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UK's wind farm record is still dismal-Wind power is not a silver bullet for UK energy

"Because of its intermittent nature, wind power generation must be backed-up up by ‘dirty' fossil-fuelled power generation. The country's current renewable energy ambitions are therefore likely to usher in a matching 'dash for gas' to maintain security of supply, with the risks this implies for greater exposure on gas imports.

"Few reports will mention that the overall level of wind farm deployment in the UK, both onshore and offshore, is dismal when you consider the countries vast wind resources. Fewer still will mention the fact that the UK's wind energy ambitions are being undermined by a national energy policy model which is no longer fit for purpose.

"The current energy landscape is one of declining power supplies and increased reliance on gas imports to balance the system. The original model, originally established in the 1980s, has been progressively replaced over the years through the incremental intrusion of disjointed and piecemeal policy interventions. Never has the UK been in greater need of a new and coherent energy policy that credibly addresses the overlapping challenges of energy import dependency, security of supply and climate change.

"One could be forgiven for thinking of wind power generation as a ‘one size fits all' means of addressing many of the UK's energy troubles. However, it is much more likely that the UK's renewable power ambitions may actually reduce the country's security of supply, will not keep the threat of climate change at bay, will be very costly and in all likelihood, will not be met.

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"Few reports will mention that the overall level of wind farm deployment in the UK, both onshore and offshore, is dismal when you consider the countries vast wind resources. Fewer still will mention the fact that the UK's wind energy ambitions are being undermined by a national energy policy model which is no longer fit for purpose.

"The current energy landscape is one of declining power supplies and increased reliance on gas imports to balance the system. The original model, originally established in the 1980s, has been progressively replaced over the years through the incremental intrusion of disjointed and piecemeal policy interventions. Never has the UK been in greater need of a new and coherent energy policy that credibly addresses the overlapping challenges of energy import dependency, security of supply and climate change.

"One could be forgiven for thinking of wind power generation as a ‘one size fits all' means of addressing many of the UK's energy troubles. However, it is much more likely that the UK's renewable power ambitions may actually reduce the country's security of supply, will not keep the threat of climate change at bay, will be very costly and in all likelihood, will not be met.

"Because of its intermittent nature, wind power generation must be backed-up up by ‘dirty' fossil-fuelled power generation. The country's current renewable energy ambitions are therefore likely to usher in a matching 'dash for gas' to maintain security of supply, with the risks this implies for greater exposure on gas imports.

"Wind power is the obvious political low hanging fruit. It has been hand-picked by this and the previous government over other forms of power generation, and while it does have a part to play in the UK's energy mix, it is not the silver bullet the media often makes it out to be."

Alex Desbarres, a senior analyst at Datamonitor


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OCT 4 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/28293-uk-s-wind-farm-record-is-still-dismal-wind-power-is-not-a-silver-bullet-for-uk-energy
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