Wind Turbines Can’t Power Grid, Don’t Save Fossil Fuel, Failing In Europe, Killing Whales.

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Wind Energy Can’t Replace Oil, Gas, or Nuclear Fuel To Supply The Electricity We Need.  This is basic science that was once taught in high school.

Wind Energy Is Too Weak, Diffuse, and Intermittent. 

Wind turbines need 47 times as much land to produce the same electricity, under ideal, steady wind conditions as a nuclear power plant.  A recent study showed that wind turbines would have to cover half the state of Rhode Island to supply the same electricity as one major power plant there.  That is why Governor Murphy is rushing to build wind turbines in the ocean. 

Wind blows too fast, too slow, or not at all. It needs 100% backup by generators burning coal, oil, or natural gas.  Much of what wind turbines produce is wasted.  It is often produced when not needed and “dumped”. 

Coal, oil, and natural gas must often be burned as backup to be ready if the wind stops or slows down.  Wind energy cannot be stored because we have not yet been able to make a battery big enough to back up a grid.  If we did, any such batter would require enormous amounts of toxic materials and would need to be replaced every ten years.  Coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear plants do not need this backup or duplicate grids and production. They produce the same, reliable amount of electricity 24 hours each day, seven days each week, 365 days each year.

Above Image:  Simulation Of What 98 Proposed Orsted Wind Turbines Nine Miles Off Brigantine Beach Would Look Like.  Source Defend Brigantine Beach Facebook Page.

Electricity from Wind is too unstable to power a grid.  It increases and decreases EXPONENTIALLY when wind speed changes.

A 50% drop in wind speed from 28 miles per hour to 14 mph cuts electric power by 87.5%, not 50%.  That is because wind turbines with 14 mile per hour wind produce only 1/8 the power as they would with 28 mile per hour wind.  That is because wind blowing at half ( 1/2) the speed produces 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 (1/8) as much electricity.

This is high school science.

Doubling wind speed increases wind power 800% (2 x 2 x 2).  This fluctuation makes the electric grid very unstable.

Electricity from reliable coal, oil, gas, and nuclear generators can compensate for this.  The grid is stable now because wind and solar now supply only 8% of the electricity to the grid. However, the grid will become very unstable if wind turbines or solar panels (which stop at night, early morning, late afternoon or whenever a cloud goes by) supply more than 30% of the power in the grid.

Atlantic City Electric is now rushing to install “smart meters” so it can quickly cut back or cut off electricity to any home or business when there is a sudden decrease in wind or sunshine.

Click Below For Links to Sources And Details By Alex Epstein:

a. Energy Talking Points | EPA

b. Energy Talking Points | preferences

c. Energy Talking Points | Electricity Emergency

d.  Energy Talking Points | Resilience

Electricity from wind is VERY expensive.

This is because grids powered by wind and solar need expensive, duplicate power lines to reliable coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear generators.  They also need to burn coal, oil, and natural gas when not needed as backup for when there are sudden decreases in wind or sunshine.  Wind turbines need constant repair and maintenance. They must be properly disposed of and replaced every twenty years.  This is very difficult, dangerous, and expensive when wind turbines are in the ocean.

New Jersey already has some of the highest electric rates in the country because costs of wind and solar are hidden in our electric bills.  Right now, wind and solar energy supply only 8% of electricity produced in New Jersey.  Every time we add more wind and solar we raise electric rates to pay for more of that waste and duplication.

Businesses and government agencies will pay the biggest rate hikes.  This is to most people will pay extra for wind and solar electricity through higher taxes and higher prices on everything we buy.   Even so, there will be big increases in household electric bills .  That is why utilities are including notices in their monthly bills inviting customers to sign up for new government assistance programs that pay utility bills.

Click Here For Links to Sources and Details:

a.  Energy Talking Points | Subsidies



Atlantic City Electric is rushing to install “smart” meters.  They want to quickly and easily ration or shut off the service for any home or business from their central office.

Above Image:  Typical cobalt mine in Africa.  These mines are needed to supply massive amounts of cobalt for batteries of electric cars.  So far, nobody has produced a battery big enough to back up a major power grid.  Because of this, some “green” energy proponents propose  to solve this problem by building giant dams with generators.  When win turbines produce too much electricity, electric pumps would pump water uphill into the lake behind the dam.  When the wind is not blowing fast enough, water would be allowed to run downhill to generate power.


4.  Wind Turbine Claims Are Dishonest And Deceptive.  A Orsted Wind Turbine “rated” at 12MW only produces 12 megawatts when the wind is blowing at 26 miles per hour.  When the wind speed drops to 13 mph, that 12 MW wind turbine only produces 1.5 megawatts!  The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) claims in its above “Fact Sheet” that its five wind turbines in Atlantic City are “capable” of producing “a total of 7.5 megawatts, enough energy to power approximately 2,500 homes”.   It does not mention that this is only when the wind is blowing at 28 miles per hour.  When the wind is not blowing, those wind turbines produce nothing, and can’t power any homes.  When the wind is blowing at 14 miles per hour, they only produce .938 megawatts, or enough to power only 312 homes.  However, the most deceptive part of the ACUA “Fact Sheet” is that falsely assumes that all electricity produced by the wind turbines was produced when needed and used.  It also falsely assumes that no fossil fuels were burned backing up the wind turbines when they were running.  For years, our organization has urged the ACUA to to a clinical trial with Stockton University to measure how much wind energy is wasted and how much fossil fuel is burned to back up the wind turbines.  The ACUA refuses to do this.  Instead, it uses its five wind turbines as nothing more than billboards to promote building hundreds of $10 million wind turbines in the ocean that will cost consumers billions of dollars in rate hikes.

Click Below For Links To Sources and Details:

a. Energy Talking Points | oil execs hearing

5.       Wind energy is failing  in Europe.  Until now, cheap and abundant nuclear energy from France and cheap natural gas from Russia covered up these failures of wind energy.   However, war in Ukraine and “woke” politics in France cut supplies of both natural gas and nuclear power.  Because of that, electricity in Germany and England is now very expensive and unreliable because of dependence on wind.  Censorship and manipulation by Google and Wikipedia often make it difficult to access this “inconvenient” news.

Click Below For Links To Sources and Details:

a.  Energy Talking Points | oil execs hearing

b.  Energy Talking Points | European Energy Security

c. Energy Talking Points | Europe Vulnerability

6.  Whales started dying when underwater sonar tests for wind turbines began.  That fact is established by the above chart showing how unexplained whale deaths suddenly increased when the number of wind turbine survey ships doing underwater sonar tests in the area increased.

7.  There is no climate emergency.  Environmental alarmism is causing far more damage to people and the planet than any climate change caused by humans.

In his book Apocalypse Never, respected environmentalist Michael Shellenberger makes a persuasive argument that world temperatures are rising at a very slow and manageable pace He writes that by expanding existing nuclear power plants, like the one in Salem, we we can quickly and easily reduce carbon use without cutting electric use or raising prices.  With very slight changes in the way we produce electricity, we can manage global carbon the way many people with diabetes manage blood sugar. Shellenberger claims that our rush to non-producing wind and solar electricity, with their own environmental problems, is making things worse, not better.  See also is a tax-exempt, non-political education organization of roughly 200 citizens who mostly live near Atlantic City, New Jersey.  We formed this group in 2003. We volunteer our time and money to maintain this website. We do our best to post accurate information. However, we admit we make mistakes from time to time.  If you see any mistakes or inaccurate, misleading, outdated, or incomplete information in this or any of our posts, please let us know. We will do our best to correct the problem as soon as possible. Please email us at or telephone (609) 927-7333.

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1 thought on “Wind Turbines Can’t Power Grid, Don’t Save Fossil Fuel, Failing In Europe, Killing Whales.”

  1. 1. Wind is weak… unless there’s a nor’easter or otherwise, which is also not wanted, but… eh
    2. Wind “blows too fast” …*looks back at argument one that states wind is weak* ;p
    3. Ehh… I’ll give you that one.
    4. There should (note that I say “should” because I am not an expert on energy) be backup energy sources just in case
    5. Well, I have a way to store my backup power using batteries, so… maybe that can be disputed? Or the tech is there and we haven’t untapped that power yet.
    8. Nuclear, in my very personal opinion, has the potential of doing a lot of harm unless there are very strict safety measures in check (think security, and hurricane-proof materials). And if vital equipment is kept offline (the internet), even better.

    P.S. Wikipedia is not, and should never be considered, a source for news, but it can be beneficial for getting information, and is sourced by millions of users of varying political ideologies throughout the country and worldwide, depending on the topic. So, those are my two cents. No love. No hate. Just information on how I feel about topics I may or may not feel so strongly about.

    Good day.

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