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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Wow, for a whole month!

And the other eleven?

Actually, it’s not the other eleven months about which to be concerned because wind power is intermittent and cannot be depended upon.

So, for every wind project, you must build traditional capacity somewhere in the region as back-up.

And that small, undependable bit of wind power is very expensive to consumers, costing many times per unit of energy what other forms of generation cost.

It is costly to install, costly to maintain, and costly in terms of always needing back-up capacities of other kinds.

If it weren’t for the other sources to absorb and spread out the wind power costs, consumers would be paying a fortune for power – intermittent, undependable power.

Great portions of the public couldn’t even afford the cost of such power. The poor would suffer most, and this is already a fact in some jurisdictions.

There actually are lots of people who say, why don’t we just get on with it and build as much of this capacity as possible, asking this with no appreciation of costs or the economics of energy and as though the whole matter were just one of getting new technology installed fast enough.

Articles such as this only help promote fantasy ideas in the minds of the general public about power.

They do not inform, and in the long term may actually be quite harmful to the public interest.

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