There is a good blog post on how laughable it was to suggest that Canada could rely solely on wind, water and sunlight to meet our future energy needs by 2050.
I plan to just talk about the number of facilities necessary to do this. The blue # is the necessary count. The red at the end is the # needed to be built by 2050.
- Onshore wind: 34,993 – 5 MW units ( 2240 units currently installed) – ~33,000
- Offshore wind: 27,242 – 5 MW units (currently no units in Canada) 27,242
- Solar PV plant: 1690 – 50 MW facilities (currently 13 similar facilities) 1677
- Solar CSP plants 450 – 100 MW facilities (currently 1 in operation) 449
- Solar CSP plants for storage 275 – 100 MW facilities 275
- Hydroelectric: Uses currently built facilities with efficiency gains
- Wave energy: 26,227 – 0.75 MW installations (currently no unit in Canada) 26,227
- Residential rooftop solar: 12,992,080 units (currently <2% of units installed) ~ 12,750,000
- Commercial/govt rooftop solar: 1,383,183 units (currently <2% of units installed) ~1,360,00
- Geothermal: 50 – 100 MW facilities (currently no such facility in Canada) 50
- Tidal turbine: 2000 – 1 MW units (currently no units in Canada) 2000
“Lets look at the offshore wind platforms. As one of the two southern coasts, British Columbia would be responsible for close to half of the 27, 242 offshore units needed to achieve our national 100% WWS goal. As of today, we have zero offshore wind facilities. “
This is laughable. Canada can’t even build a pipeline to carry oil from Alberta to tidewater in many years.
Imagine the regulatory approval … the lawsuits … the lack of skilled trades.
Its a joke.
But do read the blog post for more info.
Subsidy Miners with billions in federal subsidies are suing small towns to try and force them to allow 800 foot bird choppers.
” … numerous upstate towns are actively fighting the encroachment of Big Wind. To cite just one recent example: Last month, the Watertown City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing the development of eight industrial wind-turbine projects totaling 1,000 megawatts of capacity, because the projects could impair military training capabilities near Fort Drum.
The $18.7 billion sum was obtained by matching ACENY’s membership roster with data from Subsidy Tracker, a program run by Good Jobs First, a Washington-based government-accountability organization. That $18.7 billion includes all federal grants, tax credits, loans, loan guarantees and state subsidies.
The subsidies are corrosive. They encourage wind-energy companies to use legal action to bully rural landowners and small towns. They also induce the wind industry to kill more wildlife, including bats and birds.“
The wind turbine blades did poorly in Puerto Rico.
Remember, when they say “renewable” what it really means is:
“Their trick is to hide behind the statement that close to 14 per cent of the world’s energy is renewable, with the implication that this is wind and solar. In fact the vast majority — three quarters — is biomass (mainly wood), and a very large part of that is ‘traditional biomass’; sticks and logs and dung burned by the poor in their homes to cook with. Those people need that energy, but they pay a big price in health problems caused by smoke inhalation.
…world energy demand has been growing at about 2 per cent a year for nearly 40 years.”
The items circled in red do not produce CO2.
Sometimes the wind blows in Germany and then it stops for 5 days ….
They want the body count kept secret.
“A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the US government from releasing information to the Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.
Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in US district court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to the Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the US Freedom of Information Act. The government concluded that the industry’s concerns were “insufficiently convincing” to keep the files secret.
The information the AP sought was part of its larger investigation into bird and eagle deaths at windfarms and the administration’s reluctance to prosecute the cases as it advocated the pollution-free energy source. The AP asked the US Fish and Wildlife Service for data collected under federal permits given to companies to collect the carcasses of protected bird species, including eagles and migratory birds, found dead at their facilities.
Using documents, emails and interviews with former wildlife officials, the AP in articles published last year documented more than four dozen eagle deaths in Wyoming since 2009, and dozens more in California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Corporate surveys submitted to the federal government and obtained by AP showed at least 20 eagles found dead in recent years on Pacificorp windfarms in Wyoming.”
Read more here.