Wake Ure ass up, comrade… it’s Monday and the Revolution is on.
Sunday, the hordes were out marching for Bernie and against fracking. While they were doing that, Ures truly was pondering how the ultimate reasonable balance between energy sources might be reached.
It seems the revolution – much talked about, but little evident from a year or two back – is making its grand re-entry in Philadelphia.
The problem with the democrats is simple: They are trying to usher in a “new future” and one filled with “change” but at the same time, the Wikileaks of this weekend showed the left is just as screwy as the right – only more so.
On the right, the worst I’ve heard about Donald Trump is that his kids were too much in evidence. But on the left, we start with the Debbie Wasserman Schultz orchestration of Hillary and slamming of Bernie Sanders. From there we move on to emails and crooked this and that’s.
The Wasserman Schultz departure is sad – but necessary in the eyes of some: She had become part of the Clinton at Any Cost Club.
We do have the privilege this morning of considering the important role of energy in things. And we love how it’s being held hostage.
An interesting point: Al Gore isn’t going to the train wreck…er….convention. Gore has been working on energy in a big way since 2000. Shortly after losing, Gore and some pals founded the Chicago Carbon Exchange – an event facilitated by an Illinois state senator by the name of Barrack Obama. Obama was on the board of the Joyce Foundation which funded the roll out of the carbon exchange, among other projects like gun control.
You are expected to forget all this, because it doesn’t fit the narrative. But an old Forbes article like this one lends creds to things.
Looking back at the role of democrats like Obama and Valerie Jarrett in the Joyce/Chicago Carbon history isn’t really useful. Unless you look at energy as a hostage-taking event.
But it got me to looking up how much a big wind turbine costs. The answer is about $4-million each installed.
And each (says the hype) will power about 300-350 homes, depending on energy use profile.
It sounds like a good deal until you run the numbers: 300 homes paying $250 per month for power means a cluster of such homes would generate $900,000 per year and that would leave you thinking in terms of a five year payoff.
I reckon the payoff is twice that long or more.
But that assumes the retail power price would go to the wind operators. It doesn’t.
1.5 MW × 365 days × 24 hours × 25% = 3,285 MWh = 3,285,000 kWh
Let’s assume 10 cents per KWhr at wholesale power rates…and you come up with $328,000 a year of revenue from power sales. and suddenly the payback period changes. How’s does a 13 year payback sound? And that’s before interest. Or maintenance…And it assumes operation at peak which, by the way, doesn’t happen. My estimate is 100-150 homes per large fan and none with a Tesla…
Count me as a skeptic when it comes to wind power. The large swept area of these massive fan farms we’ve seen across the country intuitively don’t make sense.
So it’s something to think about when we see the democratic debacle this week: Democrats didn’t tell us the truth about global warming and there’s no reason to think they will get wind power or fracking any more correctly,
But these champions of the corporate class are doing their best to shut in coal and keep US energy independence at bay…but that would maybe explain why a certain family foundation has become so fat on offshore political money, now would it?
Our revelations up here continue with me getting a large pouch of Soylent from my daughter Denise.
“All my programming friends love it – it’s just the thing if you don’t have time to eat and want a really balanced meal.”
Says it takes like Pancake Batter.
Don’t know if it comes in green.
But it is available on Amazon now as Soylent Powder (One Day (3 Meals)) for $20 bucks.
Might be an interesting prepping item, but not cheap ($20 per day per person).
Main drawback as a prepping food is it seems to only have a one year shelf life. I have to schedule a day between now and next March to drink pancake batter, I guess.
Write when you get rich,