May 4, 2011

We Don't Need No Stinking Giant Fans

Ed Driscoll;

Today in Scotland, as the Great Recession rolls on, and as newly reprimitivized “wind farms” replace more tried and true — and apparently predictable – methods of electricity generation, history rhymes rather nicely. The BBC reports, “Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged.

Unfortunately, Scotland is cut off from the western world that there's virtually no chance that details of this most recent wind farm insanity will find its way to our own provincial policy makers.

Related waste.

Posted by Kate at May 4, 2011 12:24 PM

But AGW is killing the planet.
Oh look, a puppy!

Posted by: doowleb at May 4, 2011 12:32 PM

The UTube video of Prince Charles and his quest to do with less, as he demands from us (LOL)is so typical of the global warming elite. A mind freed from the demands of everyday life will often wander around looking for any thing to do, whether what it finds makes any sense or not.

Now we know why so many Brits think the monarchy should skip Chucky and be given to his son.

Posted by: Rob at May 4, 2011 12:49 PM

What they are doing is refining how fine a string of insanity that a mind can endure and still not have to be put into trait Jacket. In other words ... how crazy can one get over a climate change about nothing before totally losing it and harming himself or others.

Posted by: Abe Froman at May 4, 2011 1:10 PM

How many chicken little AGW weathermen does Canada need?

Posted by: set you free at May 4, 2011 1:27 PM

I suspect that there will be an outcry about the oil spill in Alberta. I find this very perplexing, first the article released by CBC did not give any details on exactly what happened.
I find it interesting that this much could spill without detection. I wrote programs back in the 80's and 90's to detect flow leaks up north for pipe lines moving possibly contaminated water at uranium mines or underground where water was moved from flooded areas. I also worked in the oil patch and know that all kinds of flow and pressure monitoring takes place and with SCADA this information is made availiable quickly. In an industry that is so heavly regulated it is hard to believe this occured.

Posted by: Dennis Krupski at May 4, 2011 2:01 PM

"“Renewable energy is playing an increasing role in the supply of energy worldwide and will help mitigate climate change,” says Dr Neumann. “To further increase the productivity of wind farms, we need to exploit methods that help to optimise their performance.”

Dr Neumann says the question of exactly where wind turbines should be placed to gain maximum efficiency is highly complex."

Similar to other comments on WUWT, the best place to maximize the optimization and efficiency of wind power is to leave the entire idea on the engineer's drawing room floor. In terms of affordability, efficiency and reliability (and even its greenness)it's an evolutionary dead-end. It is possible that there might be a technological breakthrough that changes its viability but right now that looks unlikely. Move on.

Posted by: LC Bennett at May 4, 2011 2:42 PM

Why wouldn't one perfect existing energy sources and get the maximum use out of them with little waste....

Oh never mind! The eco-crats can't luxuriate in a bath of their own self-righteousness then.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at May 4, 2011 3:01 PM

Will just ONE eco-nut living in a real cool hemisphere like Canada,please justify his socialistic existence , by demonstrating that he/she runs their detached abode - totally- on solar and wind eco-friendly energy.

If NOT---then STFU !

Posted by: Na-Van at May 4, 2011 4:31 PM