This is part of an email exchange in which I was involved, taking place on the Wharfedale Community Forum blog. There was an interesting discussion about wind turbines, for and against, and the first post was from a retired Operations Manager at Grid Control, George Wood, explaining why wind turbines were not a realistic way of either generating power economically or reducing carbon emissions.
DECC - Constraint Payments
"Less than 10% of all constraint payments are made to wind farms. Most are made to conventional generators such as coal and gas. The impact on a typical consumer bill of constraint payments to wind farms is no more than a few pence per year."
"By comparison, overall payments to all types of generators to balance the system totalled £708 million for the financial year 2010-11."
More: All power forms receive constraint payments
Even more: Notes on Wind Farm Constraint Payments
Background to Renewable Energy Foundation"
Thank you for the five links.
However I do not want to participate in an email-type 'tennis match' where one of us makes a point and the other attempts to discredit it. That's time-consuming and not very useful.
I am assuming that you are well-informed about energy generation, and I hope you are making the same assumption about me. I have been involved with energy for half a lifetime, and I guess you have, too.
Constraint payments are really a side issue; we both know that.
I think the government's energy policy, for want of a better phrase, is misguided.
My mother has trouble paying her electricity bill. She doesn't have much money, yet on the bottom of her last bill was a statement to the effect that 12% of what she has to pay is a levy to help the environment.
I don't like that. She's always helped the environment - grown her own veg, not wasted anything; only thrown away things which have worn out, recycled everything she can. She is on a small pension. Why should she pay a 12% levy?
Secondly, the government admits that wind power costs at least double compared to other forms of electricity generation.
That's another thing I don't like. If it costs double, why are we using it?
Luckily we are both living in a country where we are allowed to express opposite views without being arrested.
I guess that is something to be thankful for.
...the discussion continued..... please see the Wharfedale blog (link at top of page) for the rest ....
habitat21, 10 Jul 12
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