Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wind power: Even worse than you thought

Another nail in the coffin for global warming ... the "fantasy" of "renewable wind energy" is being exposed for the fairy tale that it is.

This coming out of England.

The Register Report
But your 'leccy bill will keep going up to buy more of it

A new analysis of wind energy supplied to the UK National Grid in recent years has shown that wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought, and that they cause more problems for the Grid than had been believed.

The report (28-page PDF/944 KB) was commissioned by conservation charity the John Muir Trust and carried out by consulting engineer Stuart Young. It measured electricity actually metered as being delivered to the National Grid.

In general it tends to be assumed that a wind farm will generate an average of 30 per cent of its maximum capacity over time. However the new study shows that this is actually untrue, with the turbines measured by the Grid turning in performances which were significantly worse:

Or, in other words, there is little point building more wind turbines above a certain point: after that stage, not only will they miss out on revenue by often being at low output when demand is high, but they will also miss out by producing unsaleable surplus electricity at times of low demand. The economic case for wind – already unsupportable without the ROC scheme – will become even worse, and wind will require still more government support (it already often needs large amounts above and beyond ROCs).

So ... wind power produces less than expected ... and costs more to try and establish than thought ... fancy that.

But our governments want to push ahead with subsidizing more and more of a failed dream ... oh but it feels so good to dream.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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