Wind Power Alert: Americans Out to Avoid Europe’s Power Price Disaster

Posted: September 17, 2016 by oldbrew in Energy, fuel poverty, wind
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Electricity prices going way up and security of supply heading down – is this really what people want, or do they just not yet realize where this is going?



America has some perfect examples of what not to do, if it wants to remain an industrial and manufacturing power-house, with a standard of living that much of the World can only envy.

South Australia has set the pace with spot prices that rocket in minutes from $70 per MWh to $2,000 to $4,000 and all the way to the regulated market price cap of $14,000 per MWh, every time wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis.

And much of Europe is in the same boat: think Spain, Germany, Denmark and the UK.

From what’s coming out of the USA, Americans don’t seem that keen to follow the path set by countries facing social and economic disaster, thanks to their ludicrous attempts to run on sunshine and breezes.

Donn Dears LLC is among them.

Europe’s High Cost of Renewables
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  1. Don B says:

    There are slices of the US which blindly follow Europe’s bad example. California and Oregon, for example, have each decided they are going to save the planet by changing the source of their electricity.

  2. oldbrew says:

    California gets 13.5% of its electricity from imports of ‘Unspecified Sources of Power’.

    Unspecified Sources of Power – This refers to electricity that is not traceable to a specific generating facility, such as electricity traded through open market transactions. Unspecified sources of power are typically a mix of resource types, and may include renewables.

    ‘may include renewables’ – or they may not 😎

  3. TA says:

    In about four months unreliable renewables will no longer be officially favored in the United States, if we are lucky enough to elect Trump.

    Trump is going to shake up the world. He’s already doing it, and he’s not going to stop with winning the presidency. He’ll just be getting started then.

    I cannot wait. It can’t come soon enough.

  4. TA says:

    I’m going to borrow your sign for future use. 🙂

    [reply] it’s from the Stop These Things website

  5. oldbrew says:

    Denmark has the highest prices for electricity and uses the most wind power per head. But nearly 60% of their price is ‘add-ons’ (‘tolls and VAT’ – see Wiki graphic).

    Followed by Germany which has massive transmission line costs to cover, mainly for sending wind power from the North Sea all over the country.

  6. rishrac says:

    Even people that should or could know, don’t know what the ramifications are. Most people in the USA are decidedly uninterested in climate change. Could care less. Out of the top 30 concerns, climate change would rank about 90th. Only through the constant barrage of media and shrills that it is even in American thought. It seems to be that they that can yell the loudest wins.

  7. oldbrew says:

    @ rishrac
    It tends to be the worst products that need the most advertising to have a chance to sell.