Biden’s Blackout Nation: ‘Green’ New Deal Promises More Time Freezing or Boiling in the Dark

Posted: March 8, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, opinion, wind
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The UK and EU seem determined to make these obvious power generation
mistakes that will inevitably lead to much higher prices and blackouts, sooner or later.


Sitting freezing or boiling in the dark provides a moment to consider where one’s electricity comes from. Californians, South Australian and now Texans have all enjoyed the experience, one way or another.

The common thread, of course, is an obsession with sunshine-dependent solar and/or weather-dependent wind power.

The belief that we’re just a heartbeat (and a few TWhs worth of lithium batteries) away from an all wind and sun powered future is not just delusional, it’s dangerous.

Modern, civilised society depends upon having power as and when we need it. Not merely those occasions when Mother Nature feels inclined to deliver it.

The temporary loss of electricity to provide light, heating or air-conditioning might be an irritating inconvenience. But for the aged, the infirm and those on life support it’s no laughing matter.

Then, behind the curtain, there are a raft of critical systems – including communications (think mobile phone…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Is the wind industry prepared to spend a lot of money defending against infrequent icing situations, or does it prefer to just turn the turbines off to save wear and tear?

    Even light icing can produce enough surface roughness on wind turbine blades to reduce their aerodynamic efficiency, which reduces the amount of power they can produce, as Texas experienced in February.

    Frequent severe icing can cut a wind farm’s annual energy production by over 20%, costing the industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Power loss isn’t the only problem from icing, either. The uneven way ice forms on blades can create imbalances, causing a turbine’s parts to wear out more quickly. It can also induce vibrations that cause the turbines to shut down. In the case of extreme icing, restarting turbines may not be possible for hours and potentially days.
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    Of course, icing problems weren’t supposed to matter in the crisis-level warming the world is supposed to be facing.

  2. tallbloke says:

    Texas: Blackouts tripped by wind failures interrupted power to pumps & compressors used by conventional sources, which led to more blackouts…which interrupted power to more pumps & compressors, which led to more blackouts.

    An Obama administration regulation forced gas wells to use electric compressors instead of gas powered. When the power outages started, it rendered those gas wells almost completely unusable.

  3. ivan says:

    There is a simple way to solve the problem – build and use nuclear power stations, should keep all those that think a natural and necessary plant food changes the weather because nuclear doesn’t produce CO2.

    I know that doesn’t fit in with the idea if buying Chinese made wind turbines that allow those installing them to harvest all the money through subsidies so it comes down to the question of do we want to kill of the birds, bats and insects and rely on electricity produced by units where their only guaranteed output is ZERO or run on electricity that is always available 24/7/365? The green Luddite fools will go for the former while the rational population will opt for the latter.

  4. JB says:

    Time to get serious about installing my own backup gen. And maybe start making those compressed bricks out of garbage mail for stoking the wood stove. Here we haven’t been regulated out of our stove pipes yet.

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  6. oldbrew says:

    America’s light usage reveals insanity of relying on weather-dependent wind & solar
    By Ronald Stein March 8th, 2021

    The U.S.A. Light Usage Map demonstrates that most of America’s population is East of the Mississippi which represents areas most susceptible to erratic weather patterns, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and ungodly amounts of rain and snow and frigid temperatures extremes, which perpetuate the unreliability of any intermittent electricity attainable from wind and solar.
    . . .
    The current trends to shutter continued uninterruptible electricity generating plants is revealing the insanity of relying on intermittent electricity generated from weather-dependent wind and solar. While intellectual infants continue to babble about our ‘inevitable transition’, the grown-ups can see the looming and inevitable disaster, with remarkable clarity.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Another problem for Grim New Deal supporters…

    MARCH 8, 2021
    Insatiable demand for cannabis has created a giant carbon footprint

    It’s no secret that the United States’ $13 billion cannabis industry is big business. Less obvious to many is the environmental toll this booming business is taking, in the form of greenhouse gas emissions from commercial, mostly indoor production.
    . . .
    They [researchers] found that greenhouse gas emissions from cannabis production are largely attributed to electricity production and natural gas consumption from indoor environmental controls, high-intensity grow lights, and supplies of carbon dioxide for accelerated plant growth.
    [bold added]
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    Emissions everywhere 😆