Inevitable Transition: End to Subsidies Spells Armageddon for Ageing Wind Turbines in Europe

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With wind power subsidies drying up across Europe, the prospects for RE rent seekers look bleaker than ever.

It seems like only yesterday, that we were told that wind power was cheaper than coal, sustainable and would power us into the next millennium. Indeed, the transition was meant to be ‘inevitable’.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, those evil forces of physics and economics have combined to smack the dreamers with just a little reality.

Wind turbines don’t last the 25 years promised by promoters – their economic lifespan tops out at around 15 years. Which means that within a decade Europe will be covered in tens of thousands of 2-300 tonne hulks, quietly rusting and leaking a cocktail of toxic ooze into the landscape.

In the absence of subsidies, they will never be replaced and simply stand as highly visible monuments to the greatest example of collective stupidity since the pyramids…

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Wind Energy: Part-Time Power – Full-Time Failure: Brand New Turbines Falling Apart

Would be amusing – were it not so serious for negatively affected residents, the environment and economy of so many countries.

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Wind power isn’t a serious energy source, it’s a serious joke. In the absence of massive subsidies, the wind industry wouldn’t exist. Battling to deliver part-time power, it’s been a full-time failure.

Self-combusting, throwing 10 tonne blades to the four winds and dropping their 300 tonne hulks earthwards is just what these things do.

But, then again, they were never designed to generate power; their principal purpose is to harvest subsidies. Which probably explains why brand-new turbines keep falling apart.

“Massive Damage”…Large-Scale Engineering Debacle Threatens As North Sea Wind Turbine Breaks Apart!
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Pierre Gosselin
27 April 2018

NDR German public television reported on the damaged Adwen M5000 turbine at the 60MW Alpha Ventus offshore North Sea wind farm off the northern coast of Germany.

Housing rips away, plunges into the sea

The report was broadcast on 26 April and shows a missing turbine generator unit housing…

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Can Batteries Solve The Intermittency Problem?

A large dose of commonsense needing to be widely circulated…..

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By Paul Homewood

There seems to have been a certain amount of interest in adding battery storage systems to wind and solar farms recently. Needless to say, the owners are not attempting to cure the problem of intermittency. Instead there appear to be two main reasons:

1) Storage systems are eligible for subsidy under the Capacity Market and also the National Grid’s Supplemental Balancing Reserve, both designed to buy in standby capacity.

2) Power produced during times of surplus, say on windy or sunny days, would tend to have a lower economic value. By using it to recharge batteries, the stored power could be sold at a higher price at times of shortage or high demand.

Hywind Scotland, the floating offshore wind farm is a good example of the latter, with plans to add 1 MW of storage.

We often hear about the capacity of battery systems, but rarely…

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Hypocrisy reigns….again.

1) Green Groups Secretly Invest In Fossil Fuels, Leaked Documents Reveal
InsideSources, 22 May 2018

Divesting From Fossil Fuels Is Harder Than Green Groups, Liberal Cities Might Have Thought

Environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the American Museum of Natural History, and several left-leaning funds have investments in private equity firms specializing in oil and gas even as their public messaging hyped concerns about the role of fossil fuel use in climate change.

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Wind Industry’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Trade on Endless Lies, Bullying & Deceit

Please read this landowner’s experience – which has been repeated globally by so many……

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In order to worm their way into rural communities, wind industry goons employ a mix of varnished lies, deceit and old-school thuggery.

Over the last decade, wind power outfits have been able to beguile the gullible and hoodwink the unsuspecting.  They usually start with a colossal lie and work up from there.  However, as soon as locals rumble them, they retreat to a form of obfuscation and prevarication – dissembling over inconvenient facts, like a furtive schoolboy caught holding a slingshot a stone’s throw from a busted window.

When the lies and deceit cease to work, they resort to coercion and undue influence, as they bully the people they cynically call ‘stakeholders’ – to the extent required to get their projects up and running.

The problem for the wind industry arises from websites like STT, among others.

Laid out on this site, in over 2,000 posts, are the facts that…

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If Solar Panels Are So Clean, Why Do They Produce So Much Toxic Waste?

Yet another example of lack of research into constituents of ‘renewable’technologies….this revelation adds to growing and horrifying list of damage being done now and to come. So sad for those genuinely persuaded that they were helping the environment…. serious lessons must be learned about believing industry and government hype.

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By Paul Homewood

From Forbes, the story of a looming environmental problem:

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The last few years have seen growing concern over what happens to solar panels at the end of their life. Consider the following statements:

  • The problem of solar panel disposal “will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment” because it “is a huge amount of waste and they are not easy to recycle.”
  • “The reality is that there is a problem now, and it’s only going to get larger, expanding as rapidly as the PV industry expanded 10 years ago.”
  • “Contrary to previous assumptions, pollutants such as lead or carcinogenic cadmium can be almost completely washed out of the fragments of solar modules over a period of several months, for example by rainwater.”

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Town Planners To Save World From Global Warming!

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian

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http://www.rtpi.org.uk/media/2852781/TCPA%20RTPI%20planning%20for%20climate%20change%20guide_final.pdf

There was a time when Town & Country Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute were serious, professional organisations.

Apparently they are no longer, as their leaders have succumbed to the mindless obsession with climate, that seems to have rotted the brains of our ruling class.

The first page of the Introduction really tells us all we need to know:

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