Energy In-a-Nutshell: Constant Calm Weather Means Wind Power Will Never Work

STOP THESE THINGS

It doesn’t take a genius to connect calm weather with total collapses in wind power output. Even the functionally illiterate have the capacity to understand just how incapable wind power is of delivering power on demand.

For example, depicted above – courtesy of Aneroid Energy – is the output delivered by Australian wind power outfits to the Eastern Grid in June 2020. Back then, all of the wind turbines connected the Eastern Grid had a combined notional capacity of 7,728MW. Spread from Far North Queensland, across the ranges of NSW, all over Victoria, Northern Tasmania and across South Australia these whirling wonders routinely deliver a risible fraction of their capacity.

During June 2020 there were lengthy periods when the combined output of every wind turbine connected to the Eastern Grid struggled to top 400 MW (5.1% of total capacity). Such as: 11 June when output collapsed to a trifling 86…

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