October 4, 2006
Opinions, U.K.

Wind farms are money farms

The East Coast of Yorkshire is under attack. The enemies are developers seeking to erect massive wind turbines at several locations between Bridlington and the River Humber estuary.

Seven turbines have already been constructed and plans have now been submitted for two more sites with 11 and 12 turbines respectively. More schemes are known to be in preparation.

The height of the proposed turbines is 80 metres to the hub carrying a 90 metres diameter three blade rotor giving a total height of 125 metres (410 feet or 137 yards).

The rotors would be about the size of a jumbo jet plane.
Wind turbines each produce only two to three megawatts of electricity if the wind keeps blowing, but if it does not only about half is generated.

A hundred turbines might produce a total of 200 megawatts at best which is about as efficient as cracking nuts with a steam roller. The benefit against global warming is negligible, calculations submitted by experts to justify and influence planning decisions are just codswallop.
In reality, wind farms are money farms.

Developers receive a massive secret subsidy and landowners receive two or three thousand pounds per annum for each turbine on their land, none of whom have any respect for the beauty of the rural landscape and sky which they desecrate by placing ugly industrial machines in the countryside.

The nearby coast is being continuously eroded by perpetual tides, in and out twice daily with a power that, for example, can be seen to overturn concrete pill boxes on an exposed beach.

It is said that the Atlantic tidal surge, if harnessed, could meet all the UK’s power requirements.

The subsidies wasted on wind farms would be better spent on research and development of tidal energy systems.

Present government policy is completely wrong in this case and urgent review is necessary.

Dennis Parker
Minster Moorgate, Beverley


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