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About the Author

John Etherington was a Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Since his retirement from the University in 1990, he has devoted himself to researching the implications of intermittently available renewable electricity generation, in particular wind power. He is a Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and a former co-editor of the International Journal of Ecology.

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Product Details

  • Series: Independent Minds
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Stacey Intl; 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905299834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905299836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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110 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Jon Boone on October 19, 2009
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Good for John Etherington who, in this work, marshals relentless evidentiary support for his thesis that wind energy is a scam.

Indeed, industrial wind technology is a meretricious commodity, attractive in a superficial way but without real value--seemingly plausible, even significant but actually false and nugatory. Those who would profit from it either economically or ideologically are engaged in wholesale deception. For in contrast to their alluring but empty promises of closed coal plants and reduced carbon emissions is this reality: Wind energy is impotent while its environmental footprint is massive and malignant.

A wind project with a rated capacity of 100MW, for example, with 40 skyscraper-sized turbines, would likely produce an annual average of only 27MW, an imperceptible fraction of energy for most grid systems. More than 60% of the time, it would produce less than 27MW and, at peak times, often produce nothing. It would rarely achieve its rated capacity, producing most at times of least demand. Whatever it generated would be continuously skittering, intensifying, magnifying the destabilizing effects of demand fluctuations, for wind volatility is virtually indistinguishable from the phenomenon of people whimsically turning their appliances off and on.

Moreover, the project could never produce capacity value--specified amounts of energy on demand, something that should be anathema to regulatory agencies, with their task of ensuring reliable, secure, affordable electricity. The ability of machines to perform as expected on demand is the basis of modernity, underlying contemporary systems of economic growth, wealth creation and well-being.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on June 24, 2010
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This superb book shows the extreme folly of relying on wind power for reliable electricity supply.

In November 2008, the Minister for Energy and Climate Change said that gas-fired and coal-fired electricity cost £50 per megawatt hour (MWh) to generate and nuclear power cost £38. By contrast, offshore wind cost £92, onshore wind £72.

To keep the uneconomic option of wind power alive, the government has made us all pay huge hidden subsidies, through our electricity bills, to wind power companies. As the 2003 Energy White Paper admitted, "We have ... introduced a Renewables Obligation for England and Wales in April 2002. This will incentivize generators to supply progressively higher levels of renewable energy over time. The cost is met through higher prices to consumers. ... By 2010, it is estimated that this support and Climate Change Levy exemption will be worth around £1 billion a year to the UK renewables industry."

Yet by 2007, Britain's 2,400 wind turbines generated just 1.3 per cent of our electricity, and even this paltry supply was not reliable. The 2008 House of Lords Select Committee on The Economics of Renewable Energy said, "To make up for its intermittency ... back-up conventional plant will be essential to guarantee supply when required, to compensate for wind's very low capacity credit. Wind generation should be viewed largely as additional capacity to that which will need to be provided, in any event, by more reliable means; and the evidence suggests that its full costs, although declining over time, remain significantly higher than those of conventional or nuclear generation."

So wind power cannot replace coal, gas, oil or nuclear - it depends on them `to guarantee supply when required'. Wind power won't even save CO2 emissions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr WFJ Crozier on October 18, 2013
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I always thought wind turbines were wonderful things that brought us 'free' electricity and helped saved the planet so I was shocked to discover that this is not the case. We pay inflated prices for wind power that does little for the environment and actually destroys rural landscapes and kills birds. What are we playing at? Anyone interested in wind power should read this book as part of their education on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hill Country Bob on January 19, 2014
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An excellent book that should be of interest to everyone interested in alternate systems of generating electricity, in this case an aerogenerator, or wind mill driving an electrical generator. The author does an excellent job of demonstrating why wind farms are a scam on the citizens, rate payers and taxpayers.

The folks running an electrical utility have to live in a real world, and provide electricity to meet the requirements of their customers. As the electricity provided on the mains must always match the electricity required by its customers at any particular time, the electrical utility has to be able to add or remove electrical generation capacity on demand. Dispatchable is a word used to describe nuclear, coal or gas generator facilities which can be added or removed from the grid as needed by the utility load manager. Utilities have a base load requirement and a variable load which typically goes up in the morning when people gut up and go to work, and then declines until they come home in the afternoon when it goes back until the evening when it falls.

It is possible for the utility to use the non dispatchable generation capacity to meet the load increases, where non dispatchable could include wind, solar, tidal etc. The system must be putting out electricity when needed by the utility. As discussed in the book, the output is really not a sure thing. The windmill very rarely produces at the rated nameplate capacity, and in the UK have been as low as 2% or the nameplate in winter. Windmill output can vary significantly over a comparatively short period of time.
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