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Sir, In the letter ‘Power and time are of the essence’, the Oban Times July 23, the writer appears to have misread the previous week’s article. ‘Not proven’ are the claims of the industry over worth and employment. As reported on http:// wattsupwiththat. com over the European Energy Performance, the Renewable Energy contribution to the electricity supply grid is inevitably erratic, intermittent and non- dispatchable, rendering it far less useful than dispatchable sources of electricity which can be engaged to match demand and maintain grid stability.
Strongly recommended is research into peer reviewed reports and the work of 76 experts worldwide now agreeing that adverse health concerns for near neighbours to turbines are real and first-hand reports from sufferers.
When examining a Portuguese ruling involving wind turbines, Neil van Dokkum B SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit said: ‘From a legal point of view what is important is that the courts, including the Supreme Court, accepted the expert evidence of the authors of this paper concerning the terrible toll that infrasound and low-frequency noise has on both humans and animals, whilst it rejected the opposing evidence led by the wind industry lawyers.’
Ardfern Yacht Centre is listed as a member of WHAM, an organisation which fights to preserve the peace and quiet of traditional yacht anchorages on the west coast. So being an Ardfern resident and possible supporter, it is more than strange that sight and sound of turbines would be ‘ welcomed’ by the writer. Would other residents, perhaps reliant on tourism, feel the same should such a proposal materialise? Is it understood that much of the time, all those wind turbines which are ‘turning lazily’ in no apparent wind is due to their being actually powered by the grid to prevent damage to gear boxes?
When turning ‘full pelt’, however, in addition to the noise produced, any vulnerable migratory species/ birds such as Whooper swans unsuccessfully negotiating blade tips slicing the air at speeds of more than 200mph will add to already climbing mortality figures.
Christine Metcalfe, Loch Avich.