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 […]

Black Days & Darker Nights: Engineers Spell Out Threat Posed by Increasing Reliance On Wind & Solar

Pin your power supply hopes on sunshine and breezes, and get prepared for mixed results. South Australians, Californians and Texans know what comes from an overreliance on the unreliables, with plenty of experience of weather-related load shedding and mass blackouts. Increasing dependence on chaotically intermittent wind and solar is the price we’ve paid for allowing […]

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 […]

Dark Future: Wind & Solar ‘Transition’ Means Learning to Live Without Power When You Need It

If you thought the ‘transition’ to wind and solar meant having power on demand, think again. Like the fine print on an insurance contract, the ‘deal’ being offered by renewable energy rent seekers comes with a nasty catch. When the chips are down, you simply won’t be covered. While wind and solar acolytes are keen […]

Perfect Storm: Renewables Obsession Leaves Europeans Vulnerable During Bitter Winter

Wind and solar are meant to be the solution to our looming weather woes. The truth is that the weather-dependent ‘unreliables’ have increased our mortal vulnerability to mother nature’s vagaries. Europe is in the grip of a bitter winter and, with routine and total collapses in both wind and solar output, its electricity grid is […]

Banquet of Consequences: Time to Force Wind & Solar Worshippers to Rely Exclusively on Sunshine & Breezes

Anyone railing against nuclear, coal or gas-fired power hasn’t been forced to rely exclusively on hopelessly unreliable wind and solar. The anti-fossil fuel crowd are, of course, hypocritical and the anti-CO2/anti-nuclear mob are the most hypocritical of all. For those claiming they’re quite happy to do without coal and gas, wait till one of their […]

Home Truths: Heavy Reliance on Wind & Solar Turn California Into ‘The Blackout State’

The sweeping blackouts that struck California last summer are a fair indication of what happens when sound engineering gets trumped by woolly-headed ideology. An obsession with intermittent wind and solar left millions of Californians sweltering in the dark, and wind and solar spin doctors working overtime to shift the blame. The state-wide blackout that struck […]

Fools and Other People’s Money: Wind Industry Bamboozles Boris With ‘Wind Power’s Cheap’ Myth

  Boris Johnson’s plan to squander a further £50,000,000,000 on subsidies and over-the-market contracts for intermittent offshore wind power is positively bonkers. At a time when Britain needs all the help it can get to claw itself out of its self-inflicted lockdown recession, its PM is determined to snuff out all hope, thanks to a […]