It’s another chilly day across the UK with temperatures not getting above 8C/46F. Being a weekend the demand for power from business is reduced, however the demand for power from residential customers who are at home rather than work, is higher.
So what is wind power contributing to our energy mix right now?
3.3% of our energy generation is currently being satisfied by the thousands of wind turbines installed at huge cost and made feasible by billions of pounds of direct taxpayer subsidy and feed in tariffs that increase our energy bills.
The inescapable fact is when the wind doesn’t blow, the turbines produce no energy. We could have 500,000 turbines across the country, scarring our landscape and decimating our disposable income, and our energy needs will not be satisifed unless the wind blows. That’s why we pay even more money for conventional power stations to ‘back up’ wind power, which only the utterly deluded could ever consider to be capable of providing our baseload energy generation.
Added to this we now have a report in the Barclay Brother Beano by Andrew Gilligan of the first full peer-reviewed scientific study of the problem of wind farm noise causing “clear and significant” damage to people’s sleep and mental health.
The more that people look in detail at the flaws of wind power, the more ridiculous government (both EU and national) policy looks. We are at the point when people must robustly question just why the political class is pursuing this direction, in spite of the rapidly growing body of evidence showing how wasteful, ineffective and damaging wind turbines are. Elsewhere in the Beano, their diamond in the rough – Christopher Booker – believes the consensus on wind power is cracking. But much as I respect Booker that is not an assessment I share.
There has to be a reason why the wind agenda has advanced this far; and as the public interest is clearly not being served (spiralling cost and negative health impacts) one can only conclude the interest of the political class is being put first. Regardless of the comments of John Hayes, they are not going to give that up while they retain the ability to spend our money as they see fit. As Gilligan says in his article about the effects of wind farm noise, the EU will shortly begin work on a new directive which may impose a binding target for further renewable energy, mostly wind, on the UK, to be met by 2030. It is inconceivable this would see a reduction in wind turbine proliferation or the staggering amounts of our money doled out by governments to opportunist subsidy farmers.
Those who should be servants are again treating those who are supposed to be masters with contempt, while picking their pockets. In a democracy this could be stamped upon by people power. But as more people are at last realising we don’t live in a democracy.