Friday, May 29, 2009

Some interesting numbers on wind power




This article in the Canadian press has some interesting information on the real economic and environmental impact of wind energy. For example,

"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."

and

"The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported in 2008, on a dollar per MWh basis, the U.S. government subsidizes wind at $23.34 — compared to reliable energy sources: natural gas at 25¢; coal at 44¢; hydro at 67¢; and nuclear at $1.59, leading to what some U.S. commentators call 'a huge corporate welfare feeding frenzy.'"

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