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Solar energy can’t even handle an anti-fossil fuels blow up toy.
This protest presents the world with a powerfully ironic statement on what happens when you expect renewables (even with battery backup) to provide reliable power.
The video is funny and sad at the same time. Funny for the obvious reason that the solar-powered protest went a teensy bit flaccid. Sad that these protestors don’t appear to see the obvious irony and parallels to our larger energy system.
As in real life, when renewable energy can’t keep up with demand, you have to plug into a reliable, fossil-fueled energy source.
Most people just don’t know that Germany, the darling of the European renewables industry, is in the middle of a massive build-up of its coal-fueled generation fleet. Some, as this WSJ author does, might call it a “coal binge.”
Berlin’s “energy revolution” is going great—if you own a coal mine. The German shift to renewable power sources that started in 2000 has brought the green share of German electricity up to around 25%. But the rest of the energy mix has become more heavily concentrated on coal, which now accounts for some 45% of power generation and growing.
Deroy Murdock’s recent NRO article on the ‘green-ness’ of so-called green energy takes renewable energy head on. His article demonstrates, once again, that all forms of energy have impacts on the environment. It is, therefore, the job of the energy industry, elected officials, regulators, and the media to provide balanced facts on the relative costs and benefits of energy policy choices. It is also the job of government and regulators to avoid selecting (and promoting) some energy options at the expense of others, especially when the selected energy sources have their own long (and growing) list of environmental and economic negatives they need to address.
Lance Brown at PACE has posted a good article that dissects the arguments of those who claim solar energy isn’t getting a fair shake. Lance points directly to the primary reason that solar still has troubles competing with baseload energy sources like coal, gas, and nuclear – cost.
Here is Lance’s article reprinted with permission from the PACE blog.
What happens when the merits of an argument fail? Change the subject. Blame someone. Or simply deflect attention from the possibility that maybe your approach isn’t the best one out there.
A federal laboratory has released its report on hazards from glare at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino County and the risk that glare poses to aviation in the area. That report isn’t good news for those flying between L.A. and Vegas.
… a study from the Sandia National Laboratories published on the California Energy Commission website Thursday found that significant and potentially hazardous amounts of glare are created when the facility’s heliostats are in what the operators call “standby position,” the default position for heliostats not aimed directly at the plant’s boilers.
One more government “investment” in wind energy that has proven unfruitful.
A $2.3 million federal stimulus project at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud is giving green energy initiatives a bad name.
A 600-kilowatt wind turbine — some 245 foot tall — stands on the wintry VA grounds, frozen in time and temperature, essentially inoperable for the past 1 1/2 years. No one is working to fix it
A March 18th blog post from UKIP member of the European Parliament, Roger Helmer, takes a bite out of the wind industry’s claims that they have played a key role in lowering energy prices and increasing competition.
Unfortunately, renewables do not compete on a level playing field. As we have noted many times before renewables have been able to “compete” only because of the massive levels of subsidies they receive. Helmer also notes that their role in the European energy system has actually helped to increase costs to the point that manufacturing interests are fleeing Europe for areas with lower cost energy.
This MasterResource article is almost a month old, but it is still well worth reading. It provides an astonishing look into the lack of concern being shown for golden eagles by legislators, regulators, and wind energy developers and advocates.
The fallout from this contrived data is that the wind industry is being allowed to legally kill 1,036 golden eagles a year from a rapidly declining population. …
Robert Bryce’s recent testimony has been reprinted as “Killing Wildlife in the Name of Climate Change“. His testimony is a stark and revealing look into how government regulators and enforcement agencies are effectively turning a blind eye to massive levels of wind energy-caused avian mortality (read: dead birds – including golden eagles and other protected raptors).
Bryce’s testimony reveals how little the push for so-called green energy has to do with environmental protection and sustainability. In fact, his testimony demonstrates that the wind industry has been allowed to essentially avoid prosecution under the Endangered Species Act and The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as other foundational environmental legislation. The fossil fuel industry, however, has been swiftly prosecuted and made to pay extensive fines when their activities had any perceived impacts on birds or other wildlife.
A December 2013 Telegraph article describes the growing costs and rapid drop offs in generation capacity being experienced at offshore wind farms in the UK
… due to wear and tear on their mechanisms and blades, the amount of electricity they generate very dramatically falls over the years; so that a turbine that initially produces on average at 25 per cent of its “capacity” can degrade over 15 years to produce less than 5 per cent. With offshore turbines, the effects of weather and salt corrosion are so damaging that output falls from 45 per cent to barely 12 per cent.