THE WINDFARM RACKET…….SOME AMAZING FACTS

ONSHORE WINDFARMS

  • 85% of onshore windfarms operate under the – Renewable Obligation System (ROS).
  • These windfarms earn, an average ROS worth £47 MWh; and the value of electricity sold – worth about £45 MWh.
  • ROS scheme ended in 2015 for NEW applicants, but Contracts for Difference (CfD’s) have replaced the ROS program in certain circumstances.

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

  • It means that a subsidy of effectively £43 – £47 MWh is being paid to windfarm operators.
  • Last year subsidy – £1.4 billion (for 28.7TWh).

INTERMITTENCY
Wind power is still highly variable, therefore standby capacity has to be kept in reserve – by 2020/21 capacity market payment alone will amount to £1.3 billion.

BOTTOM LINE
In all subsidies for wind power and standby will cost the UK £7 billion / year or £270 / household.

THE WINDFARM RACKET …. WHY DO WE ALLOW THIS?
The real environmental cost of a 2 Megawatt Wind Turbine

  • 260 tons of steel
  • 170 tons of coking coal
  • 300 tons of iron ore

All mined, transported, and produced by processes and machines which produce CO2.

The sad part: These wind turbines could spin for 25 years and still never generate as much energy as was expected to manufacture it; nor ever be carbon neutral.

(Ref: notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com)

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