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UK: Wind farms make no economic or practical sense

Dealing a blow to the taxpayer

John Black — The Southern Reporter (UK) — November 29, 2013

Wind farms were inflicted on Britain by Tony Blair in one of his evangelical insights – and this myth was sustained by the SNP Government with its target of 100 per cent renewables by 2020.

 

Wind farms in Scotland make no economic or practical sense.

The Scottish electricity demand curve rises in the early morning, remains relatively constant through the day, rises to a peak around 8pm and then falls to a low between 3 and 4am. Electricity cannot be stored in any significant amount. It must be produced at the time to meet the demand.

The base load (a constant supply to meet the overnight needs) is provided by Longannet coal-fired power station.The daytime increase comes from nuclear stations and hydro power.

Wind energy is as unpredictable as the wind. If wind-turbine electricity is fed into the grid overnight, the Longannet load has to be reduced. The power station is then operating at less than its optimal load and becomes inefficient. The operational costs of Longannet go up as a result. So do your fuel bills.

Wind farms cost the Scottish taxpayer at every step of their construction and operation. The turbines are manufactured in Germany and Denmark, providing a useful boost to their economies at our expense.  Read full article here….

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2 Comments on “UK: Wind farms make no economic or practical sense”

  1. john December 2, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    UK has 5,000+ wind turbines, on average they supply just 5% of our demand but they fluctuate between 13% & 0%.
    See what’s happening on the grid now- http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

    This is how much they cost you (OFGM figs)-
    http://www.variablepitch.co.uk/finance/
    ( & yes the monthly totals ARE in hundreds of millions ££.!! )

    Total of solar PV installed in the UK to date stands at over 2.7GW.
    on average they supply just 0.03% of our average demand.

    The following info was taken from Dept of Energy & Climate Change website (recently removed because the green lobby said “it wasn’t helpful” !!! )

    Comparative land areas for 4 power technologies To produce 26TWh (Terawatt hrs)/year-

    4 Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plants = 130 acres.

    Hinkley Point C nuclear = 430 acres

    Solar farms = 130,000 acres.
    Plus 130 acres of CCGT power plants for the 92% of time solar is not producing reliable capacity.

    Onshore wind farms = 250,000 acres.
    Plus 130 acres of CCGT power plants for the 73% of time wind is not producing reliable capacity.

  2. cornwallwindwatch December 2, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

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