Thursday, 13 August 2015

Renewables in NSW produce 0.0% of all electricity generated - Prof Ian Plimer

Plants need CO2 for food
Professor Ian Plimer has written a piece on Catallaxy Files under the above heading. In his usual inimitable style, Ian asks:
.....can someone show me from basic science and mathematics that the human emissions (3% total) of plant food (CO2) drive climate change yet the 97% of natural emissions of CO2 do not. This has never been done and I’m still waiting for the proof. It’s easy to show that human emissions of CO2 don’t drive climate change and there are many scientific arguments to show that the total atmospheric CO2 does not drive climate change.
Bill, short on logic
wants 50% of electricity from renewables. How’s he going to do it?  
What is the current contribution of renewables? Where is the cash going to come from for the
immense capital costs or are we to face yet more crippling Labor debt? Numbers give the story about the effective use of renewables and the most populous state in Australia is the best place to start.
Prof Plimer posits the present power mix in New South Wales:

In NSW in 2014, there was a mix of electricity generation with coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, diesel and coal seam gas. The table below shows what we already know. If heavy-duty base load power is needed, then coal (10,760 MW; 59.3%) and hydro (4,510 MW; 24.9%) do the heavy lifting 24/7. Gas (2,144 MW; 11.8%) and hydro can be used to increase electricity generation in peak load times. Of the 18,138 MW capacity, wind capacity is 550 MW (3.0%) but, because the wind does not blow all the time, the input into the grid is at best about 110 MW (0.6%). The sugar cane waste (bagasse) only has a 68 MW (0.4%) capacity and electricity generation is seasonal. Diesel (106 MW; 0.6%) is used when required in a remote part of NSW.

Read More of Professor Plimer's Piece HERE, including

  • Lies about Denmark's Wind Power;
  • Germany's solar power is ~10% only;
  • Spain illuminates Solar Panels with floodlights at night - creating subsidies!
  • And this table:

a = coal seam methane;  b = open cycle gas turbine;  c = combined cycle gas turbine


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    ‘The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science’.

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