Madness of the turbines
NOW that the dust has settled on the issue of collapsing wind turbines, it is timely to remind ourselves of one of the other impacts on society of these turbines.
Endurance Wind Power, the Canadian manufacturer of the turbine that collapsed near Bradworthy, tells us on their website that they have installed more than 300 turbines in the UK.
Each turbine costs about £250,000, so in total the UK has spent more than £75 million buying Canadian wind turbines.
Each turbine is rated at 50kW, so in total that is only 15MW of installed capacity.
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Because of the vagaries and intermittency of wind, on average only 3MW of electricity is produced.
That is enough to power about 1,000 kettles and thus amounts to a total cost of about £75,000 to power a single kettle.
But that is just the cost of the turbine. To pay this huge cost, the electricity produced is subsidised by all electricity consumers through their bills so that the owner of the turbine is paid about six times the value of the electricity produced.
So to sum up: this country has paid a Canadian company £75 million to buy enough wind turbines to run 1,000 kettles on electricity that costs six times the normal price.
That is what is known as economic madness.
Now you might well ask, who is responsible for this madness? Obviously only politicians could dream up such insanity. The scheme was in fact dreamt up by Labour leader Ed Miliband, it was implemented by Chris Huhne and has been allowed to continue by Lib Dem Ed Davey.
Is it any wonder the economy is in a mess and there is ever-increasing fuel poverty?
Dr Phillip Bratby,