Intermittent & Unreliable ‘Delivery’ Makes Wind Power Pointless

STT with a devastating deconstruction of the “unreliable” energy f-i-a-s-c-o !

An absolute MUST Read…

“There are too many costs outside building the devices themselves. It is these secondary costs that are problematic.”

“Energy products are very different in ‘quality.’ Intermittent electricity is of exceptionally low quality. (very much lower quality than is needed to operate the electric grid.) The costs that intermittent electricity impose on the system need to be paid by someone else.” [you, the taxpayer.]

“The situation is a little like adding a large number of drunk drivers, or of self-driving cars that don’t really work as planned, to a highway system. In theory, other drivers can learn to accommodate them, if enough extra lanes are added, and the concentration of the poorly operating vehicles is kept low enough.”

STOP THESE THINGS

kites Wind can be a whole lot of fun – while it lasts …

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Intermittent Renewables Can’t Favorably Transform Grid Electricity
Our Finite World
Gail Tverberg
31 August 2016

Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible for intermittent renewables to generate a large share of grid electricity? The answer increasingly looks as if it is, “No, the costs are too great, and the return on investment would be way too low.” We are already encountering major grid problems, even with low penetrations of intermittent renewable electricity: US, 5.4% of 2015 electricity consumption; China, 3.9%; Germany, 19.5%; Australia, 6.6%.

In fact, I have come to the rather astounding conclusion that even if wind turbines and solar PV could be built at zero cost, it would not make sense to continue to add them to…

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