Shonks exposed

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Welcome to Stop These Things. An expose of the shonks who run Australia’s anti-windfarm campaign.

First an overview.

Whenever a wind farm is proposed in Australia, a small group of anti-windfarm campaigners leap into action. The first part of their campaign is to blow into the town of the proposed wind farm. Rumours are spread, town hall meetings are called, and the out of town shonks appear.

It’s all fear and loathing, dodgy science, and scaring people. The anti wind farm mob tell locals that wind farms will reduce their property values, divide communities, and of course, make them sick with multiple ailments collectively known as “wind farm syndrome”.

And folks, IT’S ALL BULLSHIT.

Windfarms have been operating for decades across the globe and “Windfarm syndrome” has only existed after the anti wind farm mob started pushing this made up disease in the late 2000’s. It doesn’t exist in Europe, and it only “exists” in areas where the anti wind farm mob have launched their fear campaigns.

This blog is all about exposing the shonks.

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3 thoughts on “Shonks exposed

  1. I received my first response from a wind energy opponent yesterday. It was angry, claimed I was uninformed, provided no evidence or examples to back up their opinion, and the spelling and grammar was atrocious.
    It wasn’t worth publishing so I classified the comment as spam.
    Keep ’em coming you anti-wind farm spuds.

  2. You’re so cool! I don’t think I have read a single thing like this
    before. So wonderful to discover someone with genuine
    thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. many thanks
    for starting this up. This site is something that is
    required on the internet, someone with some originality!

  3. doug says:

    Might I suggest that you do a little research into the reasons renewable energy is better then coal and the large base load grid we have had 100+ years. This is the key to gaining favour in many parts of society.
    Perhaps the most significant thing is the fact that the technologies that make it a “No brainer” to stay as we are, have caused the rise of the most successful industries in history.

    There are people at the top of the power industry, sitting in board rooms around the world with no idea. They cant see the forrest for the trees. There are people at the top of the power grid control processes the same. People with many years experiance blind to the enormous opportunities that green energy gives us.

    The design of a 1980s power grid is full of devices and functions that are very expensive and inefficient. They are needed essentially because of the rediculous concepts that are the foundations of the grid. In 2014 you just would not design a system anything like it.

    So along comes affordable solar and wind, the emerging storage technologies and the fabulous internet and the cloud. Somehow a rolls Royce can look bad in a shed full of volks wagons. I dont understand it.

    Here are just a couple of points.

    At the moment there are billions of dollars worth of infrustructure on the grid that sit idle, waiting for the moment, that the system needs help to stay alive. Gas power stations that run for less then half a day a year and in some of these instances these actions are testing runs and maintenance requirements.

    In grid critical moments we could switch off chosen loads that do not affect the customer at all. We could switch it very fast, in key locations with optimum effect. This requires virtually no energy, no generation increase, no increase in risk and no disruption to industry or homes. The wonderful thing is that it is the same as actually having huge power stations that will start in a milli second and deliver energy to all points of the grid with zero loss.

    With the internet allowing us this option, the customer can interface with the energy provider and elect to contribute to these options for financial reward.

    The anti wind farm people talk endlessly about the unsuitable nature of wind turbines for the power grid stability. The only reason they have yet to attack solar, they couldnt see the solar success that is now emerging.

    Load side switching in milli second time frames will make solar and wind very stable indeed. Then as the electric transport industry dominates, the system will be perfectly stable and continuous. This stability and system security will come through the tripping of loads in targetted rapid response and the synergies with the customer loading needs.

    There can be automated interface between retailers and customers that analyse energy use, travel schedules, weather effects and customer information input. The system could then co ordinate the energy use throughout the home, the car and the batteries, integrating energy into and out of the grid in synergy with the system stability process.

    So lets zoom ahead to 2040 for a moment.
    You just bought a new Telsa electric car. You drive into the garage and plug it into the home car charging board. The car talks to you while in the garage and you can have a chat. The car wants to log your weekly travel schedule.

    “How many KMs maximum per day will you drive and how many per week?” The car will ask you there after each day, “any schedule change?”

    The answer is logged on the car scheduler. When you plug the car in the car computer interfaces with the home energy computer. The home energy retailer may be the same company that was involved in the car manufacture and the battery and the charging system. It doesnt matter where on the energy grid in Australia the retailer provides the smart switching in the car for the charging where ever it is plugged in.

    When the car is plugged into a charging block in another town, the same calculations are running and the home energy is rationalised with the car charging and the travel schedule. The car is on the grid in parallel with the home. It matters not where the parrallel is made.

    This “home energy network” of car home and solar, could also include shares in wind energy. The location on the gid of the various components doesnt matter either. In fact one could expand the size of the network to includ neighbours and other buildings and cars. It could be a town. Indeed it could be the basis for standard energy provision in high density appartments.

    The ideas that come from this line of thinking are endless. It is hard to imagine how anyone will want to build a large coal generator.

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