AT Note: While this study of industrial wind’s ability to replace fossil fuel is focused on data specific to The Netherlands, it should give pause to the efforts in the US to blanket our countryside with these enormous and very expensive environmental intrusions. Perhaps, as the study suggests, placing industrial wind into our energy mix is truly not a sacrifice worthy of the results.
Abstract: “Electricity production in The Netherlands using renewables, especially wind, has grown to a size that makes it visible in the national statistics of electricity generation. Its influence on fossil fuel consumption can be determined. Based on these ‘official figures’ we show the actual contribution of fuel reduction to be equivalent to about 4,1% of the installed – ‘nameplate’ – capacity.
The actual data also provide some insight into the mechanism that causes wind electricity to have such a dramatically small influence on primary fuel consumption.” – C. (Kees) le Pair
Full report at this link: FACTS ABOUT THE SAVINGS OF FOSSIL FUEL, BY WINDTURBINES IN THE NETHERLANDS1.