Robert Bryce: Big Wind loves to claim that their projects are being welcomed by rural communities

Citizens in 20 localities rejected wind-power expansion. Big Wind’s lobbyists and promoters love to claim that their projects are being welcomed by rural communities everywhere. The reality is rather different. Last Tuesday, voters in 20 rural towns in Michigan went to the polls and rejected or restricted the expansion of wind energy.

http://www.global.nationalreview.com/article/447558/wind-power-mich...

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Comment by Willem Post on May 20, 2017 at 12:45pm

Hi Robert,

Here is another EPA screw up.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/comparison-of-energy-ef...

Debunking the Phony EPA Fuel Consumption Numbers - all numbers are on a source energy basis:

- An E10 vehicle, 28 mpg, uses 2.321 gal x 112114 Btu/gal = 260265 Btu of E10 to go 65 miles in one hour (tank-to wheel basis), per Table 6, or 328948 Btu, on a SE basis.

- An EV uses 24.371 kWh x 3412 Btu/kWh = 83155 Btu to go 65 miles in one hour (meter-to-wheel basis), per Table 9, or 249074 Btu, on a SE basis.

 

The EPA mpg gasoline equivalent is based on the energy content of gasoline. The energy obtainable from burning one US gallon of gasoline is 115,000 Btu, or 33.705 kWh, or 121.3 MJ. If a different fuel, such as E10, is used, then the Btu of that fuel is used to determine EPA MPGe.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_per_gallon_gasoline_equivalent

 

EPA EV mileage = total miles/(fuel energy/energy/gal) = 65/(83154/112114) = 87.6 MPGe. The EPA deliberately ignores the US electrical system upstream SE factor and the E10 upstream SE factor. If the US SE factor were applied, the real mileage would be 87.6/2.9953 = 29.3 mpg, similar to the 28 mpg of the E10 vehicle, as one would expect.

 

The car manufacturers are in on the deal, because they are allowed to take those low MPGe numbers and average them into their CAFE mpg, making it look lower than it really is to befuddle the public, which is somewhat of a sham. 

 

The official explanation of the EPA is that people are familiar with miles/gallon, and EPA decided to call it “miles/gallon equivalent”. Engineers may not be befuddled, but Joe Blow likely is. Just ask some average people what it means. They have no idea. That means what EPA came up with was confusing. 

Comment by Willem Post on May 17, 2017 at 5:50pm

Hi Robert,

About as welcome as a farmer spreading manure on our next-door pasture.

With the EPA doing this type calculating, how would it ever deserve any respect.

The name of the game is to befuddle the common folks, with help of  well-connected insiders, legislatures and the media, and some grease money into grabby palms. See article.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/comparison-of-energy-ef...

Comment by Penny Gray on May 17, 2017 at 7:44am

This is one article that will never make it into the newspapers.

Comment by Barbara Durkin on May 16, 2017 at 10:43am

Great piece by Bryce!  Wish there were more like him.  Thanks for sharing, LI.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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