Originally Posted by codprawn
Nothing gets me going more than this crap. They want to cover all our lovely hills with windfarms. Now they are sticking them "out at sea" - the problem is they aren't very far out. Ten miles sounds a lot but with the size of them they will still be an eyesore. Then you have all the pylons and other junk that goes with it.
IF and I repeat IF they made economic sense then fair enough but they don't. No wonder we have some of the most expensive electric in Europe. The only reason companies build them is because of subsidies raised through TAX!!!
Near Swansea there is a new very efficient gas power station. It is so unobtrusive most people don't even know it's there - just looks like a small factory. It produces more power than ALL the windfarms in the UK combined.
i am not in favour of gas either though - it still puts out CO2 - nuclear is the only way forward.
Nuclear power as we currently know it is a good temporary solution, but thats a finite resource too. Nothing wrong with windfarms, they may not make economic sense but then neither does most green power
every little bit helps.
An interesting little fact, if they build the severn barrage it wil provide 5-7% of the uk electricity demand, which is also the the same percentage as inductive and corona losses in the uk national grid, one wonders if making the national grid 400KV distribution lines 1MVDC would make more economic sense?? they do it in norway for this reason.