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The Big Wind Scam

Here come the bribes – part three of three

Community Contributed

Opinion by Mike Bond

Despite Molokai’s nearly unanimous opposition to the proposed industrial wind factory, its backers, Pattern Energy, Castle & Cooke, Molokai Ranch, Hawaiian Electric and Gov. Abercrombie, refuse to give in. Instead, they’re sending a squad of consultants, including BioLogical Capital and Molokai Renewables LLC, to Molokai beginning April 25 to dangle bribes before us.

But the bribes they’re promising (funds for schools, health care, roads, hotels, etc.) are based on the project’s imaginary financial return. It will never make money (except for its backers) nor reduce our energy costs. Wind power is such a financial loser that wind power countries are cancelling new projects, turbine-makers are cutting production by up to 70 percent, and major U.S. utilities are finally telling the truth about what a total scam it is.

With federal debt over $14 trillion, wind power is losing its major backer – the hard-pressed American taxpayer. “Two-thirds of the economics of wind power comes from federal programs and tax subsidies, because its revenues don’t pay for project development and operating costs,” according to the website, North American Windpower. And without federal subsidies and tax breaks for billionaire corporations, wind power will literally run out of air.

Another big lie about wind power is its contribution to electricity demand. Big Wind proposes 400 megawatts (MW) installed capacity on Molokai and Lanai. This, they say, will provide 10 percent of Oahu’s electricity needs. But wind power produces only a small fraction of its installed capacity.

One of America’s largest utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, with 12 percent of U.S. wind power capacity, has released 2008-10 data indicating their turbines run at only 19 percent of installed capacity. Similarly, Great Britain’s wind installations only produce 21 percent of their installed capacity. At each of the four highest peak demand periods of 2010 their output provided only 2-4 percent of their own installed capacity. Thus, states the investment newsletter Alt Energy Stocks, “wind power stocks should be avoided like the plague.”

But do wind factories lower fossil fuel use? “Despite decades of experience and substantial installations in Denmark, Germany, and Spain, the giant turbines have not been shown to reduce the use of other fuels on the electric grid,” according to National Wind Watch.

“Wind truly has no generating capacity value, and its construction will not displace building any new coal or natural gas generating capacity,” according to Power Engineering, July 2009.

“Despite the establishment of significant additional wind power, [fossil] fuel consumption remains almost constant,” according to Danish Environmental Report, 2008.

“Thirty GW of wind maybe requires 25 GW of backup,” according to Iberdrola – one of world’s largest wind power users, now cutting wind investments by 50 percent.

“There always must be gas or coal generation to supplement electricity when the wind either dies down or blows so hard wind generators cannot operate,” according to Texas Co-op Power.

This doesn’t even consider the impacts on Molokai, our health and property values. So when the friendly folks from Pattern, BioLogical Capital and all the other wind power hustlers come offering money for the destruction of our island, let’s just ask them, “What about no don’t you understand?”

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3 Responses to “The Big Wind Scam”

  1. Wiegand says:

    Mike bond has put out an Excellent post. I will add a bit more for residents of Molokai to dwell on. First of all this so called mandate you always hear about to produce 40 percent of Hawaii’s energy by 2030 from renewable energy is all part of the big fraud. This mandate was created by the industry itself to guarantee a demand for their lousy product. Do not buy into it. This is a classic example of how the politicians sell out the taxpayer. The reality is that these turbines will forever blight the island, severely damage property values and a bright future. Molokai is what Oahu was decades ago. Not too far off in the future tourists will be flocking to your island to embrace the old Hawaii. I have visited the islands since 1972 and I am to the point where I could care less about the mess and over commercialization that has been created on Oahu. I have talked with many others that feel the same way. This includes the entire Waikiki area which has been reduced is little more than an shopping mall. What one made Oahu special is rapidly fading. Molokai had better protect this resource because you are under attack from profiteers that will not have to live with the impacts or pay for the totality of their destruction. Wind energy in it’s present form is a corporate scam. Yes you will get intermittent energy production, but at an incredible price. In the big picture the amount of energy produced will mean almost nothing. I finish my post by adding a very real look at the character of this industry. I am a Wildlife Biologist, and from what I have seen, the industry will say anything to get their turbines installed. I know with 100% certainty that the wind industry routinely rigs their Biological impacts reports. I say this because I have NEVER seen an honest industry generated impact report. Knowing the integrity of the people you are dealing with, expect inflated energy projections and rigged Meteorological readings. Remember the primary goal for these corporations it to get their hands on the taxpayers money. If they would lie about the impacts to California Condors, Whooping Cranes and Eagles, I believe they would lie about anything.

  2. Wiegand says:

    Forgot to mention that this project will only be the beginning. This industry always sneaks in the first project then expects complacency from the public. Look at the history of Altamont Pass, Tehachapi pass (ENRON) and all other locations that have been installed for 10-20 years. There is a much bigger plan on the table then what has been they are revealed.

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