DIY Light & Power: Home Generator Sales Soar, Thanks to America’s Wind & Solar Rush

People want power whenever they need it, not when the wind is blowing just right or the sun’s at its zenith in a cloudless sky. Any country that has added any significant wind and/or solar capacity to its grid is suffering increasing grid instability, load shedding aka ‘demand management’ (aka planned blackouts/brownouts) and mass blackouts. […]

Epic Fail: How Wind & Solar Caused America’s Big Freeze Blackouts & Killed Hundreds

Wind and solar’s hopeless intermittency delivered a deadly lesson during America’s big freeze last winter: hundreds died in freezing homes left without electricity thanks to hundreds of wind turbines that were frozen solid and breathless frigid conditions that meant the remainder delivered no power, in any event; and thousands of solar panels plastered in snow […]

Reality Bites: Americans Finally Waking Up to the Nightmare Cost of Unreliable Wind and Solar

The wind and sun may be free, but wind and solar power are anything but. Hidden ‘green’ taxes, costs and charges, not to mention massive subsidies redirected from both taxpayers and power consumers to wind and solar generators are just the beginning. The market distortions created by those subsidies have wrecked the ability of conventional […]

Waste in The West: Texans Have Already Squandered $66 Billion on Unreliable Wind & Solar

Texans suffering weather-caused power supply shortages might well query the $66 billion that’s already been squandered on the unreliables, $22 billion of which has been directly pocketed as subsidies by the wind and solar industries, with plenty more coming their way. Robert Bryce takes a look at where power-starved Texan taxpayers’ dollars are being directed. […]

Wind & Solar ‘Powered’ Texans & Californians Face More Forced Power Rationing

Texans and Californians now have a choice between no power and getting their own diesel generators. Mass blackouts and power rationing are now the norm, thanks to an obsession with chaotically intermittent wind and solar, in both cases. Back in February, it was a big freeze that froze turbines and plastered solar panels with blankets […]

Deadly Serious: During Extreme Weather Unreliable Wind & Solar Threaten Life & Limb

There’s nothing funny about being frozen to death in the dark. More than half of the 200 Texans who died during the mass blackouts that struck the midwest during February this year died of hypothermia, thanks to a lack of power. In all some 4.5 million households were left freezing in the dark when solar […]

Follow The Money: How Texas Squandered $66 Billion on Unreliable Wind & Solar

When wind and solar output plummeted during America’s big freeze, rent seekers and acolytes shrugged and blamed conservative ideologues, fossil fuels and Trump. None of which had anything at all to do with millions of solar panels plastered thick in snow and ice, or thousands of wind turbines frozen solid with the balance producing practically […]

Renewables Rethink: Wind & Solar Obsessed Texans Scrambling For Reliable Power

Anyone placing the words ‘reliable’ and ‘wind’ or ‘solar’ in a sentence needs urgent help. Take them kite flying on a dead calm day show them a sunset, or two. Take them to Texas or Germany in the middle of frigid, still weather when hundreds of wind turbines end up frozen solid and there is […]

Californian & Texan Renewable Energy Blackouts Force Americans to Back Base-Load Power

Base-load power means the stuff generated by coal, gas, nuclear and, where nature permits, hydro. Anyone claiming that wind or solar fit within that mix has never seen a sunset or experienced a burst of dead calm weather. And there’s the rub. Mass blackouts and power rationing in notionally wind and solar powered California during […]

Renewable Energy Retreat: Texas Targets Unreliable Wind & Solar With Punitive Fees & Charges

After America’s big freeze, Texan legislators are determined to restore reliable power generation sources, by hitting unreliable wind and solar with a raft of punitive fees and charges. Whereas wind and solar have enjoyed massive subsidies (in the US, principally the Production Tax Credit, as well as state-mandated feed in tariffs), the reliable generators (nuclear, […]