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Wind Power Down To 0.9% In UK

February 10, 2015

By Paul Homewood     




It’s peak demand tonight in the UK, and wind is supplying just 0.9% of the country’s electricity.


Meanwhile, coal and gas are producing 68.4%.


Decarbonisation, anyone?

  1. February 10, 2015 6:47 pm

    It is cold in the UK?

  2. Bloke down the pub permalink
    February 10, 2015 7:04 pm

    Country File at the weekend had a piece on wind energy, and some of their claims for energy production sounded optimistic to say the least. Tom Mangold did point out the expense of constraint payments but seemed to think that they would reduce when grid capacity between Scotland and the rest of UK was increased.

  3. 1saveenergy permalink
    February 10, 2015 7:38 pm

    This is a good UK power site

    According to the UKWED, we have 5,874 industrial wind turbines with a total capacity of 12GW
    (see – ).

    + Solar = 5 GW
    ( )

    A total of 17GW of ‘Green energy’ capacity, for which we have paid £billions

    Doesn’t it make you feel all warm & cuddly to know we’ve spent all that money to be ‘Green’

  4. February 10, 2015 8:50 pm

    Anybody realize why the oil price is going down?
    Because everybody has realized that gas is the way to go.
    You can run anything on gas, even cars…..

  5. tom0mason permalink
    February 10, 2015 9:04 pm

    Oh, stop looking at just the negatives of windmills, look at the benefits –

    Like the renewable energy industry gave us all those thousands of Green jobs, … er, …somewhere,,

    But the operators say they don’t pollute the atmoshere — true, if you ignore the thousands of rotting dead birds scattered hither and yon.

    They are environmentally friendly say the advocates — if you overlook massive amount of concrete in their footing, the mixed man-made fibers in the in the blades, and the fact that most of the structure and the electronics in them are not easily non-recyclable. Overlook that these industrial machines are a blot on the nation’s countryside.
    And do not mention that all the time that the windmill is online a fossil fuel-powered generator is running as the rolling reserve ready for when the wind fails to blow.(Guess who gets to pay for the rolling reserve?)

    But surely they save us money in the long run you think — the most pernicious lie for without a subsidy when building them, a subsidy when actually supplying electricity, and a subsidy for being off-line and not supplying electricity, these monstrous eyesores could not exist. That’s a subsidy every electricity grid user is paying for – like it or not, you can’t opt out.
    Be aware that fossil fuel in industrialized Western countries get zero subsidy, as they can really pay their way unlike dirty, bird-killing, wind power.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      February 10, 2015 9:50 pm

      And of course, The manufacture of the huge Neodymium magnets required, doesn’t cause any pollution at all.

      Well, not where the greenies can see it, anyway. !

  6. John F. Hultquist permalink
    February 11, 2015 3:34 am

    Windmills are like children – very costly and never around when there is work to be done.

  7. February 11, 2015 5:49 am

    Building turbines and towers is nothing short of environmental vandalism:

    • tom0mason permalink
      February 11, 2015 10:28 am

      Part of that vandalism is also in making the environment hazard that is the CFL bulb (Compact Flourescent Light bulb). Most of the modern flourescent coatings within these bulbs are based on rare-earth metal compounds. Most are also made in China.
      Apart from the mercury hazard your typical “cool white” CFL bulb may be utilizing two rare earth doped phosphors of —
      1) Tb3+, Ce3+:LaPO4 for green and blue emission (Terbium, Cerium, Lanthanum)
      2) Eu:Y2O3 for the red emissions. (Europium, Yttrium)

      Refining the ore to give appreciable amounts of the required elements leads to the environmental disaster you have highlighted.

      Thanks for the link – nice site.

  8. tom0mason permalink
    February 11, 2015 11:17 am

    Daily Mail | 11 Feb 2015 | Ben Spencer | The £400million feed-in frenzy |
    Green energy firms accused of making wind turbines LESS efficient so they appear weak enough to win small business funding.
    Report identified gaping loophole used by ‘more than 100′ wind turbines — Small turbines earn ‘feed-in tariffs’ to subsidise cost of green power But large firms are downgrading turbines to earn same fund, it is claimed this practice could cost the country £400million over the next 20 years Government launched investigation but claims numbers are ‘incorrect’…
    Green energy companies are scooping up millions of pounds in subsidies by artificially capping the power their wind turbines produce, according to a damning report.
    A gaping loophole in the Government’s renewable energy ‘feed-in’ system means firms can get more money for producing less power…
    Feed-in tariffs, the guaranteed price paid for green energy, were originally designed to boost small-scale community wind farms, with smaller turbines receiving a higher payment per unit of energy.
    But an investigation by the IPPR thinktank has revealed that big companies are taking advantage of that system by intentionally limiting the power they produce to qualify for the higher rate…
    For more —


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