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But there are questions as to how well it is working for them let alone how well it might work for other countries.
This whole wind thing is not driven by economics. It is driven by government subsidies, which are driven by public opinion, which is driven by global warming scaremongering.
Danes have one last coal plant and it will be shut down in 2012.
They go more for block-power plants, small units which can be run with variable output.
All of those run on Gas.
So if there´s a lot of wind, blocks run at minimum.
As the wind reduces they´re accelerated.
By 2020 you will not find a single coal or oil plant in all of Northern Europe (exception = Britain).
Most nuclear plants will be obsolete too.
Wanna buy them ?
We sold three to the Chinese already.
But even they are changing to gas.
Once the pipe from the Caspian is finished they will run coal and oil only in emergencies.
Re your question above:
You quoted figures of 2005.
Since 2008 Danes did not have to sell electricity under value.
OK, they might have been lucky.
Their surpluses did occur just at the times when the Vattenfall nuclear plants in Germanys north were defunct due to accidents.
That btw is another plus.
A windmill might topple, but that´s it.
If a nuclear plant goes haywire it´s goddam dangerous. See Chernobyl.
If a coal plant spouts, a lot of people will have to visit hospitals.
The real problem you´re having in the States with wind farms is that all providers are tryeing to make maximum profit out of minimum investment.
They give a shit about bad side effects of their plants as long as they make a lot of profit.
Balance wrote about a wind farm in Illinois with 200 to 300 mills.
You´ll not find anything the like in Europe.
Perhaps it´s simply because we care for people.
In Germany, a maximium of eight mills per two square miles is allowed and a height of 100 feet per mill on land.
This is to keep the noise level low.
Also, mills are allowed only at a minimum distance of 1 km from settlements and main roads in open country.
"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse
of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion.
The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner
as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion,
or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved." - Ludwig von Mises