Wind Farms Generate Enough Power to Boil a Few Kettles
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
There was an almost wind free day on the 22nd of August that caused wind farms to either draw energy from the national grid to keep basic operations running, or in some cases only generating enough energy to boil a few kettles of water at a time. Official wind industry figures have been released to substantiate this. It would appear that last Thursday was virtually windless and several wind farms had to draw power from the national energy grid in what is called parasitic consumption. August is renowned to be calm and wind-free.
The data was published by RWE Npower which operates a total of 27 wind farms across Wales, England and Scotland. It is known that wind power is an intermittent form of energy generation that can have highs and lows depending on the wind, and it was not long ago that these same wind farms were paid to stop generating power as the national grid could not cope with the volume of generated power, which caused a bottle-neck effect in Scotland. One wonders whether these wind farms will have to pay back when they are not producing any power to feed to the energy grid.
Critics of wind farms have pointed out the lack of a constant source of energy from these very costly enterprises, and have labelled them ineffective. Wind farms that were most affected by the lack of wind were Trysglwyn in Anglesey, Wales, Little Cheyne Court in Kent, and Bilbster wind farm in Scotland. The vastly controversial wind farm built at a cost of £50 million at Romney Marsh in Kent is said to be the largest wind farm in south-east England. RWE are believed to be the only wind farm company that supplies detailed information on energy produced by its wind farms. It would appear that wind farms either produce too much or too little power according to critics of this form of energy generation.
John Constable of the Renewable Energy Foundation has pointed out the ever increasing system management and grid costs that are passed on to consumers, and has doubts that wind farms are really affordable in the bid to meet renewable energy production targets set by the EU for 2020. Renewable UK views the annual production from wind farms as being significant in the UK energy from renewable sources supply.
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