“There’s no room for wind farms” - David Cameron PM (8 Aug. 2013)
A reminder of the promises from the Daily Post.
In December 2013, Richard Dew (I), Alwyn Rowlands (Lab), J Arwel Roberts (Lab) voted through a motion (3 votes to 2) from their planning officers to retain the status quo whereby Planning Officers give very little weight to the separation distances included in the January 2013 SPG, despite the unanimous vote by the Full Council. The Welsh Government is demanding up-to-date Local Development Plans without specified separation distances and producing such a Plan is the priority for Officers.
The Chairman did not vote. MORE
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It’s not just that they blight the landscape, wind farms are simply not a viable way of providing stable electrical power. We’ve all known that for the last couple of decades and in October 2014, a major study of anemometer data from airports, provided substantive evidence which even the most fanatical wind turbine lover must surely recognise and accept.
The study covered a span of 25 degrees of longitude, and ten of latitude and includes 43 ‘monitoring’ sites over a period of nine years; over 6.5 million wind-speed observations are included.
A full summary may be found on the National Wind Watch web site. The original download document is: “Wind Power Reassessed: A review of the UK wind resource for electricity generation”
Claims that there is always somewhere in the UK where the wind is blowing are correct, but only sufficient to generate 2 % or less of full wind fleet output. The power output modal average is approximately 800 MW, 8 % of nameplate capacity. The probability that the wind fleet will ever produce full output is vanishingly small.
Power exceeds 90 % of available power for only 17 hours pa
Power exceeds 80 % of available power for 163 hours pa
Power is below 20 % of available power for 20 weeks pa
Power is below 10 % of available power for 9 weeks pa
Taking UK, Irish & European wind farms together, 90% output is reached on only 4 hours pa
it is less than 20% for more than 6 months of the year.
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