Wind power? What wind power?

It has fallen below freezing outside Mind Towers, ice is covering the car windscreens and the central heating has been turned up. No doubt families up and down the country are having to use more energy to offset the cold.

So now is a good time to take a look at how much power wind turbines are contributing to the UK energy supply after the billions of pounds lavished on them…

1.2% of all the energy being generated!  Money well spent, eh.

But don’t worry.  Our brilliant political class has declared there are many more of them to be installed at crippling cost to consumers, to stand virtually idle just when we need power the most, on freezing nights like tonight.  Sheer bloody genius.

Thank God we still have some coal fired generating capacity to shoulder the burden of our power needs.  In years to come though…

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5 Responses to “Wind power? What wind power?”


  1. 1 Curmudgeon 30/11/2012 at 9:18 pm

    Do you have a link to where we can view that online?

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 30/11/2012 at 9:28 pm

    It is a mobile phone app called UK Grid Carbon Intensity.

  3. 3 TheOceanian 01/12/2012 at 8:26 am

    All the information you’d ever want …. http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm ….

  4. 4 Brian H 01/12/2012 at 11:30 am

    Note that wind and hydro could be eliminated from the mix and the system would barely twitch. Name another source that can be said of.

  5. 5 Phillip Bratby 02/12/2012 at 8:24 am

    Nice graphs here over varying periods (hours, days, weeks, months). You can see how frequently wind drops to mext to nothing. http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

    I think it may be time to get a home generator next year, before the stampede sets, in once we get regular winter blackouts as coal-fired power stations are forced to close. In any case, too many wind turbines will start to disrupt the grid, which will also lead to power cuts.


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