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May 3, 2014 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The cost of wind-farms will dwarf that of HS2

Much attention was paid to the vote by a huge majority of MPs for the HS2 project, the main objections to which are that it will cost a staggering £50 billion and cause immense environmental damage, to much less useful purpose than is claimed for it. But no one seems to have noticed that the same is true for another of the Government’s projects: its bid to meet our agreed EU target that, within six years, we must treble the . . . Complete story »


December 26, 2012 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed turbine law remains far too little

In a headline above the fold on Monday, Dec. 17, The Standard-Times touted a “Tougher turbine bylaw proposed” for Fairhaven. This new proposal, concocted by Fairhaven Planning Director Bill Roth and Planning Board Chairman Wayne Hayward in an almost complete vacuum of information, is only slightly more restrictive than the current “anything goes” bylaw. It is far from the toughest, but it is certainly one of the stupidest. That is saying something in Fairhaven, known for superlative performance in the . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2012 • Editorials, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind warning

Americans should hope that winds of change – and sanity – blowing away pro-wind-energy policy in the United Kingdom waft all the way across the Atlantic, sparing U.S. taxpayers the bills for further subsidies of an industry that makes no economic sense. Energy Minister John Hayes has announced a moratorium on building onshore wind turbines. It’s a dramatic reversal for the U.K.’s coalition government headed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who in 2008 advocated spending 100 billion pounds on wind farms, according . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2012 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Are wind farms saving or killing us? A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them

It was Uplawmoor’s tranquillity and wild beauty that drew civil servant Aileen Jackson to settle there 28 years ago. She’d had enough of life in the big city. Now she wanted somewhere quiet and rural to start a family, keep her horses, and enjoy the magnificent views down the valley and out to sea to the western Scottish isles of Arran and Ailsa Craig. Then, two years ago, she says, it all turned sour. A neighbour with whom she and . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2012 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbulence

Subsidy earned for having monster turbines on your land is disproportionate to public benefit, says Philip Howard. Wind farms are a crime against the landscape and the taxpayer So the prime minister has had an attack of the political conscience vapours and is going to ward against the obscene levels of corporate pay. Good on him but perhaps he could have started his fairness crusade closer to home. His father-in-law has earned himself a small fortune each year by allowing . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2012 • England, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm worry

The offshore wind farm, as wide as Mid Sussex, in last week’s Middy, should not be approved: 1. Offshore wind farms are unreliable. E.On boasts of “an installed electrical capacity of up to 700 MW” from the 100 to 195 turbines. This is the potential output if the wind was blowing at optimum speed all the time. Currently all the 3,500 ugly, noisy turbines sited around the country feed on average just 1,000 MW into the grid – no more than the . . . Complete story »


November 20, 2011 • Editorials, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The Duke of Edinburgh sees clearly over wind turbines

It is difficult to improve on the Duke of Edinburgh’s description of the policy of covering Britain’s countryside with wind turbines: “an absolute disgrace”. Views on the aesthetic merits of the objects, which can be over 400ft tall, may legitimately differ. But what should be beyond dispute is the simple truth that wind turbines do not, and cannot, provide a significant part of Britain’s energy needs. The problems are legion. The turbines are hugely expensive to build and to operate, . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2011 • Editorials, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind power: a policy spinning out of control

Telegraph View: The Government’s policy on renewable energy is based on dogma not evidence. The Coalition is committed to a policy, mandated by the EU, of ensuring that 40 per cent of Britain’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020. The renewable source that has been chosen to provide most of the electricity is wind. As our columnist Christopher Booker has pointed out, this creates a serious problem: wind does not blow at a constant rate, which makes it unreliable . . . Complete story »


December 29, 2010 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

This is the season for quizzes. So ­fingers on buzzers, here’s your starter for ten. In percentage terms, how much electricity do Britain’s 3,150 wind ­turbines supply to the ­National Grid? Is it: a) five per cent; b) ten per cent; or c) 20 per cent? Come on, I’m going to have to hurry you. No conferring. Time’s up. The correct answer is: none of the above. Yesterday afternoon, the figure was just 1.6 per cent, according to the official . . . Complete story »


September 30, 2010 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Blowing it in the wind

Be afraid, be very afraid, of our politicians’ desperate infatuation with wind. It is going to cost you billions. That’s made clear in an interesting analysis in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph of the numbers in the “world’s largest wind farm” off the Kent coast. The array of 100 turbines, each the height of the Blackpool Tower is touted to produce 300 MW of electricity, enough to power 200,000 homes. If, of course, the wind is blowing. The government’s own statistics showed that . . . Complete story »


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