Tag Archives: Wind turbine

Is There an Equine Version of Wind Turbine Syndrome?

While not much gets past WUWT, this story from Portugal has only recently gotten some press, well after its posting in March, and I think it warrants attention here.  While I don’t know much about horses, I’ve known several people … Continue reading

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Imagine the ‘outrage’ from environmentalists if it had been an oil derrick

Dozens of birdwatchers who traveled to a Scottish island to see an extremely fast and rare swift have been left distraught after it was killed by a wind turbine. While not an endangered species, sightings of the White-throated Needletail are … Continue reading

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Are wind turbines killing off the whooping crane population?

An attempt to stimulate discussion about whether or not wind turbines could kill off all endangered whooping cranes in only five years, as some environmentalists suggest. Guest post by Caleb Shaw I am having trouble getting to the bottom of … 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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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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Oooops! (at least they didn’t name it ‘robust’)

So much for Endurance… From Louise Gray at The Telegraph: Wind turbine collapses in high wind A controversial 115ft wind turbine has collapsed after being hit by heavy winds. The £250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a ten storey … 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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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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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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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 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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Greenpeace in our time

Josh from cartoonsbyjosh.com has been extra busy this week. He writes of the latest IPCC debacle: Christopher Booker suggested a lovely idea for his latest article They did not use it there… it is here instead ;-) Oh but wait…there’s … 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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The wind turbine albedo effect

Via the Wakey Wakey thread, I got wind of this photo (seen below the continue reading line) which is a real world effect of the model at left. It seemed worthwhile to share for the sheer uniqueness of it. The … Continue reading

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Blown promises

First the promise, perhaps a bit overrated: The article goes on to say: The borough already has one publicly-owned turbine — a 33ft Air Dolphin turbine at a location off Taylors Lane, Oldbury, near the civic amenities site in Shidas … Continue reading

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Wakey wakey

CU-Boulder leading study of wind turbine wakes A turbine at the National Wind Technology Center south of Boulder, Colo. (photo courtesy of CIRES) While wind turbines primarily are a source of renewable energy, they also produce wakes of invisible ripples … 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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Energy sucking illuminated wind turbine may be torn down to make way for a coal loader

Oh the irony… First, a flashback from  June 18, 2010: I was in Newcastle, NSW AU on Wednesday night to give another lecture as part of the Australian speaking tour I’m doing. I had the pleasure of following David Stockwell … Continue reading

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The reality of wind turbines in California – video

As many know, I was on a road trip for two weeks. On my return into California, I traveled a road I had done many many times – California Highway 58 through Tehachapi pass, one of the windiest areas of … Continue reading

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