2:30pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Letters
DAVE Bevan is quite right in his condemnation of wind energy. Where is the logic of its implementation?
Let’s examine, as an example, the 220ft wind turbine proposed by wind energy co-operative, Awel Deg, to stand at 290ft above sea level right next to Cardigan Golf Course, overlooking the stunningly scenic Teifi Estuary near Cardigan.
It will tower 510 feet high, putting it 85 feet higher than Cemaes Head in the Pembrokeshire National Park on the opposite bank of the Teifi.
So it will ruin scenic views from St Dogmaels, superb Poppit Sands and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
That will damage the Pembrokeshire economy, because many a first-time visitor about to start out on that long iconic coast path will say: “What an eyesore.” They will then turn around and leave, for good.
Again, it will affect Cardigan Golf Course, one of the best courses in Wales, due to noise and shadowflicker and also upset all the tourists coming to the beautiful resort of Gwberton- Sea. Visitors to Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park at Gwbert are appalled at the prospect of a 220ft machine dominating such natural beauty.
There are two large hotels, three caravan sites and many holiday-let dwellings in Gwbert-on-Sea. They will all suffer. This machine is almost as big as the three outside Newcastle Emlyn at Blaenbowi, which are visible from 15 miles.
Now what will the Awel Deg wind turbine produce? With an installed capacity of 500 kilowatts or 0.5MW , it will only generate 25 per cent on average. That is 0.125MW.
Now, the UK uses 60,000MW on a winter’s day, so it would need no fewer than 480,000 such machines to power the UK.
What about little Wales?
Well, Pembroke gas-fired power station generates 2000MW and Wales only uses a running average of 1850MW. Therefore every turbine in Wales must be supplying England.
Welsh wind turbine owners will be in for a shock, when English backbench MPs force a cut in feed-in tariffs to save other parts of England from similar desecration.
Then Wales will be left with hundreds of rusting, uneconomic wind turbines just like California.
Make no mistake. Abundant cheap gas from fracking is collapsing world energy prices. The wind energy bubble is about to burst. Be warned.
L J JENKINS,