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Why we say NO!

  • Environmental Damage
  • Inefficiency
    • poor wind speeds
    • underperformance
    • no reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Invasive noise - night & day
  • Health impact
  • Shadow flicker / strobe effect
  • Industrialisation of our beautiful countryside
  • Death of wildlife
  • Negative impact on leisure & recreation

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Efficiency

The wind farm industry in general has gained a reputation for using misleading and exaggerated information to win public opinion and planning approvals. For example, the claim that carbon emissions will be reduced, thus contributing to the fight against global warming. In fact there are big drawbacks to wind power and the system of subsidies that supports the industry is a big con. Wind farms can only offer an intermittent source of energy because the wind doesn’t blow all of the time. This means that fossil fuel power stations must be retained and operated in parallel at reduced power and efficiency.

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The starting and stopping of power stations actually increases their CO2 emissions for a given output. Consider Denmark as an example. It has been widely reported that wind power has actually led to an increase in carbon emissions in Denmark. Reports stated:

"Denmark has the most intense concentration of wind generation in Europe. At peak output, its wind farms can account for nearly 64 per cent of Danish peak power, but that rarely occurs. Last year, Danish carbon emissions rose as the Danish grid fell back on older, coal-fired power stations to plug the energy gap left by underperforming wind farms. Its power stations used 50 per cent more coal than in 2005 to cover the failings of wind power, and its wind turbines generated a mere 22 per cent of electricity, down from 29 per cent in 2005. The increased demand for coal and the fact that it was burned in old, unmodified stations meant that Danish carbon emissions rose by 36 per cent in 2006. ....I suspect that Danish investment in clean coal is imminent."

To date, no conventional power plant in Denmark has been shut down. Due to the intermittent and variable quality of the wind, conventional power plants must be kept running at full capacity to meet the actual demand for electricity. They cannot be ramped up or down when required because this would increase the CO2 output. Denmark is just dependent enough on wind power that when the wind is not blowing right they must import electricity. In 2000 they imported more electricity than they exported. Aase Madsen, former Danish MP and chair of Energy Policy is on record as saying, "for our Industry it has been a terribly expensive disaster."

What about some more recent statistics in the UK?

  • Wind farm efficiency queried by John Muir Trust study:
  • In December 2010, during the coldest December for 120 years, the UK hit a winter peak load of nearly 60,050MW. Wind power, as in the previous two winters, repeatedly failed to deliver. http://www.windbyte.co.uk/windpower.html
  • The respected Adam Smith Institute has concluded that wind turbines are unreliable and inefficient and “No matter how much wind capacity is built, to ensure that the lights stay on and that the grid remains strong, there can be very little reliance on it.” http://www.adamsmith.org/research/reports/renewable-energy-vision-or-mirage
  • In February 2012 more than 100 MPs wrote a letter calling on the Prime Minister to dramatically cut subsidies to wind farms and said: “In these financially straightened times, we think it is unwise to make consumers pay, through taxpayer subsidy, for inefficient and intermittent energy production that typifies on-shore wind turbines.”
  • The National Grid can’t cope with wind turbines! In 2011 the National Grid paid out almost 13 billion pounds to wind farm operators to turn off their turbines and throw away the energy because it could not cope with surges of supply.
  • The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) used to support the development of wind farms but now believes that “the generation of electricity from wind is not an effective method of reducing carbon emissions” and it is time to change direction.
    http://www.cprenorthants.org.uk/campaigns/view/wind-farms