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Wind Farms: Big polluters that produce little electricity – Tony Elliot – August 5, 2013
A recent study by Civitas, The Institute for the Study of Civil Society, points out that wind farms actually produces more CO2 and related pollutants than would be used, if wind turbines were left running on grid power at all times.
The necessity of constantly turning on wind turbines when the wind is favourable, and off when the velocity is too high, along with the grid power necessary to maintain them, actually causes the operation of wind farms to produce more pollution than if the turbines used the grid to operate constantly. – Read Entire Article Here: http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/news/editorial/2013/08/03/6613.html
Are you a straight talking, “let’s just get to the facts” sort of person? Would you rather not talk politics? Well, wind energy won’t let you do that, because wind energy, which should be all about the science, is almost always, all about the politics. It’s really frustrating and it all starts with the color green.
In physics, energy is not green
If you study physics, which is what you study if you want to know about energy, you’ll learn all about potential energy and kinetic energy, you might learn about heat energy which becomes the study of thermodynamics, there’s so much you need to know and many of us find it extremely interesting, but look all you want through your physics textbook and you won’t see anything about “green energy.” Why not? Because “green energy” isn’t science, it’s politics. There are no scientific Continue Reading at: http://northeastwindmills.com/wind-energy-is-not-green-its-just-energy/
Facts About the Savings of Fossil Fuel by Wind Turbines in the Netherlands C le Pair – August 18, 2012
Electricity production in The Netherlands using renewables, especially wind, has grown to a size that makes it visible in the national statistics of electricity generation. Its influence on fossil fuel consumption can be determined. Based on these ‘official figures’ we show the actual contribution of fuel reduction to be equivalent. Continue Reading at: https://wind-watch.org/doc/?p=3065
Rare Earths Leave Toxic Trail to Toyota Prius, Vestas Turbines Stuart Biggs – Jan 6, 2011
Rare earth metals are key to global efforts to switch to cleaner energy — from batteries in hybrid cars to magnets in wind turbines. Mining and processing the metals causes environmental damage that China, the biggest producer, is no longer willing to bear.
China’s rare earth industry each year produces more than five times the amount of waste gas, including deadly fluorine and sulfur dioxide, than the total flared annually by all miners and oil refiners in the U.S. Alongside that 13 billion cubic meters of gas is 25 million tons of wastewater laced with cancer-causing heavy metals such as cadmium, Xu Xu, chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters, said at a Beijing conference on Dec. 28.
Neodymium is displayed at the Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth Hi-Tech Co. factory in Baotou. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg
“China supplied the world with very cheap and good-quality rare earths for more than a decade at the cost of depleting its resources and damaging its environment,” Wang Caifeng, who heads the government-affiliate – Continue Reading at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-05/china-rare-earths-leave-toxic-trail-to-toyota-prius-vestas-wind-turbines.html
How Less Became More: Wind, Power and Unintended Consequences in the Colorado Energy Market – April 20, 2010 – Bentek Energy
- To improve understanding of the electricity markets in Colorado and the Intermountain West
- To understand how wind, coal, and natural gas interact and what that interaction means for future natural gas use in electricity generation
- To help generate productive and informed discussions on how our nation will meet its future energy needs through the integration of various energy resources
- State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) mandate that wind energy be considered a “must take” resource. As such, when wind blows, generation from coal and natural gas must be adjusted to accommodate wind generation. This adjustment, called cycling, is defined as the sudden increase or decrease in generation.
- Most coal plants are not designed to be cycled, and doing so makes their operations inefficient, increasing SO2, NOx and CO2 emissions.
- Contrary to their stated goals, implementation of RPS in Colorado and Texas appear to be adding to the air pollution problem, especially in areas where older plants are cycled more frequently. This is particularly problematic when cycled coal facilities are located near major urban centers.
- Emissions issues related to cycling can be minimized by careful design of the generation mix. Inadequate flexible resources, such as that provided by natural gas, exacerbate the need to cycle coal, resulting in increased emissions. Alternatively, incorporating adequate flexible fuel capacity facilitates the goals of RPS without increasing emissions.
Continue Reading at: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/how-less-became-more/
A multi-billion-dollar government crusade to promote renewable energy for electricity generation, now in its third decade, has resulted in major economic costs and unintended environmental consequences. Even improved new generation renewable capacity is, on average, twice as expensive as new capacity from the most economical fossil-fuel alternative and triple the cost of surplus electricity. Solar power for bulk generation is substantially more uneconomic than the average; biomass, hydroelectric power, and geothermal projects are less uneconomic. Wind power is the closest to the double-triple rule.
The uncompetitiveness of renewable generation explains the emphasis pro-renewable energy lobbyists on both the state and federal levels put on quota requirements, as well as continued or expanded subsidies. Yet every major renewable energy source has drawn criticism from leading environmental groups: hydro for river habitat destruction, wind for avian mortality, solar for desert over development, biomass for air emissions, and geothermal for depletion and toxic discharges. Continue reading at: http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-280.html