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Second Verse, same as the first — Scotland installs 34% more turbines in 2012 but actual generation is only up 19%

Remember the article out of Germany not too long ago that said that they built 1,000 new turbines in 2012, but they didn’t get any more power generation from wind than in 2011 because “there just wasn’t enough wind”.  Well, in an ongoing display of how unreliable and inefficient these industrial monstrosities are, Scotland had a similar experience.   All that extra land taken up for what?? — DQ

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A third more Scottish wind turbines built in one year

The true pace at which wind farms are spreading across Scotland’s countryside has been disclosed after official figures indicated the number of turbines increased by a third in the last year alone.

Simon Johnson — Scottish Political Editor — The Telegraph — March 29, 2013

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published statistics showing all Scotland’s onshore wind farms had a maximum capacity of 3,808 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2012.

This total was 34 per cent higher than the 2,837MW total in the last quarter of 2011. Scotland’s total capacity is now nearly double that of England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

Scottish ministers yesterday welcomed the figures, saying they showed the amount of electricity generated by wind had increased 19 per cent last year to record levels.

However, anti-wind farm campaigners pointed out this increase demonstrated the inefficiency of the technology because it had required a much larger rise in the number of turbines.

They raised questions over how many more wind farms will have to be constructed to meet Alex Salmond’s target of generating the equivalent of nearly all Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by the end of the decade.   Continue reading, here…..

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