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Here's an article about the chaos of Germany's renewable policy. But, in particular, see this detailed, interesting and well-referenced article. It's conclusion:

The underlying principle of this policy is to remove the energy sector from the free market economy and to force both the economy and the citizens by law to behavioral changes – of course just for their own good.

History shows without exception that this policy, which is nothing but a planned economy, will definitely fail. The inevitable consequences are huge faulty investments, the prevention of economic growth and the plunder of citizens – all in all an impoverishment of the nation and a lowering of its potential for competition.

An observation by Professor Helmut Alt of the University of FH Aachen:

German policy has declared energy to be a luxury. The poorest will notice first, but they don’t have any lobby.

Mar 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

Mar 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM | SandyS

Well, they have one of these which must be very useful.

Spain has become the first country worldwide to have a control centre for all their wind farms of over 10 MW.

Mar 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterBrownedoff

Sandy - I am not sure what you are getting at. The Shetland windfarm's output (load or capacity factor) of 57% was an average output over a year. The Spanish output was 67% but that was for a specific point in time that day. Sometimes windfarms do produce 100% of their capacity. It just tends to be not very often or when the grid needs the power.

Still cold here in Highland Perthshire, ground still hard from the frosts last week, snow and sleet all yesterday and forecast is much the same for the next 5 days. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ta/finnart_forecast_weather.html Hope things are warmer in France.

Mar 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

NYT article on biofuels -

Days of Promise Fade for Ethanol in USA
MACON, Mo. — Five years ago, rural America was giddy for ethanol. Backed by government subsidies and mandates, hundreds of ethanol plants rose among the golden fields of the Corn Belt, bringing jobs and business to small towns, providing farmers with a new market for their crops and generating billions of dollars in revenue for the producers of this corn-based fuel blend.

Those days of promise and prosperity are vanishing...


Full text: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/us/17ethanol.html?_r=0
By JOHN ELIGON and MATTHEW L. WALD
Published: March 16, 2013 New York Times,

Mar 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

Sandy,

Unfortunately I can't chase that until tomorrow but it does look odd.

Mar 17, 2013 at 4:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Porter

@David Porter / Brownedoff
Mar 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM Brownedoff
"It says that 7469 MW corresponds to 33% of the total installed wind power."
That's in keeping with the figure I quoted ie 14GW equates to 67% of capacity. Spain has just over 21GW of wind turbine capacity.
On 13-Mar-2013 at 11:50 Spain's wind supplied 13616 MW, 65% of the 21GW. Good so far, but according to this

http://www.reuk.co.uk/Burradale-Wind-Farm-Shetland-Islands.htm

<B>The 3.68MW Burradale windfarm is located just a few miles outside Lerwick, the Shetland capital. Since opening in 2000, the turbines at this windfarm have had an average capacity factor of 52%, and in 2005 averaged an incredible world record 57.9%. These data certainly bode well for the future success of the proposed 600MW windfarm.</B>

I don't think things will have improved to such an extent that Spain's installed base, presumably across the entire country, can beat at record for a single, very windy location in 2005.

So what is going on.

Mar 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Mar 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM Brownedoff

"It says that 7469 MW corresponds to 33% of the total installed wind power."

That's in keeping with the figure I quoted ie 14GW equates to 67% of capacity. Spain has just over 21GW of wind turbine capacity.

Mar 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Porter

"The Marcott-Shakun Dating Service"

".......As you see, there is a persistent decline in the alkenone reconstruction in the 20th century using published dates, but a 20th century increase using Marcott-Shakun dates. (It is taking all my will power not to make an obvious comment at this point.)...."

http://climateaudit.org/2013/03/16/the-marcott-shakun-dating-service/

I could not possibly comment!

Mar 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Has anybody mentioned this?

It says that 7469 MW corresponds to 33% of the total installed wind power.

https://demanda.ree.es/eolicaEng.html

Mar 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrownedoff

Sandy,

Spain regularly achieves 14GW, which is 67% of capacity. Average over the year though is about 21%.

Mar 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Porter

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