Wind turbine debate

FURTHER to the debate centred on the proposed wind farm north of Wisbech and other sites in the Fens.

It’s interesting to learn that a solitary wind turbine near Reading churned out £100,000 worth of electricity (15 per cent of its capacity) in 2010 but needed £130,000 to subside it.

Measure this against thousands of wind turbines in the country that are being subsidised. It is throwing good money after the bad.

A report states that the Reading turbine erected in 2005 has worked since that year at 17 per cent of its capacity. It has been kept in fits and starts with the aid of £600,000 public subsidies extricated from your pocket and mine.

It is nothing short of alarming that in addition to the existing 3,000 turbines in Britain it is being planned to erect 10,000 more in the next nine years. This is to meet the unaccountable European Union’s climate change targets.

Green energy has become a cash in hand monopoly expensively founded on proved unreliability and trivial energy production.

Compared with 2.3 pence per unit using gas and 2.5 pence per unit using nuclear energy, wind turbines will eventually contribute energy extortionately to the tune of 9.8 pence per unit, an astonishing figure.

We, the consumers, are being overwhelmed by hidden green taxes. It will cost our children and grandchildren a ransom in future and I strongly doubt that any real benefit will be seen.

The so-called benefits of wind power is being superficially over-stated. At least 40 major wind farms would be needed in East Anglia to contribute 40 per cent of the power to the region and beyond, not considering becalmed unproductive conditions.

Thousands of wind farms nationwide mean one thing to a few profiteering promoters - windfalls with a capital W.

TREVOR BEVIS

March