Some developers tried to make us believe that turbines could work
at maximum output all of the time


They then used a capacity or load factor of 30% from the BWEA
– the wind industry trade body


Local load factors are nearer to 20% because Northamptonshire
is not a “windy county”

Original claims for offsets assumed that wind would exclusively replace coal
– that generated twice as much CO2 as the average mix

Overnight we have mainly nuclear that generates no CO2 – no carbon
savings then.  Denmark gives away over 80% of its overnight wind
to Sweden because they can not use it.

Wind is highly variable & unpredictable so fossil fuel power stations have to
be kept on spinning reserve.  That is very inefficient & has a high carbon cost.

Power stations have a carbon cost to build (embodied energy) if they are idle,
then that carbon cost is being wasted

The carbon cost to build a windfarm is substantial – about 2½ to 3 years worth
of output in our area.  Offshore or on the coast where the turbine would
generate nearly twice as much electricity this would be much shorter

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