Over on suggestions Zeke a long time reader raised the matter of windmills as a subject. http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/suggestionstemp/#comment-28328
I would welcome Zeke expanding.
As it happens WUWT have a post up pointing to a fairly sane article at the IEEE site http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/a-skeptic-looks-at-alternative-energy/0
Some of of you will not know IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). I was in an allied field for years but bodies like that tend to boil my blood, are too overbearing so I never seriously considered subscribing.
You want reality, don’t listen to Politicians or Scientists.
The author of the article, Vaclav Smil, is from a culture and region where historically there are many good engineers, mittel Europe, old Austria and surroundings, which is not Germany.
Do I agree with the IEEE article? Only in part, is a classic of being taken on the real problem, is diverted to what hand sitters want. The actually problem is massively larger: -
They talk about replacing energy sources then do a dance to divert attention to a small part of the whole, to electricity generation. Sorry, that does not address air, land, sea or much of manufacturing (including bringing back exported manufacturing). You want renewables then you can jolly well stop cherry picking, do the whole thing, which can be done given a high grade energy source, electricity. I reckon this means 10X and more generation capacity than installed today. Given that, wind, solar are flea bites.
Posted by Tim Channon, co-moderator. This does not necessarily reflect the views of Tallbloke. (who is absent on other matters)