UPDATE, May 2011 - There is no technical definition of how much power an average house uses, and people are free to quote whatever figure they like.
It would be more truthful to say that at the current pool price of £33 per megawatt hour and a 30% effectiveness it will produce electricity to the value of £54 million per year.
If it does that, the electrical subscribers (us) will pay a subsidy of £74 million per megawatt hour, making a total of £122 million per megawatt hour.
Modern coal or nuclear generation provides electricity at about £40 per megawatt hour; one third of the price.
However, even this does not give the whole truth. Recent figures from the National Grid reveal that windfarms are routinely delivering much less than 30% of their rated output.
For Scotland, over a full year, the output was 17%; for England a figure of 7% was quoted. You can work out what this does to the relative price of wind energy.
Add to that the fact that wind turbines do not work in the context of baseload generation and one must question the whole concept.
This update is paraphrased from "Professional Engineering", May 2011, figures supplied by M.T. (Fife) and R C-S (Ayrshire).
See also Renewables Obligation
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