"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hobart City Council Investigates Wind Farm Development

The Hobart City Council has called for a report on building a wind-farm on council or private land.Alderman Bill Harvey says "I think its important that we look at ways of cutting our energy bills,"
Before these Councillors begin squandering the rate-payers money they should read some sobering facts about wind power .An excellent article by Phil Droz is a good starting point as he asks how wind power fares on 6 basic requirements of commercial electricity generators.
For the first hundred years or so of commercial electric power, there have been six over-riding concerns about commercial electricity generators:

1.Could they provide large amounts of electricity?
2.Could they provide reliable and predictable electricity?
3.Could they provide dispatchable1 electricity?
4.Could they service one or more of the grid demand elements?
5.Could their facility be compact3?
6.Could they provide economical electricity?
 
The simple answer to all these questions is NO as he explains in detail.

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