The myth of the wind farm!
Living in rural Norfolk
and being a frequent visitor to the north and east coasts, I am only
too familiar with the rapid
It is claimed that wind
power is 'clean' and sustainable: figures comparing the cost per megaWatt/hour
of electricity generated by wind farms with that from fossil fuel-burning
power stations appear to demonstrate that, although more expensive,
prices are in the same 'ball park':
But let's examine the
figures that are not widely publicised: the costs in financial and 'carbon'
terms. The example
To summarise: this 'environmentally friendly' windfarm off the Norfolk coast will require replacing at least every 20 years at a cost of over one hundred million pounds. (You can expect this to increase, of course!) The turbines don't
even generate sufficient electricity to power the small town of Great Yarmouth: a 1.5MW turbine operating at its peak
capacity will provide electricity for just 330 houses: Scroby, therefore, powers around 10,000 homes.
But of course, only a small fraction of the UK's electricity is used domestically: the vast majority is used by industry, transport, for street lighting etc, so that the Scroby WF probably doesn't provide any electricity for the tax payers of Great Yarmouth whose money was used to build it......