The Wind Industry: After 30 Years, It’s Time to Remove the Training Wheels


training-wheels The wind industry has been telling us it can ditch them for 30 years …


At an economic level, subsidising the production of a good or the provision of a service makes sense where there is complete market failure, such that the good or service will never be supplied (or only at a price which is practically un-affordable to the majority of consumers); and where the total benefit to the welfare of consumers equals the cost of the subsidy.

As to the supply of electricity, there is NO market failure; affordable power is available around-the-clock in all developed economies; and has been so for half-a-century or more. So that point of ‘justification’ for endless wind-welfare goes nowhere.

Short of true ‘market failure’, another potential justification for subsidies paid to producers is where an ‘infant industry’ needs a ‘kickstart’ to get going. The argument is that the ‘new’ industry will…

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California’s Wind ‘Powered’ Dream Turns to Nightmare: Power Prices 40% Higher than US Average


Nightmare (1962) Jerry wakes up No, that wasn’t a ‘dream’ – it’s an unvarnished nightmare.


The hidden costs of wind, solar power
The Sun
Neil Derry
13 November 2015

The state of California has embarked on a 25-year green power odyssey in an effort to reduce the amount of CO2 we place into the atmosphere, all aimed at leading the world in an anti-climate change crusade for humanity.

Beginning in 2030, 50 percent of all electrical power produced for our regulated utilities will be mandated “renewable” energy. This definition under the current law includes energy from solar, wind and small hydroelectric facilities built, or to be built, over that time frame. It excludes residential solar installations and existing large hydroelectric projects such as energy produced from Hoover Dam.

While some of this new power will be “infill” development (smaller solar projects that may be placed in vacant or brown-field urban areas), most of it…

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Renewables: The Big Investment Opportunity which Needs Generous Government Support

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Our old friend Tim Flannery, whose advice helped convince the Australian Government to squander billions of dollars on useless desalination plants, claims that renewables are a “huge economic opportunity”.

IT IS being hailed as the next big boom that has the potential to revolutionise our economy.
But unless Australia ramps up its commitment, experts warn it could pass us by.

A week before world leaders are set to meet in Paris to discuss setting agreed targets on reducing carbon emissions, the Climate Council of Australia has released a report which it says shows the world is in the midst of a dramatic energy revolution.

According to the research, clean energy investment grew 43 per cent globally, while the number of renewable energy jobs
nearly doubled to 7.7 million worldwide.

Climate Council chief councillor Tim Flannery said plummeting costs of renewables and the creation…

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Wind Industry’s CO2 Abatement Claims Go Up in Smoke



The central, endlessly repeated lie upon which the wind industry seeks to ‘justify’ the colossal and endless subsidies upon which it critically depends; the destruction of wind farm neighbours’ health, wealth and happiness; and the slaughter of millions of birds and bats, is that wind power causes substantial reductions of CO2 emissions in the electricity sector.

STT has been slamming that myth since we cranked into gear nearly 3 years ago. It’s a topic that attracts plenty of interest.

Our post – How Much CO2 Gets Emitted to Build a Wind Turbine? – has clocked over 11,000 hits; and still attracts plenty of attention. But that story is limited to a back of the envelope calculation of the CO2 emissions that this so-called ‘fossil free’ power source clocks up before these things start spinning.

In this post we hand over to a pair of switched on energy experts, Alex Henney…

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Friday Funny – the root of all problems is climate change

Watts Up With That?

There’s a famous cartoon by XKCD titled “Duty calls“, where someone is obsessing over something they’ve seen “wrong on the Internet”.  This Josh cartoon is a bit like that, in that much of the perceived “wrongness” of global warming, aka “climate change”, is seen only through the eyes of activists on the Internet reading the latest doomsday scenario from Climate Progress, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and a whole host of other alarmist media outlets.

It’s a virtual online maelstrom of badness, all timed for Paris COP21 as recent news items reveal.


Lest you think this is a joke, you can see just how many things have been claimed to be the fault of global warming, aka “climate change” by reading John Brignell’s Numberwatch warm list.

Truly, there’s not a facet of life or the planet untouched.

Image by Josh

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Green Tech and the climate crisis syndicate

Watts Up With That?

Manufactured climate crisis fears and renewable energy schemes create gold mine for the rich

Guest essay by Paul Driessen

Renewable Portfolio Standard advocates recently held their 2015 National Summit. The draft RPS agenda suggests it was quite an event – populated by bureaucrats, scientists and consultants who have jumped on the climate and “green energy” bandwagon, to follow the money.

Indeed, they are no longer content with 10% corn ethanol in gasoline, or some wind and solar power in the electricity mix. Now they want to convert the entire electrical grid from fossil-fuels to renewable sources and, if Catholic bishops get their way, totally eliminate hydrocarbons by 2050, despite the horrendous impacts that would have on workers, families and the world’s poorest people.

There’s certainly a lot of money to be made. The green revolution is estimated at $1.5 trillion per year, which means potentially huge profits for…

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Nebraskans Join the Battle to Kill Big Wind: Defenders Fight to Save their Homes & Health from Ludicrous Wind Farm Rules


no wind turbines

Citing health concerns, Lancaster County readies new rules on wind turbines
Paul Hammel
1 November 2015

LINCOLN — Fifteen years ago, Cindy Chapman and her husband moved to an acreage south of this city in search of their peaceful slice of the countryside.

“We decided we wanted to get back to the life we had as kids, with a big yard and big gardens, enjoying the birds and beautiful sunset,” said Chapman, who grew up on a farm near Geneva, Nebraska.

But when a German-based corporation announced plans last year to erect 54 wind turbines near the couple’s 6-acre plot, Chapman turned into an activist, digging into the available reports on the economic and health impacts of wind farms.

Now, a group she formed, Stop Hallam Wind, is poised to win tough, new restrictions on wind farms in Nebraska’s second-largest county. Wind energy advocates say those restrictions would not…

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