Back in February, I asked this same question and showed on the blog where you can find the answers in almost real time. It wasn’t a lot. The graphs I displayed showed the generation for wind for every half hour interval for six months.
It was a very peaky affair, but it did show that very little electricity was produced for all the destruction to our wild places and the vast expense of the renewable obligation certificates that funds it all.
I have subsequently found a far better information source that in effect integrates all that information and produces a set of figures and graphs that show how much electricity is produced by all the sources of generation in what ever timescale suits your fancy. You can find it HERE.
The graph below shows the results from 2009 to the present day. (Note, 2012 is not finished yet – which is why it is smaller!)
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And here’s the monthly graph:
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Can you see the little pale yellow sliver near the top of each column? That’s what wind power actually produces.
Forget all the complete bollocks about how wind will replace fossil fuels and nuclear power. The fact is we are wedded to them and even if we multiplied wind by a factor of thirty, there still would not be enough turbines to power Britain’s energy needs. Even if the wind blew all the time!
Anyone who tries to persuade you that “green energy” is the way forward – show them these graphs and tell them to get real.