A Lot Of Wind

Bruce Webster was tickled enough by the video I posted the other day to link the post. I just got around to reading his link roundup and found this absolute gem:

ITEM: So, how’s that wind power working out?

There is no evidence that industrial wind power is likely to have a significant impact on carbon emissions. The European experience is instructive. Denmark, the world’s most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power’s unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone).

Flemming Nissen, the head of development at West Danish generating company ELSAM (one of Denmark’s largest energy utilities) tells us that “wind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions.” The German experience is no different. Der Spiegel reports that “Germany’s CO2 emissions haven’t been reduced by even a single gram,” and additional coal- and gas-fired plants have been constructed to ensure reliable delivery.

I wrote this little primer not long after I started the Crabitat. I also pointed out an example right here in the US where there was insufficient spinning reserve on line when the wind suddenly died.

This post from Bruce comes as no surprise to me whatsoever.

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  2. There is exactly one source of energy generation that reduces carbon emission…nuclear.

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