I spotted this in yesterday’s FT (not the picture!):
Renewable Energy Generation, the green energy developer and operator, blamed “abnormally low wind speeds across the UK” for widening pre-tax losses.
REG, which runs 10 onshore windpower projects in locations including Cornwall, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cambridgeshire, said lack of wind knocked £1m from its interim profits.
Andrew Whalley, chief executive, said: “December was the worst month in 10 years for wind in the UK, and January was pretty awful as well . . . but it goes in cycles.
“We’re not seeing a long-term reduction in wind speed, it’s just that the past 12 months have been a really bad period for wind.”
Aim-quoted REG has a goal of investing £100m in the sector by the end of 2012, which Mr Whalley said the group was on target to achieve. “We’ve got lots of projects, lots of cash, and we’re ready to invest it in UK wind.”
That just about sums up how useless wind energy is. In the coldest December since the 1960s, wind energy couldn’t deliver the energy we needed to heat our homes. Brilliant! When does it deliver energy? When it’s windy of course, which usually means Atlantic depressions and mild weather. The last sentence also fills me with horror.
I also found some interesting stuff on Denmark the other day. Denmark generates about 20% of its energy from wind. Have a read of this and weep. One of the startling observations is that because wind fluctuates wildly, it causes instability in the electricity grid. Obvious when you think about it. Will Alex Salmond/Jim Mather/Ed Milliband/Chris Huhne look objectively at wind power? Don’t bet on it.