The CBC show “The 180” today broadcast a debate between the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Robert Hornung, and myself on the future of wind power.
The debate is podcast here: http://www.cbc.ca/the180/popupaudio.html?clipIds=2434204529
The wind power segment starts at 25:00 and ends at 37:15.
Mr. Hornung’s main pointed included these anti-logical gems:
– after acknowledging that new gas-fired power is cheaper than new wind power, Mr. Hornung goes on to claim that customers are not paying a premium for wind power,
– when asked to substantiate his opinion that wind power will grow rapidly over the long term, he points to recent rapid growth rates, propped up by vast subsidies, as proof of future expansion,
– he claims that new technology has made wind power reliable, and
– he argues that falling electricity demand is a factor preventing wind power from achieving the targets for fuel mix penetration that CanWEA has been pushing.
The host, Jim Brown, closes by inviting feedback on whether “Should Canada bet the farm on wind farms?” You can respond on Twitter @CBC180, or email at The180@cbc.ca, or comment through their site at http://www.cbc.ca/the180/contact/
There is a lively discussion going on here: http://www.cbc.ca/the180/excerpts/2014/01/30/should-canada-count-on-wind-power/