Wind Farm Back-of-the-Envelope Economic Analysis

Guest post by Larry F. Brown, PhD We visited a wind farm in southern Utah recently. I’ve always been curious about the costs, profitability, and physical size of these things as well as the footprint and environmental impact. I had 3 meetings with the man in charge of maintenance of the wind farm, a landowner…

Tilting at Windmills – a Brief Update

About this time last year, I wrote a light-hearted review of New Zealand’s love affair with Wind Generation. Since then I’ve become interested in seeing just how effective these things really are. Where I live adjacent to a string of Turbines, we get some pretty impressive winds – 150Kph is not that unusual. But we…

Polish government: wind turbines will be scrapped within 17 years

From wysokienapiecie.pl All wind farms operating today in Poland will be scrapped by 2035, with no new turbines built to replace them, stipulates draft “Energy Policy of Poland until 2040” presented by Ministry of Energy on Friday. This is a political decision, the Minister explained. On Wednesday the government contracted with investors the construction of…

How Natural Gas and Wind Decarbonize the Grid

Updated Analysis of US Regional Power Generation, 2007–2015 Here’s an analysis from The Breakthrough Institute.  Continuing to publish material with a different viewpoint~ctm From Breakthrough Institute July 13, 2017 | Michael Goff, Cheap natural gas has reduced carbon emissions on the US electricity grid more than anything else over the past decade. That’s the core…

Matt Ridley: Britain’s Energy Policy Keeps Picking Losers

From The GWPF Matt Ridley, The Times The liberalised energy markets introduced by Nigel Lawson in 1982, embraced by the Blair government and emulated across Europe, delivered both affordability and reliability. But they were abandoned. All three parties share the blame for Britain’s policy fiasco. Shortly before parliament broke up this month, there was a…

Biofuel justifications are illusory

It’s time to really cut, cut, cut ethanol and other renewable fuel mandates – maybe to zero Paul Driessen The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program. Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash to politicians…

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 power is interesting: The entire rationale of policy in US and Europe has been to…

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 enough. Informed and inspired by a loose but growing national coalition of groups opposed to…