Tag: capacity factor

Low wind speeds in 2015 cut BigWind production across USA

Wow, coupled with the fact that most BigWind sites produce less than 40% of their actual capacity, this is disasterous news. Does anyone think global warming could be to blame? 🙂 US: In the first quarter of 2015, wind speeds in California and Texas were the lowest in 47 years, according to weather monitoring firm Vaisala. … Continue reading Low wind speeds in 2015 cut BigWind production across USA

BigWind MISSES their mark 58% of the time

  This link is to an article with absolutely spectacular graphs of the value (or lack thereof) that wind adds to the grid in Ireland, in 15 minute increments.  The bold type below is succinct and relevant to the USA. How would you like to be a grid operator who deals in energy capacity auctions … Continue reading BigWind MISSES their mark 58% of the time

Wind energy is anything BUT free

The truth speaks for itself below... Various promoters maintain the cost of wind energy is competitive with other sources of energy. As shown below, this is not the case. The EIA calculates the levelized cost of NEW onshore wind turbine plants place in service in 2018, capacity factor 0.34, 30-yr life, at $86.6/MWh, including transmission of … Continue reading Wind energy is anything BUT free