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The Oban Times - - Letters -

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.

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