Articles filed under Energy Policy

Hawaii protests show why wind energy can't save us from climate change

The refusal of all-renewable advocates to consider the cartoonish land requirements of their schemes and how those plans are affecting ordinary people in rural areas is perhaps the single biggest disconnect in the current energy debate. How cartoonish? Last year, two Harvard researchers found that meeting current U.S. electricity needs with wind would require covering a land area twice the size of California with wind turbines. That’s beyond Looney Tunes. 
13 Nov 2019

Germany's giant windmills are wildly unpopular

This nasty political and regulatory climate creates too much uncertainty for investors, just as the German government prepares to phase out wind-energy subsidies. That a vicious circle will ensue, understandably, worries the renewables industry. A recent study carried out for the engineering lobby group VDMA predicted that, if the current obstacles persist, employment in the onshore wind industry, which stands at 64,200 people today, will drop by 27% by 2030.
31 Oct 2019

"Build ten nuclear power plants in the Netherlands"

The founder of the American think tank Environmental Progress is perhaps the world's largest advocate of nuclear energy. Ten years ago he fell from his belief in wind and sun as an energy source. "The problem of the unreliable energy supply is unsolvable," he says while visiting the Netherlands. Friends from the past are now his greatest opponents. Because the dark greens , as he calls orthodox green thinkers like Greta Thunberg, reject nuclear energy the most.
19 Oct 2019

Has the wind been taken from the sails of Europe's renewable future?

The most common grounds for complaint in Germany is the protection of birds and bats, which can be endangered by wind turbines. Procedural mistakes, monument protection, noise pollution, health effects and the effects on the local landscape are other common reasons why wind farms are objected to in the EU's largest country. "It is worrying when you think how urgent the need to expand renewable energy is," says Canning. Yet there are many people around Europe who passionately disagree with him.
18 Oct 2019

Governments took the hard road on clean energy – and consumers are feeling the bumps

Instead of creating investor certainty, the federal government has adopted a “picking winners” approach. It plans to build new generation assets such as the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project, and subsidise others through a program of underwriting investments. Alongside this, the government’s proposed “big stick” laws would give it vast powers including those to break up big energy companies. Our research has confirmed this has a chilling effect on investment.
7 Oct 2019

Texas’ impending reliability issues with wind power

The close call in Texas in mid-August should be a lesson for ERCOT to rethink how it is valuing dispatchable, baseload power. The addition of more intermittent capacity to the market will likely make the reliability challenges Texas is facing only more difficult to manage. Further, the 100% renewable goal that several states have instituted should be viewed as a farce as the City of Georgetown recently discovered.
19 Sep 2019

Trouble in Texas is a warning for other states about possible power shortages from sources that depend on the weather

On August 12, a heatwave drove electricity demand in Texas to an all-time high. Electricity prices across the Texas power grid surged 36,000 percent, to roughly $6,537 per megawatt-hour—far higher than the average Texas price of $20 to $30 per megawatt-hour. Not only did electricity demand climb enormously as Texans cranked their air conditioners in 100-degree weather, but electricity generation at Texas wind farms simultaneously fell 50 percent due to lack of wind in the hot, listless air.
4 Sep 2019

Heatwave sheds light on wind's limits

Residential electricity prices in Missouri run lower than the national average. And so, as our state looks to incorporate more renewable energy, we should consider the importance of a balanced, diverse mix of electricity sources. The experience of Texas shows that our primary focus must be on ensuring reliable, affordable electricity in the years to come.
31 Aug 2019

Green energy: why wind power will never be the answer

The focus shifted to offshore wind farms, and the new Contracts for Difference scheme for their subsidy. A kind of reverse auction, it encouraged operators to put in unfeasibly low bids for the prices at which offshore wind farms would generate. While many have heralded the apparently huge drop in offshore costs, no wind farms have actually begun operating at this rate. Industry experts doubt they ever will, suspecting the low offers were a ruse to lock out competition and then blackmail the government on pain of bankruptcy if the price is not raised. The days where developers saw a prospective wind farm as a licence to print money while policymakers extolled wind energy as clean, green and free are long gone.
25 Aug 2019

Rising electricity prices to come as wind, solar mandates increase

Defenders of California’s renewable-first policy say that the state’s average residential electricity bills are relatively low. But that has ...everything to do with a temperate climate where Californians simply use less energy. Move California’s electricity prices to other states and the same electricity rates would be devastating. And yet, California’s energy approach is being replicated across the country, with little understanding of the potential consequences.
6 Aug 2019

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