The Economic, Technological and Regulatory Impact of Wind Turbines

Submission to the Senate inquiry on Wind Turbines

By The  Institute of Public Affairs

Michael Petrut – Researcher - February, 2015

Executive Summary

Contrary to the claims of the renewable energy industry, wind power is not an efficient or effective source of clean energy. This submission argues: 

  1. Wind  power  has  been  shown  to  drive  up  the  cost  of  electricity.  The Tax  Dollars  required  to pay  for state  investments  and  subsidies  mean  that  households  will  end  up  having  to  pay more for electricity.  
  2. Wind  Power  puts  stability  in  the  energy  market  at  risk  due  to  low  capacity  and  uncertain inputs. 
  3. Wind  power  lacks  a  controllable  input  variable,  therefore making  demand-supply  matching an impossible option for larger suggested projects. 
  4. Broadening  the  responsibilities  of  the  Clean  Energy  Regulator  will  weaken  democratic accountability and legal rights.  



Despite The Above Presentation to The Federal Government's Senate Inquiry - The Federal Government has decided to Go Ahead With What will be The Worlds Largest Off-Shore Wind Farm...

Here is the Brief Update on The Details of this Massive Project


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Offshore Energy is planning the development of Australia’s first offshore Wind Farm, 10 to 25 kilometres off the coast of Gippsland, near Port Albert in eastern Victoria.

The wind farm will include up to 250 turbines within a 574-square-kilometre area in Commonwealth waters and will have a total capacity of at least 2,000MW;

It will deliver about 8,000GWh of electricity a year, which is about 18% of Victoria’s power usage.

The project is expected to cost $8 billion.

Just as a quick note:
A 574-square-kilometre area is an Area That could Be Bounded by A Square of Side Length 23.9583 km and Residents of Various Cities around The World will be able to get an Idea of that size of a Square!... It's pretty Damm Big!

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The Video below gives a good impression of the Complexity of building the foundations and erecting the Wind Turbines that will have to be maintained and refurbished for their expected 25Year Life Span… Then the whole Process will have to begin again…. I would love to have all the Data regarding costs of all Materials and The Break Even Point for The Investment and The Cost Per kWh of The Electricity Supplied…. I wonder what Subsidies are involved?... not that it really Matters, The Cost is the Cost… I Want The Investmnents in Power to be In The Thorium LFTR because of The Far Greater Energy Density than Wind and also because of That The Availability of the Power Generated to be Used to actually start reducing CO2 Levels and being used in some areas Like Australia to Supply Good Clean De-Salinated Water For Our River Systems that have had their Waters depleted by Over Industrialised Agricultural Practices, as well as many other apllications as well as supplying Power for Industry, Commerce and Residential Use…

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