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, […]

Not Cool: Another Reason to Reject Unreliable Wind Power – Iced Up Blades Totally Disables Turbines

During the recent Big Freeze, thousands of Texan wind turbines were frozen solid, incapacitated by burst of frigid winter conditions. Dead calm weather meant that those that weren’t frozen stiff, added practically nothing to the grid. While the internal workings of wind turbines (gearboxes, generators, yaw and blade pitch controls) can be kept operable with […]

America’s Big Chill: Wind Turbines Frozen Solid & Solar Panels Plastered In Snow & Ice

America’s big freeze has wind and solar worshippers scrambling for excuses and shifting blame like snow from their driveways. Following on from Germany’s recent near-death experience, Americans are now realizing – with terrifying clarity – just how crazy brave relying on wholly weather-dependent power sources really is. Particularly when bitter Arctic weather blankets a continent […]