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Let's have an apology for the misery windfarms cause  

Oh what a week that was! is my reference to April 16 onwards, with the bleat by Regen SW on the targets it is not achieving.

One cannot expect much more than the usual “green tears in red eyes” from its chief executive formerly employed by Greenpeace, and its continual misleading information on targets, supply to homes, capacity factors – and putting the blame on everyone else.

In these days of the expectancy of apologies all round, they do not apologise for all the heartache they bring to residents of previously happy communities, where the dreaded windfarm applications tear them apart, devalue their property and cause health problems.

Oh no! it’s all about targets and cushy jobs that depend on it looking as though everything is “green and rosy”, while the sufferers still suffer. So I make no apology for updating and repeating the truth behind the scam of windfarms, in order to keep up with the merry-go-round.

The number of wind turbines remains at 103 spread over seven windfarms. These will jointly produce 41.35Mw of electricity if the wind blows over 30mph. Only 1 per cent of the wind speeds across Britain annually average over 30mph.

Cornwall requires 680Mw of power and Devon 1,200Mw. The demand rises by 1-2 per cent a year, and of course every new home increases the demand rapidly. Windfarms are averaging 24.1 per cent performance in Cornwall, so only 10.3Mw is supplied by wind on average a year. A year’s wind power from Cornwall can be produced by a conventional power station in 22 hours.

Regen’s number of homes supplied is based on 1 kilowatt per household (it varies slightly according to who is trying to make their development look big). As the average boiling kettle requires 3Kw, readers can assess the use of wind power and its heavily subsidised impact.

To blame councils and/or councillors for rejecting proposals of developments that will cause the people concern, ruin the South West tourism economy and do virtually nothing towards environmental concern, is so typical of the Regen ilk, who, like the old-fashioned horses at the fairground, go round and round in the same circles thinking they can win the Grand National.

They seem to forget that the new White Paper for Heritage Protection says our World Heritage Status in Cornwall and West Devon must take priority, and we will not benefit if wind turbines of over 400ft are allowed to invade heritage sites.

As taxpayers are being outrageously conned, we should strike up an agreement to the effect that we will all recycle if they take the windfarms down.

Alan J Nunn

St Austell


8 May 2007

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