That windmills retain a mystical popularity among their supporters, is truly a triumph of hope over substance, not to mention unawareness of hidden costs and poor performance data.
There is a huge amount of information now available regarding wind energy from around the United States and Europe. It’s not good news.
It is past time that energy agencies, utilities, and elected officials use the data before building anymore of them and ripping off the rate payers.
Reasonable people expect energy agencies to learn these lessons from around the world, just as they expect them to provide low cost reliable electrical energy.
The power of the wind is promoted as an alternative method of meeting electricity demands. The implication is that it requires virtually no other energy source but free and non polluting “wind”.
There are a number of drawbacks that persuade against its development: frequently it is windy when not needed, calm when electrical demands are greatest, and wind power can be only a local or regional and minor electrical contributor at best.
Because of inefficiencies relative to traditional baseline energies and high development and transmission costs, it is unrealistic to assume wind power can replace current energies or be used as a source of energy to process other alternative energies such as ethanol or hydrogen.
Perhaps its best positive feature is that wind turbines can be constructed relatively quickly. At worst, wind power is yet another energy sink requiring more energy to develop and maintain a site and to deliver its energy than the energy derived from it.
In conclusion, the capital invested in wind commerce would lead to a more sustainable future using modern efficient coal technologies.
Department of Energy Wind Powering America