Posted: December 27, 2010 in Broken Britain, Environment

IlieScotland’s wind farms are unable to cope with the cold weather conditions making the country dependent on power generated by French nuclear plants.

Output from major wind farms fell to as low as 2.5% of their potential generation capacity during the cold spell as power demand rose to close to the highest level yet recorded.

Extremely cold temperatures can occur only when there is little or no wind and icy pockets of air are trapped close to the ground.

It appears wind power cannot be relied on to meet Scotland’s electricity needs in the depths of winter.

Data, charted on the Balancing Mechanism Reporting System website, which the National Grid uses to monitor UK power generation, revealed that at times when wind energy was at its lowest, back-up power had to be piped in from France, where the majority of electricity is nuclear-generated.

The Scottish Government is opposed to nuclear power, insisting no nuclear plants will be built in Scotland once Hunterston B in Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian are decommissioned, in 2016 and 2023 respectively.


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