- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 198 pages, Illustrations, 1 map
- Publisher: Stacey International
- Publication Date: 15/09/2009
- Category: Alternative & renewable energy sources & technology
- ISBN: 9781905299836
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Review by othurtle
Lands a few heavy punches. His main point is that the wind is not blowing a lot of the time and therefore they are only in production 30% of the time. By contrast most other power generators can push out the power 80+% of the time. This means that they will never be sufficient, and the more you have of them the more back up will be required. He says that when its calm in Wales its often calm in Germany too so they cannot cover for each other. The harm they do in noise and sight pollution is I suppose a matter of argument but his other formidable point is that they are financially encouraged, without being directly subsidised. The power suppliers have to buy a proportion of renewable electricity, (nuclear and hydroelectric not allowed), and non renewables are taxed in the Climate Change Levy. They do not produce any CO2 but when assessing the CO2 output they are abating their proponents always used to compare with the worst CO2 offenders, whereas for quick onset backup it is fast response Gas powered generation that is required which is not so CO2 expensive.He maintains that most of Denmark's wind powered electricity goes to Norway and Sweden where it abates their need for hydroelectric power, and that they are not even charged for it!Overall he thinks that it is only the subsidies that have got people building them, and that they achieve nothing for CO2 remission, which he doesn't think matters anyway.