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Building wind farms won’t help with UK demand  

I am a retired engineer who for many years was involved with the design and operation of combined heat and power plants.

Wind farms of this type can at best only provide marginal support to the country’s energy requirements.

The stark truth is that before the year 2020 the United Kingdom’s power demand will far exceed its generation capacity.

If the government does not address this dire problem immediately, the country would be largely reliant on importation of power from other countries.

The building of numerous wind farms is just tinkering around the edges of the problem and will deface our rural landscape for no good reason.

The solution to this problem however does leave us with a dilemma – either to rapidly build many coal-fired power stations – or build nuclear power stations.

As far as coal-fired power stations are concerned, even with the latest gas cleaning devices, the additional carbon emissions will of course add to the global warming situation – and in any event, our fossil fuel resources are finite and dwindling.

The only possible solution to a self-reliant Britain – albeit, a misguidedly unpopular one – is to be build new nuclear power stations.

There is absolutely no other means of avoiding what can only be described as this looming national catastrophe in the limited time available to us.

The viability of alternative energy sources such as tidal power, geo-thermal heat, solar and wind power should of course still be pursued – but they have absolutely no possibility of being developed to a level which can meet out country’s power requirements in the critically short time-frame remaining.

My point is to recommend that BWAG (Baumber Windfarm Action Group) not only strongly opposes this wind farm proposal – but clearly declares its total support for the government proposals for the nuclear way forward to power generation.

Gordon Perfect

Horncastle News

4 June 2008

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