Tag Archives: renewable energy

Expect Renewables to Increase Energy Prices (in some cases to unaffordable levels).

“The one thing we know for sure is that even though sunlight and moving air is free, there is no country on Earth with lots of solar and wind power and cheap electricity.” click here

Will Renewables Replace Nuclear Power? Maybe. Maybe Not.

An odd state of affairs for nuclear power generation. On the one-hand it is ending largely due to poor experiences with PWRs (here). And yet it is just beginning to see support again as even environmentalist activists realize (here)  that renewables are an inadequate solution to long-term power generation. 

“After decades of promises about its potential, the window of opportunity is closing for nuclear power. Hated by the Left despite its carbon-free generation of electricity, their opposition plus decades of utilities’ screw-ups have weakened it. New energy tech — renewables and fracking — appears to be finishing it off.” click here

“Where does that leave us? With some more uncomfortable facts. Like if Germany hadn’t closed its nuclear plants, it’s emissions would be 43 percent lower than they are today. And if you care about climate change, that’s something you at least have to wrestle with — especially in light of the facts I’ve presented on the health impacts of different energy sources.” click here

Bioenergy (wood burning) is not carbon-neutral

“There is one problem. Ecologists say that the claims of carbon neutrality, which are accepted by the European Union and the British government, do not stand up to scrutiny. The forests of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi — as well as those in Europe — are being destroyed to sustain a European fantasy about renewable energy. And with many power plants in Europe and elsewhere starting to replace coal with wood, the question of who is right is becoming ever more important.” click here

Another “Green Energy” Company Closes Doors

In the 1980’s I purchase a solar system to provide heat to my home. It worked somewhat but not to the level as was advertised. Even back then with government subsidies great claims were made about what solar power could achieve if there was just more government money invested in it. (Have we heard that recently?) And now just like back then companies took the money, made a few shrewd business people rich (?), but failed to produce the promised results. Technology has advanced since then for sure.

I like solar energy. But it must stand on its own in the market place to succeed. Clearly, at this point in time it has not.

“A green energy company heavily incentivized by Mississippi is shutting down, raising questions about whether the state will get repaid.

Solar panel maker Stion notified the state Tuesday that it would close its Hattiesburg plant Dec. 13, laying off 137 employees.click here

Basic Economic Facts About Wind Power

“I have concentrated on the UK, but let me finish with a couple of statistics for worldwide wind power, from the BP Energy Review.

  • At 959 TWh, wind power accounted for 3.9% of world electricity generation last year.
  • In terms of overall energy consumption, the share of wind was 1.6%.

Every year we hear how wind power is going up by leaps and bounds. It is wise though to bear in mind just what a low base it is starting from.” click here

Mr. Al Gore: Do as I say, not as I do?

Anyone arguing public policy in the public square as Mr. Al Gore does must be prepared to be scrutinized for evidence of hypocrisy. 

“In February 2007, the day after his panicky global warming film “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award for best documentary, a shocking report based on public records revealed that Al Gore’s Nashville home consumed 20 times more electricity than the average American household.1click here

Solar Panels Create More Toxic Waste than Nuclear Power Plants

Decide for yourself:

“Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it.”

“Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives.” click here for full post at WUWT