The Great Wind Farm Swindle!

Posted: June 20, 2010 in Broken Britain

Companies are given bundles of money to build wind turbines in unsuitable positions, when there’s no wind they’re useless and now when it’s windy companies are paid to turn them off.

Welcome to the lunatic asylum called Britain!

IlieEnergy firms will receive thousands of pounds a day per wind farm to turn off their turbines because the National Grid cannot use the power they are producing on windy days.

Apparently on windy summer nights, wind farms could actually cause a surge in the electricity supply which is not met by demand from businesses and households. There’s me sitting in the dark at night trying to do my bit to save the planet.

The electricity cannot be stored, so one solution – known as the ‘balancing mechanism’ – is to switch off or reduce the power supplied.

The system is already used to reduce supply from coal and gas-fired power stations when there is low demand. But shutting down wind farms is likely to cost the National grid – and ultimately us taxpayers – far more. When wind turbines are turned off, owners are being deprived not only of money for the electricity they would have generated but also lucrative ‘green’ subsidies for that electricity. What about the windless days they produce no electricity, what happened to ‘the rough with the smooth’?

The first successful test shut down of wind farms took place three weeks ago. Scottish Power received £13,000 for closing down two farms for a little over an hour on 30 May at about five in the morning.
Whereas coal and gas power stations often pay the National Grid £15 to £20 per megawatt hour they do not supply, Scottish Power was paid £180 per megawatt hour during the test to switch off its turbines.

If the government had any sense it would build more biomass combined heat and power plants like the one planned for Kent. The new power plant would help dispose of 160,000 tonnes of wood and waste every year. Now that makes sense!

Initial plans for a biomass combined heat and power plant have been submitted to Kent County Council by Biomass Power Plant Ridham Ltd, a joint venture formed by German energy firm subsidiary Evonik New Energies and renewable energy specialist HES Biopower.

The 25MW of power, plus 35MW of steam heat, will be produced by the plant proposed for industrial land at Ridham Dock, Sittingbourne, to convert non-recyclable waste wood to energy in the form of heat, and electricity which will be fed to the national grid.

The companies say such power plants will help eliminate the waste of more than six million tonnes of non-recycleable wood that is produced in the UK every year and ends up in landfill.


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