East Midlands takes the hit

This map, from Renewable UK, shows an unwelcome concentration of wind farms in the East Midlands.  Odd, really, given that we have some of the lowest average wind speeds in the country.  But then as I always say, they’re not farming wind — they’re farming subsidies.

One possible reason is our road infrastructure.  The parts of a large modern wind turbine really need large roads for access, and we have the M1 and the A14.

One has to hope that now we have Owen Paterson at Environment and John Hayes at Energy, we might start to see a glimmer of common sense.  But don’t hold your breath.  And for so many of our communities, the damage is already done.  As Shaun Spiers of CPRE said, we will come to see wind turbines as “the redundant relics of our compulsion to do something”.

Just for the record, let’s remember that the government’s plans for wind farms involve a capital spend of around £120 billion, when we could build equivalent gas-fired capacity for £13 billion (and very likely use indigenous shale gas to power it).  And the emissions savings achieved by wind turbines, when you add in the intermittently-run conventional back-up, are somewhere between trivial and zero.  We’re looking at vast, unnecessary expenditure to achieve no benefit at all.

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5 Responses to East Midlands takes the hit

  1. Brenda says:

    Keep seeing that map popping up in the media lately – not up to date but that’s not possible given the rate of growth. I’d like to see one showing all the turbines in each windfarm and all single turbines say over 20m. included. Should be an interactive one somewhere that can be added to in real time by every council and “dead” turbines marked as they fail. Unfortunately no-one records the failed ones, or when single ones become operational, so we never get the real picture.

  2. Lt. Columbo says:

    it’s an utter fraud, and wind speeds have been dropping off during the past ten years as was predicted. The wind has only so much energy, and yes you can slow down the wind with wind turbines. There are however other factors, such as reduced tree cover. Wind farm operators have felled millions of trees in the mistaken belief that the trees would obstruct the wind from their turbines.

    The reality appears to be that evaporation of water vaour from trees caused pressure differences across the landscape between wooded areas and open fields. So then removing the forest cover has actually reduced the wind speed. The imbeciles have destroyed their own power source.

    This is the half-baked fatuous result of the asinine ill researched schemes of incompetent buffoons, who have no idea of the holistic effects of their apparatus. They have not only affected wind patterns, but consequently have disrupted rainfall too. These effects have exacerbated already perturbed weather systems, and caused billions of pounds worth of damage in th UK alone. Who will pay for this? Do we need a class action lawsuit? The UK Taxpayers Vs All Windfarm Operators ( jointly & severally ) ? Where is the DPP in all this?

  3. machokong says:

    At least they can be removed without trace.

    • But will they be? Or will we end up with rusting, redundant relics of our compulsion to do something? Removing a wind turbine involves moving an awful lot of concrete!

      • Lt. Columbo says:

        Suspicion is that when the actual towers and turbines are removed, then there is a very nice infrastructure for a large mansion house, or even an industrial unit. You have a large concrete pad, you have an electricity infrastructure, you have a heavy duty service road. Only the drains are remain to be installed. So former agriccultural land and forest is industrialisedm and turned into urban sprawl, under the planning radar. A derelict wind farm site is a brownfield site, and different planning rules will facilitate this industrialisation and unbanisation of rural Britain and other parts of Europe and elsewhere

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