A RECENT study looked at 3,000 onshore wind farms — the biggest study of its kind so far.
This survey has shown that wind turbines are actually wearing out far more rapidly than previously thought, and will actually only generate electricity for 12 to 15 years, instead of the 25 years on which all the Government's calculations are based.
Presumably this could mean that overall they will actually produce CO2 in the atmosphere. This rather defeats the whole object does it not? Presumably it could also mean that it will cost double to fund.
At the moment we the consumers pay on our present electricity bills — under the title of "cost of Government schemes" an extra 11 per cent. This is to fund renewable energy schemes, of which wind power is the majority. So will we have to pay 20 per cent?
Why bother indeed?
Perchance it would be better to encourage more people to use the bus system — which has already been partly decimated. Perhaps we could make bus shelters waterproof and abort this year's Welsh Assembly plan to reduce subsidies to bus firms by 40 per cent.