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Courtney, Richard
Windfarms cannot meet UK Government’s renewable energy target
Synopsis: This paper suggests the use of windfarms cannot make significant contribution to reducing the emissions and suggests the construction of tidal coffer dams instead. Windfarms for power generation provide intermittent power so they merely displace thermal power stations onto standby mode or to operate at reduced efficiency while the thermal power stations wait for the wind to change. They make no significant reduction to pollution because thermal power stations continue to use their fuel and to produce their emissions . . . Complete article »

Courtney, Richard
Wind Farms Provide Negligible Useful Electricity
An analysis of how wind energy actually works (or rather, doesn’t work) on the grid. Although the paper is published by the anti-environmentalist “Center for Science and Public Policy,” it does not deny global warming or the negative impacts of fossil fuels. It sticks to the issue of how much wind power can be expected to reduce the use of or the emissions from other sources on the grid. Abstract: “Wind farms (i.e. local assemblies of wind turbines) for power . . . Complete article »

Courtney, Richard
Windfarms provide no useful electricity
“Electricity is wanted all the time but the demand for electricity varies from hour to hour, day to day, and month to month. The electricity grid has to match the supply of electricity to the demand for it at all times. This is difficult because power stations cannot be switched on and off as demand varies [because they take so long – several hours to a couple of days – to warm up]. “The problem of matching electricity supply to varying demand . . . Complete article »

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