Haven’t written about windmills for a couple of weeks, so was pleased to come across this article that was originally written in 2011.
It’s an interesting take on wind energy efficiency from a US commentator (citing a UK Report) and highlights how the benefits of wind turbines are massively over-sold.
Concluding that “the findings strongly imply that wind power is inefficient and unreliable” and “In addition to its main findings, the report also noted that UK wind generation during the study period was:
- Below 20% of capacity more than half the time.
- Below 10% of capacity over one third of the time.
- Below 2.5% capacity for the equivalent of one day in twelve.
- Below 1.25% capacity for the equivalent of just under one day a month.”
The link to the report is broken, but you can read a similar synopsis and download the report from this article
There is definitely a sense that more people in government are coming over to the sceptical side of things, and certainly there are fewer politicians with an appetite to heavily subsidise renewables with our money.
Let’s hope it continues.