The Wind God’s New Clothes: Why Weather Dependent Power Generation Can Never Work

Posted: July 28, 2018 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, wind
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Note that ‘despite a great deal of press, wind and solar make up less than 3 percent of U.S. energy consumption.’

Intermittency, high cost of subsidies and requirement of suitable land are just some of the reasons for that.


The wind’s fickleness is no mystery to kite flyers and sailors, yet wind power still gets pumped as if it’s cutting edge technology.

Those few places attempting to run on nature’s wonder fuels have become economic debacles. One of those, RE ‘superpower’, South Australia has suffered routine load shedding for years, and rocketing power prices. South Australians pay the highest power prices in the world and SA is the only Australian state to suffer a statewide blackout.

South Australia’s maniacal obsession with wind and solar power sees it pick up a special mention in the pointed little video above, and is further detailed in this brilliant piece by Kenneth Haapala from the US of A, below.

The Wind God’s New Clothes
Capital Research
Kenneth Haapala
22 May 2018

Part 1: The Electrical Revolution

In recent years, many politicians and promoters have claimed that wind and solar generated electricity…

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  1. SasjaL says:

    Stating the obvious,

    not long after the steam engine was invented, wind mills became obsolete, due to obvious reasons. Not learning from history, one is doomed to repeate failures …

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    The claim about the Aluminium producer suffering from power shortage is true but it didn’t occur in South Australia….they’ve got rid of most of their industry in the last 16 years of Labor government (and no indications that the new government will reverse the lunatic policies).

    SasjaL: Actually windmills became obsolete sooner. In Brittany (in particular) with high tidal ranges tide mills far outnumbered wind mills because they were more reliable. And that was in the eighteenth century, when the big use of the primitive steam engines was pumping water out of mines even though wind mills were better at that, but you couldn’t rely on them working when wanted.

  3. tom0mason says:

    Hummm, Didn’t someone say that “…electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

    Why have reliable electricity, managed and distributed cheaply and efficiently to the customers, when you can have an inefficient intermittent system that is much more difficult to maintain, and is (necessarily) far more costly for everyone. There is nothing renewable about windmills (or solar panels) and the electricity they produce is not free!

    Ruinable windmill electricity — unreliable, inefficient, complicated and costly — remove it now.

  4. oldbrew says:

    When their short working life is finished another round of subsidies will be needed to replace them. Either that or something else will have to take their place.

  5. Curious George says:

    Wind powered ship discovered America. Wind power proponents discovered nothing.

  6. BoyfromTottenham says:

    He could have mentioned that without the ability to store efficiently huge amounts of electricity, every kilowatt of wind and solar generation has to backed up by an equal amount of fossil fuel generation to be used whenever the wind doesn’t blow and the sun isn’t shining, so what is the point of building solar and wind generators at all? Cannot people understand this simple fact? Or were these people (i.e. us voters) hoodwinked into agreeing to governments of all stripes legislating for massive, multi-decade subsidies for these ruinables?

  7. ivan says:

    Reading the comments on Youtube makes me wonder if the present generation will survive or if the film ‘Idiocracy’ was in fact prophetic and that is what civilisation is heading towards.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Knowing that wind and solar are occasional power sources, they then announce even more money must be spent on batteries, ‘smart’ meters, diesel generators, demand reduction schemes, and anything else that might postpone a grid meltdown – anything other than proper power stations, that is.

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    right on there, oldbrew! they not only double down on Stupid, but triple or quadruple down on it. Every one of their pipe dreams is a delusion. If “progressives” had to live or die by the results of their various crusades there’d be a whole lot less of them around today.

    “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good” – Thomas Sowell
    As Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what a man don’t know that gets him in to trouble; it’s what he does know for sure that just ain’t so!”.

  10. oldbrew says:

    All this nonsense could be stopped in its tracks by cutting off the supply of public money.

  11. oldbrew says:

    13 Days of Low Levels of UK Wind Power Rectified by £632 billion of Powerpack 2 Batteries!
    JULY 29, 2018
    By Paul Homewood

  12. oldbrew says:

    Jo Nova: Windpower set to destroy Victorian baseload power just as it did in South Australia
    August 3rd, 2018

    During a heatwave on January 18, 2017 half hour wholesale prices reached over $10,000 per megawatt hour in both South Australia and Victoria. This single day would have added $2.00 to the annual spot price.