Category Archives: wind power

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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In other news…”Ten Reasons Why Fracking is (not) Doomed”

Guest Post by David Middleton I ran across a really funny story on Real Clear Energy last Friday… Once you get past all of the nonsense about fracking polluting groundwater and global warming hysteria, the article really gets “interesting.”

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Time to terminate Big Wind subsidies

– and protect environmental values, endangered species, jobs and human welfare Guest post by Paul Driessen Unprecedented! As bills to extend seemingly perpetual wind energy subsidies were again introduced by industry lobbyists late last year, taxpayers finally decided they’d had … Continue reading

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Supreme irony: wind farms can cause atmospheric warming, finds a new study

NOTE: An update has been added below, using the press release that came out today after the news stories yesterday. While ironic that something designed to reduce CO2 emissions (and presumably warming)is actually producing warming around it, this isn’t really … Continue reading

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Postal Service + Wind Farm + Electric Vehicles – What could possibly go wrong?

I would not have believed this had I not seen this come from this idiot’s Senator’s mouth. Take the three most inefficient and subsidized things in government today, add them together, and there’s no way that spells SUCCESS. It does … Continue reading

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The Moon and Sick-plans

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach News hot off the presses, the madness spreads … UN calls for doubling renewable energy by 2030 (AFP) – 1 day ago WASHINGTON — UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a call to double global consumption … Continue reading

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The ugly battle between rural residents and alternative energy mandates in California

Seems the Mojave evictions WERE to make way for solar and wind projects Guest post by Alec Rawls In 2006 California’s Senate Bill 107 codified a requirement that by 2010 all electricity retailers in the state were to procure 20% … Continue reading

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Saturday Silliness – Josh’s wind energy fact sheet – global wind power ‘to the nearest whole number’

Hi all! Following this week’s Twitter exchange between Matt Ridley and Mark Lynas I thought a helpful fact sheet about Wind Energy would be useful. People can print it out, send to their relatives, MPs, Senators etc etc. Thanks! Josh

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Hump Day Hilarity – Pot o’gold at the end of the green rainbow

Josh just can’t seem to stop drawing. After yesterday’s classic soon to be on T-shirts and mugs, we have this related to The GWPF study on the economic futility of wind power today.

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New Report: Economic Analysis Reveals Wind Power ‘Worse Than a Mistake’

Press release from The Global Warming Policy Foundation One of the UK’s leading energy and environment economists warns that wind power is an extraordinarily expensive and inefficient way of reducing CO2 emissions. In fact, there is a significant risk that … Continue reading

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Wind Turbine Syndrome affects more people than previously thought

by Mark Duchamp A survey was conducted on wind farm noise as part of a Master’s dissertation by Zhenhua Wang, a graduate student in Geography, Environment and Population at the University of Adelaide, Australia. The results show that 70% of … Continue reading

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Uh oh, North sea wind power a hopeless quest – it’s all about the foundations

Bishop Hill points to an essay in the Spectator Matt Ridley: The Beginning Of The End Of Wind which is a summary of the arguments against wind power. He (and I) were not aware of this point: Putting the things … Continue reading

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Wind power plug pulled in Illinois

End of tax credit a blow for wind power industry Up to 37,000 jobs, many in Illinois, could be lost as projects are halted or abandoned By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter The wind power industry is predicting massive layoffs … Continue reading

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Windfarm noise – Renowned acoustician denounces double standards in noise regulations

UPDATE: Josh adds a cartoon and writes: An extraordinary quote from a Scottish Wind Farm Landowner. But with recent news that wind farms have been paid a secret £13 million compensation to shut down over the last few months it is no … Continue reading

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Germany in skeptical turmoil on both Climate and Solar/Windfarms

I have two major stories out of Germany to report, one on the rise of Climate Skepticism into the mainstream, as Germany’s Top Environmentalist Turns Climate Sceptic, saying “I couldn’t take it any more. I had to write this book.” … Continue reading

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Big Wind

  A wind farm is to be built near a nature preserve despite Osage Indian protests Guest post by Dale R. McIntyre A big-city corporation rams through industrial development on a pristine landscape against the wishes of the local Native … Continue reading

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The Ridiculousness Continues – Climate Complexity Compiled

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” With the help of an array of WUWT reader comments on this thread and several others documented within, I’ve been compiling a summary of all potential climatic variables in order to build a conceptual … Continue reading

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Utility-Scale Energy Storage and Zinc-Air Batteries

Apparently, this company (EOS) has overcome the recharge limitation that exists in conventional zinc-air batteries, and supposedly has several patents on the technology. If true, this technology would be a big boost for all sorts of battery powered technology, not … Continue reading

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There’s a reason the modern age moved on from windmills

In the UK, the CIVITAS group has just released an economic analysis of wind power. The scathing report confirms what we have been reporting for years here on WUWT: wind power is expensive, inefficient, does little or nothing to offset … Continue reading

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Wind energy subsidies to be discussed in Senate today–opportunity for input

Guest post By John Droz The matter of how much, if any, federal subsidies that wind energy will get is being discussed (and maybe resolved) today. Here is a video of the Senate Finance Committee hearing this morning on this … Continue reading

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Windsplode in Scotland – plus some turbines can’t handle 50mph

I wonder what the incident frequency is for wind turbine fires versus say coal, hydro, or nuclear plants? From STV Scotland:

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Wind turbine FAIL – school left holding the bag for £53,000

It all started when the Gorran School got the bright idea that a wind turbine would solve all their electrical bills while doing some feel good environmentalism. The BBC was ecstatic when they reported on it back in 2008: A … Continue reading

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Future wind

From CSIRO Australia New energy in search for future wind Scientists are taking the first steps to improve estimates of long-term wind speed changes for the fast-growing wind energy sector. The research is intended to identify the risks for generators … Continue reading

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Britain’s Wind Farm Scam Threatens Economic Recovery

From Benny Peiser at The GWPF: In a sane world, no one would dream of building power sources whose cost is 22 times greater than that of vastly more efficient competitors. But the Government feels compelled to do just this … Continue reading

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Wind energy -vs- wildlife, public comments sought

John Droz writes in with this today: Anthony: A US federal agency, the Fish & Wildlife Service, is currently debating whether or not there will be national wildlife rules for industrial wind energy, and if yes, what they will be … Continue reading

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Location location, location: Wind Turbine Power Output Increased 10x

Wind Turbine power output is increased ten-fold by careful spacing, and direction of rotation, when compared to existing best practices. Click image for video surveyGuest post by Roger E. Sowell Summary:  A new study from CalTech shows that wind-turbine spacing, … Continue reading

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Wind farm ordered dismantled

Mark Duchamp writes in with this news from the Lerida, Autonomous Community (state) of Catalonia, Spain: A judge ordered the removal of 45 wind turbines on the grounds that planning laws were violated. There was no “general municipal plan” establishing … Continue reading

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A new perspective on climate science and wind power

Reposted from Dr. Roger Pielke Senior’s blog: A New Perspective On Climate Science By L. Miller, F. Gans and A. Kleidon It is not often that a new perspective is proposed in climate science, however, a set of two 2011 papers have done that (h/t … Continue reading

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“Ant colony optimisation” for wind farms

I’m not sure where this is going, but the first thing I thought of was this old sci-fi movie “Them“: Via Eurekalert: Evolutionary lessons for wind farm efficiency Evolution is providing the inspiration for University of Adelaide computer science research … Continue reading

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Oh, thank heavens wind power will be safe

This academic pushing this PNAS paper thinks wind turbines don’t break, but get obsoleted in about 30 years. Boy is she in for a reality check. That and anyone who thinks they can accurately predict wind power density 30-50 years … Continue reading

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Why windmills won’t wash

Guest post by the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley Consider the Oldbury wind turbine, which WattsUpWithThat.com reveals was installed a couple of years ago at a primary school in the Midlands at a cost of £5000 sterling plus Vicious Additional Taxation … Continue reading

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