Turbine Trouble: School Board’s Wind Turbine ‘Investment’ Ends in Financial Disaster

  As Warren Buffett put it: “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” Buffett might have continued, that it’s the only reason anyone invests in them. Apart from the subsidies they attract, wind turbines […]

Pointless Part-Time Power: Germany’s Readily Available Wind Power Capacity Less Than 1% of Total Installed Capacity

  When it comes to actually delivering wind power, the real and the ideal are a gulf apart. In Australia, the average capacity factor (the ratio between actual output and nominal capacity) is just on 28% across the Eastern Grid, where 1,800 turbines with a total capacity of 5,100 MW have been speared across four […]

Wind Energy: Part-Time Power – Full-Time Failure: Brand New Turbines Falling Apart

Wind power isn’t a serious energy source, it’s a serious joke. In the absence of massive subsidies, the wind industry wouldn’t exist. Battling to deliver part-time power, it’s been a full-time failure. Self-combusting, throwing 10 tonne blades to the four winds and dropping their 300 tonne hulks earthwards is just what these things do. But, […]

Mortal Danger: Wind Turbines Throw Blades, Disintegrate & Collapse with Alarming Regularity

More turbine mayhem, this time it’s Siemens turbines – less than 4 years old – collapsing on Maui – an island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Parts fall off wind turbine The Maui News Lee Imada 4 October 2016 The blades, hub and nacelle of one of eight Auwahi Wind turbines in the Kanaio area separated from […]

Wind Farm FAILS: Turbine Blades Disintegrating on Brand New Turbines

Turbine blades that broke were first two to be turned on Huron Daily Tribune Brenda Battel 4 November 2016 BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The two blades that broke on separate wind turbines last month were the first two to be turned on in the startup phase of the Deerfield wind project. The first turbine broke and […]

Wind Power Investors Fleeced: Teenage Turbines Falling Apart in Donegal

**** Wind power outfits still make wild claims about these things running on the smell of an oily rag and lasting for 25 years or more, needing little more than a hug from time to time. However, the operations and maintenance cost of these things is around $25 per MWh – hardly the zero marginal […]

PSST! Want to Make a Small Fortune? Throw a Large One at Wind Turbines

FAIL: Busted Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return On Investment Watts up with that? Anthony Watts 27 April 2016 From the “it’s OK, we used other people’s money” department and Andrew Follet at The Daily Caller: *** Lake Land College recently announced plans to tear down broken wind turbines on campus, after the […]