Skip to comments.Wind energy to the rescue. Well, not exactly…
Posted on 03/09/2012 1:44:41 PM PST by landsbaum
So, how is that alternative, renewable wind energy coming along?
No need to split hairs. Give us a general idea.
To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the worlds energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero, says Matt Ridley at the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
(Excerpt) Read more at orangepunch.ocregister.com ...
We just haven't spent enough to make it viable. /s
There is a government program to pay windfarms not to make electricity now.
In November 2009, Kent Hawkins, a Canadian electrical engineer, published a detailed analysis on the frequency with which gas-fired generators must be cycled on and off in order to back up wind power. Hawkins findings: the frequent switching on and off results in more gas consumption than if there were no wind turbines at all. His analysis suggests that it would be more efficient in terms of carbon dioxide emissions to simply run combined-cycle gas turbines on a continuous basis rather than use wind turbines backed up by gas-fired generators that are constantly being turned on and off. Hawkins concludes that wind power is not an effective CO2 mitigation strategy because of inefficiencies introduced by fast-ramping (inefficient) operation of gas turbines.
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