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Wind farms don’t work in the cold: Why it’s no use waiting for turbines to keep us warm as the snow returns

Posted By admin On January 8, 2011 @ 6:40 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

DAVID DERBYSHIRE
UK Daily Mail [1]
Jan 8, 2011

Britain’s wind farms almost ground to a halt during the coldest spells in December, it has emerged.

As temperatures plunged below zero and demand for electricity soared, figures reveal that most of the country’s 3,000 wind turbines were virtually still, energy experts say.

During some of the chilliest weather, they were working at less than one-hundredth of capacity, producing electricity for fewer than 30,000 homes.

The National Grid was forced to compensate for the still, cold conditions by cranking up conventional coal and gas-fired power stations.

December was the coldest month in more than a century – and yesterday, as some in northern England, the Midlands and Wales were hit with more snow, residents will have been switching on the heating again. But critics have warned that the UK is becoming too dependent on wind for power.

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[2] Wind Turbines Are Useless And Cost More Money To Run Than The Energy They Produce: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wind-turbines-are-useless-and-cost-more-money-to-run-than-the-energy-they-produce.html

[3] The Ultimate Green Bombshell: New Study Finds Wind Farms Cause Actual Climate Change: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-ultimate-green-bombshell-new-study-finds-wind-farms-cause-actual-climate-change.html

[4] Green fuel bill shock: Families face a charge of up to £120 to fund thousands of wind turbines: http://www.prisonplanet.com/green-fuel-bill-shock-families-face-a-charge-of-up-to-120-to-fund-thousands-of-wind-turbines.html

[5] ‘Green’ debacle: Tens of thousands of abandoned wind turbines now litter American landscape: http://www.prisonplanet.com/green-debacle-tens-of-thousands-of-abandoned-wind-turbines-now-litter-american-landscape.html

[6] Wind farms can cause climate change, finds new study: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wind-farms-can-cause-climate-change-finds-new-study.html

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