Trekky, RET and I have been subsidizing “Wind Energy” with every electricity bill we pay, for about as long as we have been paying electricity bills in CA. For me, that’s nearly 35 years. Something that has to be subsidized - whether directly from government or by government forcing utility companies to charge rate payers for the subsidies - is not economically viable. It wasn’t economically viable in 1978, when I started paying the subsidies in my electric bill, and it is not viable now.
Trekky, RET’s business - the way he makes a living - takes him through one (two?) of CA’s largest wind farms, located in the Altamont Pass. Depending on where RET was, roughly 1975-1985 or -1990, he may also have driven regularly through another of CA’s larger, now defunct, wind farms, near the City of Benicia. For personal reasons I’ve driven frequently through both areas, 1978-present. I/We have seen the wind farm near Benicia cease working one windmill at a time, fall into disrepair, rot, and eventually disappear. Nothing is now visible from I-680 (which is routed through that area) of those installations, though there may yet be debris or concrete pads where the mills were sited. The Altamont Pass wind farm has been around for about the same time. While it has lasted longer, it is as RET has described it (it is visible from I-580). Many mills have stopped working; some are missing individual blades or entire propellers (removed to be replaced or cannibalized to repair other mills). Enviros have recently “discovered” that the mills kill vast quantities (calculated from samples, not observed) of birds, so the chance of new mills replacing the old ones - ignoring the direct costs of new mills and installation - is extremely slight or less. Within 10 or 20 years the Altamont Pass windmills will almost certainly be junk rotting on site or junk carted off to rot or be used for scrap elsewhere.
Not really a green energy failure, as the failure wasn’t with wind power itself, but with the design of the turbines, apparently.
Do you really believe that IF, after >35 years of “wind energy” development, an economically viable wind turbine existed the Envirocrats wouldn’t know of and utilize that product?
If you look past the pap-n-crap the US MSM and schools have been feeding people in the US, that EuroLand is making wind power work, you’ll find the true picture is much less rosy. The bottom line they’re finding - pretty much the same as 30 years ago - is that some days there is no wind, some days there is wind too light for windmills to operate efficiently, some days the wind is too strong for windmills to operate safely, and some days are just right. For some curious reason, people want their electric power available every day, not just on the days when the wind is just right. That means that conventional generation stations sufficient to replace every watt-hour the wind turbines can generate have to be in place and online 24x7x52. So even when the wind is “just right”, windmills’ efficiency - energy and economic - is much reduced by the need for conventional generation stations to be online and ready to cut in when the wind cuts out.
Wind power is not an illusion, it is a delusion! And will remain such for decades to come.