EIA data shows wind & solar met 3% of U.S. energy after $50 billion in subsidizes

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin The EIA AEO 2019 report shows that in year 2018 wind and solar energy resources provide about 3% of U.S. total energy consumption while fossil fuel energy resources provide about 81% of total energy use. The dominate use of fossil fuels in meeting U.S. energy needs remains little changed from…

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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…

Limits to Solar and Wind Power in Australia

By Richard D. Patton South Australia (SA) is the smallest state in Australia and its government has made a goal of being a leader in renewable energy production. As a consequence, it has a large amount of installed wind and solar generation. After a series of blackouts in 2016, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)…

Wind farm turbines wear sooner than expected, says study

From The Telegraph Britain’s wind farms are wearing out far more rapidly than previously thought, making them more expensive as a result, according to an authoritative new study.   By Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter 8:40AM GMT 30 Dec 2012 The analysis of almost 3,000 onshore wind turbines — the biggest study of its kind —warns…

A 2019 resolution: Honesty in energy policy

Virginia wind project highlights the need in climate, sustainability and renewable energy arenas Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek In this season of New Year resolutions, we should insist that governors, legislators, regulators, activists and their corporate allies resolve to be more honest, especially on climate and renewable energy issues. Here in Virginia where we live,…

When the Wind Doesn’t Blow

By John Hultquist, A brief look at the electrical balancing by the Bonneville Power Administration from Oregon and Washington, Nov. 2018 We live in central Washington State where the mighty Columbia River flows south. Large dams, provide power and our house is 100% electric. Our electricity has not been off for more than 4 hours…

Wind Power–Some Basic Facts

From Paul Homewood’s Blog August 12, 2017 tags: wind power By Paul Homewood We see many glowing articles about wind power, and renewable lobbyists, such as Renewable UK, are often given undue space in the media to peddle mistruths. This article is designed to lay out some of the basic facts. It will naturally concentrate…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #279

  Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Data Quality – Surface Temperatures: Writing in Energy Matters, Roger Andrews has begun an examination of efforts to adjust measurements to a preconceived idea. His first part deals with land-based, surface-air temperatures (SAT). Ideally, these are taken…

Friday funny – Subsidy Sam in the news!

Josh writes:’Subsidy Sam’ is a children’s story written by Lyndsey Ward to counter the shameless pro-wind propaganda allowed in schools. Lyndsey asked me to help out with a cartoon and I was only too happy to oblige. Today ‘Subsidy Sam’ made it into The Press and Journal, a Scottish newspaper – see below. You can read…