JUST when I thought it was safe to read the letters page of the WT, up pops Mr Jessop with one of his pro-wind turbine/ anti-fossil fuel letters.
Can Mr Jessop, with his vast pool of knowledge, tell us if a fossil fuel power station has been replaced by a wind farm, anywhere in the world, without reducing the total availability of electrical supply?
The reason the UK came within six hours of running out of gas last winter was due to several factors.1) A fault in an import pipeline from Europe. 2) Stupid policy, that is obeying EU directives on CO2 emissions, therefore allowing the premature closing of efficient fossil-fuelled power stations last year. 3) Having only a 20-day gas storage capacity at the start of winter.
Since then, led by green fanatics and so called energy consultants, the coalition has allowed a further eight coalfired power stations to close, meaning that our electrical generating spare capacity has dropped from 14 per cent to about four per cent.
It’s laughable almost, that at the time of most demand for power, and very low temperatures, the wonderful wind turbines went on strike!
Remember, NO WIND-NO ELECTRIC! As Mr Shepherd wrote, the average on-shore wind turbine is only about 23 per cent efficient. It has been recently announced thousands of dirty diesel generators are being secretly prepared all over Britain to provide emergency back-up to prevent the national grid collapsing when wind power fails. And under the costly scheme, the national grid is set to pay up to 12 times the normal wholesale market rate for the electricity they generate.
Last month a national newspaper revealed that for the 12 months up to February this year, a little over 1.2 billion was paid out to wind farms through a consumer subsidy financed by a supplement on our electric bills.
During that period the industry employed just 12,000 people, which means that each wind farm job cost consumers 100,000, very cost effective, I don’t think.
The UK, and the rest of the world is awash with shale gas and there is no need to build stupid wind turbines.
A British Geological Survey’s report states that there is between 50 and 140 years of shale gas supplies recoverable from onshore fields and ten times as much offshore in the Irish and North seas.
There are scare stories about gas coming out of cold water taps and fracking causing earthquakes in America. The Royal Academy of Engineering and the chairman of the Environment Agency have declared fracking to be safe.
Of all the millions of fracking operations carried out in the USA, there has not been one tremor big enough to cause any damage.
If any of our readers out there are still worried about CO2 emissions, I will repeat what myself and several other knowledgeable people have written in past letters.
Trying to reduce our CO2 emissions (two per cent of world total) to save the world, when India, China, Germany etc. are building new coal-fired power stations by the week, is like trying to empty the Cleddau with a bucket.