Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Wind Power Scam

With all the blather about global warming/global cooling/climate change/Paris Accords/ad naseum this analysis of wind power is eye opening.

Sadly, since it doesn’t fit the current memes and support the subsidy tit fattening favored industries and environment pimps, few will read or comprehend the message.

On a personal level I find the windmills to be ugly. From I-25 South of Cheyenne roughly following the Colorado/Wyoming/Nebraska state lines extending East  to Julesburg, CO is a ridge of high land exposed to strong (but variable) winds. Windmills are scattered all along this high ground. Ugly!

Windmills impact the ecology of the plains in this area and not in a good way. The disturbed ground, acres of it, has little forage. Raptors and other birds are being killed by the windmill blades.

The above is an Obama era report and probably watered down so as not to offend the eco-freaks. Still damning.

The whole output of all the wind farms in the three states can’t match the reliable output of one coal fired power plant.

The production of electricity is one of converting one form of energy to electron flow. The sources are the sun, moon, nuclear fission, geothermal and burning organic substances.

The sun causes weather. Precipitation distributes water at various elevations. Gravity plus water gives hydro power.  Weather causes wind. Direct sunlight can produced electricity via photoelectric reaction with some materials. Geothermal doesn’t presently lend  itself to large generation plants.

The moon causes tides. An overlooked and under developed energy source, IMO.

Fission gives the most energy for the weight of the source. Social stigma thwarts development. Still, up to 20% of electricity in the USA comes from nuclear.

Burning organic material, primarily coal and natural gas, provides the generating energy for the majority of electricity in our country.  From a cost point, the cheapest and most reliable option. 

Depending on the source quoted, the average is about 20 - 40 lbs of coal per day per person for electricity consumed.

Before we get into the more eccentric measures that we selected for comparison, let’s start with the measure that is most tangible and perhaps most sobering: coal. An average American’s residential and transportation energy consumption would require the burning of over 15,000 pounds of coal a year. That equals out to about 41 pounds of coal a day. If coal powered everything, every few days you would consume your body weight in coal.

Fossil fuels receive little or no subsidies. If one considers the myriad regulations imposed on the industry as a tax ( passed on to the consumer – no free lunch), and who can argue it isn’t, the end price paid by the consumer is still a bargain.

Perhaps the problem with coal is there is little potential for clean hands graft. Few ‘grants’ for “research”.

So ‘little’ people in rural areas get hurt. Oh, well. New opportunity to move people from self sufficient to the government tit, no?

Electrical power presents two big problems. First, it cannot be stored in commercial quantities. Second, transmission losses increase with distance. Virtually all sources are tied into a regional, and by extension, a national grid. Those areas bragging about using 100% renewal energy are full of shit if they are tied into a regional grid.

My hope is a businessman president will bring some rational economic sense to the energy sector. The public will have lower bills freeing cash for other things. The suffering will be borne by offshore tax havens who will have far fewer skimmed dollars to rathole. YMMV


  1. Thanks again for being a voice of reason, WSF.

    The last time I was in Colorado I saw a Nissan Leaf (100% electric car) with a "Powered By The WIND!" bumper sticker on it.

    I almost ran that Useful Idiot off the road. If he believes that little shit box car is powered by the wind, then he's too dumb to have a driver's license.....

    1. My guess is that LEAF driver has advanced degrees but no ability to reason. Cult behavior. Needs to feel "special".

      Thank you for the compliment.

  2. DrJ - before you are too hard on the driver of the Leaf, I was once forced to rent one (I forget where) because that was all that Avis had available.

    However, moving on, the only reason that those annoying windmill eyesores exist is because we BOUGTH THEM WITH TAX MONEY in the form of kick backs and subsidies that led to their construction. It was a scam. It remains a scam.

    1. Someday I should do a blog entry on the Danish wind company Vestas and their opening plants in Northern Colorado. Problem is I can't prove many of my suspicions.

    2. Yeah, LL, but this one was NOT a rental car.

      I saw it 3 times when we sere driving from the hotel up to see the kids.

  3. I think it is a sham and looks horrible in our horizons. Blah. Put that shit in Rawlins. I foresee them to be quite deadly in a tornado situation. Oh, guess what...they put several up in tornado alleys all over the US including my county. Sigh. Now the mini versions which are supposed to help the middle of the road family home, are OK. Them big uns look like aliens. But just think of all the money we could get from scrapping those things. LOL

    1. What did Rawlins ever do to you? Now Wamsetter, that is different.

  4. Huh, 'thought' I put a comment up... Oh well... Anyhoo, NONE of these, neither wind nor solar are actually reliable enough providers of power to actually REPLACE the traditional power plants. Look at the regional grids and look at how many trad plants are in those grids. Anybody that says they ONLY use renewable are lying through their asses...

    1. You had one on teaching kids to drive.

      Among other jobs, my late father was a power plant operator at Hayden, CO. From him I learned a bit about electricity generation and distribution.

      Saddens me to recognize the willful ignorance of people with fine educations on paper, and no appreciation for how things work.

      Evil me, loved taking their excess spending money away in the car business as they 'took advantage' of this fat Irish mug.