Wind power – missing when needed, harmful where produced

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.

8 Responses to “Wind power – missing when needed, harmful where produced”

  1. 1 John Payne 04/11/2012 at 12:28 pm

    Wind farms are a product of Brussels lobbyists and gullible European politicians, some who must be in the pockets of the mainland Europe manufacturers. Why then does our own politicians jump on the bandwagon? They are just weak and gullible!

    The Germans are building more coal-fired power stations, and will become experienced manufacturers of carbon capture techniques. That’s what I call intelligent. Wake up Dave!

  2. 2 karlos 04/11/2012 at 12:41 pm

    Co2 is not and never will be the problem – Try politicians.

  3. 3 The Gray Monk 04/11/2012 at 1:25 pm

    I have to say that, while Brussels does have a small hand in this, the main thrust for “renewable” energy has come from the ranting, placard waving foot soldiers of Greenpeace (a multi-national and multi-billion dollar ‘corporate’ operation now masquerading as a ‘charity’), Friends of the Earth and other ‘Green’ Party fanatics abusing and twisting the ‘science’ of climate studies.

    Germany is building more coal stations because 1. The ‘Greens’ have successfully killed off nuclear, 2. Our power supplies came close to collapse last winter because the ‘renewable’ sources don’t provide the power when it is needed, 3. Germany has a lot of coal in the ground and has to import oil and gas from Russia or the Middle East, both of which hold everyone to ransom whenever it suits them, and 4. You have to keep at least half the “carbon” power stations ‘spooling’ on stand-by to ensure no power outages when the wind parks and solar parks drop off the grid.

    Its easy to blame Brussels, but Blair et al decided autonomously to support Kyoto’s ludicrous conclusions and reductions and to build the wind parks – most of which will either require massive repair or replacement programmes long before their ‘planned life’ is anywhere near complete. Yes, we can blame the bureaucrats (they’re always to blame for something!) in Brussels, but don’t let the Whitehall W*nk*rs off the hook either – and don’t forget the real culprits, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Earth First, WWF and the so-called “Greens” who want to return the world to the fantasy of home grown food, ‘natural’ fibre clothing, ‘eco-housing’ meaning built of wattle and daub as our forefathers did. Most of these city dwelling ideologues want to live in a rural idyll while enjoying all the benefots of modernity.

    As we say in Germany – “Das geht nicht!”

  4. 4 Tcheuchter 04/11/2012 at 4:03 pm

    The temperature outside is 5c and it is getting dark. I look out across the sea to the inner Hebridean isles. The sea is as unmoving as glass and the twigs on my trees are motionless.

    I know! I shall erect windmills in my garden to keep myself warm!

  5. 5 Bill 04/11/2012 at 6:09 pm

    300 of the white monsters can be seen from my location and 298 of them are stood stock still and have been that way since dawn. Two are facing in the opposite direction to the others and are turning ever so slowly, powered as they are by the grid. Meanwhile a soon to be decommissioned Centric gas plant and Heysham Nuclear plant quietly and efficiently get on with the job of keeping the lights on.

    And 8-10% of our electricity and gas bills is the price we all pay for this lunacy.

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