Skip to comments.14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies
Posted on 04/12/2013 8:32:43 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
When Element Power announced on April 10 the closing of a deal to build wind turbines for Blackrock in Ireland, nothing was said about the more than 14,000 other wind turbines lying idle around the world.
Nothing was said about Elements recent termination of another deal to build 40 wind turbines over 4,000 acres on top of Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa in California, citing in its request to relinquish that there were insufficient wind resources to make that project viable.
Those 14,000 wind turbines lying idle in Californias Altamont Pass, Tehachapin, and San Gorgonio areas and elsewhere around the world are testimony to the continuing and accelerating failure of hope over experience, funded with taxpayer monies. And these areas were selected as being in the best wind spots on earth, which are now, according to Natural News writer Jonathan Benson, just spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills.
Wind farms do not generate electricity on any commercially competitive level.
Its a Ponzi scheme, concluded Delingpole, promoted as a way to siphon funds from those taxpayers into the pockets of investment managers like BlackRock and manufacturers like Element Power, despite evidence that such investments have no chance whatever of returning a profit with them. Delingpole explained:
The evidence for man-made global warming is vanishingly small, to the point of non-existence. The only people predicting disastrous man-made climate-change catastrophe are computer modelers and economists who are part of this green Ponzi scheme....
[Wind power] is
a catastrophic failure of judgment. [It is] stupendously inefficient and ludicrously expensive.... So unreliable are wind turbines thanks to the winds constant vagaries that they are one of the most inefficient means of producing electricity ever devised.
(Excerpt) Read more at thenewamerican.com ...
But what will happen to those idle wind turbines that now reflect nothing more than a standing graveyard of reminders to a failed ideology? That remains an open question. If theres not enough money to maintain them, where will the money come from to tear them down?
At least the eagles aren’t getting chopped up.
Another reason for drug testing our feral employees.
They are going to find out the same thing about all those solar panels when the plexiglass begins to opacify from exposure to the sun’s rays.
The Democrats might as well spend all our money on pixie dust. You have to wonder what Obama’s motivation is for investing in alternative energy companies that go belly-up soon afterward. How much of it is finding its way back into his own pocket? Or the pockets of other Democrats?
I was in the western part of Oklahoma yesterday and about 10% of these wind generators were not spinning and these are fairly new, well-maintained wind farms. I also noticed the name Suzlon on one of them. Apparently India is the manufacturer of these wind generators in Oklahoma.
These monstrosities will pepper the landscape here, rotting away after the subsidy gravy train stops.
A lot of the unused turbines are still spinning and killing birds. People drive by and think they are generating, but they are just whirligigs.
OTOH, an article this morning at Fuel Fix points out that the US led the world in adding windpower in 2012.
40% of the new power capacity added in the US during 2012 was wind. 32% was nat gas, and the remainder was coal, nuke and other renewables.
Lawsuits are mounting here in Michigan.
I’d be madder than hell if I were forced to look at those monuments to stupidity every day. Meanwhile we’re tearing out dams that could generate electricity and actually create property value. I myself live on a reservoir.
In spits of all the evidence and the protest of the people, we are going to get it ...."good and hard" as Mencken would have said.
My family and I drove through Kansas on our way to Denver and saw hundreds of these things. We stopped at the welcome center at the CO border and asked them about the wind turbines. I expected an eco-lib-loving spiel about them and was surprised to hear from both employees at the welcome center that most of CO hates the turbines with a passion.
They claimed that each turbine cost $1 million to make, will take 5 years before they become profitable (assuming no parts replacement), and most of their parts are not slated to last 5 years. Those that do breakdown will likely be too expensive to repair and will simply sit there.
>> “OTOH, an article this morning at Fuel Fix points out that the US led the world in adding windpower in 2012.” <<
That is not a good thing!
Wind power adds nothing to our generating capacity, because when we add wind capacity we have to add an equal amount of conventional back-up for it to be reliable; wind just doesn’t blow consistently. Wind power is foolishness unless it is used to lift pumped storage. JBS speaks the truth that you don’t want to hear. They’ve been doing that for 55 years without a single error.
And your point would be what?
The only place where plastic is used in standard solar panels is as a backing film on the bottom side of the lower glass sheet that supports the crystals.
I suspect that is 40% of squat. Given the current administration, very little new capacity was added. Just another repeat of the failed Carter administration.
Pump storage is fine for some flat places but here in Michigan we have literally thousands of existing dams with at least 300 having enough head to generate power on par with wind. Dams also can last for centuries with proper maintenance. Plus they generate power 24/7 and actually create property value.
Pumped storage is viable only in extremely mountainous places like California and Oregon.
None of the other states have sufficient vertical relief to make it workable.