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.
Wind Turbines in Ontario come with a license to kill bats.
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has set 10 bat deaths per turbine as the threshold at which the mortalities are considered significant and warrant action.
And that number is being exceeded.
Bats are being killed in Ontario at the rate of 18.5 per turbine, resulting in an estimated 42,656 bat fatalities in Ontario between May 1 and October 31, 2015, according to the report released by Bird Studies Canada, a bird conservation organization.
Imagine what would happen if the oil industry was allowed to kill 10 bats or birds per oil well.
Imagine the screaming from “environmentalists”.
Birds are being killed too.
14,144 non-raptors killed by wind turbines and 462 raptor fatalities between May 1 and October 31 in 2015.
Two on fire
Idiots are running Ontario. (Ruining … running … same difference)
Ontario continues its buy-high, sell-low policy for electricity by wasting cheap hydro in favour of expensive, intermittent wind. And the government is contracting for more, says Parker Gallant.
Wind generation cost @ $133/MWh (1.7 TWh @ $133 million per TWh = $226 million)
+ gas generation backup of 330 MW (assuming an average of $12,500 per MW per month and 60% capacity generation per MW) = $150 million
+ the cost of spilled hydro @ $44 million per TWh = $75 million for 1.7 TWh.
The total cost (without inclusion of steamed-off nuclear, cost of solar power, losses of revenue for exports, etc.) is
$451 million for the 1.7 TWh OPG spilled.
Cost to Ontario ratepayers for the 1.7 TWh OPG spilled cost ($451 million/1.7 TWh) = an average of 26.5 cents per kWh.
What this means: the Green Energy Act and its many flaws has created a situation where publicly and privately owned generators suffer no consequences from producing power “out of sync” with demand, and as a result, electricity ratepayers are penalized by paying six times the actual cost for a kilowatt of electricity (including a built-in profit).
As some of you my have noticed I like to mock the idea that wind can take over for fossil fuels.
Here is the Actual Wind Production versus the day ahead prediction.
Purple is the the 1450MW of power wind could generate (and never does).
Green is actual. Notice it goes to zero several times and under 200MW a bunch of times.
And several of those low stretches last a whole day!