UK’s Wind Power Nightmare Hits High Farce: Having Wrecked Everything, Wind Industry Now Says ‘Britain Not Windy Enough’

Posted: June 16, 2016 by oldbrew in Energy, ideology, turbines, wind
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When will the muppets people who approve the subsidies stop throwing money at these vastly overrated toys?



Wind is an occasional ally in all sorts of recreational pursuits: sailing, kite surfing, puffing on a ready-to-burst dandelion and watching their parasol seeds drift skywards, and the childish delight of sending kites aloft. But it’s taken a special breed of Muppet to turn a source of sporadic fun into a ridiculously expensive, sometime source of electricity.

In our recent post on the comparative debacles of South Australia and the UK we picked up on the line dropped by Britain’s head wind spinner, Hugh McNeal (RenewableUK) who – now that the subsidy trough has been emptied – says there is no chance of any more of these things blighting Blighty as: ‘The wind speeds don’t allow for it.’

After that (stating the bleeding obvious) admission, the few among Britain’s journos that get it had a field day.

After years of being fed a myth about the wind ‘powering’ Britain for…

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  1. rishrac says:

    When the supply and demand curve hits a certain point where industry has dried up and there is no more money to fund green day dreams. They may be approaching that point. The desire to fund the green projects is hitting the brick wall of reality, money. No amount of wealth lasts if it isn’t being produced.

  2. I can confirm the following quote:
    “West Devon last week basked in sunshine, with glorious views from the uplands behind the coast towards Dartmoor … marred by a glittering, twirling, silver turbine, visible for 20 miles in all directions.”

    The views from and to Exmoor and Dartmoor have been ruined for a generation. The perpetrators should be strung up on them and left to twirl every now and then.

    [mod note] you are of course only joking with that last comment – we think 😉

  3. ivan says:

    As has shown for the past week and more the wind has produced less that a Gigawatt every day. Not a very good record.

  4. tom0mason says:

    If only it was subsidized some more then all this free energy of wind and solar would be so cost effective.


  5. p.g.sharrow says:

    When the subsidies end those wind machines will quickly be abandoned. Someone will have to PAY to clean up the mess. It won’t be the “owners”, they will Legally disappear into their corporate shells.

    We did all of this 30 years ago. Same arguments, same “science”, same economics, same outcome. Lots of expensive scrap and the “owners” and the industries “promoters” escaped with the money. The Rate Payers got the bill…pg

  6. oldbrew says:

    Loch Ness wind farm plan scrapped after 3 years.

    But: ‘More than 500 giant turbines have been built, approved or are in planning within 22 miles of the loch, prompting serious concern about the possible negative effects on lifeline tourism.’

  7. oldbrew says:

    Wind is currently providing a feeble 1.17% of Britain’s electricity according to Gridwatch.
    (Gas 50%, Nuclear 27%, others the rest).

  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘A consequence of the hefty subsidies for wind construction is that if Denmark were to export its surplus power on windy days, taxpayers would effectively be subsidizing someone else’s energy consumption.’

  9. Russ Wood says:

    RE Philip Bratby on twirling the wind turbine perpetrators – I’m reminded of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Thieves Guild, whose weathercock was an unlicensed thief…