Rampion windfarm - questions over how well the technology actually works

Letter to Norman Baker MP

THERE has been much discussion locally in recent weeks regarding the proposed Rampion Wind Farm.

There has been much suggestion of the possibility of local employment as a result of this proposed wind farm.

The truth of course is, should this proposal go ahead, that apart from the possibility of a few unskilled jobs, all the expertise to build and maintain this will be bought in as needed as the work will be very specific and specialised.

The other truth, that gets ‘glossed over’ is that wind farm technology just doesn’t work.

There was much is the press back in the winter when existing wind farms had to be ‘turned off’ because the gales were too strong for the turbines.

There was also the much publicised photo of the turbine that caught fire because it was turning too fast in the gales. There is also the operational question that this technology doesn’t produce anything like the claimed power output.

The truth is that the only way these wind farms are cost effective for the power companies that build and operate them is because of the government subsidies that they attract.

The arrival of the ‘jack up’ barge that is to install the ‘test tower’ out at sea was greeted in Newhaven with some fanfare. Is this generating any local jobs though? The answer to that is of course, NO, that is apart from the the small involvement of the harbour staff in ‘docking’ the barge. Again, all the expertise is being bought in just to complete this part of the project.

As a very timely aside, an article on wind farms appeared in the national press the day after the arrival of this ‘jack up’ barge.

I copy the photo, courtesy of the Daily Mail. The article, again courtesy of the Daily Mail is titled ‘As the government offers huge subsidies for wind farms, how thousands of turbines have been left to rot across America – Broken down and rusting, is this the future of Britain’s ‘wind rush’?

The article, which is far too long to copy here, makes very interesting reading and should raise very serious questions regarding this quest for ‘wind power’.

Geoff King,