‘Turbine Cowboys’ Review: Melodramatic, But Kinda Cool

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When the Weather Channel began promoting “Turbine Cowboys” two months ago, our own Angeli Duffin wrote: “As ratings are critical to any show’s success, we expect ample attention will be given to the dramatic side of the job, but we hope some wind energy education will be mixed in as well.”

Alas, I’m here to report the our educational hopes were not fulfilled, at least not in any significant way. The drama in “Turbine Cowboys,” meanwhile, is mostly of the all-too-familiar Weather Channel junk food variety: Some good footage salted heavily with a repetitive narrative arc, larded with predictable plot turns and then piled high with amped background music and foreboding narration.

image via Weather Channel

This is not to say that “Turbine Cowboys,” beginning a Tuesday night run this week, does not provide some insight into the wind power industry. It’s most profound accomplishment is in bringing home the monstrous scope of the machines, tens of thousands of which now dot the United States, generating close to 3 percent of the electricity we use. Continue reading “‘Turbine Cowboys’ Review: Melodramatic, But Kinda Cool”

The base debate holding renewables hostage

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This is an edited extract from Mark Diesendorf’s new book, Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change, published in Australia and New Zealand by UNSW Press in December 2013; to be published overseas by Earthscan in April 2014.

The Myth

Since renewable energy is intermittent, it is too unreliable to be the major source of electricity supply. Large penetrations of renewable energy into the grid must await either the development of baseload renewable power stations or a vast amount of storage.

The refutation Continue reading “The base debate holding renewables hostage”

Amplitude Modulation: another anti-wind myth goes thump

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One thing to admire about those who dislike wind energy is their sheer persistence. If one argument gets stamped out, they turn to another without blinking an eye. Specific pieces of disinformation ebb and flow as the evidence mounts.

One of the recurring minor points of anti-wind rhetoric is that wind farms commonly feature amplitude modulation which increases the intensity of the noise and the annoyance factor of the noise. So what’s the reality? Continue reading “Amplitude Modulation: another anti-wind myth goes thump”

China roars ahead with renewables

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Despite being the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is increasing its renewable sources of energy. AAP/HOW HWEE YOUNG

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has just released some remarkable data on the addition of new electric generating capacity in 2013. China’s electric power system has been growing at a tremendous rate to keep up with the country’s breakneck expansion of its manufacturing industry over the past decade. Continue reading “China roars ahead with renewables”

Securing Australia’s future: energy and climate change

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FRANCE RENEWABLE ENERGYSECURING AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE: As the Commission of Audit reviews government activity and spending, The Conversation’s experts take a closer look at key policy areas tied to this funding – what’s working, what’s not and where current funds are best spent.

What does it mean to cut “waste” and “excess” in government climate change programs? Continue reading “Securing Australia’s future: energy and climate change”