Craftsbury, Vt. In their seemingly quixotic efforts to reduce emissions, energy companies have increasingly tilted towards windmills. The United States now houses some 45,000 wind turbines on nearly 900 wind farms. That’s enough to power about 1.6 million homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Despite the much-hyped natural gas boom, wind is now the number one source of new power generation in the country; 43 percent of the generating capacity that came online last year was from wind. The main benefit of wind power is obvious: It generates no air or water pollution, and none of the carbon emissions
Gee, they look like such lofty numbers. But take the word "new" out of the equation and where does wind power stack up in a direct comparison? And how about a reliability comparison among other methods of energy production? e.g., when the wind ISN´T blowing, what´s the reliability of the power from wind?
They generate no pollution?? Really?? The windmills don´t just appear out of thin air. They are made from "stuff". "Stuff" that has to be mined, drilled for and harvested then processed, smelted, purified and refined. Then they have to be manufactured. None of these operations are pollution free or meet the eco-freak definition of "sustainable". Plus, they must have fossile fuel generation up and running to provide instantaneous backup when the wind doesn´t blow and heat to keep them from freezing up in the winter. If your system requires batteries, your pollution footprint just went right off the map.
Actually a pretty good article. Call it schadenfreude but the sight of the same idiots who foisted this monstrosity on us now carrying placards and chanting slogans against their utopian darling is just rich.
Just as an aside 45,000 turbines produce 3.5% of our electricity (I really doubt that figure, it´s probably total capacity under ideal conditions, but I digress)works out to 12857 turbines per 1% of power generation, or 1,285,700 Turbines required to produce our electricity. From the article 21 turbines required clearcutting 134 acres or 6.38 acres per turbine. Finishing the math to replace coal and gas generation and blow up the dams would require a little more than 8,000,000 acres or about 13,600 square miles. Think simply resettling all of Maryland and Rhode Island with a substantial chunk of New Jersey thrown in for support structures.
Take away all the government subsidies and the cost of wind power is FAR more than other energy sources. Europe is pushing itself into noncompetitiveness by pushing for wind energy use. They provided huge subsidies to business at first but those cannot be maintained any longer and business is about to pass the cost on to it´s customers.
Also, the unreliability of wind and solar power is more than just not having power at some points. Our modern electric grids are very sensitive to significant fluctuations in power. They crash, robbing power from EVERYONE. Countries near Germany, which is pushing wind power, are disconnecting from Germany´s power because of problems. One processing plant had major damage when a power fluctuation caused a machine to malfunction and it had a cascading effect on the processing line. In addition, power fluctuations do untold damage to electronic equipment like computers.
Since Global Warming Alarmism is being more completely exposed as the fraud it really is, WHY should we subject ourselves to the expensive, unreliable, and damaging "alternative" energy sources?
Wind power is super expensive and equally undependable. In addition all the obvious aesthetic and noise issues, there are serious technical limitations inherent in wind power.
One of the serious problems is the almost unbelievably extreme variation in power possible with wind speed. Power in the wind is a cube function of wind speed, a serious problem.
If a windmill produces full power at 25 mph wind, it only 22% power at 15 mph and only 3% of full power at 8 mph. And, by 40 mph the power available is 4 times the maximum power the turbine can produce and there are problems with too much power and risk of damage to the turbines. At 60 mph wind, not uncommon in storms, the total power available is 14 times the maximum power, so shutdown is required, no power is generated and damage risk escalates. Survival in high storm winds, even when shut down is questionable.
There are good reasons that these machines have never been funded by anyone with normal economic considerations controlling - ONLY governments are stupid enough to invest in this fundamentally unsound technology.
Datum: Denmark, the EU champion of wind energy generation, has the highest costs for household energy. Germany, terrified of nuclear power after Fukushima, comes second. Germany´s big on wind and solar (and quietly buys nuclear-generated power from France). But look for "Mummy" in her third term to change all that dummheit ("stupidity" in German).
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