Tilting at mountain windmills and other empty green hype

from Business Vancouver and quoting in part:

The “grossest distortion of green data” award still goes to Grouse Mountain’s Eye of the Wind turbine. It was narrowly approved in 2008 by District of North Vancouver council on the promise that it had partnered with BC Hydro to be a “beacon of sustainability” and to produce enough electricity to power 400 homes. When it was turned on in 2010, B.C.’s minister of energy, Bill Bennett, called it “Vancouver’s first commercially viable wind turbine.” He’s right. Its viewing station brings in around $750,000 a year. But it actually produces power for about 12 homes because the wind rarely blows hard enough to turn the giant turbines. Grouse Mountain refuses to release actual data. According to Petrie, it will be lucky to produce enough electricity in 25 years to make up for the energy embodied in its manufacture and installation.

 

Like many other sustainability success stories we’re being asked to believe, it’s a hoax. 

 

Tilting at mountain windmills and other empty green hype.

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