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Wind Farm Scam, The (Independent Minds) 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A brilliant book that provides chapter and verse of the global scam to create more tax revenue streams by frightening people into believing global warming is real and our best way... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bruce Rapley
Very good read, anyone who lives with a wind farm or will have one put in their area should read this book.Published 12 months ago by Unknown
written in europe but applications apply world wide. Everybody should be vey weary of this big push for wind power. It is NOT as it is being portrayedPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Might be interesting if you are a die hard number cruncher. If you are a regular reader not interested in *a lot* of numbers and technical stuff, the book will probably be very... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Niko Delic
Europe is the centre of the alternative energy storm. The imbroglio over carbon rests upon the shoulders of European decision makers. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent! Absolutely required reading for those who live in an area threatened with construction of one of these wind farms and should be required of county officials who think... Read morePublished 23 months ago by T. Cornell
At last a book that totally explains the scam behind the aerogenerators of folly. More people need to read this book to understand the rip-off that are wind turbines.Published on July 11, 2013 by Gandy
I had a toxic electromagnetic exposure from a high powered solar photovoltaic system and this made me curious about alternate energy systems and the toxicity of them. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Steven Magee
Wind Farms are not the answer to Renewable Energy when they are destroying the fabric of the societies they are placed in with hazardous nature to wildlife, design, maintenance &... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by RS