Wind Power: Get Set to Return to the Dark Ages

windmill seacoast

A technology abandoned 2 Centuries ago: for very obvious reasons …


Windmills and Sunbeams Won’t Keep the Lights On
Larry Bell
14 September 2015

The Obama administration’s global warming hell-bent “Clean Power Plan” which is supposed to regulate and tax our nation away from fossil fuels to heavily subsidized “renewable” energy sources is presently a transitional bridge to nowhere.

And after all, as the president himself once said, “That’s not the American way. That’s not progress. That’s not innovation. That’s rent-seeking and trying to protect old ways of doing business and staying in the way of the future.”

Of course he wasn’t referring here to the many billions of dollars of crony capitalist government wind and solar energy charities. No, his message was targeted on those who dare to criticize his determination to replace fossil energy with anemic, unreliable, and costly non-alternatives.

Accordingly, in August he and his enthusiastically obedient EPA announced still another multibillion scheme to force utilities to obtain about 28 percent of all U.S. electrical capacity from renewable sources by 2030.

Yet while wind and solar combined provided less than 5 percent of total U.S. electricity in 2013, on the basis of that per-unit electricity production, each of them received more than 50 times more subsidy support than coal and natural gas combined.

Cutting so-called carbon “pollution” (more properly known as plant food) will come at a very high cost to electricity consumers, with disproportionate burdens falling upon economically disadvantaged residents of colder northern states.

Standard & Poor’s projects 40 to 75 gigawatts (75,000 megawatts) of coal units may be shut down by 2020. Among these, plant owners within America’s largest grid, the mid-Atlantic, plan to eliminate 11,578 MW of available output through 2015.

That’s enough to supply more than 9 million homes.

Those plants which are eventually replaced with natural gas won’t nearly make up the difference. Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. which manages a Manitoba to Louisiana network expects to see a power shortage of about 2,000 MW by 2016, with increasing deficits mounting after that. BNP in New York estimates natural gas along with some renewables will make up only about 4,000 MW that of approximately 20,000 MW of coal power losses by the end of 2015.

So, where is that replacement power going to come from? Consider wind, for example.

A 2013 report by the New York Independent Systems Operator (NYISO) estimates that New York’s first 15 wind farms operating in 2010 produced about the equivalence of a single 450 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit operating only at 60 percent capacity which can be built at about one-fourth of the capital cost.

The quality of that power isn’t any bargain either. Unlike coal — and natural gas — fired plants which provide reliable power when needed — including peak demand times — wind turbines only produce electricity intermittently as variable daily and seasonal weather conditions permit regardless of demand.

That fickle output trend favors colder night-time periods rather than hot summer late afternoons when needed most.

The real kicker here is that wind has no real “capacity value.” Intermittent outputs require access to a “shadow capacity” which enables utilities to balance power grids when wind conditions aren’t optimum . . . which is most of the time.

What we don’t tend hear about is that those “spinning reserves” which equal total wind capacity are likely fueled by coal or natural gas which anti-fossil activists love to hate and wind was touted to replace.

Solar power, like wind, is a natural, free source of energy — provided that public subsidies and customers of high-priced electricity cover the costs. And like wind, there simply aren’t enough suitable utility-scale site locations, particularly near urban areas where power is needed to make much of a national supply difference.

Also like wind, reliability to meet highest demand loads presents a big problem. And besides, weren’t those “clean,” “freely renewable” sources supposed to be environmentally friendly?

Paul Driessen, a senior policy analyst for the non-profit Committee For a Constructive Tomorrow notes that the 550-mile Atlantic Coast pipeline requires only about 4,600 acres which can be replanted with grasslands, compared with 475,000 acres required to generate the same amount of energy using 46,000 wind turbines with monstrous bird-and bat-chopping blades.

As for solar, Los Angeles recently refused to purchase power from a relatively small proposed 2,557-acre Mojave Desert project due to deleterious influences on desert tortoises and bighorn sheep.

Along with those birds, bats, tortoises, and sheep, maybe we should worry about some other vulnerable victims of Obama EPA’s war on fossil fuels as well.

Pity those human creatures who are unable to recharge their taxpayer subsidized plug-in Obamacars when the sun isn’t shining and wind isn’t blowing at night . . . or when their blue sky planet-saving expectations are overcast.

[Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of “Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom”(2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2012).]


The wind industry: from whence we came, they aim to return us …

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  1. As the fleecing continues……..and as Obama has promised the poor………..

    (STT, the picture of rusting turbines in Hawaii, I wonder, could this possibly be the fence line of Obama’s new home in Hawaii??)

    Michigan’s Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family Nearly $4,000

    Renewable energy law means 24,000 fewer job

    By Jack Spencer | Oct. 2, 2015

    A new study from Utah State University found that, as of 2013, Michigan’s renewable energy mandate, enacted in 2008, has cost families and businesses here a bundle: $15.1 billion overall, or $3,830 per family, compared to what we would have experienced without the mandate.

    Continued article at site…….

    And a comment on the article from Michigan Meade Twp. board member,(the Thumb of Mich)

    Robert Heck ·
    Pinnebog, Michigan

    The point I would like to make here is there are better, less obtrusive, and far less invasive technologies available to provide green energy. Hydrogen and Bio-Gas would probably provide the most easily viable sources with more reliable power generation. But the problem becomes the truly viable sources of green energy weren’t heavily subsidized by both sides of the aisle in Congress. The technology worked and the wrong people (the public) would benefit from the subsidies.

    I chair the Meade Township Planning & Zoning Commission in Huron County. For those of you who don’t follow the news about us out here in the “sticks”, Huron County has one of the heaviest density of wind energy conversion units in the State of Michigan. Meade Township voters rejected an amendment to its Wind Overlay Ordinance that would have allowed DTE Energy to develop a wind farm with 46 turbines projected over less than 30 square miles. This is not just a money issue to me. I’ve lived in Meade Twp for most of my life and I’ve watched this issue divide the citizens of Meade Township in a way I thought would happen. Family members and long time friends and neighbors no longer speak to one another, children no longer get to play with their friends, and I’ve witnessed people lose jobs because they dared to speak their minds. So there is not just a monetary cost to a community, but a social cost too.

  2. As long as the greenies can spend everyone else’s money for their toy energy scam, they will pontificate about saving us all while they parasitically bleed us all dry. Let’s stop this farce before it is too late.

  3. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:

    Since Dr. Bell has his detractors, I decided to help promote him.

    The bottom line fact is that windmills hurt people physically and economically, not to mention they hurt critters needlessly.

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