The Faults, Fallacies and Failures of Wind Power

Viv Forbes
Wind power is not free. All natural energy resources such as coal, wind and sun appear "free" - no one has to incur costs to create them. But turning a "free" resource into usable electricity costs money for collecting, generating and distributing that energy. To consumers and tax payers, the real cost of wind power is very high, no matter how well it is hidden by politicians. Wind power is not reliable. No one can make the wind blow when the energy is needed - in fact, wind farms produce, on average, less than 30% of their nameplate capacity, often at times of lower demand. Wind power harms the environment. Because of the large area of land needed to collect low-density wind energy, wind power requires more land-clearing, needs more transmission lines, kills more wildlife, lights more bushfires and uglifies more landscape per unit of electricity than conventional power. And the subsonic whine of the turbines drives neighbours batty and devalues local properties. Like...(Read Full Post)