GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wind farms suck.....

I guess that's the best way to put it...
Excessive subsidies make them an expensive and inefficient way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a study by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) think-tank says.

The report comes amid mounting disquiet over the number of wind farms planned for Britain.

Energy companies want to erect more than 3,000 turbines over the next five years, leading to fears that hundreds of acres of rural landscape will be blighted.

Critics insist that wind energy is too inefficient to replace the creaking network of fossil fuel power stations. Even with modern turbines, wind farms are unable to operate at full capacity because of the unreliable nature of Britain's wind.

The industry admits that for up to 30 per cent of the time, turbines are idle because wind speeds are either too low to turn the blades, or too high, risking damage to the machines.

Without any suitable method of storing the excess power produced when winds are blowing but electricity use is low, many turbines also have to be turned off for fear of overloading the grid.

The report says that wind farms are unprofitable and rely on hefty subsidies that ultimately come from consumers in the form of rising energy prices. This cost comes on top of increases in gas and electricity prices caused by the high price of oil. They risk leaving the poorest members of society struggling to heat their homes.

2 Comments:

Blogger Glen Arthur said...

There was also an article in the National Post about a potential wind farm in Toronto.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/toronto/story.html?id=788186

This story was more about NIMBYism, but it illustrates a point. People want to "be green", but without having to pay for it. There is one way to ease ourselves into more environmental responsibility, and that is through voluntary programs, incentives and tax breaks. Once we actually get used to the ideas, and more importantly, industry has a chance to adapt, THEN we can try a carbon tax.

I really don't want to end up like the Danish: http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=788094

3:10 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

May all the wind farms experience this event.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3FZtmlHwcA&eurl

10:03 AM  

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