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Windpower is not a suitable source 

Windpower fails on three major issues, electricity supply, climate change and cost.

Its Achilles heel is its intermittency and because of this all the winturbines in the UK only produce less than half the output of one conventional power station (about 560 Mw). Of course not a single fossil fuel or nuclear power station can close because of this intermittency.

If, as has been suggested our emissions are causing climate change, windpower will not make the remotest difference. Even if all our electricity came from windpower this would reduce global carbon dioxide levels by about 0.5 per cent, an amount too small to measure.

Finally there is the cost, currently windpower electricity costs more than double that from conventional sources. Every megawatt hour of windpower receives about £48 in ROC and CCle subsidy, paid for by us the consumer.

Windpower is nothing more than green tokenism and vast areas of our landscapes are being trashed in the process.

Bob Graham, Chairman of ‘Highlands Against Windfarms’, Scotland


14 April 2007

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