Wind Power Fraud: Wind Industry’s Greatest ‘Capacity’ is for Total Delusion

Those pumping wind and solar only ever talk about capacity, which is like being told that the cheque is in the mail. The kind of fantastic promise made by those who hope it never collides with reality. But, like the cheque that never arrives (and bounces when it does), promises that wind power delivers are not just hollow, they’re a delusion.

Coal and nuclear power generation don’t need a second system like pumped hydro, mythical mega-batteries or prayers to Mother Nature in order to deliver power 24 x 365, whatever the weather. These are ‘systems’ and, by definition, systems work.

What’s depicted above is taken from Aneroid Energy and shows the entire output of every wind turbine located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia connected to the Eastern Grid, with a combined notional capacity of 4,675 MW during April this year.

Up and down like a proverbial yo-yo, by no stretch of the imagination can wind power ever be described as a ‘system’: it’s chaos.

For the most part, total output never topped 1,500 MW (or 32% of ‘capacity’); spent plenty of time struggling to muster up a trifling 500 MW (or 10.6% of ‘capacity’) and a dozen or so occasions unable to conjure up a risible 200 MW (or a laughable 4% of ‘capacity’).

In short, what matters to power consumers is delivery, not capacity. A point well-made by Donn Dears.

Installed Wind Capacity Braggadocio
Power for USA
Donn Dears
24 April 2018

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is constantly bragging about increases in installed wind capacity.

AWEA has made statements such as the following from its 2016 annual report:

“Wind power delivered 30% of all new capacity installed over the past five years.”

Accompanied by this chart:

From AWEA website: Cumulative capacity (black bars)
annual increases (green bars)

 

Such claims, however, are very misleading.

The real issues are:

How much electricity can this installed capacity actually generate, and will it be available when it’s needed?

Claiming that 30% of all new capacity is from wind is very misleading because that capacity can’t generate very much electricity.

This chart from the Department of Energy (DOE) shows how little electricity is generated by wind, despite its seemingly large installed capacity.

The green line shows the electricity actually generated, while the top line shows the installed nameplate capacity.

Even more important, the electricity may not be available when it’s needed.

On very hot days, especially in the afternoon, the wind is prone not to blow. Yet this is when electricity is needed because of additional air-conditioning load.

On cold winter days, the wind may blow either too hard, or not enough.

The recent winter storm in New England showed that wind couldn’t be relied upon.

Wind output was down 12% from December’s output, during the period of the storm, as shown in this DOE chart. (Light blue area)

Not only does the installed capacity generate very little electricity, which may not be available when needed, but it’s also very expensive.

Electricity generated by wind is more expensive than electricity generated by natural gas or coal-fired power plants. According to the Institute for Energy Research (IER), the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), a measure of total cost, from new power plants, using actual costs and capacity factors in 2015 were:

  • Wind, 10.7 cents per kWh
  • Natural gas, 5.5 cents per kWh
  • Coal-fired (existing), 4.0 cents per kWh

Please note:

The LCOE for existing coal-fired power plants was referenced because it’s very difficult to obtain honest cost information. The EIA currently only publishes cost estimates for plants coming online in 2022 which are speculative, at best.

During the past several years, the EIA added an extra charge of $15 per ton of CO2 to its estimates for new coal-fired power plant LCOEs, distorting actual costs and making it impossible to use EIA data for cost comparisons.

If the cost of wind, and for that matter solar, were as low as being claimed by the media, the EIA, and others, wouldn’t have to distort their LCOEs, or manipulate them, such as providing estimates four years in the future or creating alternative measures such as LACE.

Summary

The amount of electricity actually produced from the huge investment in wind power is very small.

The electricity produced by wind installations is unreliable and may not be available during hot summer days when it’s badly needed due to the increased air-conditioning load, and may decrease during winter storms when the wind blows too strongly.

Electricity from wind is not only unreliable, it’s expensive.

The AWEA should be ashamed of itself for bragging about the increase in installed wind capacity.
Power For USA

It’ll arrive tomorrow … weather permitting …

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. swan101 says:

    Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM and commented:
    An excellent description of the true picture…..

  2. It is reported by reliable sources that politicians and climate scientists have the capacity for telling total truth 100% of time.

  3. Craig Kelly 3.6 billion subsidies this year. Is this the actual figure? Crazy how much will it be for 50 percent renewables.

  4. Charles Wardrop says:

    When will politicos in charge admit the failures of windpowered renewables and of the AGW scams?
    Or are corruption and/or politicians’ vanity always going to prevent their admissions of terrible error?

  5. Terry Conn says:

    The words ‘fraud’ and ‘delusional ‘ were once powerful words but somehow they fail to even touch the surface of what is going on in this monumental debacle that allows wind turbines to be used as subsidised generators of electricity for our national grid – as bad as the figures displayed by Aneroid Energy for wind power for the month of April are, just wait to see the same graph for the month of May – currently the continent of Australia is being graced by large and stable high pressure systems not generating enough wind to turn little farm water windmills to pump a bit of water for thirsty drought affected sheep and cattle – wind turbines are stock still, pity they are not actually used to power Parliament House in windless Canberra where delusion reigns supreme.

  6. Melissa says:

    Stopping and starting due to wind direction changes the turbines sit idle. Useless nuisances.

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