Official: wind farms are totally useless

Wind farms are much less efficient than claimed, producing below 10% of capacity for more than a third of the time, according to a new report.

by James Delingpole, Telegraph

Before I take my break, I cannot resist drawing your attention to a new report on wind farms – perhaps the most damning I have ever read. What makes it even more significant is that it has been sponsored by an environmental charity. Normally the people most busily pushing these bird-chomping, bat-crunching, taxpayer-fleecing monstrosities on our magnificent landscape are those who claim, ludicrously, to be “green.” Thank you, John Muir Trust, for reminding as that being “green” doesn’t necessarily have to include economically suicidal schemes to destroy perhaps our greatest national asset: the British countryside.

Here’s its summary:

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS in respect of analysis of electricity generation from all the U.K. windfarms which are metered by National Grid, November 2008 to December 2010. The following five statements are common assertions made by both the wind industry and Government representatives and agencies. This Report examines those assertions.

“Wind turbines will generate on average 30% of their rated capacity over a year.”

“The wind is always blowing somewhere.”

“Periods of widespread low wind are infrequent.”

“The probability of very low wind output coinciding with peak electricity demand is slight.”

“Pumped storage hydro can fill the generation gap during prolonged low wind periods.”

This analysis uses publicly available data for a 26 month period between November 2008 and December 2010 and the facts in respect of the above assertions are:

Average output from wind was 27.18% of metered capacity in 2009, 21.14% in 2010, and 24.08% between November 2008 and December 2010 inclusive.

There were 124 separate occasions from November 2008 till December 2010 when total generation from the windfarms metered by National Grid was less than 20MW. (Average capacity over the period was in excess of 1600MW).

The average frequency and duration of a low wind event of 20MW or less between November 2008 and December 2010 was once every 6.38 days for a period of 4.93 hours.

At each of the four highest peak demands of 2010 wind output was low being respectively 4.72%, 5.51%, 2.59% and 2.51% of capacity at peak demand.

The entire pumped storage hydro capacity in the UK can provide up to 2788MW for only 5 hours then it drops to 1060MW, and finally runs out of water after 22 hours.

15 thoughts on “Official: wind farms are totally useless

  1. I don’t care if we have a million reports to read or draw our comments from, this Government of Ontario and now, apparently, our Federal Leaders will not sway one bit from their misrepresentation of the facts in order to put their chosen Industrialists in “control” of our futures!

    That’s the brutal truth of this exercise in futility.

    Actions speak louder than words and if the actions of the last 3 years are proof of that then why hasn’t one single proposal of Wind Development been stopped by Citizen’s actions?…………the only reason any Wind Development has been slowed is due to “economic slowdown”!

  2. Ughh – it’s spring … I don’t want to read another report!

    Seriously, there was a different report last week from Europe that showed the same thing but also that the wind frequently dies right across Europe. The political implications of energy starvation in a broadly connected market are huge:
    http://www.powergenworldwide.com/index/display/articledisplay/5842512851/articles/powergenworldwide/t-and-d/t-and-d-infrastructure/2011/03/poeyry_-european_.html (already near here as Quebec throttles Labrador)

    Here’s one to watch that might help us in Ontario – let’s see the backlash Obama gets if he vetoes a law preventing the EPA from restricting CO2 as a pollutant.

    http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/white-house-promises-veto-of-anti-e-p-a-bill/

  3. Watch how you vote or you have a Federal Geen Energy Act with Cap-And-Trade provisions as well.

  4. Obama may be skating on thin ice anyway. Gasoline in the States is near $4/gallon.

    Also have received some information that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to look into Obama’s U.S. citizenship. Wonder what this will lead to?

  5. Quixote…

    That’s the brutal truth of this exercise in futility.

    Actions speak louder than words and if the actions of the last 3 years are proof of that then why hasn’t one single proposal of Wind Development been stopped by Citizen’s actions?…………the only reason any Wind Development has been slowed is due to “economic slowdown”!

    Well, any suggestions that you feel we haven’t explored.?
    We do pass info back and forth here, we continue to preach to the choir.
    Well, we are up for levels of action…

  6. If you can tell us “what levels of action” we will do it. How about a hunger strike on the steps of Queens Park? It worked for Gandhi.

    I think one of the best things we can do in light of Harper’s commitment to support wind power is to bombard his office with information. Send him a compendium of our best articles. Once PM Harper is reelected Mr Hudak can work some reason on him.

  7. The good news is that a family member called me to say they heard about this on Barrie radio station in their news report. Public opinion and media response appears to be actually changing.

  8. Is the bottom falling out of the wind turbine market?

    “Late on Tuesday, AMSC said Sinovel — the world’s third largest wind turbine maker — would not accept shipments till it reduced its inventory levels and refused to make payments for some shipments made in this fiscal year.

    This rekindles fears of slowing growth in China’s wind market, which is the largest in the world.

    Citigroup analyst Timothy Arcuri estimates AMSC has about 2.5-3 gigawatts of excess inventory of produced for Sinovel.”

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/AMSC-shares-tumble-as-top-rb-1291701152.html?x=0

  9. Folks..this all started with NAFTA..when Canadian negotiators sold us out by allowing deregulation of our electricity industry.
    Back in the late 90’s they knew wind would not be a viable answer to energy needs.
    The answer then and is still the answer today is reducing energy demand and loss by proper maintenance , upgrading and conservation.
    Privatization means answering to share holders regarding profits. Which results in less maintenance , less desire to have a surplus , and less desire to build new systems or upgrade systems in place.
    Harris and McGuinty both supported deregulation back then.
    Then of course Mcguinty flip flopped. , won the election ..now he has done this again in support of deregulation.
    They also knew back then , 12 years ago , off shore wind projects were not financially viable.
    So it leaves one wondering if this wasn’t a plan , on hold , to look like you made concessions , if needed , when off shore wind was never really in the cards.
    The black out that “energy crisis ” is based on was caused by , of course , a Privately owned US electricity company that did not do proper maintenance and had it’s failsafe measures fail so other companies on the grid could not balance the issues caused on the grid because of these failures , because they didn’t know it was happening until it was too late.
    Dereulation was touted as the second coming and was supposed to make energy cheaper because of “competition”. It was also assumed by our wonderful government that industry would continue building new generation and do ongoing maintenance to keep up the system to ensure energy loss would be at a minimum .It was also assumed that private business would ensure there would be excess capacity available if demand required it.
    The problem was and is the way the whole system works , the less energy there is , the more money you can make. There is no benefit to shareholders to have more capacity , thus making building new generating systems unattractive.
    Commodity speculation is also a huge elephant in the room.
    On the one hand you need investment…but energy investment has gone a different direction , which has completely messed things up even more.

    Because of NAFTA and deregulation , Ontario will continue to lose manufacturing jobs and in fact any jobs which require high energy demand.
    Wind and solar will only compound the problem and drive costs up even more.
    If ” Carbon Pricing” is ever adopted , you and I may as well quit our jobs and live on welfare…we will be financial toast.

    So while we banter back and forth…do you really think without us all banding together and taking a Firm stand , and fighting tooth and nail , with the Billions of your dollars in profits at stake , it would be a simple matter to take this wind industry and our “less than democratic” government on?
    They know wind and solar..suck.
    They also know that 80% of the people will do nothing but complain and whine.
    We have an opportunity to change the course of politics and history.
    This is not about you , it’s about what happens 25 years from now.
    We don’t have an energy crisis , we have a moral and ethical crisis.
    We have been played now for over 12 years…..we deserve a government with integrity.
    Politics was a noble thing.
    Trust and integrity are values that should be expected.
    But these guys are in it for what they can get today.
    I am sorry , but my passion often makes me seem extreme.

  10. The so called energy crisis began with NAFTA and deregulation. and thinking business would or could provide energy cheaper..you can guess the crap spewed , Harris started Ontario on this path , at first McGuinty was for it then against and now is supporting it again. Wind and solar were in the cards in early 2000.
    Even then it was felt the best solution was , conservation and maintenace of the system and investment by private business. Even back then health issues were known , also the inefficiency of wind was also known. But keep in mind , natural gas was expensive so wasn’t an attractive way to go.
    I came across this site quite by accident….
    http://www.ontariotenants.ca/electricity/hydro-news.phtml

  11. Christopher Booker makes some great comments on this:

    “Thus, in return for less than 3 per cent of our electricity, nearly 7 per cent of our billls were made up of hidden subsidies to the wind developers, a percentage due to treble and quadruple in coming years as the Government strives to meet EU “renewables” target by building up to 10,000 more turbines, at a cost of £100 billion. The dream of using the wind to keep our lights on is being shown by reality to be one of the most absurd fantasies of our time.”

    http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=7520&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ClimaterealistsNewsBlog+%28ClimateRealists+News+Blog%29

  12. And this is the same place Ontario finds itself in with the IWT issue. Keep spending and install thousands more IWTs. Who cares how much this will cost.

    This is the eco-nut dream that has turned into a night-mare for those suffering from wind turbine syndrome and there will be plenty more victims if this is not stopped now.

  13. Well , then , lets stop them.
    It isn’t going to happen bantering back and forth convincing the converted.

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