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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.
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.
Roberty Murray, Chairman and CEO of Murray Energy took part in a eye-opening interview on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business.
He didn’t hold back for a second, saying that the impending EPA regulations were a “total and dangerous takeover” of the nation’s electricity system. He charged that the current administration’s actions were “illegal” and “unachievable.” He further argued that EPA regulations were “destroying” low cost electricity, American markets and our nation’s competitive position. He stated clearly that he was “scared to death for our country.”
Robert Bryce’s recent Wall Street Journal article digs into the difficult numbers and math that Bill McKibben refuses to touch.
Wind? Merely to keep pace with the global growth in electricity demand would require the installation of about 280,000 megawatts of new wind-energy capacity every year. According to several academic studies, the areal power density of wind energy—that is, the amount of power that can be derived from a given amount of land—is about one watt per square meter. This means that installing the requisite additional wind capacity would require covering about 280,000 square kilometers (108,000 square miles of land)—an area nearly the size of Italy—with wind turbines, every year.
Steve Goreham’s recent article on theHill.com will be an eye-opener for those not familiar with the pressures being placed on our electrical grid.
Last winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the U.S. electrical system―and the system almost broke. On January 7 in the midst of the polar vortex, PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization serving the heart of America from New Jersey to Illinois, experienced a new all-time peak winter load of almost 142,000 megawatts.
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.