Black­out threat as tur­bines spin cash

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - AGENDA -

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

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