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Concern grows as studies show wind turbines fail to produce power

New figures showing barely active wind turbines have prompted fears of a rural landscape left scarred by inefficient wind farms

Adrian Pearson-Jou — The Journal — August 31, 2013

Campaigners have called for a new era of openness as it emerges some ageing turbines are producing nowhere near the power originally promised.

Opponents to wind farms say there is a growing risk of turbines not meeting energy demands or having reached the end of their useful life being left as a blot on the landscape until planning permission expires.

The call comes as RWE npower renewables becomes the first in the UK to produce data streaming of its turbines. The firm’s website gives live information for each wind farm and the energy it is producing, a move welcomed by campaigners.

A look at Durham’s Tow Law wind farm shows that the site rarely reaches 25% of its capacity. The Journal checked on two different days, with wind varying from 4mph to 14mph. On Tuesday five checks failed to show the wind farm producing any energy. Five checks on Friday showed the farm peaking at 577kw – around 25% of what it could be providing.

RWE said that August is generally a low wind month and also one of the lower months for consumption.

Under the Government’s lucrative subsidy system the site received nearly £4,000 under the Government’s payment system last year.

Wind campaigners say it is vital all the information surrounding sites is available, especially to see if some locations are producing energy or bringing in cash.

Don Brownlow, a member of the former Moorsyde Action Group which opposed turbines near Berwick, said that in his experience campaigning against turbines energy companies would need to have “horrifyingly inefficient” turbines before they considered replacing them, and that if they did seek to regain planning permission it is typically for larger turbines, as was the case at Blyth Harbour.  Continue reading full article, here….

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