Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wind farm inefficiency

WUWT looks at a UK wind farm study:

Government/industry advertised wind farm efficiency:

“Wind turbines will generate on average 30% of their rated capacity over a year.”
John Muir Trust [ a green trust] study results for UK wind farms:
* below 20% of capacity more than half the time;

* below 10% of capacity over one third of the time;
"Sustainable" energy sources are proving to be economically and politically unsustainable. Premier McGuinty et al take note.


FredR said...

You're missing the point: the only thing that "green" or "renewable" energy projects need to sustain is the steady stream of taxpayers' dollars that keeps them afloat - and a sustainable source of jobs and/or sinecures for political supporters.

Energy for the people? Pfui. That's for the peasants, and they can do with less, anyway.

JR said...

I'm not missing the point Fred. You're right about needing a "steady stream of taxpayers' dollars" but that's unsustainable. Taxpayers aren't going to put up with subsidizing costly, inefficient, noisy, unsightly, bird killing energy sources for very long.