Wind Power Fail: Britain’s Coal-Fired Power Plants Keep The Lights On During ‘Big Calm’

If having no power at all was the object of our ‘inevitable transition’ to an all wind and solar ‘powered’ future, then we’re well on our way.

The bitter northern hemisphere winter just gone, has shown wind and solar for what they are: pointless and expensive vanity projects, that only a lunatic would promote and the delusional would accept.

The frigid weather that struck the USA on 16-17 February left its Texan heartland powerless, as solar and wind power output plummeted.  Clearly rattled by the event, the wind and solar cult have tried to pin the blame on everything, except the obvious.

The same goes for events across Germany during January, when dead-calm, freezing weather left Germans desperate for coal-fired power – forcing them to have a good, hard think about their obsession with ‘green’ energy.

STT’s reports on Germany’s renewable energy calamity, sent our site into meltdown for weeks afterwards.  Much to the horror of America’s mainstream press.

Over the last month or so, renewables rent seekers and their MSM propaganda wing have been working overtime to foil sites like STT, attempting to prevent the truth from getting out.  As well as running their very own brand of counter-factual ‘interference’ – aka, fake news.

Remember these characters have bet the proverbial house on this; and with every mass blackout/power rationing event the proles are one step closer to working out that subsidised wind and solar represent the greatest economic and environmental fraud, of all time.

So much is at stake that Facebook started bumping our content from our Facebook page, at the request of an American-based renewables PR outfit.

So, with all that in mind, let’s turn our attention to events in the UK where, surprise, surprise, a burst of frigid, calm weather saw wind power output totally collapse, and left Britain’s grid managers desperate to scrounge every watt of reliable power they could find.

And, contrary to the line being run by the anti-fossil fuel squad about the UK never using coal again, Britain was burning the energy dense black stuff, hand over fist.

We’ll hand over to The Australian’s Terry McCrann for some more details on, yet another, colossal wind power fail.

A shocking glimpse of renewables power future
The Australian
Terry McCrann
5 March 2021

I have seen the future and — to disagree with the late and anything but great American journalist and communist dupe Lincoln Steffens — it most definitely does not work.

That’s if that future is supposed to be –— pardon my laughter — “powered” by so-called renewables, wind and solar, even with “batteries included” and even more emphatically without.

Remember last year when I told you how our duo of twittering former prime ministerial twerps, Malcolm the Turncoat and Kevin the hero of Copenhagen, were almost orgasmic at the — you’ll have to pardon my laughter again — “news” from the BBC and the Guardian that Britain was powering away without coal?

Rudd, as befits his boyish — or should I say, non-gender specifically, childish? — enthusiasms, gushed “for anyone who thinks it cannot be done: the UK has not produced any electricity from coal for the last two months — the longest period since the Industrial Revolution. Let that sink in.”

Well, what did sink and sink almost immediately, back then in June, was the expectation expressed by a spokesman for the UK National Grid no less, of not planning to turn a coal generator on “anytime soon”.

Within a week, coal was generating again, and on and off in Britain it’s kept generating since; on top of a lot and I mean a lot of burning gas, pumping out plenty of plant food gaily daily.

Then we come to this week. For two full consecutive days through Wednesday morning, Britain was not only getting some power from coal, it was getting two to three times from coal what it was getting from all its wind turbines.

For most of those two days, all those, quaintly named, turbines scattered across Britain and around its coast were producing just 2-4 per cent of power demanded.

If Britain had reached its glorious target of going so-called 100 per cent renewable, it would literally have had to turn off not just all the heating to homes and power to factories, but the very lights in every home.

For two entire consecutive days, those British turbines which can produce as much as 13,000MW — when the wind chooses to blow — were producing on average between 500MW and 800MW.

That’s to say, in a country where users can demand 40,000MW through most of the day, effectively zero and all-but utterly useless.

For those two days Britain was getting anywhere between two to four times from coal generators as it was getting from wind, with coal generation averaging around 1600MW-1850MW over the 48 hours. That’s to say, a closed Hazelwood or about-to-close Liddell.

It’s important to add that Britain was getting a further 2700MW from the cutely, all touchy-feeling named biomass through those two days.

As I’ve previously explained, so-called biomass is a return to a pre-coal future, burning wood: in Britain’s case, burning woodchips, mostly shipped in from across the Atlantic in oil-fired ships into what was formerly a coal-fired power station called Drax.

And in the process, pumping even more CO2 into the atmosphere than was previously the case from the coal.

So for those days, Britain was getting around 500MW-700MW from wind and six to nine times more, around 4300MW-4600MW from coal and what I would more accurately term, in dark Green eyes, “dirtier-than coal” woodchips.

Britain was getting as much as 24,000MW from gas — cough, cough, a fossil fuel, and the last time I looked, pumping out CO2 — and around 4000MW from nuclear.

Take one day in Britain: around 72 per cent of electricity from burning stuff and pumping CO2 — gas, coal and wood; and a further 11 per cent from nuclear which does not but is equally as wicked.

Just 1.5 per cent was coming from wind, all day. Oh yes, and another 1 per cent from those “included batteries” — pumped storage — and another 1 per cent from hydro.

Add all that up and you only get to around 87 per cent. Thank goodness for the extension cords. Britain was getting over 13 per cent of power for a whole day from France (nuclear), The Netherlands (coal and gas) and Belgium (gas and nuclear).

By the bye, in our all-renewables future, who are we going to plug our extension cords into?

So for Britain, which is committed to 100 per cent electricity from so-called renewables, it was getting over 95 per cent of its power from burning stuff and pumping CO2 (77 per cent) and nuclear (18 per cent).

You could double the number of turbines that Britain already has — and which in its collective national insanity and straight out stupidity, it supposedly actually intends to do — and you would get exactly the same result when the wind don’t blow: close to zero power. OK, maybe 1000MW (out of 40,000MW needed) instead of only 500MW.

There is no way, even in energy insanity, that you can build enough batteries to make up the difference, and to make it up for at least 24 hours — far less, who knows, 48 hours, or indeed 72 hours or maybe a whole week? — and not just for an hour or two.

To say nothing of the massive environmental damage, including pumping a lot of CO2 to build the damn things, you embark on when you dig up lithium and build those batteries.

And just exactly where are they going to be disposed, when they stop recharging? Next to all the similarly clapped out wind turbine blades, which last only 15 or so years, no doubt.

If the future is renewables, it is a literally powerless future.

I still have a dream. That one day we will wake up from this insane, emperor-has-no-clothes nightmare and start tearing down those useless other than for slaughtering birds monstrosities, and shattering their equally useless bird-frying siblings.

If we want electricity, as Britain has shown so emphatically this last week, it has to come, it can only come, from coal, from gas and from nuclear.

All else is childish, destructive — Rudd-Turnbull-style — fantasy.
The Australian

Britain’s only hope of avoiding Stone Age Darkness.

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

Comments

  1. Andreas Demmig says:

    In addition
    I have looked for the original in The Australian.
    The search engine still find it (use the headline above),
    but at The Australian “.. sorry can not …”.
    In the overview of articles about Energy on march, 5th.
    it is not listed (anymore??)
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/search-results?q=Energy

    Thank you for your engagement

  2. ronaldsteinptsadvancecom says:

    Nor’easters would be disastrous to a Green America, and Britain. Most of the country cannot survive and flourish with intermittent electricity.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/02/08/noreasters-would-be-disastrous-to-a-green-america/

    Summary: Most of the nation needs more than intermittent electricity from wind and solar, they need continuous and uninterruptible electricity from natural gas, nuclear, and coal to support the health and economy in their state to survive extreme weather conditions year-round. California, with its temperate climate conditions year-round, can survive dysfunctional energy policies that have resulted in the least reliable electrical power systems in the nation.

  3. Andreas Demmig says:

    I translated and reblogged it on https://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/

    Großbritanniens Kohlekraftwerke erhalten das Leben, während die „große Ruhe“ bei den Erneuerbaren herrscht.
    Thank you
    ***
    Welcome to the club of groups, being fighted by the “no-argument” green socialists. This is the step three, after ignoring and denuziating.
    We already moved our server to another country, where the moralists in Germany have no grip on (hopefully).

    By the way, do you think, STT is / was directly affected by the ban of facebook or just together will all Australians?
    Best regards Andy

  4. It is sad to see the rundown of these once mighty coal fired power stations. They have provided such sterling service over the decades that the only thing we as customers ever had to worry about was the turning on and off of the light switch! That and the payment of a cheaper price for electricity. Reliability and lower prices are both customer services that the energy giants appear to have lost touch with. Now they behave in some sort of mafiosi fashion, whilst seemingly running some sort of protection racket for the subsidies obtained with the erection of every new towering wind turbine; the construction of which puts the grid at an ever greater risk of collapse every time the weather changes! At least the energy company EDF, and the UK government, are putting some effort into giving the grid a backbone again. I understand that EDF do have renewable interests, but Hinkley Point C should go a long way towards putting back some genuine reliability into the system. Who knows, Hinkley may even prove to be so reliable that the industry decides to step back from the ‘ruinable’ energy precipice! We can live in hope.

    In the meantime, Hinkley Point C is making good progress. It is interesting to see how they are handling the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) situation. The schedule appears to have fallen behind by around 6 months, according to the video presentation below. But it is good to see that local steel is being used for the turbine support structures. Yes it is a big construction job, but it is important to remember that it will provide around 7% of the UK’s baseload power supply! No mean feat. A modern society in the 21st Century needs abundant sources of centralised electrical energy supply. That is unless someone can reinvent the wheel! But I cannot see that happening anytime soon. The ‘electricity’ bus has already left the station.

    Video published on YouTube by ‘EDF’…

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