[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind farm figures don't seem to add up  

I was most interested to read in the Journal (November 22) the article by Andrea Foster about the explosion of wind farms in Devon, however some of the figures quoted didn’t seem to ring true, so I borrowed my daughter’s calculator and set to work.

The nine proposed turbines at Batsworthy Cross we are told will produce 22.5MW of power sufficient for 10,900 homes; very impressive until you realise this works out at just over 2KW per household, not even enough for an electric kettle. The four turbines proposed at Bickham Moor will supply 12MW enough for 6,700 homes; alas this is even less per household at around 1.8KW. This second example will be sufficient for 20% of Mid Devon’s domestic electricity, so in total 20 turbines should be all Mid Devon needs. I really do think somebody has done their sums wrong, yet they are quite willing to release these figures expecting people to believe them.

I believe an article in a national paper recently quoted the maximum output of wind turbines could only be expected for something like 5% of the time due to the unpredictable nature of the wind. Are any of the proposers of these wind farms brave enough to give realistic figures for outputs obtained in practice and the true costs involved? I don’t mean loss of view or noise, but the real money spent on roads, installation and maintenance. I for one would love to see them.

It has been said before I know, but if these wind farms are such a great idea, why have they not been built before now? The technology has been available for many years. The only reason for their popularity now is that grants are available for any project that appears green and I believe they are an easy way to make money at the expense of – guess who?

P DOWLER,

Nelson Terrace,

Westward Ho!

Western Morning News

6 December 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter