Comments on: Cheap wind energy can deal final blow to Hinkley http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/08/08/cheap-wind-energy-can-deal-final-blow-to-hinkley/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DRCreek http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/08/08/cheap-wind-energy-can-deal-final-blow-to-hinkley/comment-page-1/#comment-19493 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:48:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/?p=37417#comment-19493 Wind energy is neither cheap nor green. Massive government subsidies mask the true of cost of wind. When subsidies are taken into account, nuclear power is still cheaper. Wind is also less green because, when the wind isn’t blowing, the natural gas backup power stations kick in and release CO2, whereas nuclear has a capacity factor (the ration between the average power production and peak capacity) of 90% as opposed to the ~50% for wind. Solar is even worse. The Topaz solar farm has at a measly 23% capacity factor.

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