The U.S. is on the cusp of an offshore wind energy boom. Why aren't energy companies capitalizing on it?

The U.S. is on the cusp of an offshore wind energy boom. Why aren’t energy companies capitalizing on it?
It will require specialized equipment and in-depth engineering research to stabilize offshore wind farms on the United States’ east- and west coasts, says Jerome Hajjar, CDM Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern. Credit: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

When it comes to wind energy, the United States is sitting on a gold mine, so to speak.

"To me, this is like when oil was first discovered in the U.S.," says Jerome Hajjar, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. It's a moment of untapped potential that, if harnessed properly, could transform the way the U.S. uses energy, he says.

Like oil, can be harvested to power the country. Unlike oil, energy—which is captured and transformed into electricity by giant fan-like structures called wind turbines—is totally renewable. These wind turbines can be installed in groups, either on land or at sea, to create a power plant known as a wind farm.

The country's coasts are rich with potential for , but much of these coastal waters are undeveloped. There's one fixed-bottom wind farm (a wind with turbines attached to the soil beneath the ocean, not floating on top of it) on the East Coast, Hajjar says, off the coast of Block Island in Rhode Island.

So, why aren't more energy companies capitalizing on the offshore wind energy potential of Massachusetts and its coastal cohorts? Part of it has to do with another key East Coast feature: hurricanes.

It will require specialized equipment and in-depth engineering research to stabilize on the United States coasts, Hajjar says.

And that's where he, and his Northeastern colleagues Andrew Myers, Luca Caracoglia, Jennie Stephens, and others come in.

"We're dedicated to trying to help spur this industry here," Hajjar says. "We can do the research that's needed to help the industry build safe and effective wind farms and in turn create a whole new workforce."

That research is already underway. This week, Hajjar and his colleagues put their heads together with industry leaders, public officials, and other academics from the U.S. and France in a conference called the French-American Innovation Day. The conference was co-chaired by Myers, who is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Organized by the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, Northeastern University, and the University of Nantes, the conference, held this year at Northeastern, converged some of the leading thinkers and doers around wind energy to trade knowledge and collaborate on building the future of wind energy.

At the end of 2018, Hajjar and his colleagues teamed up with the Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research to release a report that outlined a blueprint for developing comprehensive wind energy infrastructure in the United States.

Massive wind farms can be found throughout the U.S., particularly in southern California and in the middle of the country where high wind speeds create prime conditions.

But the just off the country's eastern seaboard are also ripe with potential. They could be transformed into wind farms that provide enough energy to power the entire United States, Hajjar says.

The waters off Massachusetts in particular, says Hajjar, are like "the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind." That is to say, coastal Massachusetts has the natural resources to be a global leader in wind production, the way Saudi Arabia has one of the largest oil reserves in the world.

The East Coast has "supreme wind conditions" in both shallow and deep water, Hajjar says. Massachusetts in particular, which has shallow water further from the than other states, is prime real estate for ocean .

"The capacity is out there," Hajjar says. "We just need to work together to build it."


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Mar 21, 2019
...When it comes to wind energy, the United States is sitting on a gold mine, so to speak...
Intermittent renewables only exist to harvest taxpayers' money through subsidies/tax incentives and to favor the coal/oil/gas/fracking industries over carbon-free nuclear.
Like oil, wind energy can be harvested ... Unlike oil, wind energy...is totally renewable.
Wind is renewable but windmills aren't.
"An oil leak from a clean, green wind turbine"
https://uploads.d...abad.jpg
https://uploads.d...b85e.jpg
https://pbs.twimg...DD6J.jpg

wind/solar = 20% wind/solar + 80% coal/oil/gas/fracking to compensate intermittencies
"Wind turbines. Built with fossil fuels, operated with fossil fuels and backed up with fossil fuels. The only green thing about them is the ignorance of those who support them."

Mar 21, 2019
@WillieWard: you obviously are a retarded idiot.

Mar 21, 2019
Have you hugged a Fracker today?

You should

Mar 21, 2019
@WillieWard...
Willie just can't do math. When the horse drawn carriage was being threatened by the new fangled horseless carriages - there were a lot of idiots - ranting about how horsed would never be replaced.... Same thing happening now with energy sector. Of course the reality shows
the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of standalone wind and PV coming it at a range roughly between AUD $65 and $50 (USD $46 to $36) per megawatt-hour in 2020. - This compares to a lower limit of around AUD $85 (USD $61) per megawatt-hour for black coal and AUD $70 (USD $50) for gas
Still - Willie likes to scream at the tide - and tell it not to come in. Pretty sad really.
https://www.green...s.2jfs85

Mar 23, 2019
... just can't do math...
"It's Cheaper To Buy Every American A Ferrari Than Fund The Green New Deal"
https://thelibert...ew-deal/
https://dailycall...erraris/
"Report: Green New Deal Could Cost Every US Household $65,000 A Year"
https://wattsupwi...-a-year/
https://www.realc...026.html
"Green New Deal Would Cost up to $94 TRILLION, 600k Per Household"
https://bongino.c...usehold/

...obviously are a retarded idiot...
Retarded idiot are those who still believe sunshine&breeze unicorn energy is cheap and replaces fossil fuels while travel aboard fossil-fueled vehicles.
https://pbs.twimg...SNT_.jpg

Mar 23, 2019
..there were a lot of idiots..
..the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of standalone wind and PV coming it at a range roughly between AUD $65 and $50 (USD $46 to $36) per megawatt-hour in 2020. - This compares to a lower limit of around AUD $85 (USD $61) per megawatt-hour for black coal and AUD $70 (USD $50) for gas..
Retarded idiots are those who state "wind and PV" is cheap than coal, but don't make it clear "batteries not included" and that will be coal/gas that will keep lights on at night or on cloudy/snowy/windless days.
"If it were true that solar panels were cheaper than coal, droves of persons would be installing solar panels and disconnecting from the grid with no need for any incentive. But of course, it is just not true."
wind/solar = 20%wind/solar + 80%coal/oil/gas/fracking to compensate intermittencies
"GHG emissions from Australian energy in the age of the renewables investment boom. PS we banned nuclear in 1998."
http://pbs.twimg....GsQs.jpg

Mar 23, 2019
It's Cheaper To Buy Every American A Ferrari Than Fund The Green New Deal
Why do you bring up the Green New Deal Willie? We are talking about the cost of electricity. The GND
is a set of ambitions, not policies
It is impossible to put a number on a set of ambitions that include health care, rail lines, jobs etc. etc. You once again show your childish political nonsense by trying to raise such a controversial issue - that is clearly just a distraction to the subject at hand. I guess your handlers just want you to keep trolling the internet - and they don't care if you make any sense.
Here - do a little reading on the GND - https://www.factc...al-cost/
You could stop trolling with your lies too.

Mar 24, 2019
Interesting to notice: not even "Green New Deal", as well some notorious Climate Fighters, are explicitly citing solar and wind in their discourses, they refer only to "renewables" because they know the only renewable that has in fact reduced emissions is Hydro, while solar and solar are proven to be a trillion-dollar fiasco, ~1000GW of installed-capacity globally with almost nothing to show at reducing emissions.

The wind is changing, and you are "on the wrong side of history", you will be remembered as green sociopaths, RE "snake oil salesmen", maniac compulsive pathological liars, etc.

"Any Green New Deal Is Dead Without Nuclear Power"
http://forbes.com...ar-power
"Green New Deal Excludes Nuclear And Would Thus Increase Emissions -- Just Like It Did In Vermont"
https://forbes.co...-vermont

Mar 24, 2019
"So, why aren't more energy companies capitalizing on the offshore wind energy potential of Massachusetts and its coastal cohorts?"

.....it's because so many elitist Liberal/Progressive families have summer homes on Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard & they don't want to see wind turbines on their horizons even if it means the "poor neighborhoods" in Boston would be able to get energy at half the present cost.

Mar 25, 2019
Fat liar Ward
the only renewable that has in fact reduced emissions is Hydro,
and showed that the fall in CO2 emissions was mainly due to the ever-increasing role of renewable energy over that of fossil fuels, as well as a decrease in energy usage
https://cleantech...vidends/

That term 'renewable energy' - refers to wind, solar, hydro, tidal etc. Wind turbines do reduce C02 emissions, as well as heavier pollutants - as a result of displacing dirtier fuels. Keep up the lies Willie.
https://www.iflsc...issions/

Mar 25, 2019
@Benni -
.it's because so many elitist Liberal/Progressive families
We are so trapped in this insane world - because of the persistent childish partisan bullshit from people like you. I am sure you have never heard of the law suit filed by your Conservative Messiah - Donald J Trump - who -

decided to take the Scottish government to court to try to block these wind turbines because he thought they spoiled the view from his new golf course


https://www.newsw...-1011089

Mar 25, 2019
To directly answer the title, because they are afraid to jeopardize their subsidies by angering the Trump dictatorshit.

Mar 26, 2019
That term 'renewable energy' - refers to wind, solar, hydro, tidal etc.
"A mix of hydro and nuclear works. Hydro happens to fall into the "renewables" category. And is alternately included and excluded, in the data when convenient by RE fans. Hydro is doing most of the heavy lifting with regard to any contribution by RE."

"...any definition of renewable energy must also exclude ... large scale hydro..."
http://foe.org/wp...er-2.pdf
https://uploads.d...c4a2.jpg
"The absolute best form of storage is pumped hydro; but when it is used with wind turbines and solarPV the energy returned on energy invested drops below the breakeven point."

Wind turbines do reduce C02 emissions...
Wind turbines, as well solar panels, require coal/gas-fired backup plants running all time to compensate intermittencies.
They don't reduce emissions.

Mar 26, 2019
A mix of hydro and nuclear works
As does a mix of wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, tidal, storage, transmission, efficiency upgrades, demand management So you have no point.
Wind turbines, as well solar panels, require coal/gas-fired backup plants running all the time
No they don't - liar.
They don't reduce emissions
Yes they do - it is just stupid to say that a wind farm - feeding onto the grid - does not reduce emissions. You are just stupid.

Mar 27, 2019
You can power a whole region(>10,000 inhabitants, off-the-grid) with hydro/geothermal without solar/wind, but you cannot power a small region in an economical way only with solar/wind without coal/oil/gas/fracking to compensate intermittencies.
Solar and wind are parasites, they cannot survive without a host, i.e. a fossil fueled-grid.
Not much wind/solar here:
Costa Rica: 78% hydro, 10% geothermal
Iceland: 70% hydro, 30% geothermal
Norway: 99% hydro
Paraguay: 100% hydro
Tajikistan: 100% hydro
Albania: 90% hydro

"Wind and Solar Power Advance, but Carbon Refuses to Retreat"
https://www.nytim...les.html
They don't reduce emissions.
Intermittent renewables only exist to steal taxpayers' money (through subsidies/tax incentives) and to favor coal/oil/gas/fracking over hydro and carbon-free nuclear energy, a crime in the face of Climate Change.

...liar...
True liars love to call other liars.

Mar 27, 2019
you cannot power a small region in an economical way only with solar/wind without coal/oil/gas/fracking to compensate intermittencies
Yes you can. Australia has enough solar and wind in the pipeline - to move to 100% renewables by 2030. so what lies will you be telling in 2030 - in order to argue that what is happening in the real world - cannot really be happening - cuz Willies head says it cannot be happening. And the costs keep falling Willie - they just keep falling - https://renewecon...e-31119/

Mar 29, 2019
...Australia has enough solar and wind in the pipeline - to move to 100% renewables...
"In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables. No wonder natural gas is the fastest growing fuel worldwide."

RenewEconomy:
"Hunter Valley group plans to re-open Australia's "dirtiest" coal generator" - Mar 22, 2019
https://renewecon...r-46960/
And on other articles they say solar/wind is cheap than coal/oil/gas and is replacing fossil fuels everywhere, e.g.:
"More stunning falls in solar and battery storage costs put fossil fuels on notice"

There's no doubt RenewEconomy, CleanTechnica, et al., are a bunch of green sociopaths, maniac compulsive pathological liars like you.


Mar 29, 2019
In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables
Nope - it means 100% renewables. We are in very early days of the energy transition - but can look at the UK for example. 33% of their electricity was from renewables last year - which of course puts the big fat liar in your 80/20 made up number. What lies will you be telling when they are at 100% Willie?

Mar 31, 2019
... 33% of their electricity was from renewables last year...
Most is biomass, the remaining is backed up by coal/gas.
Please, show a place where 33% of their electricity is from solar/wind parasitizing hydro/geothermal/biomass instead of coal/oil/gas/fracking.

... We are in very early days of the energy transition...
RE charlatans are good in promoting: old technologies as they were new:
https://pbs.twimg...Hh0c.jpg

"Renewable energies have had their chance for 19 years. They have not managed to significantly lower co2 emissions, and such a reduction is not clear either. When your horse is dead, get off!"
"Wind and solar provide less than 1% of world energy but get subsidised to the tune of $129 billion dollars per year."

Mar 31, 2019
Renewable energies have had their chance for 19 years
And the cost has gone down every year. Now we are at a point where the costs are below that of fossil fuels - and still falling. https://renewecon...y-60383/
I love it when a good plan comes together.
Nukes have had their chance for 60 years. They are way more expensive - and don't have the amazing advantage of being distributed - meaning we move away from the old communist - centralized economy system - and into a new world of energy competition. I'm sure you never heard of block chain - probably think it is the thing that holds the anchor on the steam ship....

Apr 02, 2019
...And the cost has gone down every year....
While causing the electricity prices to skyrocket.
"Germany and Britain both have heavily invested in wind power and have higher residential electricity prices than the United States—200 percent to 300 percent higher." - Mar 26, 2019
"In Britain, the price of residential electricity increased by 27 percent[16] in just a decade. Germany and Britain both have heavily invested in wind power and have higher residential electricity prices..."
https://www.insti...credits/

...Now we are at a point where the costs are below that of fossil fuels - and still falling...
Low quality products are generally cheap because some main items are not included such as fossil-fueled backup plants to keep lights on at night or on cloudy/snowy/windless days.

...I love it when a good plan comes together...
"In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables."

Apr 02, 2019
While causing the electricity prices to skyrocket
Nope. Keep telling the same lie - and we will keep refuting it with the evidence. Oklahoma gets 1/3 of it's power from the wind - and has some of the cheapest electricity rates in the world.

Apr 05, 2019
...Oklahoma gets 1/3 of it's power from the wind...
And the remaining is from cheap coal and/or fracked gas.

"...140 Gigawatts of Solar and Wind Capacity Installed Globally in 2018..."
at cost of hundreds of billions of dollars and huge ecological impacts with almost nothing to show at reducing emissions.
"Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018, International Energy Agency says"
https://www.abc.n...10941378

Wise words: "If you have interests in the coal / natural gas industry then by all accounts promote solar panels / wind turbines."
"Shell New Energies Director on Investing in Clean Energy: 'It's About Survival'"
https://www.green...n-energy

Apr 05, 2019
And the remaining is from cheap coal and/or fracked gas
That is correct. So what? If you have a nuke in your state - the remainder of the power is from coal/gas/renewables. So what Willie? So what? The point is that your assertion that adding renewables to the grid increases the cost of the electricity is a lie. A big fat lie. Oklahoma - and many other places around the world - are adding renewables to the grid - and in many cases - it is not driving up the cost of power.
with new solar and wind plants now significantly cheaper than coal power
https://www.resil...ral-gas/

Apr 06, 2019
The point is that you green sociopaths maniac compulsive pathological liars have almost nothing to show at reducing emissions and dependence on coal/oil/gas/fracking even after trillions of dollars spent and huge ecological impacts caused by your Eco-hypocritical energy solution(bird-choppers/land-intensive monstrosities backed up by fossil fuels to compensate intermittencies).

RenewEconomy, et al.:
In one breath: "renewables are cheaper than coal", and in the next: "coal use increased".

... many other places around the world - are adding renewables to the grid ...
To serve as 'decorative facades' to keep the expansion of the gas(fracking) industry over Hydro and carbon-free nuclear, a crime in the face of Climate Change.

Intermittent renewables cause more environmental damages than fracking.
"Wind site construction can contaminate water."
https://torontosu...c2613ed6

Apr 07, 2019
To serve as 'decorative facades' to keep the expansion of the gas(fracking) industry
But as I have repeatedly showed you - in the last 10 years - Britain's use of coal and gas has gone down, and their use of renewables has gone up. So you don't know what you are talking about.
To serve as 'decorative facades
Getting 1/3 of global capacity from renewables is of course not decorative facade. https://renewecon...y-69547/
And 2.18 cents Kwh of course guarantees that renewables will accelerate - and your precious 12.5 cents Kwh magic nuclear unicorn farts will slip quietly into the dustbin of history - https://cleantech...-record/

Apr 08, 2019
...Britain's use of coal and gas has gone down, and their use of renewables has gone up...
Because demand decreased thanks to expensive renewables.
"In Britain, the price of residential electricity increased by 27 percent[16] in just a decade. Germany and Britain both have heavily invested in wind power and have higher residential electricity prices..."
https://www.insti...credits/

To serve as 'decorative facades
"Shell says fossil fuels are here to stay as renewable electricity not powerful enough for industry"
https://www.indep...106.html

Getting 1/3 of global capacity from renewables
"...renewable sources, the vast majority ... is just people ...burning wood...and dung for energy. That's right: feces is a more important energy source than wind power."
https://pbs.twimg...HVKO.jpg

Apr 08, 2019
Shell says fossil fuels are here to stay as renewable electricity not powerful enough for industry


Oh shock - a fossil fuel company says we can't live without fossil fuels!!!! Except that we can. https://www.ft.co...d5404543

Damn you don't know the first thing about the subject Ward.

Apr 10, 2019
...a fossil fuel company says we can't live without fossil fuels!!!! Except that we can....
No. You CAN'T.
Not even Greenpeace, Al Gore, DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, AOC, et al., CAN'T.
But even so they try to impose their beliefs on others.
https://pbs.twimg...iVwP.jpg
"All @Greenpeace ships are diesel-powered. They are no different than Al Gore, Leonardo Dicaprio, etc. etc. This kind of hypocrisy should be a civil crime as it brainwashes children and other people who don't stop to think or investigate. Similar to defamation." - Patrick Moore
https://twitter.c...80718080
" 'Eco warriors' Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio have been accused of hypocrisy"
http://www.dailym...nds.html

"Wind turbines, solar panels and solar thermal installations cannot produce consistently high enough heat to smelt ores and forge metals." Low ERoI

Apr 11, 2019
No. You CAN'T.
Yes we can. Plenty of examples around the world - of countries on track to get 100% of energy from renewables. Wonder what lie you will be choking on - when Scotland hits 100% renewables. That is probably why only 15% of countries in the world use nukes, but 100% use renewables.

Hey look Willie - 35 GW of wind power coming on line in the U.S. in the near future. How much Nuclear is coming on line? https://www.renew...ays.html

Apr 12, 2019
... Plenty of ... countries on track to get 100% of energy from renewables...
Cite at least one(>10,000 inhabitants) powered at least 30% by wind/solar parasitizing Hydro instead of coal/oil/gas/fracking to compensate intermittencies, not connected to a regional fossil-fueled grid, with affordable electricity prices.
Not much wind/solar here: Costa Rica: 78% hydro, 10% geothermal

...35 GW of wind power coming on line in the U.S. in the near future...
Thousands of GW of installed-capacity globally at cost of trillions of dollars with almost nothing to show in terms of reducing emissions and dependence on coal/oil/gas/fracking.

Intermittent renewables(bird-choppers/land-intensive monstrosities) have nothing to do with reducing emissions and protecting the environment. They only exist to steal taxpayers' money(through subsidies/tax incentives) and to act as "Trojan Horses" for the fossil fuel industry to face their true rivals: Hydro and carbon-free nuclear.

Apr 12, 2019
Carbon-free nuclear produces more with less.
"One of the fun things about nuclear power plants: Nuclear Power Growing in US Despite Facility Closures"
https://news.thom...losures/

Solar/wind and batteries are only useful to steal taxpayers' money(through subsides/tax incentives).
"Tesla and Panasonic suspend investments in Gigafactory expansion, report says" - Apr 11, 2019
https://electrek....-report/


Apr 12, 2019
Carbon-free nuclear produces more with less
Which is why I can show you 12.5 cents Kwh nuclear unicorn farts - and 2.5 cents - wind and solar. Shame you don't know what is happening in the real world.

Apr 14, 2019
...2.5 cents - wind and solar...
"2.5 cents" except "batteries not included" neither coal/gas-fired backup plants nor integration costs.
"In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables. No wonder natural gas is the fastest growing fuel worldwide."

"Market failures could see Britain suffering five-day power cuts" - Mar 11, 2019
"The rise in renewables is making failure more probable. Wind farm growth creates frequency-management issues arising from reduced system inertia, while declining network strength can cause longer, stability-risking, fault-clearance times. Then there are the challenges to match supply to demand following sudden variations in wind generation and the reduced one-hour notice of input variations from European interconnectors."
"...planning permission to install 31 diesel generators, capable of full power for seven days,..."
https://eandt.the...er-cuts/

Apr 14, 2019
In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables
Which is why many countries are now well past your big lie of 20%. Scotland up to 70%. UK up to 30% - and the numbers just keep going up Willie. Shame you don't have a clue what is going on in the world - but continue to shill for your fossil fuel masters.

Here - why don't you learn something? https://www.youtu...kQa1tNmE

Apr 15, 2019
Scotland is connected to UK fossil-fueled grid.
"The wind fleet in Scotland is costing the UK consumer billions!!!!"
"Scotland Squanders ₤Billions on Subsidised Wind & Gets Stone Age Power in Return"
http://stoptheset...-return/

Here - why don't you learn something? https://www.youtu...kQa1tNmE
"A Good Product (Mostly) Sells Itself – a good product doesn't need excessive marketing"
Mainstream mass media and RE "snake oil salesmen" are constantly propagandizing solar/wind that not even they use in their everyday life.
It wasn't needed massive advertisement for cars, airplanes, cellphones, TV, computers.
http://pbs.twimg....4QDI.png
http://pbs.twimg....NMAY.jpg
Intermittent renewables only exist to steal taxpayers' money (through subsidies/tax incentives) and to favor coal/oil/gas over carbon-free nuclear energy.

Apr 15, 2019
Scotland is connected to UK fossil-fueled grid
We know - that issue has been incorporated into our comments dozens of times. Stop repeating yourself.
Scotland Squanders ₤Billions on Subsidised Wind & Gets Stone Age Power in Return
Nope - they get cheap - carbon free power.
Wind energy is showing again and again that it can deliver ever more capacity for less cash
https://cleantech...nd-farm/

Keep up Willie - your senility is getting annoying.

Apr 18, 2019
...they get cheap...
Scotland 14.0 p/kWh ~= 18¢/kWh
https://www.nimbl...y-kwh-uk
Even Hinkley is less expensive than that.

Carbon-free nuclear is awesomely cheap and effective at replacing fossil fuels.
"France produces unlimited amounts of zero-carbon electricity at a cost of less than 0,5 ct/kWh because it has built a fleet of nuclear power stations. This is allowing France to commence the production of unlimited amounts of cheap zero-carbon hydrogen."
http://www.world-...n-market

Apr 18, 2019
Even Hinkley is less expensive than that
No it is not - liar.
a "strike price"– for electricity from Hinkley Point C of £92.50/MWh (in 2012 prices),[23][70] which will be adjusted (linked to inflation) during the construction period and over the subsequent 35 years tariff period
That is wholesale cost.
France produces unlimited amounts of zero-carbon electricity at a cost of less than 0,5 ct/kWh
So then we wonder why France is now scaling back it's nukes - and investing in renewables. Maybe cuz they are cheaper than new build nukes - don't you think?
https://www.reute...5N20N3CV

Keep up Willie.

Apr 21, 2019
...So then we wonder why France is now scaling back it's nukes - and investing in renewables...
It's to please the Eco-nuts and fossil fuel vested interests, because intermittent renewables only exist to steal taxpayers' money(through subsidies/tax incentives) and to act as "Trojan Horses" for the coal/oil/gas/fracking industries to face their true rival: carbon-free nuclear energy.
https://pbs.twimg...d-iL.jpg

"France added 1.5 GW of wind power capacity in 2018"
"...Over last 10 years, France spent $33 billion on renewables & saw the price, and carbon intensity, of its electricity rise."
https://www.franc...g-planet
"France is already seeing its electricity prices rise as a result of deploying more solar and wind."
https://www.forbe...ing-too/

Apr 21, 2019
.Over last 10 years, France spent $33 billion on renewables
And they would have spent a hell of a lot more if they had not built out with renewables - but instead used nukes. You should check with EDF about the price of nukes Willie. Renewables are much cheaper than new build nukes. You can't help yourself - comparing new build renewables - to 50 year old - capital paid off nukes. Very dishonest of you.

https://www.clima...-doesnt/

Apr 23, 2019
...Renewables are much cheaper...
"cheaper" because "batteries not included" neither coal/gas-fired backup plants nor integration costs.

"Batteries not included in renewable fantasy plans" - Nov 2018
http://www.cfact....sy-plans

"Exxon knows renewables are cheaper..."
"Over the last three years, the five largest publicly-traded oil and gas companies, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, BP, and Total invested a whopping one billion dollars into advertising and lobbying for renewables and other climate-related ventures."
"Exxon Mobile says, if you want wind power, you're gonna need lots of lube. And they are ready to support that."
"Would you be surprised to learn that the oil and natural gas companies are perfectly aware that solar and wind lock-in their main product? That's why they are only all too happy to invest in and promote solar and wind."

Intermittent renewables = 'facades' for fossil fuel industry

Apr 23, 2019
cheaper" because "batteries not included
Just cheaper. Stop lying.
And so every day we read on amazing and informative web sites like Cleantechnica - of the accelerating build out of wind and solar across the world. Mean time nukes have to steal our hard earned tax dollars for yet more subsidies - promoted by sycophants like Willie.
https://www.phill...311.html

Apr 25, 2019
...Just cheaper...
"Unreliable Nature Of Solar And Wind Makes Electricity More Expensive, New Study Finds" - Apr 22, 2019
"Solar panels and wind turbines are making electricity significantly more expensive, a major new study by a team of economists from the University of Chicago finds."
"Last year, I was the first journalist to report that solar and wind are making electricity more expensive in the United States — and for inherently physical reasons."
"Solar and wind require that natural gas plants, hydro-electric dams, batteries or some other form of reliable power be ready at a moment's notice to start churning out https://epic.uchi...-deliver
https://www.forbe...y-finds/

"Every turbine and solar panel put up needs back up. Two systems. Two costs. Two carbon footprints..."

Apr 25, 2019
Every turbine and solar panel put up needs back up
Nope - just more lies from the senile peanut gallery. Renewables are doing great thanks Willie.
https://cleantech...gas-too/
the Indiana Public Service Commission dunked on Vectren's plans to build the huge gas power plant as a replacement for the three retiring coal units

Have you looked into getting some help for your problem with senility?

Apr 29, 2019
the Indiana Public Service Commission dunked on Vectren's plans to build the huge gas power plant as a replacement for the three retiring coal units
CleanTechnica again and again?

Face the reality:
"Natural Gas is the Foundation for Renewables"
"Without natural gas, the widespread adoption of renewables would be slower, more complex and more expensive."
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https://www.ingaa...8f0e6bed
"In the US, as well as in the world, the fastest growing fuel is natural gas."
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RE promoters are modern "snake oil salesmen".
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"Around the World, Buyer's Remorse Sets in for Costly Clean Power"
https://www.bloom...an-power

Apr 29, 2019
In the US, as well as in the world, the fastest growing fuel is natural gas
But the fuel with the highest growth rate - is renewables - https://www.windp...nds-iea/
So we are globally shutting down our coal plants - and from a very tiny base line - ramping up our renewables. Too bad you never took any math in school - and so don't understand things like growth curves.
Senility is very sad Willie.

Apr 30, 2019
...So we are globally shutting down our coal plants...
"we" in this case is fracked gas.
Intermittent are just 'decorative facades' for the natural gas(fracking) industry.
"In REAL life, 100% renewables = 80% natural gas & 20% renewables. No wonder natural gas is the fastest growing fuel worldwide."

"Despite the fact that the public and private sectors spent a combined $2 trillion between 2007 and 2016 on solar and wind power, solar energy still only accounted for 1.3 percent, and wind power 3.9 percent, of the world's electricity generation in 2016."
"Renewable energy isn't always reliable ... the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't always blow ... expensive and carbon-heavy stop-gap measures act as backup."
"Wind and solar farms require tremendous amounts of wildlife-cleared land and are often protested by local conservationists."
https://fee.org/a...r-power/

Apr 30, 2019
"we" in this case is fracked gas
It is gas and renewables. I keep showing you example after example of exactly that - and you are too senile to understand what is being showed to you.
One of Germany's "big four" utilities RWE has announced it will no longer invest in new coal-fired power stations, instead focusing entirely on electricity generation from renewable energy sources
https://renewecon...s-29574/

May 01, 2019
It is gas and renewables.
"It is gas and renewables", in real world becomes: "gas as 'renewable' "

... it will no longer invest in new coal-fired power stations...
Which makes Putin happier.
"Germany's renewable energy dreams supported by cheap Russian gas."
https://www.newsw...-1126320
"Putin and Merkel share a drink in the sunshine as they discuss a new gas pipeline" - Aug 2018
http://www.dailym...eal.html

Ban coal/gas and wind/solar dies.


May 01, 2019
Ban coal/gas and wind/solar dies
No it does not. Show us one example of coal/gas being banned - and causing wind and solar to die.
As pointed out to you over and over - the transitions is happening. Coal plants are closing - the coal industry is collapsing - https://www.forbe...79f75ee4
The next step (happening as I write) is that renewables are built out - and replace gas. Just look at Britain as a trail blazer. Coal AND gas down over the past 10 years - and renewables UP. Sorry you can't read Willie.

May 03, 2019
...Show us one example of coal/gas being banned...
Because there is no country stupid enough to ban simultaneously coal and gas at same time.
Ask Belgians/Germans/Californians, they are replacing carbon-free nuclear by NatGas(methane: worse than CO₂) instead of using your cheap sunshine&breeze unicorn energy.
https://twitter.c...84299520

...the transitions is happening...
"the transitions is happening" from coal to natural gas(methane: worse than CO2). Intermittent renewables are just "Trojan Horses" for the gas(fracking) industry.

Coal AND gas down over the past 10 years - and renewables UP.
"Coal AND gas down" because demand is down also thanks to expensive renewables causing the electricity to become less affordable for the poor families.

May 03, 2019
Because there is no country...
In other words you can't. Meaning you made a false assertion - and got busted. Senility is sad Willie.

May 06, 2019
...In other words you can't...
"The Reason Renewables Can't Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To" - May 6, 2019
"Efforts to export the Energiewende to developing nations may prove even more devastating."
"The new wind farm in Kenya, inspired and financed by Germany and other well-meaning Western nations, is located on a major flight path of migratory birds. Scientists say it will kill hundreds of endangered eagles."
"The reason renewables can't power modern civilization is because they were never meant to. One interesting question is why anybody ever thought they could."
https://www.forbe...eant-to/

Solar/wind has nothing to do with protecting the environment / reducing emissions. It's all about grabbing money ... from taxpayers and favoring coal/oil/gas over carbon-free nuclear, a crime in the face of Climate Change.

May 06, 2019
The Reason Renewables Can't Power Modern Civilization Is Because They Were Never Meant To
Well who would have 'meant' them to? God? Renewables are doing just fine Willie. What the future of energy looks like? A big question mark? Renewables are currently kicking nukes ass.

May 08, 2019
Renewables are currently kicking nukes ass.
Correction: cheap natural gas(methane: worse than CO2) "are currently kicking nukes ass" while intermittent renewables are providing a 'decorative facade' to keep the expansion of the gas(fracking) industry.

Who needs bird-choppers/land-intensive monstrosities?
Coal/oil/gas/fracking industries to face carbon-free nuclear.
"What the gas industry really wants is to make billions by killing nuclear plants, replacing their output, and finding ways to increase electricity prices later."
"Solar and wind have benefitted not suffered from cheap natural gas."
"there's no alternative to nuclear. Solar panels and wind turbines can't reliably provide electricity for even 40 percent of the year much less nuclear's 90 percent, and coal and natural gas can't do so without polluting."
https://www.forbe...eceives/

May 08, 2019
Correction: cheap natural gas(methane: worse than CO2) "are currently kicking nukes ass
Nope Willie - cheap wind and solar are kicking nukes ass.
Renewables will have the fastest growth in the electricity sector, providing almost 30% of power demand in 2023, up from 24% in 2017
https://www.iea.o...les2018/

May 10, 2019
"cheap wind and solar" ("batteries not included") acting as 'decorative facades' for the gas(fracking) industry which is in fact "kicking nukes ass"

"...Renewables will have the fastest growth in the electricity sector, providing almost 30% of power demand in 2023..."
The remaining >70% will be supplied by natural gas(fracking) it's why oil/gas industry loves so much and support intermittent renewables.
Aside the fact the current installed-capacity of solar/wind is already becoming a bunch of junkyards that costed trillions of dollars
"In the US, as well as in the world, the fastest growing fuel is natural gas."
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"For every 1 kwhr of "renewables" into the grid - 1 kwhr of "non-renewables" must be on standby for immediate back up. That cost is never owned by unreliable "renewables" which is fraudulent accounting. It will cause the destruction of democratic economies"

May 10, 2019
It will cause the destruction of democratic economies
No it won't.
The closure of the 784MW plant in 2016 signalled an important transition for South Australia, allowing the state to focus on renewables and become a global leader in wind and solar generation
You just can't stop yourself from lying Willie - can you? https://renewecon...l-90043/

May 14, 2019
"...final closure of South Australia's coal..."
If it isn't coal, then it's oil/gas/fracking that keeps lights on when wind isn't blowing or sun isn't shining or during prolonged droughts:
"When the South Australian wind and solar are absent, Gas fired electricity generation keeps the lights on."
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"wind and solar" is a cult so dishonest and divorced from reality that the cultists never attack simultaneously coal and gas/fracking at same time, because they know that without cheap coal and gas their children will freeze in the dark at night or on cloudy/snowy/windless days.

"If Nuclear Energy Is Replaced By Natural Gas, Say Goodbye To Climate Goals"
http://www.forbes...te-goals
"More Electric Cars Mean More Coal And Natural Gas"
http://www.forbes...ural-gas

May 14, 2019
If it isn't coal, then it's oil/gas/fracking that keeps lights on when wind isn't blowing or sun isn't shining or during prolonged droughts
You forgot about batteries, hydro, geothermal, bio fuels, tidal. And the most important point you are incapable of understanding - is that we are just now hitting the point of cost parity, and renewables will continue to fall
New gas plants remain competitive with new utility solar in a number of big markets today, from China to the U.K. to South Korea. But that will no longer be the case by the early 2020s, as equipment costs continue to fall
So keep howling at the moon Willie - the tide is not going to stop. https://www.green...s.bz07wp

May 15, 2019
...You forgot about batteries, hydro,...
RE "snake oil salesmen"/charlatans include/exclude batteries, natural gas, hydro, when it's convenient:
- solar/wind is cheap (batteries not included);
- "100% renewable" is possible (including gas(fracking) as "renewable");
- countries "100% renewables" (e.g. Costa Rica >90% hydro).
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...You forgot about ... geothermal, bio fuels...
"EU dragged to court for backing forest biomass as 'renewable energy'" - Mar 4, 2019
https://www.eurac...-energy/
"Biofuels Worse for Climate Than Gasoline, New Study Finds"
http://www.ecowat...412.html
"Why do the sort of people who exclude nuclear energy for its radiation embrace geothermal?"
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May 15, 2019
solar/wind is cheap (batteries not included)
Keep lying Willie - and someone out there will keep showing the world what a liar you are.
PV peakers: How solar and batteries are killing new gas projects in US
Tell us again Willie - how much is electricity from a new nuke going to cost? Solar plus storage is now down to $30 to $40 - and the costs keep falling. We can give you hard numbers. Can you do the same for nukes? https://renewecon...s-17625/

May 20, 2019
...PV peakers: How solar and batteries are killing new gas projects in US...
Just show a small place(>10,000 inhabitants, off-the-grid) 100% powered by solar/wind + batteries/storage having affordable electricity prices, with no external big money support with vested interests (e.g. Elon Musk).

... Solar plus storage is now down to $30 to $40...
Fun fact: most who propagandize cheap "solar plus storage" don't use it.
RE propagandists are modern "snake oil salesmen"/charlatans.
"Renewable" is a cult so dishonest and divorced from reality that not even its preachers/gurus follow it. They use tons of fossil fuels instead of their worshiped "cheap" Sunshine&Breeze unicorn energy plus storage.
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May 20, 2019
Fun fact: most who propagandize cheap "solar plus storage" don't use it
Well Oklahoma gets over 1/3 of their electricity from the wind, and I am signed up to pay a little extra - to elect for 100% wind. So I guess you did not do any research to make up that lie. Many people who advocate for renewables DO get their power from renewables - and of course the numbers are changing every day. As the costs continue to fall - that trend will accelerate - of course - as nuclear continues to get more expensive. https://www.green...s.d8db2q

The tide keeps coming in Willie.

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