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 4 times and under 200MW a bunch of times.
And several of those low stretches last a whole day!
Germany is planning to rely on wind and solar. Last week on April 8th, wind and solar combined for 0.94GW out of 55GW.
Averages don’t keep the electricity on. They will need lots more brown coal when they shut down the nuclear power stations.
The whole week (just solar and wind). Yes, sometimes combined they generate a lot of electricity.
But on April 8th Germany went almost a 1.5 days where almost nothing was generated by wind.
Word of the day:
In German, the term Dunkelflaute is used to describe the predicament. Dunkel means “dark”; solar is simply not available half the time, and solar power production is significant for only around six hours a day even when the sun is shining. Flaute is “doldrums” – when the wind is not blowing. So the “dark doldrums” are times when solar and wind power is not available in sufficient amounts.
This chart is just wind+solar for March in Germany. Red lines are periods less than 5GW.
Acoustic pollution harms humans on land and whales in the ocean.
“Between January 9 and February 4 this year, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches. Environmentalists and the news media offered multiple explanations – except the most obvious and likely one: offshore wind farms.
Indeed, that area has the world’s biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their acoustic pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation.”
“researchers at the University of St. Andrews have found that the noise made by offshore wind farms can interfere with a whale’s sonar, and can in tragic cases see them driven onto beaches where they often die,” a UK Daily Mail article observed.
It is certainly possible that permanent damage to the cetaceans’ middle and inner ears, and thus to their built-in sonar, can result from large air guns used during seismic surveys and from violent bursts of noise associated with pilings being rammed into the rock bed. Wind promoters themselves admit that their pile-driving can be heard up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) underwater, and can be harmful to whales that happen to be nearby. But unless these injuries cause external bleeding, they are very difficult to detect.”
Read more here.
What a shame.
The Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, 60 miles east of San Francisco, will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed over five years. Previously, such a violation could potentially draw criminal charges and discourage private investment in wind farms known for catching birds in their rotors.
It’s not an accident.
“Michael Hutchins of the American Bird Conservancy said he believes the five-year permit for the California wind farm is reasonable … ”
He should resign in shame.
“An Associated Press investigation in 2013 found that the Obama administration has charged oil companies for drowning birds in their waste pits, and power companies for electrocuting birds on power lines, but it has taken little if any action against wind-energy companies, shielding them from liability.”
3 Down … 15 to go.
“Wind power in Nome is taking a slight decline after a wind turbine at the Banner Wind Farm toppled this weekend.
At Tuesday’s Nome Joint Utility meeting, Utility Manager John Handeland said the welding anchoring a tower failed, and the 50 kilo-watt unit was destroyed.
That leaves 15 of the original 18 wind turbines at the Banner Wind Farm still standing.
Handeland explained, “One was destroyed during first the winter. One had delaminated blades. A then a third one was taken down and used for parts. And now this one.””
The wind farm went live in Nov 2008.
(h/t Small Dead Animals)
“A crew is arriving this week to conduct maintenance on the turbines. One of their top priorities is ensuring all the bolts on the units are tight and the foundations are secured. NJUS workers will work alongside the maintenance crew to gain additional experience in turbine upkeep.”
I hate writing about these stories, but people should know whats going on.
“(Washington, D.C., March 28, 2014) American Bird Conservancy, one of the nation’s leading bird conservation organizations, is calling for a detailed reanalysis of a proposed wind power facility in Maryland that could prove to be the single most deadly project for bald eagles in the Americas. The Great Bay Wind Project is proposed to be located in Somerset County, Maryland, near the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. “
The sub headline is: “Proposed Project Outside Washington, DC May Be Biggest Man-Made Killer of Bald Eagles Ever”
Shouldn’t it be: “Washington, DC May Be Biggest Man-Made Killer of Bald Eagles Ever”
Wind Farms have a license to kill.
(h/t Small Dead Animals – Best Canadian Blog)
I love a happy story (and a burning wind turbine picture).
“Plans for a huge expansion of the world’s largest windfarm, the London Array in the Thames Estuary, have been scrapped. The consortium running the project blame the abandonment of an additional 65 giant turbines on “various factors”, but especially the requirement for a 3-year study on the potential impact on birds. The Thames estuary site is a designated environmental Special Protection Area.”
Between 46 and 64 golden eagles would likely be killed every year by one wind farm
“Two conservation groups are urging federal regulators to slow down on approval of what would be the nation’s largest wind farm until more efforts are made to mitigate the impact on eagles.
The groups—the American Bird Conservancy and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance—told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a 15-page letter released Wednesday that between 46 and 64 golden eagles would likely be killed every year by the spinning blades of 1,000 wind turbines planned by the Power Company of Wyoming.”
“But a recent Fish and Wildlife Service rule-making exempts wind generators from prosecution for causing eagle deaths for up to 30 years“.
Mangled Wind Turbine mercilessly attacked by cold or wind or shoddy construction or all three.
“Whenever we came out, we noticed this big mound up there. Then we noticed one of the windmills was missing,” Steyer said.”
(h/t Small Dead Animals)