In the light of the recent prolonged calm anti-cyclonic conditions prevalent in this country, it will not be reassuring to the hard-pressed Irish taxpayers that the subsidies (from taxpayers’ purses) to the Irish wind energy sector are providing very little payback by way of wind-generated energy.
All the more reason why the promotion of wind energy needs to be curtailed, as it is an unsustainable energy-generating source.
Here are a number of facts to highlight the ineffectiveness of wind power. First, the windiest places are more often far away from where electricity is needed most, so the costs of building transmission lines is high.
So far many wind projects have been able to patch into existing grid interconnections. However, those opportunities are shrinking, and material expansion of wind would require big power line investments.
Secondly, the wind doesn’t blow all the time, so…
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