Skip to comments.What A Clean Energy Future Looks Like – An Absolute Nightmare
Posted on 03/09/2011 7:01:42 AM PST by TonyfromOz
This is what a clean energy future looks like, for an entire Country, in this case Australia. This is a scenario that uses actual figures and recent real time data. Currently the U.S. has 41,000MW of Nameplate Capacity for all wind towers. Here in Australia, there is that same Nameplate Capacity for every electrical power plant that emits Carbon Dioxide, and that's black and brown coal, natural gas, and oil derivatives. Transpose that exact wind total to Australia, and there are no CO2 emissions. However, the actual power delivered to consumers amounts to only one third of the current existing total for Australia, and instead of that existing power being delivered 24/7/365, it barely manages to deliver for 6 hours a day. So, a move to supposedly 'clean energy' would prove to be the greatest disaster in history.
Generator nameplate capacity (installed) — The maximum rated output of a generator, prime mover, or other electric power production equipment under specific conditions designated by the manufacturer. Installed generator nameplate capacity is commonly expressed in megawatts (MW) and is usually indicated on a nameplate physically attached to the generator.
Thanks, TonyFromOz, for an enlightening post!
There was a family from Peakhurst, NSW, who was kind to me during my R&R from Vietnam in July, 1969. I am grateful for Australia & her Aussies.
Your song, “I Am Australian” is such a beautiful anthem to Australia & her people.
And I can leave without posting Waltzing Matilda
“can” = “cannot”
Also, the family in Peakhurst was the “Turners”, or maybe the “Tuckers”...the memory is growing rusty...
Thanks, Australia, for being a friend!
Wind is not the best solution.
Ocean Current Energy, such as the Gulf Stream in Florida, consistenly moves at 5 knots per hour, 24/7 eon to eon. The resource is over one mile deep, and over forty miles wide. The amount of recoverable energy is three and one half times the Hoover Dam.
Energy from this source is estimated to cost 3-5 cents per kilowatt hour.
Moving energy production to the ocean will have other benefits too: Under water cities, food, mineral resources.
Another $200 mil crony capitalism deal for GE Wind here in Indiana:
Note the push to complete before the 30% subsidy expires.
To get people to do something stupid you often have to pay them to do it, and, like many government programs, when the capacity is not enough they simply double down throw more money at it.
With all that is going on in the Middle East, combined with our limitations on domestic oil and gas production, we could easily see this country, and much of the world, brought to a screeching halt from the lack of energy. We have not had an energy shortage, other than perhaps during WWII, gasoline has always been reasonably priced except for the taxes they keep piling on it, until all of a sudden, starting in the 1960s, Communists supported groups became unduly concerned with the environment. Since then they have been hampering energy production by burdening it with taxes and regulations and restricting its production. Why? They are directing our efforts away from the cheap and proven supplies onto unproven and questionable methods, most of which are proving inadequate and even harmful. Why?
This is all the result of central control replacing the free market. If it needs doing the free market will recognize it and find the cheapest and most efficient way to do it.
How did we lose our way? We didn't! We have been hijacked!
Senator Klobuchar (D-Mn) 2009
As Van Jones has said, who is a guy who has written a book about the green collar economy, when you think about the green economy, dont think about Buck Rogers; think about joe six-pack putting on a green hard hat. Think about Rosie the riveter manufacturing solar panels and wind turbines. This is President Obamas plan jobs, jobs, jobs.