[W]ind does not blow at a constant rate, which makes it unreliable as an energy supply. There is no way to store the surplus electricity produced when there is too much wind; and when there is no wind, there is no electricity from wind turbines. . . . Because the electricity it produces cannot be stored, one wind farm has been paid more than £1 million simply to ensure that it does not produce electricity for eight hours. The company profiting from this lunatic process is not British, but foreign – in common with most of those firms operating wind farms in this country. That would not be of any concern were these companies actually adding to our prosperity, but they are not: they are destroying value rather than creating it, a process only made possible because the Government takes our money and gives it to them. In return, taxpayers face higher electricity bills and an economy that is damaged because its costs have been artificially inflated by the decision to use wind as a principal source of power. It is a ludicrous situation.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
UK: Wind Power Is Pipe Dream
As a continuation in my series on the empty (and increasingly ruinous) promises of green energy, today's Daily Telegraph has another brief editorial on the fatuous wind energy plan in Britain, and the subtitle catches the synopsis succinctly: "The Government's policy on renewable energy is based on dogma not evidence."