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Saturday Silliness – wind turbine photo of the year

From the “fire and ice” department, Craig Kelly writes on Facebook The entire rationale for wind turbines is to stop global warming by reducing the amount of CO2 being returned to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. In the attached picture, recently taken in Sweden, freezing cold weather has caused the rotor blades…

Costs are rising for Californian Renewable Energy Consumers

Californian Government Intensifies Attack on Renewables

Guest essay by Eric Worrall WUWT recently reported how California had abandoned rooftop solar, by excluding them from generous renewable credit schemes. California has now intensified its attack on renewable energy consumers, by increasing fees for customers who switch to renewable energy schemes. Customers of clean energy programs hit with fee increase The California Public…

Author's impression of the Underwater Balloon Energy Storage Facility

Underwater Balloons – a new idea in Energy Storage?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Hydrostor has created an interesting innovation in energy storage. The energy is stored as compressed air, in giant underwater balloons. Hydrostor’s system works in several steps. Electricity is run through a compressor and converted into compressed air. This compressed air is then sent underwater. “There, we have a whole series…

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Thirty-Eight Years Of Subsidies

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach On April 18, 1977, President Jimmy Carter announced his new energy policy. His speech included the following predictions of a dire future unless we repented of our evil ways: I know that some of you may doubt that we face real energy shortages. The 1973 gasoline lines are gone, and…