Reply To Hugh McNeal
By Paul Homewood
As mentioned earlier, the Telegraph today printed this letter:
SIR – You report that “wind farms can harm sleep”.
We welcome the Government’s report on turbine acoustics, a useful addition to work already being done to help minimise the impact of wind farms. Industry proposed a new planning condition over three years ago, and developers have been using this to engage with communities and resolve problems.
However, the report also confirms what every other peer-reviewed study has found – that there is no evidence of a direct link between wind farms and health, stress or sleep problems. When acoustic issues have been raised, our industry aims to address them swiftly and effectively.
A recent poll put the level of public support for onshore wind farms at 71 per cent. Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new-build power generation available in Britain, offering home-grown electricity and a pipeline of shovel-ready projects. We are not asking for special treatment – just a chance to compete.
Chief Executive, RenewableUK
This is the letter I have just sent in reply:
Hugh McNeal, head of the lobby organisation Renewable UK, states that “Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new-build power generation available in Britain” (Letters, Nov 6th).
Yet the latest batch of CfD contracts awarded to wind farms, which are currently being built, guarantees index linked prices of up to £87.40/MWh, more than twice the market price.
If onshore wind really is so efficient, why should not future projects compete on the open market, just as the newly commissioned gas power plant at Carrington is?
We’ll see if they print it next week!