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Handouts foreverOver 30 years of taxpayer handouts and they still can't stand on their own - cartoon by Josh (
Off-shore wind turbine sizes globally over timeOff-shore wind turbine sizes globally over time - from Berkeley National Laboratory
Wind turbine size comparison: Scotland, U.K.Height of wind turbines proposed for the Hill of Fare in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, compared with well known structures - from Nae Fare
Kouloubakhata (Crazy)We did it! We saved the environment! From Wind Watch Greece
Ontario electricity supply, 2-7 November 2023This graph from IESO, captured by Parker Gallant, shows the electricity supply in Ontario from 2 to 7 November 2023, clearly showing that as the wind dies, natural gas fills in - wind: green; gas; blue; hydro; light blue; nuclear: orange
Wind turbine size comparisonWind turbine size comparison - from National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Mount Emerald, Queensland, Australia: time in 2022 at different output rangesSteven Nowakowski of Rainforest Reserves Australia collected 2022 5-minute output data for the 180-MW Mount Emerald wind energy facility in Queensland, Australia. The average output was 26.8% of capacity - generating at or above that rate of 48.3 MW only 40% of the time. The median output was 18.1% of capacity (meaning that half the time it was generating less than 32.6 MW.
Wind Isn’t WorkingWind Isn’t Working - cartoon by Josh
Land use requirements for different electricity generatorsThese land requirements include all mining, waste storage, grid connections, drilling, and pipelines - from The Washington Post, May 10, 2023, ”We need an area the size of Texas for wind and solar”
Minerals used in different transport and power generation technologiesComparison of minerals used in different transport and power generation technologies - International Energy Association, “The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions” (2021) - note that the comparison of power generation is by installed rated capacity, not by lifetime (or even annual) delivery of actual energy
Hours of generation by Lista wind plant, NorwayHistogram of hours generating at each 3.8-MW range, from 0 to maximum 71.3 – 2022, Lista wind energy facility, 31 × 2.3-MW Siemens SWT-93 wind turbines: Average annual output ~26.9 MW – at or above that rate only ~44% of the time
Correlation between wind/solar use and electricity priceCorrelation between per-capita wind plus solar generation and household electricity price by country - Europe, 2018 - graph from Grant Chalmers
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