Tag Archives: wind energy

What are the actual costs of wind power?

“By including the cost of government subsidies and other unseen costs of wind power, it is easy to conclude that the cost of wind energy is much higher than many studies estimate. Before the enactment of more policies and mandates that bolster the no-longer-infant wind industry, the actual costs of wind power to American taxpayers should be calculated. This will ensure that future policy decisions are based on comparisons of the actual costs and benefits of wind power.” click here

How frequently do wind turbines fail?

“Risk arises from a wind turbine when it experiences a failure of one of its subsystems, or in the event a full system catastrophic event where the whole tower and rotor system is lost. Component failures can occur due to normal wear of components, abnormal wear due to overload or quality issues, operator error, or due to force majeure events such as lightning, earthquakes, floods, etc. Most components are fail-safe and as such their failure does not result in a dangerous situation or a cascade of multiple failures, but some exceptions are possible.” click here

Expansion of wind and solar energy results in greater dependency on fossil fuels

“While it may seem counterintuitive, the expansion of wind and solar energy necessarily leads to the preservation and eventual growth in fossil fuel energy generation. This “paradox” hasn’t gone unnoticed. As good business practice, fossil fuel companies are now actively advocating for and investing in wind and solar technologies.” click here

Flying insect population threatened by wind turbines

“Wind energy shows there is no free lunch. Some major drawbacks of this “green energy” supply include blighting of the landscape, health damage from infrasound, and bird killing. Now insect killing is another that is currently emerging.” click here

Wind energy fails to deliver, New Zealand

“Clearly in 6 months, there has been no capacity added to the National Grid, and last July had a high of just 28.29% productivity yet December could only yield 18.93%.” click here

Industrial wind turbines cause adverse health effects

“Research has demonstrated how various forms of pollutant from IWTs can adversely affect human health. These include noise, infra-sound, dirty electricity, and ground current which can each, along with shadow flicker, contribute to ill-health among those who live near wind turbines.” click here

Supplying energy globally using only solar and wind is impossible

“Germany took on that challenge, to show the world how to build a society based entirely on “green, renewable” energy. It has now hit a brick wall. Despite huge investments in wind, solar and biofuel energy production capacity, Germany has not reduced CO2 emissions over the last ten years. However, during the same period, its electricity prices have risen dramatically, significantly impacting factories, employment and poor families.” click here