President Obama has frequently cited Denmark as an example to be followed in the field of wind power generation, stating on several occasions that the Danes satisfy "20 percent of their electricity through wind power." The findings of a new study released this week cast serious doubt on the accuracy of that statement. The report finds that in 2006 scarcely five percent of the nation’s electricity demand was met by wind. And over the past five years, the average is less than 10 percent -- despite Denmark having ‘carpeted’ its land with the machines.(via Power Line)
"As climate officials descend upon Copenhagen later this year to continue their work to engineer a world in which energy is rendered less reliable, less affordable and increasingly scarce, the eyes of the world will naturally fall upon the host country as well," said Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), which commissioned the report.
"In the case of Denmark," added Pyle, "you have a nation of 5.4 million, occupying some of the most wind-intense real estate in the world, whose citizens are forced to pay the highest electricity rates in Europe -- and it still doesn’t even come close to the 20 percent threshold envisioned by President Obama for the United States. This may indeed be the model for the future -- but only if you believe that a combination of smoke, mirrors and prohibitively high utility rates are the key to our economic and environmental salvation."
Monday, September 21, 2009
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