A Conservative chariman of energy at the Scottish Parliament, visited Largs this week, and highlighted last Thursday’s wind turbine fire as proof that the technology is ‘unreliable’ for our energy needs.
Murdo Fraser MSP was the guest speaker at Largs & District Conservative and Unionist Association annual Christmas Lunch in the Willowbank Hotel on Saturday.
Mr. Fraser is the Chairman of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament. During his statement, Mr Fraser stated that wind farms were unreliable “as we saw from the turbine on fire at Ardrossan and also the sporadic generation depending on the available wind.”
He added: “The Institute of Mechanical Engineers have stated that in the light of the soon closure of power stations at Longannet and Cockenzie coal fired power stations there will be no spare backup capacity and electricity will need to be imported from England or even France ( nuclear).
“The lifetime cost of wind power is 2.5 times that of nuclear resulting in a flat rate levy on electricity bills so affecting the poorest consumers the most – a Robin Hood tax in reverse – take from the poor and give to the rich wind farm companies.”