Noise from these colossal turbines is also a major concern for people living within a wide radius of the proposed wind farm. One website worth looking at is http://www.epaw.org which is for the European Platform Against Windfarms. On there is new document urging people to demand that the relevant authorities closely monitor the noise from turbines as it claims there is clear evidence of the impact of, for example, low frequency noise, on health. This is something that is strenuously denied by the wind energy industry! Well, they would, wouldn’t they?
Take a look at this video to see what the transportation of wind turbines looks like in reality. Just imagine this travelling along the A5 and through Corwen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqblvWuAKKc&feature=share
‘Fighting Wind Farms: A guide for campaigners’ has recently been made available (see download link below) by MEP Godfrey Bloom. As the UKIP website states, the booklet is intended as an introduction for effective campaigning against wind farms. The introduction to the booklet says, ‘Objecting to wind farms is hard work, time-consuming and often expensive. But unless people raise their voices about the horrific destruction of our peaceful landscapes and the dangers of relying on wind energy, the process will continue.’
Within the booklet (page10/11) is a series of interesting Frequently Asked Questions and Figures. Here’s a little selection from the points made in this section:
- In certain conditions, wind turbines actually consume electricity. To protect them from damage from cold or warm spells, the machinery is heated or cooled. It is not unheard of for the daily net contribution of all the UK’s wind turbines to be negative.
- To meet the EU commitment to renewable energy, the UK needs to add 7,500 wind turbines to its fleet by 2020. That would mean installing 2.24 wind turbines every single day from now until then.
- Between 2002 and 20120, the UK gave £5.6 billion in subsidies to the wind energy sector. That amounts to nearly £200,000 per worker in the sector. The government claim that their ‘Green Deal’ and other green policies will create jobs, but the evidence shows that their plans are amongst the least effective and most expensive make-work schemes ever conceived.
- The average wind turbine produces energy 75 per cent of the time. However, because wind speeds vary, a turbine’s output also varies between nothing and its capacity. The average wind turbine only produces 28 percent of its total capacity.
For the full UKIP booklet click onto this link. http://www.ukipmeps.org/news_449_Fighting-Wind-Farms-A-guide-for-campaigners.html
A recommended gift for yourself is John Etherington’s book ‘The Wind Farm Scam’, which gives lots of information about various aspects of the wind energy industry in a not too daunting way. Environmentalist, David Bellamy, states on the cover, ‘Wind power is a swindle….Please read this book and find out why.’ Published by Independent Minds it is easily available through the internet.
The author has, since his retirement as Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales, Cardiff, devoted himself to researching the implication of intermittently available renewable electricity generation, in particular wind power. He is a Thomas Huxley Medallist at The Royal College of Science and a former co-editor of the international Journal of Ecology.
Wind turbines may be noisy and intrusive, but supporters of wind power claim that turbines are an efficient, non-polluting and cheap source of electricity. But are they?
A report (September 2009) by the Danish Centre for Political Studies is an in-depth analysis which depicts the truthful situation of wind in Denmark. Click here to download the report in PDF format (2.73MB).
It is not good news for proponents of the wind industry like David Milborrow, UK renewable energy consultant. He recently wrote “ . . …..western Denmark, where wind farms generate 26 percent of national electricity consumption, . . . . “ (latest issue (162 EN3) of the the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Energy journal). Denmark does not generate 26% of its national electricity consumption from wind as claimed by Milborrow. Denmark generates 19% of its electricity from wind and its average national consumption of wind energy over the past five years has been a mere 9.7 percent !!!
Professor Michael J. Trebilcock of the University of Toronto writes an interesting article (April 2009) in Canada’s Financial Post, entitled “Wind Power is a Complete Disaster”. As he correctly points out, windpower in other countries (Denmark, Germany) has not reduced CO2 emissions nor closed any coal powered plants. In fact, emssions have gone up and new coal plants have gone online. His comments reflect a professional career studying economic regulation, including a year as Research Director of the Ontario Government’s Electricity Market Design Committee (1998).
For an excellent general introduction to the science of wind turbines, read the article from 2006 by J.A. Halkema, a retired Dutch electrical engineer with a long experience of electrical generating, switching and testing equipment. Click here to download a copy of his article in Adobe format (939KB)