Dead End Power Trip: Land Hungry Wind Power Always a Problem & Never a Solution

But it’s not just wind power’s pathetic performance that makes the whole virtue signalling exercise so utterly pointless.

It’s also the fact that, to generate anything other than a trivial amount of electricity, you need the best part of a continent’s land area to do it.

To accommodate 2,000 MW of coal, gas or nuclear power generation plant requires the same area taken up by a couple of 18-hole golf courses. Whereas, accommodating 2,000 MW of wind power requires an area the size of Belgium.

Oh, almost forgot, and then you still need 2,000 MW of coal, gas or nuclear power to accommodate those hundreds of occasions each year when wind power is producing absolutely nothing. Sound pointless to you? Then it probably is. Here’s Robert Bryce picking up the thread.

STOP THESE THINGS

Wind power: a total flop, for more than one reason.

Wind power is a problem without a solution. Output collapses when breezes turn to zephyrs and when bluster turns to a gale: wind turbines automatically shut off as wind speeds reach 25 m/s (90km/h, 55mp/h or 48 knots). As South Australians found out on 28 September 2016 – when the whole State went black, much of it for a fortnight, after a blustery spring storm struck Australia’s wind power capital: ‘GUILTY’: South Australia’s Statewide Blackout Caused by Deliberate Wind Farm Shutdown

But it’s not just wind power’s pathetic performance that makes the whole virtue signalling exercise so utterly pointless.

It’s also the fact that, to generate anything other than a trivial amount of electricity, you need the best part of a continent’s land area to do it.

To accommodate 2,000 MW of coal, gas or nuclear power generation plant requires…

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