Video – Helicopter de-icing wind turbine blades

“Amazing: it takes a Helicopter burning massive amounts of carbon based fuel to dump yet more chemicals onto the environment in an attempt to thaw the turbines,” says reader Steevo. “What’s more dangerous?”

“The Biden Administration’s plan to banish fossil fuels is a greater existential threat to Americans than climate change.”
Wall Street Journal editorial


“The wholesale price of electricity spikes 10,000% in a Texas power outage. Among other problems, all of the wind turbines are frozen.”

In an editorial entitled “The Deep Green Freeze,” the Wall Street Journal had this to say:

“Power shortages show the folly of eliminating natural gas—and coal.”

Texas’s energy emergency could last all week as the weather is forecast to remain frigid. “My understanding is, the wind turbines are all frozen,” Public Utility Commission Chairman DeAnn Walker said Friday. “We are working already to try and ensure we have enough power but it’s taken a lot of coordination.”

“Liberals claim that prices of renewables and fossil fuels are now comparable, which may be true due to subsidies, but they are no free lunch, as this week’s energy emergency shows. The Biden Administration’s plan to banish fossil fuels is a greater existential threat to Americans than climate change.

And this from

CO2 Stats

    • Please note that the US reduced its carbon footprint from 6.13 billion tons in 2007 to 5.28 billion tons in 2019.
    • Meanwhile, China increased its footprint from 6.86 billion tons in 2019 to 10.17 billion tons in 2019.
    • In the same timeframe, global output rose from 31.29 billion tons to 36.44 billion tons.
    • In 2007, the US accounted for 19.6% of the total global carbon footprint.
    • In 2019, the US accounted for only 14.5% of the total global footprint.

Wind Not Reliable

Wind is not a reliable source, as we have just proven in spades, twice over.

Yet, despite the facts that US carbon output is shrinking and the US only accounted for  14.5% of the total global footprint, the absurd push to eliminate all US carbon presses on.

Note: The Wall Street Journal article mentioned that all the wind turbines were frozen. However, I’ve heard from different sources that “only” fifty percent were frozen. Still looks rather silly to depend on them.

Note #2: Although the above video from Alpine Helicopters was created in 2016, it still exposes the absurdity of thinking that we could ever depend on wind turbines to supply all of our energy needs. (Unless we prefer living in complete servitude to whatever brutal conditions the weather wishes to throw at us.)

21 thoughts on “Video – Helicopter de-icing wind turbine blades”

  1. The helicopter here appears to be a Eurocopter AS350, single engine variant. If it has the Lycoming LTS101 engine it is producing about half a megawatt.
    If you want an idea of how much power to subtract from the wind turbine’s contribution to the world energy budget you should consider not only the time spent deicing the wind turbine but also picking up a load of deicing chemicals and commuting to and from its base of operations. Not to mention the tanker truck’s road miles.
    I don’t know what the wind turbine’s output is WHEN it’s operating.

    • Gary, I think most of the wind turbines are between 3 and 5 mW. Now, most windmills are only good for about 1/3 of rated capacity so say 1 – 2 mW generation. If the whole deicing takes 2 hours, it probably is offset by the 24 – 48 mWhrs.

  2. How much energy does it take to keep that “green energy” flowing?
    Using the helicopter’s fuel in a generator would have been more efficient.

    • And Jet A is also great for heating homes as they do in Valdez, Alaska for example. Great for fueling helicopters and keeping the house cozy during the 8 months of winter there.

  3. Absolutely devastating what’s going on with people in the southern midwestern states like Texas and Louisiana. Not only is their infrastructure failing, but the people themselves have had no impetus to prepare for such weather. Me, I grew up in a cold climate and I think I’d do just fine in that situation, but many of these people have never experienced anything like this. I fear there will be many more exposure deaths as the time below freezing and without power continues.

    • Bill, tomorrow begins the rather quick reversal in temperature. It should be in the 70s next week. I grew up in Kansas on a farm and had to rely on our own resources. I remember going 30 days without getting to freezing as the high. a few days of cold in Texas is only irritating. The deaths are by people doing dumb things like brining in a space heater to closed space.

    • And this is the hideous crime of it all in my opinion. These zealots have created an entire branding meme complete with a carbon taxing and fee structure that lines the pockets of woke ones. All of this while having the public prepare for Globull warming, exactly the opposite of what people should be preparing for.

  4. the frozen turbines will have sat for too long on one spot
    the bearings are going to be shot
    expect months and huge repair bills coming

  5. The alternative energy and global warming movements have always been about pushing an agenda that is about profit for those who created it. Entire new industries cropped up in wind and solar. The lie that fossil fuels are environmentally unfriendlty have never told the truth that alternative energy also has its dark side … like the fact that those used solar panels are stacking up worldwide because no one knows how to recycle the horrible mix of toxins inside them … described as more toxic than nuclear waste!

    • The only solution I have heard of is to bury them in a lined hole . Same with old turbine blades . Totally unrecyclable .
      It’s a big problem . Apparently the solar waste is in the millions of tons ? I had no idea they were that prevalent . These panels are either dulled and worn out or old technology and low output .

      • The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016 estimated there was about 250,000 metric tonnes of solar panel waste in the world at the end of that year. IRENA projected that this amount could reach 78 million metric tonnes by 2050.

  6. In addition to the comments exposed, supra, and as an supplementary comment to the matter of Helicopters and fuel, Helicopters are highly fuel inefficient. They burn more fuel, per what may be termed an comparative ratio, that conventional fixed wing aircraft. Whether piston engine or jet turbine.

    Using helicopters to perform this manoeuver is also quite problematic; helicopters are generally more dangerous than fixed wing aircraft, and register more accidents than fixed wing aircraft.

    The government mandate transition to Wind and Solar Power represents an re – imposition of the sorts of energy constraints that enterprising human beings began to remove during the 18th century. With the creation of the Watt – Boulton steam engine circa 1720-1750.

    There is an very good economist at université Laval, (I forget his name), who has taught and published in this area. His specialty, at least ten years ago, was “Energy Rents.” And he discussed what he termed “fire power.” With reference to the increasing efficiency of energy generation with reference to energy consumption.
    Wind Turbines do not take us into the future. They take us back into the past.

    I may note that I live in Québec. Which has made substantial “investments” in Wind Turbines over the past 10 to 15 years. In fact, I used to see extended length tractor trailers, well over 100 feet long, transporting just one blade of these enormous and enormously inefficient machines along the highway. if the wind turbines in Texas are immobile, then I would tend to believe that the wind turbines up here are probably immobile as well.

    The absolute determination of Western governments to proceed with an policy that is without reasonable basis or foundation is an exercise in pure Stalinism.

  7. Record frosts in 11 US states

    The day before, we wrote about an abnormal cold wave in the US states of Louisiana and Texas. But that ended up being just the beginning of the intensification of frosts.

    Earlier this week, record low temperatures were recorded in more than 20 US cities. It was the coldest February 16 in the history of meteorological observations, according to the country’s National Meteorological Service.

    Thus, in Lincoln and Hastings in Nebraska, the frosts intensified to -35 and -34 degrees, respectively. The previous absolute lows for these cities were -18 and -13 degrees, respectively. In Sioux City, Iowa, a record eighty-five years ago (1936) was broken, the new temperature for February 6 was -33 degrees.

    Abnormally low temperatures were observed in 11 states: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
    In St. Petersburg, the frost reached -25°C… in the region up to -35°C!

    In St. Petersburg, on the night of February 18, a minimum temperature of five years (-24.5°C) was recorded.
    The last time it was so cold was in January 2016.

    In the region, frosts of -30°C have become a widespread phenomenon. The lowest temperature was observed at the Lodeynoye Pole (-35.2°C).]

    • Martin, I grew up 60 miles south of there, Hastings. I remember lower temperatures in the 70s. Unfortunately, all those records seem to have disappeared.

  8. Repairing all those turbines will be no problem once the ” “Polar Storm ” goes away . There are hundreds of wind turbine mechanics and engineers just been laid off from that dirty pipeline installation . Some of them have been assigned as solar manufacturers and installers , perfect , nothing to worry about here . Come on maaaan !

  9. Is it time for Wheelchair Ken, (AKA Gov. Greg Abbott,) to chuck his Tri Global Energy Wind Leadership Award so he won’t feel naughty activating Operation Don Quixote?

  10. There are no adults in the room, we are governed by immature children having a climate temper tantrum based on faulty reasoning that CO2 warms the planet.

    Why were these huge windmills built in the first place? Because the globalist media narrative said CO2 was a threat. It is not a threat, it is a life gas. So right off the bat, windmills were built based on a false premise.

    So where are the adults, the solid level headed thinkers who direct capital based on need and efficiency? Gone with the wind, we are basing our infrastructure capital investing based on lies of a political class that couldn’t care less about truth or efficiency.

    Billions were directed from public funds to subsidize these unicorn and rainbow pie-in-the-sky fairy tales of a green economy. What it really was – was highway robbery by unscrupulous politicians who never took a science class.

    So this Texas crisis is the result of these bad decisions. Allowing crazies like AOC or Al Gore to make decisions is what creates chaos. Truth is what they say it is, not objective scientific reality, and now they are saying that global warming caused the polar vortex, and that Texas needs to be punished for trying to secede.

    Seeing that your vote counts for nothing because they count the vote, it is only going to get much worse.

  11. The sun is quiet.

    No sunspots for 31 days this year

    Current string 14 days

    CO2 does not cause cold climate

    It is the SUN!!!!!!!! when it is quiet

  12. Why are they even called wind turbines? Because it sounds cooler than windmills? Don’t think they have turbines at all. They have rotors. And Nome has a half dozen but only one or two ever working. And that spook Chuck can’t fix em. Boondoggle start to finish. But hell, RINO Murkowski is Queen of liberal fantasies. And our pipeline gonna freeze up too if we don’t get more oil in it from PET IV. And get all that wasted gas down to tidewater at least, if not into Canada with a gasline.


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