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 costs money for collecting, generating and distributing that energy. To consumers and tax payers, the…

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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 up wasting power-generation capacity and limiting the service life of turbines through active control –…

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 Service Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind energy bill is on its way to his desk…

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 by a factor of five. –Daniel Wentzel, Die Welt, 20 October 2012 When Germany’s power…

Germany’s new “renewable” energy policy

Wind and solar power + soaring electricity prices = outsourced jobs + more coal burning Meanwhile, eco activists demand “sustainable lifestyles” – for other people Guest post by Kelvin Kemm It is amazing how biased the international media is when it comes to reporting on energy generation, specifically electricity. In mid-August, Germany opened a new…