Renewable Power Fail – Wind Power Is Just Money For Gas

Posted on Sun 12/01/2013 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~wind turbine

It all sounds so green:

ROYAL Dutch Shell actively lobbied the World Bank to stop funding coal-fired plants before an announcement this year that the lender would dramatically reduce its support of coal, Australia’s second biggest export.

Shell’s head of gas, Maarten Wetselaar, said the energy giant had formed an advocacy department whose sole purpose was to convince governments and government-funded bodies to encourage gas as a power source over more polluting forms of energy, such as coal.

Sounds so greedy:

Gas turbines … can be turned on and off almost instantly, whereas traditional coal-fired plants need to be maintained in a very inefficient standby mode if they are to respond to large fluctuations in power demand.

A proliferation of windmills, then, can become a windfall for gas sellers. 

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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