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‘Turbines not as effective as Friends of the Earth claim’  

Anti-wind farm campaigner Lindsay Milsom dismissed the Friends of the Earth report.He said wind power was not as affective as claimed.

Mr Milsom is chairman of the Glyncorrwg Action Group that has been involved in countless campaigns against controversial proposals to site wind farms in the Afan Valley. Just before last Christmas, Neath Port Talbot planning officers advised councillors to throw out Eco2’s proposal to put four giant turbines on Mynydd Corrwg Fechan overlooking Glyncorrwg.

At 125 metres, they would have been some of the biggest in Wales, around 34 metres taller than those already in place at Ffynnon Oer in the same valley.

“We still maintain our opposition to wind farms because they are not economically viable,” said Mr Milsom.

“We are not against them because we are closed minded.

“They simply do not produce the power that they say they are going to produce.

“It is as low as 30 per cent in some cases.

“Wind is an intermittent form of energy, it doesn’t blow all the time.

“This is why the government have not done away with nuclear power and are looking at the possible Severn Barrage and tidal power schemes because those forms of energy are more effective.”

South Wales Evening Post

12 May 2008

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