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Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire!

March 12, 2015

  By Paul Homewood





So you can either have expensive, unreliable onshore turbines, or even more expensive, offshore ones!



Nice one, Tim!

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    March 12, 2015 4:16 pm

    That is what you get from someone living in Fantasy Land. They only have the options that are allowed in their Fantasy, not all those in the REAL world.

  2. March 12, 2015 4:45 pm

    Wind Turbines Slowing in the Wind

    20 years is a wind turbine’s life span,
    What happens then? Is there a plan?
    Thousands of turbines will then need replacing,
    A new energy crisis we will be facing.

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    • Edmonton Al permalink
      March 12, 2015 5:10 pm

      Claimed 20 years. Some last only 5. the number 20 is part of the continued lying of the “Greens”, and their fraudulent backers. IMHO.

      • Rud Istvan permalink
        March 12, 2015 5:36 pm

        In the US, actual service lives (before main bearings replacement, the #1 failure mode) is running 8-12 years depending on turbine size and manufacturer.
        Replacing the main bearings means taking off the vanes and dissassembling the nacelle, frequently after lowering it to the ground. It is presently unclear whether the issue even has a practical engineering solution.

      • Herve D permalink
        March 13, 2015 12:48 pm

        Not only the bearings shall be replaced (ref Rud) but also the gigantic turbine blades wear off quickly and provides lower energy efficiency and more noise. Wind mill maintenance is a juicy business…

  3. March 12, 2015 5:48 pm

    gas is the way to go….

  4. March 12, 2015 5:52 pm

    One senior Tory figure said: ‘Every time Tim moralises about why we must go more green, I hear tills ringing in the background.’

  5. Earl Goudie permalink
    March 12, 2015 5:53 pm

    Given the current state of costs and unreliability of wind turbines, I am left wondering just who is actually blind and unreasoning here.
    Mr. Yeo comes off as another one of those who want the public to just shut-up and do as they are bloody-well told.
    The answer is to GO NUCLEAR!!!

    • March 12, 2015 6:58 pm


      If, and only if, there are real problems with fossil fuels, then a massive build-up of natural gas and nuclear power is our only hope. Windmills and solar are just silly, symbolic toys; a kind of art project that addresses a weird public fetish that has developed around abstract and meaningless concepts like “sustainability”.

      Luckily for humanity, the problems with fossil fuels are largely imaginary or self-induced, thus fixable.

  6. March 12, 2015 6:55 pm

    There is very little support in parliament for our cause as you can see from this link:

    A little long but nice to see some actual actual common sense demonstrated by Graham Stringer (Labour) and Peter Lilley (Cons). They clearly grasp exactly what is happening over at the IPCC. The rest of them come across as distinctly dim and whether that is because they are blindly following party lines or because they are actually dim is hard to tell.

  7. March 13, 2015 8:39 am

    You are right, offshore is more expensive, but it also brings warmer winters to Western Europe, as it is interetingly explained here,, in the article “Offshore Wind-parks and mild Winters. Contribution from Ships, Fishery, Windparks etc.” So, it think that the price is worthy to be paid…..

    • March 15, 2015 8:17 pm

      That’s an interesting page, @smaserver. I’m not sure that Dr. Bernaerts is totally with-it because prima facie his hypothesis makes no sense. Stirring of the oceans would be likely to bring not only warmer water but also colder water to the surface and my understanding of the thermohaline circulation is that warmer water tends to be on top. But the site has lots of links with intriguing titles and it will keep me busy for quite some time 😉

      • March 15, 2015 9:17 pm

        Well, I have read many of those articles. they are interesting indeed. I would be interesting in your oppinion after reading them. Hope to keep in touch 🙂

  8. robinedwards36 permalink
    March 16, 2015 11:08 pm

    Given Mr Yeo’s personal involvement in the wind turbine industry what would one expect him to say?

  9. Brian H permalink
    March 21, 2015 6:43 am

    New green solution to weather and climate woes: Stir the ocean. Um, yeah….

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