The Secret And Dirty Life Of The Wind Turbine – Comments Chris Huhne?

A common problem for bird choppers as no gear oil exists that can cope with the pressures in the transmissions

The evidence continues to stack about the unsuitability of wind power to provide both affordable, and secure energy for Britain, evidence that Attila the Huhnatic continues to ignore.

The Dutch are moving rapidly away from wind power, while Chris Huhne continues like a racing lemming to be first over the cliff with our energy security.

More of the real truths about wind turbines are becoming known on an almost daily basis

The above image shows the second most common problem (after blade failure) that affects wind turbines: fire. This happens when transmission failures occur in these constructions. To date no gear oil has been invented to withstand the pressures produced within these transmissions. Recently, the U.S. government gave Dow-Corning a big grant to work on it. Previously, many others had tried and failed. Of course our idiotic politicians did not think about all that fibreglass and a little heat would cause such a bonfire with taxpayers’ money! H/T The British Gazette

Major H/T The Daily Bayonet for the following stories:

In California, one of the last bastions of Climate Religion, the Manzana Wind Project has fallen foul of the courts:

We reject the application because we find that the Manzana Wind Project is not cost-competitive and poses unacceptable risks to ratepayers. We find that the proposed cost of the Manzana Wind Project is significantly higher than other resources PG&E can procure to meet its RPS program goal. Moreover, it will subject the ratepayers to unacceptable risks due to potential cost increases resulting from project under-performance, less than forecasted project life, and any delays which might occur concerning transmission upgrades and commercial online date.

Roughly the same things that have been said in this country, and ignored by the Huhnatic.

In Ontario they are gving electricity away:

Even before all the promised wind capacity is plugged into the grid, the unpredictability of wind power has forced Ontario to give away electricity when it is generating more than it can use, but consumers still pay producers a fixed amount per kilowatt hour:

“The IESO would experience surplus conditions roughly 14.5% of the time based on average wind output,” it predicts. Under normal market conditions that would cause the price to fall to zero or below and some generators would shut down. But the new wind farms, operating under current contracts that pay the operator 13.5 cents a kilowatt hour, would see all of their power flow onto the grid at the contract price.

There is no incentive for wind producers to stop the turbines, it doesn’t matter to them if the energy they send to the grid is worth zero – they get paid 13.5 cents per KW/h regardless. If you think that’s bad, solar producers earn nearly 80 cents per KW/h – again a guaranteed sum regardless of the market price of power. Today’s spot price for electricity generated by all sources is 3.69 cents per KW/h (link price will change daily).

Then of course there is the well worn lie that wind turbines save CO2 emissions, they dont:

The Star article also mentions wind power’s really dirty little secret – it doesn’t save a single ounce of CO2:

There’s one other, counter-intuitive problem with increased wind generation. At the moment, more wind power means more gas-fired power. Because wind power is variable, it has to be backed up by natural gas-fired generators, kept idling to be switched in if the wind dips. The reserve generators also have to be paid for, and they boost carbon emissions that wind power is supposed to prevent.

Renewable energy early adopters Spain and France have slashed wind and solar subsidies in the face of economic reality, leaving Ontario with some of the most generous renewables subsidies on the planet. No wonder rent-seekers are salivating at the prospect of money for nothing.

About Tory Aardvark

Climate Realist, Conservative and proud NRA member. I don't buy into the Man Made Global Warming Scam, science is never settled. http://toryaardvark.com @ToryAardvark on Twitter ToryAardvark on Facebook

Posted on January 26, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, COP16, Copenhagen COP15, Green Jobs Lie, Green Lies, IPCC, Oh FFS and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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