Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Politics of Energy #9 - Wind Power is Not Very Reliable

Sanity still blowing in the wind

by Terry McCrann

(Editor's Note - This article out of Australia dicusses the simple fact that the wind does not blow all the time. In fact, wind farms usually stand idle. Further, when the wind blows, it usually blows everywhere, or not at all. So the canard that wind farms everywhere will mean that somewhere the wind is blowing is not usually true. This makes for unreliable power grids. RLW)

THE Rudd Government's 'green power' strategy has been utterly shredded by detailed analysis which shows the total uselessness of the one form of power on which it is almost entirely based - wind.

Further, this independent analysis is a damning indictment of not only the federal government and all state governments for their betrayal of their most fundamental duty to the public interest. But it also exposes the disgrace of the so-called 'public service' bureaucracies.

Where is the official analysis of what wind power generation does in practice - at either federal or state level? Which, if it had been done, would have embarrassingly exposed its uselessness. Why has it had to be done by 'privateers'?

The answer is of course that the public service at both state and federal level has abandoned not just its broad general duty to the public, but even its narrower duty to tell political government the truth by providing policy advice and analysis.

Simply and damningly: If you don't ask the question, if you don't do the analysis, you won't come up with the 'wrong' answer.

If you do, you find that not only does wind fail as a power source. Not that that's a surprise to anyone who's prepared to 'look'. When the wind don't blow, the power don't flow. Even more devastatingly, as this analysis shows, the wind not only don't blow an awful lot of the time. It tends to not blow 'everywhere' at the same time.

This utterly shreds the claim that if we build enough of the so-called 'wind farms' across southern Australia, the wind will always be blowing somewhere.

Balance of article: HeraldSun.com.au

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