The John Muir Trust today published a report they commissioned about the efficiency of windfarms. You can find the summary of the report HERE
From that link, you can also find and download the full text of the report, with all the supporting documentation. It makes chilling reading. In a nutshell, the wind industry’s claims are taken apart, point by point and are shown to be a massive set of wild exaggerations. It shows that wind can NEVER play a realistic part in supplying a chunk of dependable energy to the National Grid, and explains very carefully why this is so. It also explains that there is no-where near enough Hydro power to back up the wind for the very frequent periods of time when the wind is not blowing. "There is an urgent need to re-evaluate the implications of reliance on wind for any significant proportion of our energy requirement."
It is an excellent piece of work and well worth studying.
I suppose it could be summarised as “Basically, relying on wind power is a really crap idea.”
The BBC then wrote a piece based on this article, (you can find it HERE) which explains the JMT’s point of view and then, quite amazingly, gives the last word to the woman I have featured below: She is Jenny Hogan. Jenny is the Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables who proclaim themselves to be “The Forum for Scotland’s Renewable Energy Industry. (To you and me, that means they are a lobby outfit for the wind industry)
Here she is.
Jenny Hogan | Director of Policy
T: 0141 353 4004
She proudly boasts:
“…no form of electricity worked at 100% capacity, 100% of the time.”
and then added: "Yet again the John Muir Trust has commissioned an anti-wind farm campaigner to produce a report about UK onshore wind energy output.
It could be argued the trust is acting irresponsibly given their expertise lies in protecting our wild lands and yet they seem to be going to great lengths to undermine renewable energy which is widely recognised as one of the biggest solutions to tackling climate change - the single biggest threat to our natural heritage.”
This is absolutely staggeringly bad journalism. It’s a bit like the BBC walking into Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, seeing the thousands of dead and dying inmates and then giving the last word of the piece to the Camp Commandant.
Jenny Hogan should be ashamed of herself. How she sleeps at night…