Good post by Skeptical Science attacking some of the myths circulated about wind power.
Adding wind power saves CO2
Some supporting academic papers:
What your reference proposes
The article does show that the power in the nuclear plant is variable and the major dip is due to a safety shutdown on reactor one and maintenance stop on 5 and 6. Interestingly the article does not show the variability in wind but shows the output generated by growth. In context the current German fleet of turbines costs at least 27 billion. Despite a relatively calm build of wind between 2010 and 2011, the variability between output over the two years is around 50% for Germany (IEA electrical statistics).While wind is a "variable" resource, that is, the wind doesn't always blow and when it does it doesn't always blow at the same strength, wind is far more reliable than the critics charge. In fact, wind is fairly predictable on long time horizons, especially from one year to the next. In contrast, nuclear power is "reliable" until it isn't as the units at the Fukushima nuclear power plant so dramatically demonstrate.
In fact what the article says is (argument A) that many turbines will produce a stable output. What we see with fukashima is that before the tsunami, 6 reactors produced stable output. So argument A good for wind, argument A ignored for nuclear.
Last edited by riven; 21st June 2012 at 01:12 PM.
Too late for your wind industry propaganda. They told lies and were found out.
The wind industry told policy-makers and planners that wind power would save 1tCO2/MWh.
In Ireland, for example, an upper bound on the actual savings is less than 0.34tCO2/MWh. (In fact the real number is substantially less.)
We also know that savings fall rapidly as more wind power is added.
The wind industry has harvested huge amounts of public money by claiming fuel savings which have proven to be illusory. We have paid for something have not received. We have been scammed.
You opinion will no doubt be instantly accepted by them as fact, like all you ex cathredra pronouncements.
That referenced papers make a simple and obvious point - if penetration of wind energy is small, the savings of CO2 is small, but is greater if the penetration into the market is larger.
So having backup power reduces CO2 savings ... but the savings are still big and worthwhile.If Illinois got 10% of its electricity from wind, the savings in CO2 would be about 11%. The savings are bigger than 10% because about a quarter of Illinios' power is low carbon nuclear and this wouldn't be turned off.
As more wind turbines are added, they still make savings but if Illinois got 40% of its electricity from wind, its CO2 emissions would drop only 33% as nuclear reactors scale back slightly.
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And so they should.nhe try to distance themselves from spirit of ireland .
That Banshee of Eire crowd are as cracked as the crows.