Why Intermittent Wind & Solar Are The World’s Most Expensive (Occasional) Power Sources

STOP THESE THINGS

The Sun and wind might be free, but wind and solar power are by far the most expensive power sources, of them all.

Diffuse and dilute – entirely dependent on the weather (wind – in the case of wind power, and cloud cover in the case of solar) and, in solar’s case, where the Sun sits in the sky – every MW of wind or solar capacity has to be backed up by a MW of reliable, dispatchable capacity, from either coal, gas or nuclear power (and hydro where that might be available).

Over the years, renewable energy rent seekers have attempted to paint a very different picture; viz, by claiming that wind and solar are ‘free’ and getting cheaper all the time. The accounting tricks employed are fairly obvious for those with the faintest idea about how electricity is generated and distributed.

Donn Dears is one such character. Here…

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