But… But… But I thought wind power would save the planet!

Apparently they don’t do well in harsh winters, which isn’t good for their customers:

A $200-million wind farm in northern New Brunswick is frozen solid, cutting off a supply of renewable energy for NB Power.

The 25-kilometre stretch of wind turbines, 70 kilometres northwest of Bathurst, has been shut down for several weeks due to heavy ice covering the blades. GDF Suez Energy, the company that owns and operates the site, is working to return the windmills to working order, a spokeswoman says.

“We can’t control the weather,” Julie Vitek said from company headquarters in Houston.

No, really?

Let’s see. Wind power has been sold to us by the Green Statists as one of the perfect solutions for a problem that does not exist, anthropogenic global warming. Trouble is, wind turbines are no good when the wind is too slow or too fast. They still require old-fashioned electrical power stations to be online constantly as backups. They are sound neither from an economic nor an engineering standpoint. The need lavish subsidies to turn a profit at all.

And now they can’t keep the heat running when you need it most.


via Fausta

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

One Response to But… But… But I thought wind power would save the planet!

  1. I think the author of this blog needs to check his facts.

    Wind farms can in fact cope very well with cold weather icing up their blades, such as in the event of a possible mini ice age caused by the sun going into a period of low activity.

    How windmills do this is to cleverly have coal power stations running all the time ‘in parallel’ which has the added benefit of making up for when the wind is too strong, or too weak too.

    And presumably some of the energy from coal could even be diverted to the wind turbines to heat them with giant electrical heaters in the turbine blades themselves which would also keep them running smoothly and generating their wonderfully sporadic and playfully unpredictable green electricity.

    And when there is not enough wind (such as where I live where we get literally months on end with no significant wind at all and yet windmills are going up like nobody’s business and then just sitting there like they’ve got stage fright or something) any ‘excess’ energy from coal power stations (which will have to be always running anyway so it wouldn’t be wasteful) could also be used to *power* some of the windmills thus generating a breeze which could, in turn, be captured in a sustainable way by the other windmills and converted into electricity to power some of our homes marginally.

    Honestly, when you look at it there are just so many possibilities with windmills, it’s a wonder we gave up this amazing technology two hundred years ago…

    … what were we thinking?

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