Burning Cash: (Occasional) Offshore Wind Power More Than Six Times Cost of (Constant) Gas-Fired Power

The true cost of wind power is staggering – the cost of offshore wind power is astronomical: the latter is more than six times the cost of gas-fired power. The operating cost of maintaining any industrial machine in a marine environment starts out high and only increases over time, thanks to the corrosive power of […]

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 […]

Hide & Seek: The Staggering Cost of Offshore Wind Power Revealed

Renewable energy rent seekers and their propagandists are diligent in their efforts to hide the true costs of wind power from the punters. Their smoke and mirrors ‘accounting’ religiously ignores the cost of providing power from a meaningful source, whenever calm weather sets in. And their ‘wind power is cheapest of all’ claims always gloss […]

Enough is Enough: Time to Pull the Plug on Endless Wind & Solar Subsidies

No subsidies. No wind and solar industries. It’s that simple. 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 […]

Boris Blown Away: True Cost of PM’s Offshore Wind Power Plan is Absolutely Staggering

A MW of intermittent offshore wind power capacity costs up to 17 times the cost of a thoroughly reliable MW of gas-fired power generation. And, whereas, the latter is available around-the-clock, the former is available when Mother Nature deems fit. And she tends to be a temperamental, old cow. One particular wheeze among Britain’s renewable […]

Renewable Energy Rip-Off: Paying Premium Prices For Wind Power & Getting Fossil-Fuelled Power In Return

Subsidised wind and solar is a monumental rip-off from start to finish – ‘wholesale fraud’ just about covers it, whenever power companies charge whopping premiums for what they claim is ‘green’ energy, when in fact the customer is getting electrons generated by coal, gas or nuclear power plants. Whatever the marketing pitch, there are going […]

Wicked Waste: Why Every New Wind Turbine Built Is Costing You Serious Money

Adding wind turbines to a power grid is like pushing on string; the effort applied rarely matches the output at the other end of the line. Australia has one the world’s largest interconnected grids, covering Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia – with wind turbines plastered far and wide across every one of […]

‘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 […]