Fake ‘Green’ Energy: So Much Spent On Wind & Solar For So Little Return

Wind and solar are not just costly they are entirely useless. Never in the field of energy generation has so much been spent, by so many, for so little return.

Forget the colossal and endless subsidies, forget the community division, forget the environmental destruction and landfills full of toxic blades and panels and start with the fact that wind and solar are simply incapable of delivering electricity as and when we need it.

On that score, we’ll hand over to John Hinderaker for a look at wind and solar power’s utterly pathetic performance in the USA.

More Evidence of the Uselessness of “Green” Energy
Powerline
John Hinderaker
8 July 2021

At AmericanExperiment.org, my colleague Isaac Orr deals a double-barreled blow to the fantasy of “green” energy. First, after all of the hype surrounding wind and solar energy, where did Americans actually get their energy in 2020? This chart tells the story:

All “renewable” sources together account for only 12% of our energy consumption, but the details make the story even worse:

It is very interesting to note that burning wood, which is the oldest form of energy consumption in the country, is still producing more useful energy than solar power, despite the billions of dollars that have been spent propping up the industry.

What an utter failure.

Second, why does wind power supply so little electricity, despite the many billions that have been spent on it? The most basic reason is that 60% of the time, a given wind turbine produces nothing. The liberals’ response to this fact is to advocate massive overbuilding of capacity, on the theory that the wind must be blowing somewhere. Unfortunately, that isn’t true:

Advocates of wind turbines often argue that their unreliability can be offset by building even more wind turbines and transmission lines to distant areas because the wind is always blowing somewhere.

But last week, electricity generation from wind turbines was low throughout the entire 15 state power grid to which Minnesota belongs, the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO), even though electricity demand was very high. The graph below shows data from the United States Energy Information Administration for wind generation in the regional electric grid on an hourly basis from June 24, 2021, through July 5, 2021.

There is, obviously, an enormous difference between the nominal capacity of installed wind turbines and their actual production of electricity. On windy days, they might occasionally produce nearly as much as their rated capacity, but on other days they may produce nothing at all, even across a broad geographic area.

At midnight on June 24, 2021, wind turbines were operating at about 80 percent of their capacity factor, but by 11 am on June 30, 2021, all of the wind turbines in the 15 state regional grid were generating just 0.71 percent of their potential output.

If we were so foolish as to depend on wind for our electricity, we would suffer frequent blackouts no matter how many turbines we pay for. But of course we don’t do that. We continue to maintain dispatchable (i.e., reliable) power plants–coal, natural gas and nuclear as well as hydropower. Wind and solar are expensive and irrelevant add-ons to an electric grid that was working perfectly well–better, in fact–before they came along.

Isaac Orr concludes:

The data above demonstrate an important aspect of wind generation that few people seem to realize: it can provide virtually zero electricity even with massive installations of wind turbines. Becoming more dependent upon an unreliable resource that comes and goes as it pleases is a dangerous way to structure an electric grid, as Texas and California have found out the hard way.

Powerline

Wind power’s pathetic performance is hardly a state secret!

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Like cats that come and go as they please. It would be interesting to know the data on how many dog lovers like wasteful solar and wind energy, I’m guessing it’s mostly cat lovers. Dogs obey their masters, are reliable, strong, providers like all carbon based energies. Cats could care less what you want, they will bring you a gift just to watch you jump then provide a wiry smirk like Fauci and his Medical Dictators (MD) have done for decade$. Wind and solar could be referred to as “wiry cat smile energy” that comes and goes as it pleases and laughs about it in your face or “nose in the air energy” that snubs you as it pleases doing only what it wants, like many politicians.

    We had a big summer storm yesterday in the Southern California deserts. Power glitched a couple of times. It is so hot and humid here we all have our air conditioners on. So far no outage surely in great part due to more reliable carbon based energy stores and their systems and some forced upgrades to all the power poles and ancillaries. Those were mandated by the courts after the DEMOCRAT “unicorn energy is real” policies had shifted energy to rewarding wind and solar systems with lucrative contracts to ruin desertscapes and pristine hillsides with new installations and kickbacks and such over routine and preventive maintenance on grids that because of such lacks of proper maintenance an entire town was wiped out by fire in 2018. Gavinor Screwsom did a press conference in the ruins claiming climate change caused it. Recall of this lunatic never routinely tested for drug abuse narcissistic thug is on the ballot. In September we will see if the public has enough smarts to recall him with 51% vote.

  2. Shudong Zhou says:

    solar modules generator is more inefficient for lower energy density

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