A commentary for politicians and senior bureaucrats
Here are the simple questions along with simple answers about wind power that need to be asked and answered on behalf of taxpayers and power consumers.The questions and answers are applicable Australia wide, but figures presented apply, in some cases, to Victoria specifically. The simple conclusion is reached that generation of power from wind saves virtually no greenhouse gas and is a monumental and total waste of money. Detailed proof of may be found in many technical articles on the net and one particular reference is quoted for those who wish to do a little research for themselves.
Does wind power:
- Measurably reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from power generation – no, detailed analysis shows net savings are miniscule, no more than about 5% of that claimed by promoters (and supported by government);
- Allow the decommissioning of a single fossil fuelled power generator – no, not at anytime;
- Allow us to meet the 20% target for renewable energy contribution – we can meet that target just by building enough turbines, about 5600 in Victoria at a cost of about $17 billion, but would also have to build additional matching gas turbine infrastructure costing some $3 billion and we would not reduce emissions measurably;
- Increase energy costs – yes, very significantly;
Who pays for the increase in costs? – the power consuming public.