The age of miracles is not past. Common sense has prevailed and the Berwick Borough councillors have rejected the plan for 10 turbines on Wandylaw Farm, Chathill.
What worries me is the fact that all reportage and general thought on the subject appears to centre around the “look” or appearance of these structures, in other words the aesthetics, will they spoil the landscape?
I hear nothing of the fact that this technology is sporadic by nature and will not perform to its stated capacity. The spokesman of Ridgewind Ltd, who hope to develop the site, was “devastated” and bemoaned the fate of future generations.
Well god help us if we are left in the hands of purely commercial organisations.
They claim to be able to generate enough power for 11,200 homes!
Over what period and at what rate?
This is not an exact science. They can only base these figures on supposed potentials and mathematical models of past performance of local wind conditions. Well the past is no guarantee of future performance, as you will know if you have “read the small print”!
As I write this there is not a vestige of wind outside! Not a leaf stirs!
I have written letters in the past and make no apologies for doing so again.
Surely I am not the only one who thinks this is a flawed technology? If you are out there I urge you to speak now and add your voices to the fight before the nation is committed to this folly. And let us hear the facts of the science and engineering and not just emotive arguments.
If the world continues on this ever increasing demand for power, we must decide now where we are going, and commit to a sustainable source.
If we have a mish mash of supply, such as turbines, ultimately power cuts and rationing will be the order of the day.
William H Bell, Ashington, Northumberland
26 October 2007
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