The Patent Failure Of Renewable Power – Epic Fail

Posted on Thu 03/18/2010 by


Remember Copenhagen back in December, that obviously failed Climate Change Conference where we were supposed to find a new direction for the future.

Remember at the close of that Conference how the huge American delegation had to hurry back home in their fleet of USAF and private jets, that hurry necessitated by the first of the huge East Coast blizzards that were so large especially in the North East. Remember also how snow was recorded in areas not seeing snow before. Remember how there was even snow as far South as Florida.

Well, this month, that source of statistics I have used for two years now, The Energy Information Administration, brought out their latest snapshot of power consumption in the U.S. along with everything regarding matters concerning energy. Those statistics cover the three months up to and including December. This is something only the U.S. does. In nearly every other Country on the Planet, something of the scale of this just cannot be done at all, and few Countries, very few indeed, bring out similar statistics for the previous year, so in most cases they are nearly 2 years out of date. However, in the U.S. they have done it for so long now, that they can do this with only three months lead time. It is a monumentally huge task to accomplish when you consider the detail that is part of these statistics.

A few days back now, those stats for that period were released, and they shine a spotlight directly upon some of the most damning statistics I have seen. I’m going to explain in detail, and after reading, and seeing for yourself, you will be asking yourself some pretty hard questions. This proves, and proves conclusively, just how totally and utterly useless renewable power really is.

I want you to open up this link, and by clicking on it, you will open it in a new page, and then all you have to do is navigate between the pages as I explain it to you.

Now, scroll all the way down the page so the bottom of the statistics are visible in the screen. At the far right, go up to that first number there immediately above the numbers in Bold. That number is 350,378. That is Thousands of MegaWattHours, and is the total power consumed across the whole U.S. in the month of December. That figure equates to around 350 Billion KiloWattHours (KWH) that KWH being the number most of you see on your electricity account whenever it comes in.

This is for every sector that uses power, and there are three, Residential (38%) Commerce (37%) and Industrial (24%), so it’s where you live, where you work, and where you do everything else in your life.

You can see the number directly above it, the total for November. The December figure is considerably higher, as you may expect being the first Month of Winter, but even a quick appraisal of the figures above will show that is a considerable increase, in the amount of almost 20% over and above November, and in fact, an increase of 3% over the corresponding December from last year, and considering the increase in renewable power, and that people are using electricity in a more responsible manner, (supposedly) then the size of that increase is quite startling indeed.

Now, at that same page, now look at the number in the left hand column, 167,241, or 167 Billion KWH, a monthly increase of 22% and parity with last December, and keeping in mind that many coal fired plants have closed operations in the last year, then it is obvious those remaining plants have been asked to do more, and supply more power to the grids.

Look across the page toward the middle where you find the number 70,441. That is the power from Nuclear power plants 70 Billion KWH, a monthly increase of just under 20%, and also parity with the previous December.

These two mentioned here, Coal fired and Nuclear provide that 24/7/365 power, referred to as Base Load Power, that level of power required ABSOLUTELY for 24 hours of every day.

Look between these two for the number 71,570 and this is for Natural Gas Fired Plants. This 71 Billion KWH shows a monthly increase of 13%, and also an increase over last December of 13% also.

These plants come on line at times of peak power when the load requirements call for an extra amount of power to be made available to the grids. They can run up to speed quickly, supply their power to the grids faster because of that, and usually run for around five/six hours at a time, and then shut down until they are called for again.

Now these increases are in fact quite understandable. After all, it is the start of Winter, and you would expect that, because where you work, in every high rise office, and at home, then the heat goes on to keep out the bitter cold.

However, I want you now to look very closely at that number fourth from the right, 12,384. This is the 12 Billion KWH supplied from the renewable sector. While those other numbers have all risen for November (remember now, this is now Winter) that number has actually gone down by a small amount. Down, while all those others rose considerably. In fact the renewables sector was the ONLY power delivery sector that did go down. That number is even down on last December, and here you need to keep in mind that those wind towers are being constructed at a huge rate, more than any other power plant that provides electricity, and in fact this year, the U.S. finally took over as the largest producer on Earth of wind power, and yet it went down.

Now, take this link to the page of stats just for renewable power alone.

The December number for Wind power alone is that number at the left column, 6,270 or 6 Billion KWH, down nearly 4% from November, and even down from the year before by almost 7%, and there’s an awful lot more of them than there was in that previous year.

That power total amounts to only 1.78% of the total power supplied, well down on the yearly average of 2.2% of all power coming from the wind.

That exact same total amount of power supplied from every wind tower in the U.S. was in fact supplied by three large coal fired power plants for the same one month time frame, and unlike those wind towers, it was supplied for 24 hours of every day for that month, and not just for the four or five hours a day these towers do provide their power.

You can dial up the coal fired and nuclear power plants and ask them to supply more power. You can dial up the Natural Gas fired plants and ask them to run more of them, and run them for longer. However, it seems that you cannot dial up the wind and ask it to blow harder.

See the point.

Now however, and I saved this little beauty for last.

On that same page there look at the number next across from wind on that same line, the number that says 17. That is the power supplied from ALL the Solar plants in the WHOLE of the U.S. for the Month of December. That’s 17 Million KWH. This amounts to 0.004% of all power supplied to the grids across the U.S. for the Month of December. Read that again. 0.004%. That’s down, and so far down as to be almost inconsequential from the yearly average of 0.02%, and in this case for this Month, only one fifth of the power they can average for the whole year.

So just how much power was supplied to all U.S. grids from Solar Power for the month of December.

Let’s look at just ONE large coal fired power plant, of say, 2000MW Nameplate Capacity. That one plant would supply the same power to its grid as ALL solar plants in the U.S. supplied to all the grids in December, and it supplies that power every ….. wait for it ….. every 9 hours and 45 minutes.

Let’s try the same extrapolation for any ONE nuclear power plant, and let’s choose, um, how about Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. This will supply the same amount of power to California’s grid as EVERY solar plant supplied to U.S. grids, and supply that same amount of power every 8 hours and 8 minutes.

This proves, and proves conclusively, that Solar Power Plants can be placed wherever you want them to be, and in Winter, they will not supply enough power euphemistically to run a light bulb. What an immense waste of money.

The next set of figures will be released in early June and will cover January through March. After seeing what weather the U.S. had in January and February, I expect those figures from December to be mirrored in the new ones for both solar power, and also for wind power.

Renewable power, be it wind, or more especially solar, cannot be relied on EVER to supply power that is needed, when it is needed, and in the quantities it will be needed at any time, let alone when it really counts.


FAIL, and an EPIC FAIL at that.