Wind Power Quits

So, you better have back up fast-start capacity. Nukes come in handy. And nuke power is a fraction of the cost of wind. Unfortunately, nukes take a long time to build. Earth may be getting cooler fast. During really cold weather, wind turbines may put out only 2.5% to 10% of the rated power.

When cold air is trapped near the ground, wind is often quiet

‘Green’ Scotland relying on French nuclear power

(Seen first at Gateway Pundit. Article dated Wednesday, 29-December; emphasis added)

Over the past ten days, when temperatures have plunged across Scotland, the average power generation from Britain’s wind developments – the majority of which are in Scotland – was 261 megawatts (MW), just 10.75 per cent of the total possible of 2,430MW.

Last Monday and Tuesday afternoon wind production fell to a major low while electricity usage peaked close to its highest level.

Shortly before 5:30pm on both days, wind power production fell to 62MW and 61 MW respectively – just 2.5 per cent of its total capacity.

At the same time on both occasions, the UK’s electricity usage rose to about 60,000MW – one of the highest ever levels of demand. Electricity demand in the UK rarely rises above 60,000MW.

Wind farms are designed to run at an average of 30 per cent of their generation capacity throughout a year.

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