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Eolico. Anche TransAlta chiude i battenti dopo 23 anni di perdite.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-06-30.

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Alla fine la dura realtà ha ragione su qualsiasi delirio schizofrenico.

La realtà massacra le ideologie: le è sufficiente lasciarle libere di fare. Si suicidano da sole.

Peccato che nel caso delle energie alternative questo Götterdämmerung bruci sulla pira di una montagna di soldi pubblici, di soldi del Contribuente.

Avevamo già annunciato la problematica in un recente articolo:

Energie alternative e sussidi di stato. Fallimenti, manutenzione e ricambi.

In sintesi. Ogni fallimento di una ditta produttrice lascia gli impianti in essere senza manutenzione specializzata e senza pezzi di ricambio: gli impianti di produzione industriale sono così destinati e diventare in breve talmente anti – economici da dover chiudere portando i libri in tribunale. E se poi lo stabilimento di produzione era stato messo in una zona senza vento, il fallimento è garantito.

«The oldest commercial wind power facility in Canada has been shut down and faces demolition after 23 years of transforming brisk southern Alberta breezes into electricity — and its owner says building a replacement depends on the next moves of the provincial NDP government.»

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«TransAlta Corp. said Tuesday the blades on 57 turbines at its Cowley Ridge facility near Pincher Creek have already been halted and the towers are to be toppled and recycled for scrap metal this spring»

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«The company inherited the now-obsolete facility, built between 1993 and 1994, as part of its $1.6-billion hostile takeover of Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. in 2009.»

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«TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible»

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«We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might come from our new government. . .»

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Ci sono tutti gli elementi base che alimentano il ‘clima’.

Dapprima vi sono stati enormi risorse impiegate in ricerca e sviluppo per l’eolico. Tutti finanziamenti a fondo perso. Tutti a lanboratori liberal, ovviamente.

Poi ci sono state le sovvenzioni di stato per impiantare la produzione di eolico a Calgary. Altri fiumi di denaro pubblico. Ditta produttrice liberal anche essa.

Poi, l’impianto rilevato per una cifra stroboscopica: milleseicento milioni di dollari. Con sovvenzioni pubbliche. Elargite da un governa liberal democratico, manco a dirlo.

Poi il dramma della manutenzione:

«The lifespan of the original turbines was 20 years, but the company was able to keep them running in part by cannibalizing nine similar towers from TransAlta’s Taylor wind farm near Magrath in southern Alberta, retired in 2012, Oliver said.»

Già: le turbine hanno vita media di venti anni. E se le ditte produttrici falliscono, risulta essere impossibile la manutenzione degli impianti.

Poi, il grottresco:

«when it’s windy is quite low, so there’s just not the return on investment»

Ma chi mai avrebbe potuto immaginarselo che senza il vento le turbine eoliche non producono nulla?

Chi mai avrebbe potuto comprendere un concetto così raffinatamente sofisticato? Non ci si venga a dire che i supporter delle energie alternative siano in buona fede. Al massimo possiamo concedere loro di essere schizofrenici.

Alla fine proprio non ce la si fa più: finite le sovvenzioni.

Ma sono anche recidivi:

«We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might

come from our new government. . .»

Vorrebbero ancora baiocchi pubblici per foraggiare i parassiti.

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Ecco un succinto sommario di alcuni fallimenti di ditte nel settore eolico.

Endurance Wind Power bankruptcy spreads to UK

Award-winning Surrey supplier of global wind turbines goes bankrupt

Wondering about wind

Endurance wind power declare bankruptcy

Maine wind power developer SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

SunEdison files for bankruptcy

Troubled Solar, Wind Energy Giant SunEdison Inc. (SUNE) Files For Bankruptcy Protection To Address ‘Liquidity Issues’

Minnesota wind energy company files for bankruptcy

US offshore wind farm veering on bankruptcy

Per il fotovoltaico rimandiamo al classico

The Mercifully Short List of Fallen Solar Companies: 2015 Edition

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Francia e Germania piangono non sul clima ma sull’Unep. Un gran bel gruzzolo.

«There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.»

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«UN chief Antonio Guterres’s spokesman called it “a major disappointment” while the European Union said it was “a sad day for the world”.»

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«However, senior Republicans and the US coal industry backed the move.»

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«France’s President Emmanuel Macron said he respected Mr Trump’s decision but believed it was a “mistake both for the US and for our planet”.»

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«A United Nations spokeswoman said it was a “major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security”»

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«USD 16.9 trillion in new investment for new power generation»

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«the World Development Report preliminary estimates of financing needs for mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries range from USD 140-175 billion per year for mitigation over the next 20 years with associated financing needs of USD 265-565 billion and USD30 – 100 billion a year over the period 2010 – 2050 for adaptation. The International Energy Agency’s 2011 World Energy Outlook (WEO) estimates that in order to meet growing demand for energy through 2035, USD 16.9 trillion in new investment for new power generation is projected, with renewable energy (RE) comprising 60% of the total. The capital required to meet projected energy demand through 2030 amounts to $1.1 trillion per year on average» [Fonte]

Avete letto bene: 16.9 trilioni Usd, ossia 16,900 miliardi Usd, tutti presi dalle tasche dei Contribuenti.

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Conclusione.

Nulla da ridire sul fatto che il mito delle energie alternative sia un delirio schizofrenico o, in unica alternativa, il manto sotto il quale si mimetizzano i truffatori.

Non si vede però per quale motivo il Contribuente debba alimentare tale delirio con le tasse che gli sono cavate via dagli stati, per foraggiare poi le tasche dei liberal democratici.


Calgary Herald. 2016-03-15. Oldest commercial wind farm in Canada headed for scrapyard after 23 years

The oldest commercial wind power facility in Canada has been shut down and faces demolition after 23 years of transforming brisk southern Alberta breezes into electricity — and its owner says building a replacement depends on the next moves of the provincial NDP government.

TransAlta Corp. said Tuesday the blades on 57 turbines at its Cowley Ridge facility near Pincher Creek have already been halted and the towers are to be toppled and recycled for scrap metal this spring. The company inherited the now-obsolete facility, built between 1993 and 1994, as part of its $1.6-billion hostile takeover of Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. in 2009.

“TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible,” Wayne Oliver, operations supervisor for TransAlta’s wind operations in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod, said in an interview.

“We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might come from our new government. . . . Alberta is an open market and the wholesale price when it’s windy is quite low, so there’s just not the return on investment in today’s situation. So, if there is an incentive, we’d jump all over that.”

In February, TransAlta president and chief executive Dawn Farrell said the company’s plans to invest in hydroelectric, wind, solar and natural gas cogeneration facilities in Alberta were on hold until the details of the province’s climate-change plans are known.

“We cannot make any major investment decisions in this market until we have more clarity around the policy environment and the policy recommendations turn into actual law and we know what the market is actually going to be like,” she said.

Last November, Premier Rachel Notley’s government vowed that coal-fired power plants would be forced to shut down or be emissions-free by 2030. Coal power companies in Alberta, including TransAlta, are looking for compensation.

Jean-François Nolet, vice-president of policy and communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said Tuesday his organization has been included in the NDP government’s consultations and is optimistic that changes will be made to encourage wind power growth.

“What the investors need to see is more certainty in the market,” he said, adding that it “just makes sense” that a wind farm such as Cowley Ridge that is already connected to the grid and has a proven wind resource is rebuilt to continue to provide renewable energy.

Alberta has the third-largest installed wind energy capacity in Canada with 1,500 MW and 958 turbines, CanWEA says.

“Designing Alberta’s first comprehensive energy efficiency program under our climate leadership plan will take time to get right,” Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

“That work is underway and will continue in the months leading up to the phase-in of an economy wide carbon price beginning in 2017.”

Unlike sleek modern turbines balanced on thick hollow metal stalks, Cowley Ridge’s turbines near Pincher Creek were built on 24.5-metre-tall steel lattice towers. The first phase was commissioned in 1993 and Phase 2 was added the following year. In October 2000, five more similar used towers were acquired and added.

Oliver said safety was a major factor in deciding to decommission.

“When you’re climbing that ladder (inside the newer tubular towers), you’re not exposed to the wind and the rain and the snow,” said Oliver. “But this lattice-style tower, you’re exposed to all of that.”

He estimated that 680,000 kilograms of metal will be recovered and recycled. The teardown crew will have to wait until winds drop below 25 km/h before dismantling can proceed.

Landowners have asked that some of the gravel service roads be left in place to allow new turbines — and new rent and revenue-sharing sources — to be built in the future, he said.

The lifespan of the original turbines was 20 years, but the company was able to keep them running in part by cannibalizing nine similar towers from TransAlta’s Taylor wind farm near Magrath in southern Alberta, retired in 2012, Oliver said.

He said there’s only one other wind farm still in operation in North America using the same technology and it’s becoming impossible to find replacement parts. TransAlta has known for some time that Cowley Ridge would have to close — a decision was made in February.

About six people work on Cowley Ridge from about 30 people in the Pincher Creek office that will continue to operate Cowley North and Summerview wind farms.

“It’s an iconic landmark in the Pincher Creek area, there’s a lot of interest,” said Oliver.

“It’s bittersweet. The fellows who work on the site, you know, they’ve put a lot of energy and heart into keeping the site running. When it was time to pull the plug and pause all the turbines, the guys the week leading up to it had just got a bunch of turbines back on line that had been down for a while.

“So we were making progress.” 

 


Watts Up With That. 2017-06-14. Wind power fails in Canada – a 23 year life span not likely to be replaced

The oldest commercial wind power facility in Canada has been shut down and faces demolition after 23 years of transforming brisk southern Alberta breezes into electricity — and its owner says building a replacement depends on the next moves of the provincial NDP government.

TransAlta Corp. said Tuesday the blades on 57 turbines at its Cowley Ridge facility near Pincher Creek have already been halted and the towers are to be toppled and recycled for scrap metal this spring. The company inherited the now-obsolete facility, built between 1993 and 1994, as part of its $1.6-billion hostile takeover of Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. in 2009.

“TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible,” Wayne Oliver, operations supervisor for TransAlta’s wind operations in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod, said in an interview.

“We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might come from our new government. . . . Alberta is an open market and the wholesale price when it’s windy is quite low, so there’s just not the return on investment in today’s situation. So, if there is an incentive, we’d jump all over that.”

I’ll bet they would. Does anyone need any more proof that wind power just isn’t economically feasible on large scales without subsidies?

Coal and nuclear plants last longer and provide far more power…and production isn’t tied to the vagaries of wind and weather.

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