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July 18, 2007

Dutch Study: Wind To Outcompete Nuclear Energy

A study undertaken on behalf of the Dutch government concludes that wind power will soon replace nuclear as the fossil fuel replacement that makes the most economic sense. Groovy Green:

A report commissioned in the Netherlands and leaked to a Dutch newspaper confirms that wind power will quickly replace nuclear energy as the fossil fuel alternative of choice. The researchers concluded that not only will technological advances in the coming years make wind financially competitive but also security costs tied to nuclear energy will further add to the value. From the article,
According to the report by the Energy Research Centre (ECN), the cost price of electricity production – around 6.6 euro-cents per kilowatt hour – is already comparable.

However nuclear power is more expensive if the additional costs of security against terrorist attacks is taken into account. Meanwhile technological advancement will make wind power increasingly cheaper in the coming years.

The report was commissioned by one of the social and economic council (SER), one of the government's most important advisory bodies, which is currently looking into whether the Netherlands should expand its nuclear power production. It currently has just one plant located at Borssele.

Very interesting. Obviously, wind power is dependent on geographic conditions to function properly — but as efficiency and technology increase, the idea of wind farms as safe and reliable alternative to nuclear power will start to make financial and social sense. Will this do anything to squash the debate over nuclear as the energy source of the future? Absolutely not. That industry is still pushing ahead with plans to increase safety, find solutions to waste disposal, and position itself to be a major player in the future energy needs of the world. Efficiency, safety, and especially cost will ultimately decide which industry will lead.

Wind has so much going for it. It's decentralized, it's clean, it's renewable (nuclear fuel is not), and it poses no risk as a terrorism target or source of nuclear weapons material. Wind farms are a thing of beauty, a monument to a better, saner future. Can't wait to see more of them.

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Comments

In my simple-minded understanding of our climate,
as we trap more energy (heat) there will be more
and more motion (wind). A feedback loop less
destructive than most we are hearing about.

Kent

Posted by: at July 19, 2007 10:30 AM

When wind power fields-and-plants (not to mention the powered devices on the other end) are 100 percent created and maintained by non-fossil-fueled power-and-effort then -- and only then -- should you use the words clean and renewable.

And the idea of wind farms as beautiful is purely subjective.

Posted by: OilMonkey at July 22, 2007 10:54 AM