By Alfred Dykstra, Lakeshore Advance
Here are 10 things to think about with regard to wind-turbine projects.
- 1. In Ontario, the velocity of the wind constantly changes. This means that no useful power comes from wind turbines approximately 75 per cent of the time.
- When no useful power comes from the wind turbines, consumers still consistently want 120 volts on their lights.
- When wind turbines produce no power, our power must, therefore, come from some other source (i.e., coal, oil, water, uranium or gas).
- Only when the wind blows at approximately 30 miles per hour, do wind turbines produce their rated power.
- The formula for wind power production is: power = the cube of the wind speed. This means that, as the wind speed changes, the power output from the wind turbine changes incredibly fast.
- As the wind speed changes, some other source of power must pick up the slack, so that we can keep a steady 120 volts on our electric system.
- This standby power supply must be instantly available when the wind dies down. Otherwise, we will get brownouts. That power has to be shut off instantly when the wind picks up or we will get dangerous spikes on our power. Both brownouts and spikes will compromise our electronics.
- Thus, when wind turbines are producing power, the standby supplier must have its generator constantly running full tilt so that it can be instantly ready for a change in power production by wind turbines because of changes in wind speed.
- Therefore, consumers now have to pay to keep the standby supplier going full tilt and at the same time, must pay 13.5 cents per kilowatt for wind power. That’s like paying twice!
- This also means that because the standby power supply must run fill tilt, no carbon dioxide savings can be found through the use of wind power. Thus “green energy” is not so green after all.
So, the logic of wind power is completely faulty, and, as consumer, we’re paying the price.
Alfred Dykstra, Central Huron