Solar and wind: some suggestions on how to inflate the numbers

Posted: August 13, 2018 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, fraud, government, humour

Another outbreak of lies, damned lies…and statistics from the renewables publicity machine gets exposed. This time it’s Belgium in the spotlight.

Trust, yet verify

The previous post focused on the contribution-of-solar-and-wind-to-total-load metric as used by our Flemish Minister of Energy. In short, there was a lot of electricity production by solar and wind on a Saturday afternoon (when electricity consumption is traditionally low) leading to a 45% contribution by those two power sources to total load. This was praised as a “new record”. We can’t control the sun nor the wind and consumption of electricity follows certain patterns, so some pretty high contribution values are bound to happen, making it a rather meaningless metric.

He also used other equally meaningless metrics in te past. At the beginning of the year, he surprised us all with the MWh-per-km2 metric. According to this metric the Belgians are among the best in “Europe” when it comes to solar and wind energy! We are in the top 3 when it comes to production of solar energy…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Useful reading for government spin doctors…

    How to Lie with Statistics (1954)

  2. ivan says:

    You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, to which I would add all hell will break out when they realise they have been fooled.

    I suppose we must consider the person making those inflated statements. He is a politician and they don’t get to that state without being an accomplished ‘teller of complete untruths’ – I assume they have to go to school to learn to lie with a straight face, but he could be so gullible that he has accepted the UN/church of climatology story – maybe we should just follow the money to be sure.

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    all these numbers have been bogus. Typically they tout some huge megawatt value of installed windmills and then hurriedly bury the fact that at best they tend to put out only around 35% of rated power on a good day. P.T.Barnum would be saluting these hucksters.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Or they say that X number of newly installed wind turbines will power Y number of homes, omitting the obvious ‘when the wind blows, otherwise forget it’ disclaimer.

  5. Joe Public says:

    OB: “….. omitting the obvious ‘when the wind blows – BUT NOT TOO HARD, otherwise forget it’ disclaimer.”

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    You may have invented a new term. Much as Arctic ice is now measured in Wadhams (1,000 sq. kilometres) we could refer to claims about wind generation as so many Barnums!

  7. oldbrew says:

    For the 99% or so not relying on wind-generated electricity to get around…

    EIA: US refineries running at near-record highs
    14 August 2018

    US refineries are running at record levels in response to robust domestic and international demand for motor gasoline and distillate fuel oil, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).