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17 Jun 2010 03:06:10

Onshore wind energy is 'competitive'

Onshore wind energy is 'competitive'
Onshore wind energy is now "competitive with all of the conventional energy sources", the energy and climate change secretary has claimed.

Speaking at a Wind Week event in Leicester Square, Chris Huhne said that there is much potential for the development of renewable wind energy in the UK.

He stated that energy generation from onshore wind farms was already competitive, while that produced from offshore sources was likely to head the same way over time.

The government pledged to deliver an offshore energy grid in its coalition programme to "support the development of a new generation of offshore wind power".

Mr Huhne said that wind sources in the UK have the potential to produce enough energy to power 33 million homes, suggesting there may be the option to export the energy created.

"Now we only have 24 million homes so this is a real prospect of us becoming a net energy exporter again as we were at the peak of North Sea oil and gas," he said.

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18 Jun 2010

Yet again, it seems, they - The Energy ministtry, whatever - have "forgotten" to include the price - in money and in kW-hrs of energy - that is required to build the windfarms. I repeat for the N plus oneth time the figures which I gathered from a public meeting in Llandeilo in July/Aug '05.
Cost of proposed farm ---------------- 153M
Expected annual income from sale of energy ----------- 000.2M

So - after 25 years we have paid-off 5/153, or nearly 4% ? is it, of the cost - or am I going senile ?
Oh yes, silly me ! So long as there is enuf energy from elsewhere the things can be "renewed" and the wonderful illusion continued. And think of all the "jobs" that it would create !

18 Jun 2010

Here in Bowling Green, OH, USA, there are four, 1.7 megawatt wind turbines. They cost $8.8 to purchase and install, and produce about 15 million kwhrs per year. At current rates for electicity, that results in them paying for themselves in about 6 years. How is that not a great deal?

18 Jun 2010


19 Jun 2010

Correction, and addition: Please make that $8.8 million to purchase and install.

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