I used to live in Big Piney Wyoming, often the coldest spot in the nation, and when it was really cold the air was still and very crisp. When cold air is trapped near the ground the wind is often very quiet, as the wind farms in Scotland discovered over the past ten days. In the past ten days temperatures have plunged across Scotland, the average power generation from Britain’s wind developments – the majority of which are in Scotland – was 261 megawatts (MW), just 10.75 per cent of the total possible of 2,430MW.
From a report in the Gateway Pundit:
- Last Monday and Tuesday afternoon wind production fell to a major low while electricity usage peaked close to its highest level.
- Shortly before 5:30pm on both days, wind power production fell to 62MW and 61 MW respectively – just 2.5 per cent of its total capacity.
- At the same time on both occasions, the UK’s electricity usage rose to about 60,000MW – one of the highest ever levels of demand. Electricity demand in the UK rarely rises above 60,000MW.
- Wind farms are designed to run at an average of 30 per cent of their generation capacity throughout a year.
"SCOTLAND'S wind farms are unable to cope with the freezing weather conditions – grinding to a halt at a time when electricity demand is at a peak, forcing the country to rely on power generated by French nuclear plants.”
Details at news.scotsman.com. As we transition from global warming to global cooling will all those CARB mandated wind farms may experience the same capacity problems when the wind refused to blow, as the good folks in Scotland found out? Going green can have some unintended consequences! Who will be California's French savior, Canada?
H/T to Global Warming: A worn-out hoax for highlighting this item.