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The first two graphs in J's diary represent costs for inland windpower, provided by Riso National Lab in Denmark, for less windy inland sites.  That means that moving closer to coastal sites will have corresponding lower costs of energy, as the energy production per annum increases significantly.

Further, all of exposed Scotland, Ireland and parts of the UK would have significantly lower cost of energy due to strong wind resource.

The latest study from Wind Power Monthly, a graph which i have only in hard copy and can't reproduce here, shows onshore wind at 6 meters per second costing 106€ /MWh (megawatt hour) while in a 10 m/s the cost has dropped to around 45€ /MWh.  Coal costs range from 120€ to 60€ / MWh.

Typical costs for coal and gas average around 70€ /MWh, meaning wind equals that at an annual wind speed of 7.4 m/s.  (at hub height)

of course, the coal lobby doesn't let facts get in the way of their quest to buy more politicians, and of course, there is no external cost of mountaintop removal.   Video Here

At least "Der Heilige Obama" will now review all mountaintop removal permits, which is a setback for the US coal industry.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 09:24:25 AM EST
At least "Der Heilige Obama" will now review all mountaintop removal permits, which is a setback for the US coal industry.

As sympathetic as I might be to the needs of industry, moutaintop removal is ghoulishness worthy of Sauron himself.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 02:18:38 PM EST
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Starvid:
As sympathetic as I might be to the needs of industry, moutaintop removal is ghoulishness worthy of Sauron himself.

...the tar sands are a fairly close approximation to Mordor, as well....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 06:58:51 PM EST
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At least the tar sands can be rehabilitated, like the open pit coal mines in Germany.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Apr 1st, 2009 at 07:38:38 AM EST
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Amen.

My point was only that the Sauronish externalities (social costs) are not included in the cost of a coal plant.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 06:59:27 PM EST
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