Running Colorado Off Imaginary Energy

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

  • Mark Twain

Our brainless Congressmanperson, Jared Polis wants to be governor and turn Colorado’s very reliable and clean fossil fuel power grid, into an extremely expensive and unreliable environmental catastrophe.

Jared Polis wants Colorado to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2040

Never mind that wind power doesn’t work.

Britain Has Gone Nine Days Without Wind Power – Bloomberg

Here is Jared Polis with his “son” at center and wife at right.

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28 Responses to Running Colorado Off Imaginary Energy

  1. Steve Parker says:

    How many windmills would it take to power Boulder on a day without wind?

  2. Buck Turgidson9 says:

    They could flatten the CU campus and erect as many wind “power generators” as possible and see if this might power a few local traffic lights. Surely this would be worth brownie points from local enviro-screwball community, and the local deity Mother Gaia.

    • tonyheller says:

      Dead calm in Boulder right now. Not a fluttering leaf.

      • R. Shearer says:

        Boulder isn’t a good place for wind turbines. It often blows too little or too much.

        But Jared knows all about blowing. He likes boys. He married one, quite his junior.

      • Former95B says:

        Oh…you said dead calm; not to be confused with brain-dead.

        sincerely…really sincerely,
        Former 95B
        CU, class of 1975; escaped and never went back

    • R. Shearer says:

      They keep building and building. I was in a lab the other day and it was mostly empty, although I did eye a homeless man raiding a common refrigerator in the lounge where I was meeting with a professor.

      Right next door they’re adding another 140,000 square foot monstrous structure for about $100 million. (Gee I wonder where all this debt comes from anyway and why they have trouble maintaining existing infrastructure.)

  3. Johansen says:

    Sorry to hear about you guys in Colorado. As you know, California must be 50% renewable by 2030. The tax credits and the lobbying is driving it. There is a 30% federal tax credit right off the bottom line the FIRST YEAR. You can’t find a better corporate tax writeoff if you’re Berkshire or Google

  4. Anon says:

    Looming Catastrophe: Power Grid Collapse Now In Sight in New York

    Here is a fascinating and revealing news article behind a paywall that I’m alerting you to. It is about just a few of the complications that will result from New York State’s (NYS) Clean Energy Standard (CES). It discusses the NYISO (New York State Independent System Operator) 2018 Power Trends Report which (paraphrasing Winston Churchill): …defends itself against the risk of being read by its very length and obfuscating technical jargon. Note that the article observations are coming from a top NYISO person. In other words, this is someone on the electrical energy front lines who is struggling to deal with political energy policies — which (in NY) are divorced from science or economics and are completely oblivious of the technical consequences.
    Seeing these unusually frank insider observations should be an eye-opener.
    As an overview, there are several startling acknowledgments, essentially saying:
    1] Wind energy is an unrelentingly unpredictable and uncontrollable energy source,
    Increasing wind energy on the grid is causing serious reliability issues,
    2] Wind energy has very little Capacity Value, and that has not been adequately addressed,
    3] Due to the inherent nature of wind energy it must be permanently paired with gas,
    Adding more wind energy to the grid will require substantially more gas to be added to the grid,
    4] The costs to deal with wind energy on the grid are rapidly increasing,
    5] None of the costs incurred by wind energy are directly attributed to wind energy,
    6] There are similarly major issues with solar, also not quite as severe,
    7]None of the politicians or NGOs promoting wind or solar are acknowledging any of these issues,
    8]“Stakeholders” are currently discussing a carbon tax, to make this situation even worse.

    What else do you need to know to confirm that we are headed for a catastrophe? Well, there’s more…

    There is always one thing missing in all Progressive Liberal plans it seems… reality.

  5. misanthropicmarc says:

    :) love you brother.

  6. gregole says:

    Planed coal plant closures:

    I wonder what is being planned to replace that capacity?

    Here in Arizona the Navajo Plant is planned to be closed by 2019. It was designed to run until 2044.

    Scary bad news.

  7. Axel Horn says:

    Less than 200 – of what nominal power? On the photoshop picture the turbines look like being measured in Kilowatts. State of the art are “wind mills” that have their turbine on a height of 150 meters and have power of 2, 3 or even more Megawatts. You can expect at least 6,600,000 kWh per year from such a turbine. Chose a number of them and then compare to the electricity consumption of Colorado per year.

    • Johansen says:

      Power factor is low (+/- 20 percent for landbased), and intermittent and somewhat unpredictable. Power generation doesn’t match the load. Gas turbines have to be brought in, or utility-size energy storage systems which are expensive (batteries, etc). Ecosystem impacts are high. The esthetics are not universally appreciated. Other than that, they’re an engineering marvel so go for it…

  8. frederik wisse says:

    Our future ? Keep an eye on Australia or England . Mother Nature will be handing us for free more condensation-particles in our atmosphere through increased cosmic rays and increased volcanic dust !What will happen if a high-pressure remains stable and static during wintertime in these areas ? No wind and hardly any sunshine ! Are you ready for a rude awakening ?

  9. Douglas Hoyt says:

    Then their is infrasound to worry about as well.

    “We now know that subaudible pulsating infrasound can be detected inside homes near operating wind turbines. It can also be identified up to 10 kilometres distant. We know also that very low levels of infrasound and LFN are registered by the nervous system and affect the body even though they cannot be heard. The research cited in this report implicates these infrasonic pulsations as the cause of some of the most commonly reported “sensations” experienced by many people living close to wind turbines including chronic sleep disturbance, dizziness, tinnitus, heart palpitations, vibrations and pressure sensations in the head and chest etc.

    Similarly, there is medical research (also cited below) which demonstrates that pulsating infrasound can be a direct cause of sleep disturbance. In clinical medicine, chronic sleep interruption and deprivation is acknowledged as a trigger of serious health problems.”


  10. Joe in WYO says:

    I like Colorado and I lived in Glenwood Springs for ten years. It’s unfortunate for all the citizens that live outside of Denver as Colorado is all set to elect an ultra-progressive Governor. Watching the commercials, it seems that these dems are all vying to turn Colorado into California light…. bummer deal…

    Love Tonys’ photos though!!!

  11. Gamecock says:

    There’s nothing wrong with wind power. It just hasn’t been implemented by the right people yet.

    “Wind Power Works, and If You Give Us a Chance We’ll Show You What Every Other Failed Wind Power Regime Did Wrong “

    • ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N says:

      The right people are the ones that implemented wind power in the first place, but those people haven’t been utilised properly yet, such as spinning their turbines with bicycle pedals when there’s no wind.

      Far cheaper and more effective than paying them.

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