No One Can Force the Sun to Shine or Wind to Blow

Two facts are incontrovertible: Wind turbines don’t generate electricity when the wind isn’t blowing Solar power plants don’t generate electricity when the sun isn’t shining Storage can mitigate this to some extent, but it can double the initial investment in Continue reading No One Can Force the Sun to Shine or Wind to Blow

Bad News for Wind Energy

It’s generally been  recognized that using wind to generate electricity is inefficient, costly and unreliable. Now the news is getting out that it’s even worse than previously thought. The report, The Performance of Wind Farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark, Continue reading Bad News for Wind Energy

Electric Vehicle Update

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and pure electric vehicles (EVs) are slow out of the starting gate. Through October, total PHEV and EV sales are less than 15,000 vehicles: reportedly 5,003 Volts and 8,048 Leafs. It’s still early, and it’s Continue reading Electric Vehicle Update

Wind Failure

Once again, investment in wind power has proven to be a failure. This summer the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Texas have experienced higher than usual temperatures which have caused peaks in demand for electricity that grid operators could barely manage. Continue reading Wind Failure