Renewable energy has been touted as a solution to the greatest hoax perpetrated on mankind the manufactured global warming crisis. But as “The Performance of Wind Farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark” by Gordon Hughes, a professor of economics at the University of Edinburgh, reveals, wind farms are less than reliable.

Which, as we’ve reported before, is not new news.

Energy derived from both wind and solar is not only less than reliable, it’s also very, very expensive.

Analyzing Mr. Hughes’s report —a former senior adviser on energy and environmental policy at the World Bank, published in 2012 — Willis Eschenbach points out that windmills, both offshore and onshore, in both the U.K. and Denmark decline significantly with age.

In the U.K., where consumers pay more in renewable electricity subsidies per kilowatt hour than U.S. consumers pay retail for electricity, consumers are essentially paying much more for much less.

An analysis of wind energy supplied to the United Kingdom National Grid showed wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought and cause more problems for the grid than had been believed.

When wind power frequently drops to almost nothing, it often happens just when demand is at its early evening peak. One third of the time, wind output was less than 10% of capacity, and at other times was significantly less.

What is standard is both the U.S., as well as the U.K. and Denmark, as Mr. Eschenbach notes, is “the subsidy regime is extremely generous.”

Without “the subsidy regime,” windmills wouldn’t be built. They wouldn’t exist.

When windmills are built — always with government subsidies — utilities are forced to buy what they generate. The utilities are also forced to maintain fossil fuel electric generating power because windmills don’t always function.

Under the fantasy of eco-environmentalism, the reality is industrial wind power is a delusion. Study after study shows industrial wind power, promoted by legislation written principally to enrich large business concerns that delight in feeding at the government trough, causes more harm than benefit to the environment and humans, and has no consequential environmental benefit whatsoever. Those who think wind power is the answer are sadly mistaken.

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David Collins

Once again the author is correct. Sadly, the general public has not a clue of how things electrical really work. All they know is what has been force fed to them by the environmentalist snake oil salesmen. There has never been a free lunch available when it comes to physics and practical effective electrical power generation is no different. Sure, you can run a few LED garden type lights and charge some small dry cell batteries that power low voltage/wattage electronic devices but that is pretty much it. To do more a vast array of solar collectors are necessary, along with inverters, switch gear and battery storage devices. Pretty much beyond the capability of most folks. Wind turbines are only favored by those that do not have to deal with the care and maintaining issues of the beasts. Locating them in a salt water environment is absolutely a recipe for failure. That is why you never hear of all the issues that have arisen within the offshore industry. No one wants then in their back yard, especially if the back yard is along one of the costal playgrounds for the rich and famous. Could mention a few names here but I am sure that anyone who reads this already knows or can figure it out. This is just a Fad that will run it’s course before fading away, just like HulaHoops and bell bottom pants. At least for most of us.


Crabpot

"Sadly, the general public has not a clue of how things electrical really work. All they know is what has been force fed to them by the environmentalist snake oil salesmen." David, we all owe you a debt of gratitude.


DeadBolt

Factual article.


DeadBolt

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DeadBolt

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NC-Native-Son

Most of this scree is so skewed, I have no common starting point for a logical argument. One cannot argue with others who gets their facts from the funny papers.


DeadBolt

Well, i'm sure you can at the very least come up with 1 shred of evidence to prove that your theory of utopia on earth is on it's way?!? Frankly i'm shocked that you, of all the experts cannot even give us one example where these great wind farms, etc, have cost less and really made life more enjoyable for the entire globe! Feel free, or, simply stick with the same old slogan, anyone but Trump, hahahahahahahah [yawn]


dc

Some folks just don't get it and never will.


David Collins

Let me help you out, Son. On earth, wind and solar is only practical where there is absolutely no other energy source. Price is not an issue when one is in outer space where their is no wind, other than solar wind but that is theoretical, so photovoltaic arrays are the way to go. They are prohibitively expensive for the average chap but not for NASA and like agencies. Other than that, lawn lights and battery minders are pretty much the limit for the great unwashed like us. I have relatives in Maine that built an “off grid house” for two adults and 2 children. Plenty of firewood and I do mean plenty, along with generators. Yes plural. So much for a low carbon emissions lifestyle. Solar, plus batteries provides led lighting and charges their cell phones. That is when the sun does shine and the panels are free of snow and ice. Living rough is what the locals call it. Oh, the water tends to freeze in the pipes so bathing is some what limited at times. They have long winters. Yup, that is the future I would wish for. Other than that , Green Living is a great thing indeed.


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