What happens when you take the ‘Wind’ away from BigWind?

You rely on natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydro for your electricity needs! Imagine if this happens in America, once we decommission approximately 200 coal plants over the next 10 years? This is part of the problem with industrial wind turbines…their power is not dispatchable when we NEED it.  How will our manufacturing survive? Our hospitals? Even if we blanket our entire county with turbines, we will still have this problem.  And, if you click on the article link, you will also see that all these turbines in Scotland only produced 30% of their potential power.  All over the world, 30% is a repeatable number, because it often represents what a turbine will produce- 30% of what we are ‘sold’ before the industrial turbines are turned on. Nuclear, coal, gas and hydro boast more than DOUBLE, and some even TRIPLE this number.  We cannot rely on BigWind to supply our power needs! Thank you to our Ohio legislators and governor who passed Senate Bill 310….

Lack of wind has been blamed for energy production levels slumping 30% compared to last summer.

And it comes despite record numbers of eyesore wind turbines being built across Scotland – with more than 1,000 currently waiting to be erected.Critics have seized on the unpredictable energy flow from windfarms as stark evidence they are a waste of time.

And say the fact they continue to be subsidised to the tune of millions whether they are working or not underlines how lost the current Government is with regards to its green energy commitments.

Linda Holt, of anti-windfarm campaign group Scotland Against Spin, said: “Incorporating a significant quantity of wind-generated electricity into the electricity system required by a modern industrial economy requires corresponding back-up generation and grid balancing.

“These costs are borne exclusively by the consumer, not the wind industry. While the wind industry coins it in, consumers are on a hiding to nothing.”…

A staggering £1.8bn Government subsidies have already been awarded since 2007 and a further £80m spent paying operators to turn them off, to stop them producing too much power, during windy periods.

But Renewable Energy Foundation director Dr John Constable, believes taxpayers will be stung by a further £5bn-a-year bill by 2020 to cover the cost of volatile wind power output.

He claims much of this cost will be borne out of the need to keep traditional power plants running at an uneconomically low level to meet demand when turbines don’t work….

via Calm weather takes the wind out of turbines – Scotland / News & Views / The Sunday Post.