Letter sent to the Scotsman on: ‘Wind power provides electricity for 75 per cent of Scots homes’

Sir,  re. ‘Wind power provides electricity for 75 per cent of Scots homes.’ 3.5.16.

Statements from John Swinney and Lang Banks of WWF should strike fear into the hearts of all voters who are well aware of the grossly misleading claims of wind power providing 75% of the power needs of Scottish homes.

This doesn’t mean that each household would be supplied totally by wind power to the exclusion of all else.  Time and again we hear similar, although many have reminded us of the true picture of: During windless anticyclonic periods when nothing is produced by wind power, we are all supported by coal gas and nuclear.

Remember Longannet and the warnings from IME that energy bills will soar as green policies shut coal-fired power stations and cause an “electricity supply crisis” and that Britain could have less than half the electricity it needs because plans to build nuclear and gas power stations are “unrealistic?” The high level of cost is ignored so we need to look at the reality.

March’s average daily price for power was £34.92 / MWh and the spot price for gas was 29.28p/thm.  Recent strike prices agreed by DECC in their Feb 2015 Contracts for Difference auction are: Onshore wind a staggering  £82 / MWh Offshore wind £115-120 / MWh  whilst power delivered to the UK grid last month (March 2016) was generated by :   Coal: 15.83% Gas power stations: 41.61%: Nuclear: 20.30% : Wind: 5.94%: Hydro: 1.41% Interconnectors: 8.26% net (with 5.57% from France and 2.76% from Holland).

In addition Scotland’s emissions are around a tiny 0.13% of those produced globally and these have not reduced despite the thousands of turbines littering landscapes and damaging environments. Also ignored by this administration are the harmful health impacts from wind power now recognised by so many global expert health professionals producing peer reviewed reports on this worrying subject.  Be careful what you wish for and who you vote for.

Yours sincerely,

C.Metcalfe.

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