Fantastic Nonsense: Wind Industry Performance Claims Simply Don’t Stack Up

The idea that one day soon we’ll all be powered by sunshine and breezes is infantile nonsense. No modern economy has ever powered itself entirely with wind and solar power. Still, we’re continually berated with the notion that our ‘transition’ to all wind and sun powered future is ‘inevitable’.

In reality, the only thing that is ‘inevitable’ are routine, sudden collapses in wind power output and sunset. As to the former, see above the total output from South Australia’s 1,929 MW of wind power capacity on 24 January, a day when power prices went through the roof ($14,500 per MWh – instead of the $50 that a coal-fired plant can deliver at a profit) and 30,000 households were left sweltering in the dark.

Step back for a moment and consider that the wind and solar industries have received hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies over the last 30 years, and yet their combined output amounts to little more than an accounting rounding error.

While wind and solar output at a global level is trivial, the cost of propping up this pathetic pair is far from it.

n Australia alone, the subsidies to wind and solar under the Federal government’s Large-Scale RET will exceed more than $60 billion by the time that scam expires in 2030. Subsidies to domestic rooftop solar will add another $20 billion or so to that figure.

But counting wind and solar output in terms of percentages is apt to mislead. After sunset on a breathless summer’s day, neither wind nor sun will be producing any electricity, at all. Talk about grid scale battery storage is just that: talk. So, no matter how virtuous the household, its occupants will be consuming coal-fired power, just like the rest of us.

The wind and solar industries have had the best part of a generation to prove their cases.

If there really was a market for chaotically delivered, occasional power, then there’d be no need for any more subsidies, mandates, targets or fines. But don’t expect the rent-seekers profiting from the greatest fraud in history to give up their insatiable appetite for other people’s money, any time soon.

The ruse requires loud and ludicrous claims about increases in wind power capacity. However, as David Middleton points out below, there’s a gulf between what wind turbines might be capable of delivering and what they actually deliver.

2018 Wind Power: “Dropping the fossil fuels of yesteryear”… Only in Unicorn fantasy-land.
Watts Up With That?
David Middleton
6 February 2019

Wind Power Stats Reveal 2018 Was a Huge Year, and There’s More to Come
It’s off to a flying start.
By Mike Brown on February 5, 2019
Filed Under Clean Energy, Power & Sustainable Energy

The amount of wind power capacity in North, Central and South America jumped 12 percent in the past year, a report revealed Tuesday. The Global Wind Energy Council found 11.9 gigawatts of capacity was added to the region, with the United States and Brazil among the biggest contributors.

The report bodes well for plans to transition more energy usage onto sustainable means, dropping the fossil fuels of yesteryear.
Inverse (of logic, reason and the real world)

Show of hands…

  1. Who thinks that Mike Brown comprehends the difference between capacity and generation?
  2. Who thinks that Mike Brown actually thinks that 11.9 gigawatts of new wind capacity is a large number relative to the increase in crude oil production in 2018?

This is what “dropping the fossil fuels of yesteryear” looks like in the real world.

U.S. Crude Oil Production vs Global Wind Power Production (2016-2018). US crude oil production for 2018 does not include December. Global wind power production for 2018 was estimated using 12% growth. Data sources: BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy and U.S. Energy Information Administration.


In reality, fossil fuels are drop-kicking renewable fantasies and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  Year-over-year growth of U.S. crude oil production was 7-8 times that of the entire global wind power production from 2016-2018.

Time for my favorite graph…

Watts Up With That?

Wind industry performance claims just don’t stack up.

About stopthesethings

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


  1. Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM.

  2. Gary ( aka ClimateOtter on Twitter ) says:

    Morning guys!

    That ‘primary energy consumption graph,’ might you have the source for it? I have some ‘progressive’ who’s faces I’d like to throw it in.

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