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Wind Power Drops To 2-Year Low

June 1, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward



Wind power hit a two year low this morning, running at just 63 MW.



According to Gridwatch figures, it has not been that low since Jan 2016. This was just 0.2% of total demand.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    June 1, 2018 4:46 pm

    Our fleet of 8,897 turbines rated at 19.22 GW working at 0.33% Capacity Factor.

    • June 1, 2018 6:50 pm

      With that tiny capacity figure applying to ALL current and future wind farms. The deceivers and easily deceived will always think that more wind farms will solve the problem.

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        June 1, 2018 11:55 pm

        Since the same thing happened 2 years ago, the gullibles will claim that “all” that is needed is enough battery storage for 2 years.
        (I know, utterly stupid but so are the gullibles)

  2. quaesoveritas permalink
    June 1, 2018 5:10 pm

    I bet we don’t hear about this on the BBC!

    • Nordisch geo-climber permalink
      June 2, 2018 7:53 am

      Nor will anyone hear from them about the latest Spring for a long time, the coldest winter for a long time, but the “warmest May ever” will be trumpetted. Swallows are a month late doing what they do here.

      • quaesoveritas permalink
        June 3, 2018 9:17 am

        On springwatch they were complaining about the effect of the “late” ” spring on wildlife, having spent the last few years complaining about the effect of the … “early” springs on wildlife. I wouldn’t be surprised if this spring wasn’t a more “normal” one in historical term. They are never happy.

  3. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 1, 2018 5:28 pm

    Also note that despite the lack of wind, coal is contributing nothing, lowish demand can be met from other sources regardless of wind. Next time wind reaches optimal production on a Sunday just before a bank holiday, the BBC and the wind propaganda machine will make it sound like the wind is responsible for zero coal being burnt.

  4. Richard Woollaston permalink
    June 1, 2018 6:08 pm

    I blame the lack of wind on climate change.

    • David Richardson permalink
      June 1, 2018 6:12 pm

      Yes Richard, that extra 1 molecule of CO2 in every 10,000 molecules of atmosphere is pretty powerful stuff and capable of almost anything you care to state.

  5. Bitter@twisted permalink
    June 1, 2018 6:59 pm

    Bet Jillian Ambrose and Claire Perry won’t be writing about this.
    Vile hypocrites.

  6. June 1, 2018 6:59 pm

    Don’t be too hard on wind. It was producing 63MW more than solar does for most of the time.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      June 1, 2018 8:41 pm

      You should install Spanish PV panels instead of Chinese ones. The Spanish ones used to produce electricity and generous payments to the owners 24×7 . Magic.

  7. Ian Wilson permalink
    June 2, 2018 7:23 am

    A little off-topic (can’t find a ‘contact’ facility on the site), the Green Blob have started a worrying new tactic of placing resolutions at company AGMs bullying directors towards cutting off any association with fossil fuels despite these providing the bulk of our energy supplies.
    Deplorably, they seem to be having some success with a number of boards meekly rolling over to meet their demands.

    • dave permalink
      June 2, 2018 7:57 am

      “…meekly rolling over to meet their demands…”

      Paying lip service only, one hopes.

      On happier notes (happier, because they don’t like it up-em):

      The summer melt in the the Arctic is off to a slow start:

      (RIP “death spiral;”)

      It is still snowing in Greenland:

      (RIP “Rapidly disappearing Greenland Ice Sheet;”)


      UAH’s satellite analysis of brightness temperatures shows a global anomaly figure for May of + 0.18 C compared to + 0.21 C in April;

      (RIP “it ain’t half hot here Mum.”)

  8. June 2, 2018 8:54 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    lack of good sense; foolishness.
    “an act of sheer folly”
    a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose…

  9. Robin Guenier permalink
    June 3, 2018 7:35 am

    The lack of wind continues: and

    • Robin Guenier permalink
      June 8, 2018 6:57 am

      And this morning wind and solar are contributing only 5% to the UK’s electricity demand while CCGT and nuclear account for 79%: The wind drought has lasted for 10 days and seems likely to continue. If the planned increase in renewables is realised and this were to happen in the winter, we’d be facing disaster.

      Surely someone in Government is aware of this?

      • dave permalink
        June 8, 2018 7:30 am

        “…CCGT and nuclear account for 79%…”

        85% – because, essentially, the 6% French contribution is nuclear.

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        June 8, 2018 7:34 am

        True. And another 6% comes from CO2 emitting biomass.

  10. Ben Vorlich permalink
    June 4, 2018 7:32 am

    Just had a look at things across Western Europe this morning. The entire installed wind generation for Spain, France, UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is producing less than 15GW which is less than half the UK’s current demand.

    Had an interesting view yesterday about 20 stationary turbines and in the background a derided and hated nuclear station producing electricity reliably and predictably.

    • dave permalink
      June 4, 2018 9:06 am

      Yes, just for the UK, at the moment,

      Wind………………. 2.4% of demand

      Solar………………. 5.3% ” ”

      Nuclear……………21.9% ” ”

      (all Nuclear?)…….6.1% ” ”

      “…less than 15 GW…”

      I wonder how many electric trucks and cars could be kept moving on the roads with this? At present, there are some 300 million vehicles fueled by fossil fuels in Europe. Governments are licking their lips at the prospect of tricking owners into sending them all to the crushers. A cunning plan to end road congestion, although not exactly in the way ordinary people wanted.

      • dave permalink
        June 4, 2018 9:28 am

        “…kept moving…”

        At 15 kW per vehicle, the answer is 1 million. There will be ration coupons. There Will Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover. It will be lovely. I will be dead.

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        June 4, 2018 5:46 pm

        Wind is making a small (5.7%) contribution this evening: and It means we’ve been essentially without wind power for about 5 days. I wonder if Ms Perry (or her advisers) have noticed.

      • dave permalink
        June 8, 2018 7:41 am

        Robin Guenier wonders if Ms Perry (or her advisors) have “noticed.”

        I would imagine that a VERY junior official HAS been deputed to watch the grid – with the sole task of shouting “Thar she blows!” when the renewables proportion increases.

        The idea of Ms Perry actually educating herself – checking things on-line in a spare moment before making the early morning tea – well it is risible, is it not?

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        June 8, 2018 7:44 am

        The idea of Ms Perry actually educating herself … is risible, is it not?


  11. Robin Guenier permalink
    June 10, 2018 6:32 am

    The wind drought continues: As Delingpole says, “We shouldn’t laugh, except actually we must.“: And we must because otherwise people like Michael Liebreich “will win the day“. He – supported by a comment from Rupert Darwell – shows how Liebreich gave the game away regarding the vulnerability of the mighty renewables industry in this “rather elegant” article:

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