BigWind FAILS in Hawaii. Will Ohio learn?

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Ohio will become a graveyard of industrial wind turbines, unless our citizenry educates themselves and others, about the realities of this industry. We canNOT rely on our legislators to protect us, as many have either been bribed by or have drunk the BigWind Kool-Aid.  Why is is that our legislators will not educate themselves about these realities? Why are they ONLY listening to the BigWind lobbyists, paid for decades, by our tax dollars??????? Maybe it is time for some new policitians, who know how to THINK…..

Recently, my wife and I were blessed with an early Christmas gift from our son. We spent a week in the beautiful state of Hawaii….I wish instead to tell you what I observed and discovered with relevance to the Hawaiian people’s experience with wind turbines.

At 7,000 feet above sea level, we stopped at a ranger station, and I had an interesting conversation with a young ranger who held a degree in biology from the University of Oklahoma….

When I asked about the wind turbines that rest silent and unmoving on the jetties close to the rugged seashores of the mountains, he responded with the following statement.

“We are more concerned with the ecology of our island than of wind energy. We have two species of bats that near extinction. That is more important to our people.”

He continued, “I am not an expert of wind turbines, but I do know they were installed around 2008, and they did not prove to be as efficient as they were advertised to be.”

We continued up the mountain to our destination, stopping at a sheep-shearing station around 9,000 feet for a meal. It was there our tour bus driver — another ranger, with a degree in wildlife management from UCLA — continued with his knowledge about the subject. He had listened quietly to the conversation that was engaged earlier in the day.

“The wind turbines are not cost efficient. When they stop working, the maintenance to repair them is not a good business move. Although we built them on shorelines where people do not live, their appearance is ghastly. Most of them remain still as they rust away. The big energy companies took advantage of the Hawaiian people.”

Broken promises:

The rusting wind turbines of Hawaii

A breathtaking sight awaits those who travel to the southernmost tip of Hawaii’s stunningly beautiful Big Island, though it’s not in any guidebook. On a 100-acre site, where cattle wander past broken ‘Keep Out’ signs, stand the rusting skeletons of scores of wind turbines….

Yet the 27-year-old Kamaoa Wind Farm remains a relic of the boom and inglorious bust of America’s so-called “wind rush,” the world’s first major experiment in wind energy.

At a time when the EU and the British Government are fully paid-up evangelists for wind power, the lesson from America — and the ghostly hulks on this far-flung coast — should be a warning of their folly.

— By Tom Leonard, a correspondent for Hawaii Free Press (www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/6350/Broken-promises-The-rusting-wind-turbines-of-Hawaii.aspx)

Why do we not listen to the people in Hawaii, Indiana, Colorado, California, and New York when they warn us about the exploitations of wind energy companies? Is it the genuine desire to save our planet that makes us rush to hasty decisions created by outsiders? Is it the temptation of financial rewards for our family? It certainly cannot be based on research or history, for research warns of extreme danger and history speaks of consequences that result in regret as we rush to discover clean renewable energy…

Original article January 2019

 

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Not 1, but 41 reason why BigWind CAN’T replace FOSSIL FUELS

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BigWind is a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.  We have been told a LIE that renewable energy will replace and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  The OPPOSITE is true.  Most people think this reality sounds like nonsense.  Please educate yourselves and share with others….

Preface. Electricity simply doesn’t substitute for all the uses of fossil fuels, so windmills will never be able to reproduce themselves from the energy they generate — they are simply not sustainable.  Consider the life cycle of a wind turbine – giant diesel powered mining trucks and machines dig deep into the earth for iron ore, fossil-fueled ships take the ore to a facility that will crush it and permeate it with toxic chemicals to extract the metal from the ore, the metal will be taken in a diesel truck or locomotive to a smelter which runs exclusively on fossil fuels 24 x 7 x 365 for up to 22 years (any stoppage causes the lining to shatter so intermittent electricity won’t do). There are over 8,000 parts to a wind turbine which are delivered over global supply chains via petroleum-fueled ships, rail, air, and trucks to the assembly factory. Finally diesel cement trucks arrive at the wind turbine site to pour many tons of concrete and other diesel trucks carry segments of the wind turbine to the site and workers who drove gas or diesel vehicles to the site assemble it.

Here are the topics covered below in this long post:

  1. Windmills require petroleum every single step of their life cycle. If they can’t replicate themselves using wind turbine generated electricity, they are not sustainable
  2. SCALE. Too many windmills needed to replace fossil fuels
  3. SCALE. Wind turbines can’t be scaled up fast enough to replace fossils
  4. Not enough rare earth metals and enormous amounts of cement, steel, and other materials required
  5. Not enough dispatchable power to balance wind intermittency and unreliability
  6. Wind blows seasonally, so for much of there year there wouldn’t be enough wind
  7. When too much wind is blowing for the grid to handle, it has to be curtailed and/or drives electricity prices to zero, driving natural gas, coal, and nuclear power plants out of business
  8. The best wind areas will never be developed
  9. The Grid Can’t Handle Wind Power without natural gas, which is finite
  10. The role of the grid is to keep the supply of power steady and predictable. Wind does the opposite, at some point of penetration it may become impossible to keep the grid from crashing.
  11. The grid blacks out when the supply of power varies too much. Eventually too much wind penetration will crash the grid.
  12. Windmills wouldn’t be built without huge subsidies and tax breaks
  13. Tremendous environmental damage from mining material for windmills
  14. Not enough time to scale wind up
  15. The best wind is too high or remote to capture
  16. Too many turbines could affect Earth’s climate negatively
  17. Wide-scale US wind power could cause significant global warming. A Harvard study raises questions about just how much wind should be part of a climate solution
    Less wind can be captured than thought (see Max Planck Society)
  18. Wind is only strong enough to justify windmills in a few regions
  19. The electric grid needs to be much larger than it is now
  20. Wind blows the strongest when customer demand is the weakest
  21. No utility scale energy storage in sight
  22. Wind Power surges harm industrial customers
  23. Energy returned on Energy Invested is negative
  24. Windmills take up too much space
  25. Wind Turbines break down too often
  26. Large-scale wind energy slows down winds and reduces turbine efficiencies
  27. Offshore Wind Farms likely to be destroyed by Hurricanes
  28. The costs of lightning damage are too high
  29. Wind doesn’t reduce CO2
  30. Turbines increase the cost of farming
  31. Offshore Windmills battered by waves, wind, ice, corrosion, a hazard to ships and ecosystems
  32. Wind turbines are far more expensive than they appear to be
  33. Wind turbines are already going out of business and fewer built in Europe
  34. TRANSPORTATION LIMITATIONS: Windmills are so huge they’ve reached the limits of land transportation by truck or rail
  35. Windmills may only last 12 to 15 years, or at best 20 years
  36. Not In My Back Yard – NIMBYism
  37. Lack of a skilled and technical workforce
  38. Wind only produces electricity, what we face is a liquid fuels crisis
  39. Wind has a low capacity Factor
  40. Dead bugs and salt reduce wind power generation by 20 to 30%
  41. Small windmills too expensive, too noisy, unreliable, and height restricted…

    Windmills require petroleum every single step of their life cycle. If they can’t replicate themselves using wind turbine generated electricity, they are not sustainable

    Fossil fuels are essential for making wind turbines, as Robert Wilson explains in Can You Make a Wind Turbine Without Fossil Fuels?….

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Christmas always reminds us of Hope

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In this season of hope, we were surprised to see a glimmer reported in the Toledo Blade yesterday. During a year-end interview with Governor John Kasich, the subject of renewable energy came up and this is what was reported:

“Mr. Kasich recently called “unacceptable” a legislative committee’s recommendation to indefinitely continue the two-year freeze on the state’s renewable and energy efficiency mandates. But in talking Tuesday about the accomplishments of his administration and the General Assembly in 2015, he said he doesn’t want to return to the mandate that utilities find a quarter of their power from such sources by 2027. “This is a tough one,” Mr. Kasich said. “I believe that we need to develop renewables and build them at a rate that is consistent with the ability to not drive up the costs so high that our manufacturers have to buy out-of-state power at higher prices and put people out of work. “But I also think we have to be part of the national solution on renewables, and the legislature is now beginning to look at what we should do. Hopefully, we can reach agreement because I would hate to go back to a 25 percent mandate.”

To the Ohio Environmental Council, this was a Christmas “lump of coal” (pun intended!). It was probably also a siren call for the environmental left to gear up for more pressure in 2016 but it certainly is an improvement over the Governor’s earlier statement that a permanent freeze was “unacceptable”. Thank you for reading our blog this year. Nothing is more powerful than an informed citizenry. May your Christmas day be filled with joy.”…for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”
[Luke 2:8-14 KJV]

COLUMBUS —

Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday…he doesn’t want to see the restoration of the state mandate that utilities find 25 percent of their power from renewable or advanced technology sources…

Source: Kasich rejects bond issue to battle algae in Lake Erie

Hydropower is the oldest form of renewable energy on the planet- but it’s no longer “green”

Hydropower from before 1995 doesn’t qualify as “green” enough? Seriously, is someone turning off the spigot? Hydro has been renewable before our environmentalists coined the term! And it has stood the test of time, unlike the 1st windmills that were abandoned because of their intermittency. BigWind and the BigSun had, apparently, put some pocket change in some politicians’s coffers. Reminds me of a similar fight in Ohio when our senate bill was passed…

Oregon requires large utilities to get 25 percent of their energy from new renewable sources by 2025. Smaller utilities must reach lower targets.

A recent influx of power-hungry data centers is pushing smaller Eastern Oregon utilities closer to large-utility status. Faced with the prospect of complying with the tougher standards, a lobbyist for the Umatilla Electric Cooperative has been collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would allow Umatilla and other consumer-owned utilities to get around the mandates.

Proponents of the mandate say the ballot measure would undermine the effort to spur investment in renewables….

Hydropower from dams built before 1995 doesn’t count toward the 25 percent renewables target under Oregon’s 2007 energy mandate, known as the renewable portfolio standard. Proponents say that’s because it was intended to spur new green-energy investments.

The ballot measure would allow utilities to use all dams to satisfy the energy mandates. Because the rural electric cooperatives get nearly all their power from the dams on the Columbia River, they’d be able to meet the standard without buying additional renewable energy.

They’ve submitted just under 13,000 of the 87,213 signatures they’ll need to quality for the ballot in November….

The measure would also order the Public Utility Commission, which regulates utilities, to study whether it’s feasible to allow businesses to pay extra to get renewable energy, similar to a program that already exists for residential customers. That provision is intended to appease utilities already working to comply with the large-utility mandates, which include Portland General Electric and PacificCorp….

via Compromise on renewable energy would keep measure off Oregon ballot | The Columbian.

How long will it take for Honda’s turbines to pay for themselves?

The Honda plant in Russels Point, Ohio, has garnered attention this week for installing 2 wind turbines that are “expected” to produce 10% of the electrical energy needed for the auto plant. Truly, unlikely to occur, but we do wonder how long it will take them to pay for themselves….particularly, after reading this article…

One British town is in the renewable energy game for the long run — literally. The town bought two wind turbines that will take more than four centuries to pay for themselves….

“Due to higher than anticipated maintenance costs and relatively low generation rates, it is unlikely the council will make a financial saving within the anticipated lifespan of the turbine,” said the Rushcliffe Borough Council….

“Some turbines generate so little energy they would take hundreds of years to repay their original value,” Telegraph reported. “Experts argue that the failure of some wind turbines to recoup their value shows how small wind turbines are a poor way to generate renewable energy.”


via Two wind turbines will take 400 years to pay for themselves | The Daily Caller.

Ohio Power Siting Board members need to live within Wind Farm

No surprise.  Yes, the wind-opposition group had an opportunity to voice their concerns. NO, they weren’t actually HEARD. The OPSB is a “yes” group, and some say they work behind the scenes with the wind groups. They have NEVER denied an application for a wind farm in Ohio. I don’t think they ever will, until one ends up in their backyards….

In a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme Court cleared the way yesterday for construction of a 24,000-acre wind farm in Crawford and Richland counties.The justices upheld the Ohio Power Siting Board’s decision to approve the application of Black Fork Wind Energy to build as many as 91 rotary turbines near Shelby. The company says the wind farm will provide up to 200 megawatts of renewable energy.

via Supreme Court: Wind farm can move forward in Richland, Crawford counties | The Columbus Dispatch.