A couple of days of excessive wind conditions on October 20 and 21 led the wind industry to get excited and hurriedly announced that they had set a new record for wind performance on the national grid of over 6,300 megawatts.
Oh well, that was over by October 22, and we can all depend on the more reliable supplies of power until the next time the wind blows over 30mph and not over 55mph (the latter being the shut down point due to danger).
Averaged over a year, the performance will be around 24% of what they have been erected to perform and the subsidies go on being paid by taxpayers, whilst cuts are made in front line services.
It is quite ironic that when seeing that another football manager has been sacked, the media shows his record of matches played, wins, draws and losses. The overall performance was shown as 26.3%.
Some managers lose their jobs with even higher success rates, which are not good enough for their chairman and the board.
That is only sport and money-spinning positions in the table count a lot.
It is quite amazing that councillors and planning officers do not take into account what a wind farm is going to produce, and what an utter waste of money it is to damage the countryside and affect local residents’ tranquil surroundings. The statistics over the last 23 years are ignored.
Councillors have told me that they do not question the expected performance of a wind farm, as it is “green”, and that’s what they are instructed to oversee.
Common sense tells anyone that the low performance percentages are total nonsense, but with misinformed officers, and greedy developers to contend with, the councils rush applications through with green-tinted glasses.Expenditure of £16 million approved in 2012 for Cornwall Council’s own wind turbines is a blatant two fingers up to anyone who disapproves, even though they say that there is full consultation.
There are those letter writers who believe that opposing wind farms is a negative attitude. Obviously, they do not study the facts of this total waste of money (our money).
Endeavouring to assist people faced with unhealthy effects of wind farms close to their homes would be a positive action for the good of Cornwall, which is fast becoming a dumping ground and a laughing stock.
The latest tip is on the A390 entering Grampound. Two massive eyesores close enough to the highway to cause a disaster not only as a distraction for motorists, but should one catch fire and a blade fly off (as they do) someone could be killed.
by A J Nunn
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