‘Cheap’ & Nasty: Never-Reliable Wind Power No Match for Ever-Reliable Coal, Gas & Nuclear

  Of the more ludicrous claims doing the rounds post coronavirus, the line that the economic recovery depends upon throwing more subsidies at chaotically intermittent wind and solar, takes the cake. Renewable energy rent seekers have been telling us how cheap wind and solar are compared to ‘evil’ fossil fuels – coal and gas – […]

Parasitic Power: Intermittent Wind & Solar Take More From Power Grid Than They Ever Add

Applying scarce resources so that the benefits always outweigh the costs is rational, but subsidised wind and solar will never fit that bill. Putting aside the minerals and the energy required to convert those minerals that is embodied in solar panels and wind turbines, it’s the fact that – no matter how much wind and […]

Brutal Reality Check: Industrial Wind Power Ain’t ‘Green’ & It Certainly Ain’t ‘Clean’

Industrial wind power has landed in the “it seemed like a good idea, at the time” pile of monumental human failures. Producing electricity at the whims of mother nature means wind power has absolutely no commercial value, at all: strangely, power consumers want electricity as and when they need it, not just when the wind […]

Crushed: Wind & Solar Simply Can’t Compete with America’s Cheap & Ever Reliable Gas-Fired Power

America’s abundant gas supplies mean gas-fired power is cheaper than wind and solar and, unlike that pathetic pair, it’s available 24 x 365, whatever the weather or time-of-day. The USA awash with cheap gas, thanks to the shale oil and gas revolution that started 20 years ago.  With improving technology and numerous firms drilling for […]

Are Friends Electric: Push for Industrial Electrification Exposes Costly Futility of Intermittent Wind & Solar

In their sillier moments, wind and solar advocates claim that we’ll all soon be driving electric vehicles, lovingly recharged with sunshine and breezes. In Australia, those seemingly virtuous souls with EVs are really being propelled by coal, because 85% of the electricity passing through its Eastern grid comes from coal-fired plants. It’s an irony, to […]

Lying To Survive: Desperate Wind Industry Claims That Wind Power’s Both Reliable & Cheap Busted (Again)

The wind industry was built on lies and runs on subsidies. Spin doctors, practised in the fine art of deception, have been gainfully employed for almost 30 years in an effort to turn night into day, in order to keep the subsidies coming and to prevent them from ever being cut. Politicians and a gullible […]

Shredded: After 30 Years Wind & Solar ‘Industries’ Still Can’t Compete With Nuclear, Coal or Gas

Back in 1983 the American Wind Industry Association claimed that solar and wind would be “competitive and self-supporting on a national level by the end of the decade if assisted by tax credits and augmented by federally sponsored R&D”. That was 36 years ago. And there was no lack of assistance in the form of […]

Texan Turmoil: True & Staggering Cost of Wind & Solar Kept Hidden From Power Consumers

The hidden cost of attempting to rely upon sunshine and breezes is truly staggering, ask a German, Dane or South Australian about the power prices they suffer. They’re the world’s highest, by the way. And all three of them compete for bragging rights about which of them has the greatest proportion of renewables in the […]

Failed Experiment: Why Intermittent Wind & Solar Have Never Worked & Never Will

Three decades, massive subsidies and yet intermittent wind power’s contribution to world energy needs remains little more than a rounding error. Electricity that can’t be delivered as and when it’s needed has no commercial value; massive subsidies are the only ‘value’ that attracts investors to wind and solar. Cut the subsidies and wind and solar […]

On The Level: Why Unreliable Wind & Solar Increase Power Prices

The relationship between rocketing power prices and chaotically intermittent wind and solar is crystal clear. Let’s call it Germany, Denmark and South Australia, where wind and solar obsessions have driven power prices into orbit. While RE zealots continue to chant the mantra that wind and solar are practically free, and getting cheaper all the time, […]