Wind Power: Not Even Enough for a Cuppa

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Giant wind farm will cost millions and ruin Brighton view
Christopher Booker
The Telegraph
19 July 2014

What good will come from the colossal wind turbines to be put up off the Sussex coast?

Over the next four years, visitors to Brighton and the Sussex coast are in for a shock. Visible all the way from Beachy Head to the Isle of Wight, they will see 100 or more colossal wind turbines rising up to 700ft into the sky, nearly 200ft higher than Blackpool Tower. These will form one of the world’s largest wind farms, covering more than 60sq miles of the English Channel.

If they wonder what purpose is served by this vast industrial installation, last week given the go-ahead by Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, they should not be fooled by the claim of the Rampion wind farm’s developers, the German energy giant E.on, that it will have the “capacity” to generate 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Buried in small print on its website, it admits that, thanks to the intermittency of the wind, the actual output of this £2 billion scheme will at best average only 240MW. To see how derisory this is, the latest gas-fired power station opened by another German firm, RWE, at Pembroke two years ago, at only half the capital cost, £1 billion, can reliably produce nearly 10 times as much electricity, 2,000MW, all the time.

Of course, no one would dream of building such a gargantuan wind factory as Rampion if it were not for Mr Davey’s ludicrous subsidy system. It may earn E.on some £325million a year. But £220 million of that will be subsidy, paid for by all of us through our electricity bills. Where the power from that Pembroke plant is costing us only £50 per megawatt hour, for that fed to the grid from Brighton we shall pay £155 per megawatt hour, more than three times as much.

Mr Davey happily brushes aside the immense damage his scheme will inflict on the natural environment, from the thousands of seabirds that will be killed by those whirling blades, to that wrought by the 15-mile long trench, up to 40 yards wide, needed to bury the huge cables connecting his windmills to the grid, much of it across the South Downs National Park. Davey may be happy to see the billions of pounds of profit from all this being repatriated to Germany. But he says nothing about the electricity that will be needed to provide back-up for the two-thirds of time, on average, when the wind is not blowing. And that, of course, will have to come from the fossil fuels he so likes to scorn. Future generations looking out to sea from Brighton will be astonished that we could have fallen for such insanity.

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Wind Power: Lucky to power this lot

* When I recently observed that the output of a 50 kilowatt (KW) windmill near me on the Mendips would, in return for a £17,000-a-year subsidy, average only 13KW, I said this would be enough to boil just 13 kettles. This was based on our own old 1KW kettle. Since modern versions are now 3KW, I should have said four kettles.
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Comments

  1. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    Why! Why do they keep getting permission, the answer is in a simple symbol $ or £, no matter what its form this symbol is what is keeping this industry in business.
    What will happen if all the projects in South Australia were shut down at the same time, just as the Lake Bonney/Canunda ones were between 8pm on the 18 July until 5pm on the 20th July. For the 3 days between approx. 2pm and 6pm there was almost no energy being produced from the rest of the turbines in South Australia. How would the State function without electricity during these very cold nights and days we experienced during that time? How many elderly would we freezing in their homes if we were relying on energy produced by the wind? You cannot keep warm and cook a meal by the heat from 4 kettles.
    When will the Governments wake up to the reality of the situation they are creating, when will the P for people become the symbol they reach out to?

    • No one cares about people only $/£

      I am tired of reading about all the suffering this is causing.
      It hurts to read this.
      Industry is making me sick with the same symptoms as Wind Farm sickness.
      NO BIG FAT CAT CARES – they say ‘I’M RAKING IN THE MONEY TO HELL WITH PEOPLES HEALTH’

      THIS IS A HOLICOST OF BIG PROPORTIONS

  2. The residents of Brighton know that this wind factory must be at least 5 km offshore. Think of us in NSW where the proposed Jupiter wind factory (same size, same number of 700 ft turbines) will have multiple towers within 2 km of residences with pristine rural views.

  3. It seems whatever we read and whatever is said – these GIANTS will go ahead.
    Someone will be sorry if they don’t stop this insanity.

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