Tag Archives: wind power

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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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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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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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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An about face by China on solar power

From John Droz’s newsletter with a hat-tip to Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. for bringing it to my attention and via the “I can hear Joe Romm’s head exploding” department and Electric Light and Power comes this story: CHINA TO DROP … 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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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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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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Holy irony, Batman!

Let’s see, they put up windmills to save the planet, then end up killing off endangered species, then have to limit the turbines to half days.  FAIL The Indiana bat is an endangered species and is protected by the federal … Continue reading

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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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