Tag Archives: Wind farm

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New contest for writing a skeptical essay

From the Spectator: Announcing the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy by Fraser Nelson Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind farm delusion, and was appalled when a family trust was paid by a wind farm company in compensation for … 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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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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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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Whoa, windfarms in UK operate well below advertised efficiency

It’s damning, and published by a green group. The study cited by the BBC is from the John Muir trust of all places. This would be a good place to point out what I posted a few days ago: The … Continue reading

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Giant 7 megawatt sea fan announced

New from Vestas, the company that gives you roto-splode: …comes this super gnarly giant sea wind turbine. No, not an April fools post. Here’s the details from Vestas:

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