Greens’ silence on the folly of wind and solar power
Iam Pilmer — News Weekly — October 23, 2014
A simple evaluation of ideological electricity shows that it is unsustainable. The answer is certainly not blowing in the wind.
The amount of energy embedded in steel pylons, concrete footings, blades, wiring, magnets, land clearing and roads is more than a wind pylon would ever generate in its working life. Wind farms cannot generate electricity in a gentle zephyr or a gale, cannot operate continuously and optimistically operate at 20 per cent of nameplate capacity.
Wind farms have the life of a parasite because they freeload themselves onto existing grids paid by conventional efficient energy, need subsidies and drain electricity from the grid when it is too cold. Wind turbines don’t run on wind; they run on subsidies.
A single 1,000-megawatt wind farm produces at least 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide…
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