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…

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…

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…