Friday, April 10, 2009
Pixie Dust Energy Turns to...Uh, Something Like Dust
Flemming Nissen, the head of development at West Danish generating company ELSAM (one of Denmark’s largest energy utilities) tells us that “wind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions.” The German experience is no different. Der Spiegel reports that “Germany’s CO2 emissions haven’t been reduced by even a single gram,” and additional coal- and gas-fired plants have been constructed to ensure reliable delivery.
Indeed, recent academic research shows that wind power may actually increase greenhouse gas emissions in some cases, depending on the carbon-intensity of back-up generation required because of its intermittent character.
Industrial wind power is not a viable economic alternative to other energy conservation options. Again, the Danish experience is instructive. Its electricity generation costs are the highest in Europe (15¢/kwh compared to Ontario’s current rate of about 6¢). Niels Gram of the Danish Federation of Industries says, “windmills are a mistake and economically make no sense.” Aase Madsen , the Chair of Energy Policy in the Danish Parliament, calls it “a terribly expensive disaster.”
Terribly expensive disaster? Man, that sounds familiar, oh yea, it's how cooler heads described the ethanol mistake, the last time our government tried to dictate energy production by picking an acceptable form of energy. We can only hope these guys in Denmark, Germany, and Spain are listened to before we begin to dismantle our fossil fuel industry over the AGW hoax. I hold out very little hope before the first several Trillion dollars are wasted.