Wind farm - Subsidy or investment

Stewart Boyles letter suggests that my head is in the sand and that I keep trotting out the same old arguments. Well, I’m afraid all the time the renewable representatives trot their old “facts” out, I will continue to do so. He questions my statement that any system that needs a subsidy is by definition not viable.

He obviously disagrees so how can he explain the howls of dismay from the renewable industry when the government announced cuts in their subsidies, and how many wind farms or solar PV panels would be built in the future if subsidies were removed.

With respect to North Sea Gas I can answer from experience, I was working for one of the major contractors designing and building gas plants for the nationalised area gas boards over the UK. When natural gas became the future energy supplier the gas boards had to invest In new plant and storage and contractors had to re-organise their process and engineering departments. My company also set up new division to compete for the conversion of homes and businesses to take the new gas, no subsidies over a period of 25 years.

Interestingly a report by the International Energy Agency 29 May 2012 starts “Natural gas is poised to enter a golden age”.

One other piece of news, a transmission line for a wind farm from Beauly to Denny near Stirling is currently being constructed, it will be 140 miles long with 160 foot pylons, it is cutting a 300 yards wide strip through the Highlands removing all vegetation, roads will also be needed to deliver concrete, materials and construction personnel and equipment along the route.

There were no details of cost presumably they are not known but will it be viable, and one thing for sure is that it is the public who will foot the bill.

I have noticed the Glyndebourne turbine turning virtually every day but

I know from published data that electricity is not produced until the wind speed is 15mph and doesn’t reach maximum power till 35mph, on the Beaufort scale a small gale.

Brian Beck, Lewes