. McIntyre’s statement on wind … Continue reading

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Wind power not coming through for California – power alert issued by the CAISO

I called the media support line for this press release issues today, to ask a couple of questions, here are the answers: 1. Q: Besides the heat wave, what other factors are contributing? A: “A Natural Gas plant of 775 … Continue reading

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