Blackout threat as turbines spin cash
SIR, – Stifling the urge to scream “we told you so” to the policymakers in Holyrood who have permitted the spearing of thousands of subsidy-sucking giant wind turbines across our beautiful country, I sincerely hope they will now sit up and take notice of the Institution of Engineers in Scotland which is warning of a potential catastrophe.
We face blackouts because those who should know better have over-deployed on a weather-dependent energy, leaving us all at severe risk from power failures. These politicians have naively and shamefully swallowed the wind industry spin (pun intended) and propaganda and allowed them to construct forests of rotating cash machines that give us no energy security and almost certainly do not save any significant emissions.
They have allowed millions of CO2 absorbing trees to be hacked down and acres of ancient carbon holding peat to be ripped up to facilitate a greedy and ruthless industry. While they wax lyrical about industrial wind turbines and Scotland being the windiest place in the EU, they fail to add that is while we (the consumer) have spent nearly half a billion pounds to wind operators to turn their machines off when there is low demand – especially in spring and autumn.
When there is no wind we are happily importing vast amounts of electricity from England to keep our lights on, people safe and industry running but the likes of WWF, energy advisors to the Scottish government fail to mention that inconvenient truth in their press releases. Lyndsey Ward Darach Brae Beauly