I have read the Journal article on Fullabrook wind turbines for the second time, the first time I assumed I had missed something.
Is it really true that after 12 years someone is only now going to install an anemometer to check on the wind at this site?
What happens if it turns out to be the “wrong sort of wind”?
It could happen.
How can DWP quote any realistic performance figures if they don’t know what the wind is doing?
How long will it take to recover the costs not only of the turbines but of all the backup services if we were to discount any government “inducements”? A great many years I would imagine.
These turbines are coming from Denmark apparently, some years ago one of Denmark’s neighbours was not only removing some turbines but refusing to install any new ones, let’s hope we are not being lumbered with second hand equipment.
Only last week I read that a blade had fallen off one of these turbines, luckily without harming anyone, but what happens if another one falls off? Health and safety officials would have the time of their lives closing down every turbine until they were sure they were safe (the government no doubt would not allow this to happen).
I believe these wind farms are an unproven and unreliable solution to power supply problems, at best they are a token gesture backed by a government ready to throw money at any apparent solution that may be a quick fix. The only people to gain any benefit from these turbines are those that have “conned” the government into backing them with our money.
If only as much time and money could be spent on wave power (reliable in terms of time and strength) then I’m sure we could make some real progress towards a meaningful solution.
10 July 2008
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