I am afraid that your article on the gathering momentum of the wind farm gravy train (8 August, page 36) fails adequately to emphasize the most basic fallacies and errors in the government’s blind pursuit of wind power in its quest to comply with its EU renewables obligation.
In light of the reasons for the recent halt of the Danish wind energy programme, the UK government’s rush to usurp the Danes as world leaders in this field resembles the behaviour of Lord Cardigan in his ill-conceived cavalry charge.
The primary purpose behind the UK’s wind energy programme is carbon dioxide abatement, but, as the Danes discovered, the intermittent nature of wind means that old fossil-fuelled, CO2-belching, back-up power stations have to be kept running at full capacity ready to meet shortfalls in supply.
Wind energy is being paid for by the consumer and the government accepts that the bill for its renewables strategy will amount to £4,000 for every UK household
This wind energy feeding-frenzy is being paid for by the consumer through the Renewables Obligation scheme, and the government now accepts that the bill for its renewables strategy will amount to £4,000 for every household in the country, thereby plunging thousands into fuel poverty. This must cast Mark Whitby’s wind power evangelism in an altogether different light.