Wind is not the Answer


 From the Editor:  The realities of wind power and other so called green energies are finally being discussed. It’s about time. The reality of energy is that it must be as clean as possible but at the same time it must be cost effective. Wind and most other so called renewable energies are not. Without a cost effective energy system industry is put at risk. When industry is a risk so is the entire economy. Energy is too important an issue to be driven by what the govt thinks is a popular choice of the electorate. We need those in govt. that understand energy, to speak out just like Mr. Cash.

We need real energy and we need it now 

 Westminster Hall debates Tuesday, 27 November 2007

 

William Cash(Stone, Conservative) | Hansard source

Frankly, they just do not work -wind farms- and are over-subsidised. I have not come here to talk exclusively about wind and wind farms, but I can tell the hon. Gentleman that there is a great deal of opposition in my constituency to the non-productive use of such technologies, which are completely useless according to the evidence that we have received. I am talking specifically about the midlands; it is not for me to go into the broader picture in this debate, but I treat the whole issue of wind farms with a great deal of scepticism and I think that they are extremely damaging environmentally.

Clean coal should enjoy financial incentives equal to those enjoyed by the renewable energy sector, and nor should the subsidies that have gone to nuclear power be forgotten. Will the Minister address this specific point in his response?

I should like to give a brief but important example of how over-zealous support for renewables, particularly wind power, has led to increased carbon emissions. Denmark has the most intense concentration of wind generation in Europe. At peak output, its wind farms can account for nearly 64 per cent. of Danish peak power, but that rarely occurs. Last year, Danish carbon emissions rose as the Danish grid fell back on older, coal-fired power stations to plug the energy gap left by underperforming wind farms. Its power stations used 50 per cent. more coal than in 2005 to cover the failings of wind power, and its wind turbines generated a mere 22 per cent. of electricity, down from 29 per cent. in 2005. The increased demand for coal and the fact that it was burned in old, unmodified stations meant that Danish carbon emissions rose by 36 per cent. in 2006. My point is obvious, and I suspect that Danish investment in clean coal is imminent.

Investing in clean coal technology could allow us to enjoy consistent and competitively-priced base load supply, with huge reductions in carbon emissions. Overzealous and irresponsible support for renewables, no matter how well-meaning, can and will lead to what is increasingly called “the Danish problem”.

William Cash(Stone, Conservative) | Hansard source

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3 thoughts on “Wind is not the Answer

  1. I WILL BE VERY CLEAR.THIS EVALUATION SHOULD HAVE HAD HIS PROFIT-BEFORE-PERSONS STAMP AT THE TOP OF THE ARTICLE.AGAIN AND AGAIN THESE RIGHT-WING ELETISTS SERVE THEIR FREINDS.AS FOR THE DANISH STATS.JUST LIKE THE “INCONVEINENT TRUTH” HAS SHOWN US THESE PEOPLE SEARCH OUT THE NEGATIVE FACTS AND MOST CONVEINTLY DRAW UPON THOSE THAT SUPPORT “THERE TRUTH”.

  2. “ In 2000, the Ontario Medical Association published a report which calculated that air
    pollution — to which coal is the biggest contributor — was causing $10 billion in health-
    related costs and 1,900 premature deaths in Ontario per year.”

    “AT QUEEN’S PARK, Dwight Duncan, House Leader and Minister of Energy, explains
    that the Liberal Party’s policy to shut down coal plants evolved under pressure from
    environmentalists during the preparation of its 2003 election platform. The previous
    Conservative government had undertaken to get rid of coal by 2015. “Our guys said we
    can do better.”

    The province of Ontario has been building gas plants near residential neighbourhoods, spewing more pollutants into the already polluted atmosphere. Environmentalists have helped sell the plan. “The Goreway (Brampton) natural gas fired power plant will help Ontario to phase out it’s dirty coal fire power plants, reduce air pollution and protect public health,” says Jack Gibbons, Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
    Goreway protects the public! How is that? A 2004 report from the Organization of Economic Cooperative Development cited Canada as having one of the worst records for air emissions, specifically particulate matter and ground level ozone. Canada has to pad the limits for PMs otherwise the gas plants wouldn’t meet the target limits used by the US EPA.

    Meanwhile the Dwight Duncan had to change his story twice about shutting down the coal plants…and now the coal plants are to remain in service till 2014.

    Had Ontario installed complete up-to-date emission controls on all the coal units back in 2000, Ontario would have prevented $12.5 billion in health and environmental damages including 3850 premature deaths. The emission controls would have paid for themselves in NINE MONTHS.

    But there’s no profit for speculators in saving lives, people’s health and the environment.

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