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Wind farms

produced  "practically no electricity"

during UK cold snap


Raises concerns about rationing

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11 Jan 2010 - Only 0.2pc of a possible 5pc of the UK's energy was generated by wind turbines over the last few days because the cold snap has been accompanied by high pressure and a lack of wind.

     Not two percent, but point two percent.

This could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines accounting for a quarter of all UK electricity demand over the next 10 years, said Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG),

The EIUG, which represents the major steel, chemicals, paper, cement, glass, ceramics and aluminium companies, said many of its members were worried about the prospect of future gas rationing.

"This week's surge in demand for energy in response to the cold weather raises serious concerns about the UK's increased reliance on wind power," said Andrew Horstead, a risk analyst for energy consultant Utilyx.

"Failure to address these concerns could mean further rationing of energy in future years and could even lead to black-outs."

     That's just what we would need, isn't it? To have the electricity fail right
     when we need it the most.

See entire article by Rowena Mason:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/6957501/Wind-farms-produced-practically-no-electricity-during-Britains-cold-snap.html
Thanks to William Sellers for this link


 

 



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