The Wind Bubble

Christopher Booker on the insanity of wind generation:

 Anyone impressed by the efficient way in which Britain has organised the Olympic Games might consider the stark contrast provided by the shambles of our national energy policy – wholly focused as it is on the belief that we can somehow keep our lights on by building tens of thousands more wind turbines within eight years. At one point last week, Britain’s 3,500 turbines were contributing 12 megawatts (MW) to the 38,000MW of electricity we were using. (The Neta website, which carries official electricity statistics, registered this as “0.0 per cent”).

It is 10 years since I first pointed out here how crazy it is to centre our energy policy on wind. It was pure wishful thinking then and is even more obviously so now, when the Government in its latest energy statement talks of providing, on average, 12,300MW of power from “renewables” by 2020.

Everything about this is delusional. There is no way we could hope to build more than a fraction of the 30,000 turbines required. As the windless days last week showed, we would have to build dozens of gas-fired power stations just to provide back-up for all the times when the wind is not blowing at the right speed…

I could feel my lips move while reading Booker’s column. I wonder why? Of course he’s pointing out stuff I wrote about ‘way back when this blog was just starting out.  There are so many reasons why wind is unworkable as a real solution to the long-term energy security of the United States – or anywhere else.

But the idiots in charge live in their little bubbles where fairy dust solves all problems and unicorns gambol in the fields. Too bad they can’t do math. All they have is their wishful thinking – and gobs of money from the wind power lobby.

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4 Responses to The Wind Bubble

  1. feeblemind says:

    Wind energy just makes me seethe.
    The propeller blades for the wind turbines go by my place all the time. Sometimes in both directions on the same day. The oversized truck load is accompanied by two pilot vehicles and two trailing vehicles.

    Green jobs, I guess.

    And wind turbines don’t work, and they are still cranking them out and it makes me do a slow burn.

    What a scam.

    And you know what? I know smart people who aren’t dems who think they will work once enough of them are in place. And I can’t convince them otherwise.

  2. feeblemind says:

    re ‘blowing at the right speed

    Forgot to comment on that. As I am sure Gaius is aware, there is a very narrow range in windspeed where the wind turbines are ‘efficient”.

    People seem to think that the faster the wind blows the more electricity will be produced but such is not the case.

    So not only does the wind have to blow for them to work, it has to blow at precisely the right speed for maximum energy production. The range is only a few mph. Over or under that speed and production declines dramatically.

  3. Gaius says:

    They have to shut down entirely when the wind is too fast – and it isn’t all that high a speed.

  4. Gaius says:

    There are far too many people with low math skills. They firmly believe they can get something for nothing.

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