Onshore Wind Development Collapses As Subsidies End

Hilarious to see the wind industry promoting onshore wind as the cheapest renewable source but still wholly reliant on public subsidy after all these years. A phrase involving the words “brass” and “necks” comes to mind.

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By Paul Homewood

h/t Patsy Lacey

From the Independent:

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The government failed to consider the climate or the economic costs of a policy change that contributed to the collapse of onshore wind in the UK.

Planning applications for new onshore wind developments have plummeted by 94 per cent since the introduction of new policies governing their construction in 2015.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information rules for The Independent by Christine Ottery at DeSmog UK and environmental group 10:10 Climate Action have revealed the government did not conduct relevant impact assessments before implementing these changes.

They found no assessments had been made of how the new policies would affect carbon emissions, despite the key role onshore wind is thought to have in transitioning to a greener energy system and meeting climate targets.

There was also no detailed assessment of how policies would affect the future of the nation’s wind industry…

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Keep a Diesel in the Shed

You need a sense of humour down under these days:

You can have your solar panels
and your turbines on the hills;
You can use the warmth of sunshine
to reduce your heating bills.

You can dream you’re self-sufficient
as you weed your vegie bed;
As long as you make sure to keep
A diesel in the shed.

See original post by Viv Forbes here for more details on why this ditty is so true: http://carbon-sense.com/2017/04/20/diesel-in-shed/

Large-scale wind energy slows down winds and reduces turbine efficiencies

We knew this was likely – but good to see more research on this important issue which quantifies the effect as being a further 20% reduction over the already dire performance due to well known capacity factors.

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Welsh windfarm [image credit: PA / BBC] Welsh windfarm [image credit: PA / BBC]
If this research is correct, large windfarms could be losing a huge part of their potential output due to inadequate spacing, as Phys.org reports. Quote: “We found these dramatic effects at turbine spacings commonly used in present-day wind farms on land.”

Wind energy has been remarkably successful in providing an increasing share of cheap renewable energy. But can this trend continue to supply more and more renewable energy for decades to come?

A new study published by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, lowers the expectations of wind energy when used at large scales.

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Bulk Battery Storage of Wind Power a Myth

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In the fall-out over South Australia’s wind powered economic and social calamity, the line has been repeatedly spun about fixing the mess with ‘rapidly improving battery storage technology’.

It is little more than a ‘smoke and mirrors’ pitch by the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers, designed to deflect attention from the fact that wind power is meaningless as a power source, abandoned centuries ago for very obvious reasons – eg, SA’s wind power output during July:

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Even if storing Terawatt/hours of electricity produced by these things – when it wasn’t needed, in order to deliver it when it might be – was technically possible the cost of the power delivered would be astronomical, as this little Mythbusting analysis makes plain.

The Holy Grail of Battery Storage
Energy Matters
Roger Andrews
18 August 2016

A recent Telegraph article claims that storage battery technology is now advancing so fast that “we…

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UK Plan to Ban Noisy Wind Farms

About time.

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when-is-wind-energy-noise-pollutionNoisy wind farms face ban as ministers launch review into ‘annoying’ sound levels
The Telegraph
Emily Godsen
30 November 2014

Exclusive: Energy department commissions review into disturbance from turbine noise in order to decide when annoyance becomes unacceptable 

Noisy wind farms that disturb local communities could be banned, after ministers launched an unprecedented review into the annoyance they cause.

In the first official admission that wind turbine noise can adversely affect local residents, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned an independent investigation to assess the levels of sound wind farms produce and the extent of disturbance caused as a result.

Experts from the Institute of Acoustics will conduct the research next year, the Telegraph has learnt, and ministers across Government will then use the data to decide at which point the annoyance officially becomes “unacceptable”.

The review is likely to lead to tighter planning guidance for…

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Australian Senate to Turn Up the Blowtorch on the Great Wind Power Fraud

About time we had one of these over here!

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blow-torch_01Australian Senate turns the blowtorch on the wind power fraud.

The Senate is about to launch into a full-blown attack on the wind industry and the fictions which have sustained it. Until now.

We’ll open the batting with some moaning from the greentard’s favourite megaphone, The Guardian.

Crossbench senators back another inquiry into wind power
The Guardian
Lenore Taylor
18 November 2014

Examination into the effects of wind energy on power prices, human health and wildlife set to go ahead

Senators opposed to wind energy are set to establish yet another inquiry into its alleged effects on power prices, human health and wildlife – but the government is insisting they have to abolish an existing inquiry to set it up.

On the list of inquiries that could go is an investigation of the Abbott government’s budget cuts or the Palmer United party-instigated inquiry into “Queensland government administration”.

The new inquiry…

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Wind Power Can Never Deliver Energy Security

Some detailed research demonstrating why wind farms are a terrible idea.

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By Paul Homewood

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/11186206/Wind-farms-can-never-be-relied-upon-to-deliver-UK-energy-security.html

My first reaction was no s*** Sherlock!

But a report out by the Adam Smith Institute includes some detailed modelling. The Telegraph report:

Wind farms can never be relied upon to keep the lights on in Britain because there are long periods each winter in which they produce barely any power, according to a new report by the Adam Smith Institute.

The huge variation in wind farms’ power output means they cannot be counted on to produce energy when needed, and an equivalent amount of generation from traditional fossil fuel plants will be needed as back-up, the study finds.

Wind farm proponents often claim that the intermittent technology can be relied upon because the wind is always blowing somewhere in the UK.

But the report finds that a 10GW fleet of wind farms across the UK could “guarantee” to provide less than two per cent of…

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Brits Belted by Insanely Expensive and Utterly Unreliable Wind Power

Eventually even “the man in the street” will start to notice this in his pocket and then perhaps he’ll stop worrying about immigration.

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ed-davey_885751c When I stack it this high, it really starts to smell.

Britain’s political betters have set it up for one enormous gamble.  Britain is wagering its entire economic future on its – out of control – wind power boondoggle.

Back in January, The Economist reported on the INSANE cost of delivering offshore wind power – where generators are guaranteed obscene returns – being able to charge “three times the current wholesale price of electricity and about 60% more than is promised to onshore turbines.”

The Economist reported that “offshore wind power is staggeringly expensive” and “among the most expensive ways of marginally reducing carbon emissions known to man”.  But that is merely to compare the insane costs of onshore wind power with the completely insane costs of offshore wind power (see our post here).

Now Britain’s House of Lords has weighed in with an inquiry into their runaway wind…

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Parker Gallant Uncovers the Hidden Costs of Ontario’s Insane Wind Power Policy

It’s difficult to understand how this keeps happening given the economics are so clear. What is it that convinced politicians that it is worth wasting these colossal sums of public money that could be invested in so many other worthwhile things. Perhaps funding a back to school program for politicians- economics 101 would be a good start?

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turbines ontario Scene from the remake of “The War of the Worlds”.

Ever tried to imagine hell on earth?

Ever imagined a nightmare turned to reality?

Then you’ve probably landed in Ontario.

Ontario is the place where the most bizarre energy policy in the world has seen thousands of giant fans speared into the backyards of homes – in the most agriculturally productive part of Canada. When we say “bizarre” we mean completely bonkers.

Canada has one of the “cleanest” power generation mixes on the planet, with the vast bulk of its electricity coming from zero emissions sources such as nuclear and hydro.

Ontario energy mix 2013

As Professor Ross McKitrick explains in this post, Ontario has built a policy that sees wind power (when the wind is blowing) “displace” emissions free hydro at enormous cost to power consumers and taxpayers.

And then there’s the colossal human impact of plonking thousands of turbines as close…

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