With so much focus on the London Olympics, we talked about the proliferation of wind industrialization in the UK and Scotland.
Helen McDade, the John Muir Trust’s head of policy, was this weekend’s first guest.
The John Muir Trust is dedicated to protecting wild land. In all its policies, the Trust is committed to a scientific, evidence-led, holistic approach. It applies these standards equally to the management of wild land and to scrutinizing the threats that wild land faces.
In the case of large-scale wind energy development, this level of scrutiny is increasingly demonstrating that the policies of national and devolved governments have been underpinned by wishful thinking, selective evidence and fragmented and inadequate planning processes.
It’s the Trust’s job to fight for the right policies for wild land regardless of whether that is difficult or popular. For some time, the Trust’s views appeared to be in the minority. Increasingly, others in environmental, economic and political fields are expressing similar views to ours.
The fight goes on. Read more here.
We were also extremely fortunate to have Brenda Herrick and Stuart Young from the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum (CWIF).
CWIF famously maintains a database of turbine accident statistics and with all the news of turbine fires, spilled parts, battery fires, etc. this past few weeks… they have been fighting the proliferation of turbines for many years.
Stuart Young spoke of his work on an extremely important report on tonight’s program. It should be required reading for every politician and wind-bedazzled environmentalist…
“Analysis of UK Wind Power Generation November 2008 to December 2010, is the result of detailed analysis of windfarm output in Scotland over a 26-month period between November 2008 to December 2010…
1. Wind turbines will generate on average 30% of their rated capacity over a year2. The wind is always blowing somewhere
3. Periods of widespread low wind are infrequent
4. The probability of very low wind output coinciding with peak electricity demand is slight
5. Pumped storage hydro can fill the generation gap during prolonged low wind periods”Read more and get the full report by clicking here…