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Wind power: Why bother?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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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.

Liz Eales

Gowerton, Swansea

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 19 2013, 10:12PM

    Wind power being generated at the moment is 5.8% of total production(2200 MW). Given the average wind speed in the UK is currently between 3-4 MPH this is excellent. With a 4 fold increase in generating capacity by 2020, even at low wind speeds the target of 20% will be easily met.

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  • maxmin  |  January 19 2013, 9:44AM

    Neathboy CLM you still don't seem to understand the basics. You are talking about theoretical capacity - not actual production. Wind farms will always have to have conventional power stations working alongside them.

  • Neathboy234  |  January 18 2013, 11:04PM

    Wind power being generate at moment 11.6%(4630 MW). With wind power capacity increasing almost four fold by 2020(28,000 MW) the target of 20% generated in this way will be easily met. Good progress also made in 2012 with a 30% increase in capacity(1.8 GW)

  • NeathPTboy  |  January 18 2013, 9:23PM

    Neathboy234, The only one on here with odd and extreme views is you, and I have also told you before that I am not a supporter of UKIP or BNP...why is it that I always end up having to repeat things to you?, it must have something to do with your lack of brain power and inability to think. Incidentally, the Tories are not as in favour of unreliable wind as you think. A big round of applause for wind power everyone, today the conditions have been perfect for wind, it's a shame that for the last week it's only averaged around 2%, but it would be a catastrophic mistake to close down all of our coal, gas and nuclear power stations just because wind power eventually had a good day.....it's day is over and we'll have to wait a while for the next good day. BTW, well done, 2 comments without using the word lol, he and ha and you didn't call me Maxmin.......it's a shame you had to bring politics into the debate......I knew it was too good to be true.

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 18 2013, 7:52PM

    Just had a look now, total energy coming from wind power at moment is 9.1%(4550MW)

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  • maxmin  |  January 18 2013, 7:03PM

    NeathPT why does the other Neathboy keep insisting you are me? Any ideas? I see he managed to get in another mention of his favourite party the BNP.

  • Neathboy234  |  January 18 2013, 4:03PM

    NeathPTboy I note that you got nothing to say on what jiffy has said. I bet it sticks in your throat. BTW have you taken my advice and joined either UKIP or the BNP, the only parties that support your rather odd and extreme views. It must be so annoying that the Tories/LD/Labour are all in favor of wind power. Anyway I've spent enough time on you and your silly notions, topic closed as far as you are concerned.

  • NeathPTboy  |  January 18 2013, 3:51PM

    Neathboy234, I'm not going to apologise because I am not the one that is wrong, all my comments have always refered to steel manufacture in WIND TURBINES. I can always tell when you know you're beaten because you write multiple posts one after another and each one contains an extra ha, he or lol in order to pretend that you're happy. Oh, and i'm not Maxmin for the 5th time, have you got a carrot for a nose by any chance?.

  • Neathboy234  |  January 18 2013, 3:28PM

    NeathPTboy/maxmin i'm still waiting for your apology. I know your not going to say your sorry your not man enough. lol.

  • NeathPTboy  |  January 18 2013, 3:21PM

    Neathboy234, Well done you're a genius, you finally worked it out, the steel for the jacket foundations is the only process which Tata Hartlepool is involved in, you even read past the 3rd line of the link...that must have taken you quite a while. When you state that Port Talbot supply the steel to make the tubes (the technical name is tower sections), again you are misinforming readers as these are made in either Denmark or Germany depending on which wind turbine company are used and NOT in Port Talbot. I've got a snowman in my back garden with a higher IQ than you Neathboy234....even he understands that the steel for wind turbines isn't manufactured in Port Talbot. Oh, i'm not Maxmin either for the 4th time.