Wind warning

People have questions about wind power. One question is raised in an article in the Chronicle Herald by Rachel Brighton :

SHOULD an international company operating in eight countries qualify as a “small, community-based” producer of wind power?

That’s one question the government will need to answer when it releases its renewable energy strategy in the spring.

This question of definition isn’t the only question. We ask, should we place much reliance on wind as an alternative energy at all? It seems to us this is a much more important question which must be answered FIRST! Some may think that question has already been answered, yes. But we hope someone will reconsider.

Are we watching the experience of other countries?

Please note that other countries are finding wind power’s unreliable input a danger to the grid.:

Unless there is a quick change in the rules for connection of these sources, CEPS will be forced to take them out of operation, mainly when preventing or resolving emergency situations. That could mean a threat for investments… into solar and wind power plants.”

Output of wind and solar plants is volatile due to changing weather, and sudden output surges or drops put pressure on grid operators who need to keep the power systems stable.

Here is another factor to consider. What is the cost/benefit of wind power sources? The answer to that is that the cost is high and the benefit low. That is not a good ratio.

The first short answer is that the true financial cost of electricity from wind is huge compared to electricity from reliable generating sources.

The second short answer is that the cost of electricity from wind should not be compared with the cost of electricity from reliable generating sources because the value of electricity from wind is much lower.

Wind power projects require subsidization which this province, already in debt, cannot afford especially when any real benefit is doubtful. So before we talk about how this subsidization be structured perhaps we should ask whether the taxpayer should subsidize this business at all. If it is a viable business why does it need to be fed by government?

Here is another question. Who are we listening to?

  • The publication of inaccurate data on the potential of wave power to produce electricity around the world, which was wrongly attributed to the website of a commercial wave-energy company.
  • They are the latest in a series of damaging revelations about the IPCC’s most recent report, published in 2007.

  • Claims based on information in press releases and newsletters.
  • New examples of statements based on student dissertations, two of which were unpublished.
  • More claims which were based on reports produced by environmental pressure groups.
  • Will you, Darrell Dexter and your ministers, please reconsider putting our eggs in this flimsy energy basket case?

    They are rethinking in Arizona :

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, seeing which way the snow is blowing, has issued an executive order saying her state will suspend its participation in the emission-control plan or any program that could raise costs for businesses and consumers. …

    All 50 states agreed to the cap-and-trade pact, but left implementation up to each state. Only California is ready to start its program in 2012.

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