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The great wind farm lie of Green Jobs; Thanet will create just 21 new jobs

Last week Chris “Chicken Little” Huhne opened the worlds largest off shore wind farm at Thanet, Kent.

A great day for Huhne who while sipping Champagne enthused about the wonders of wind power and all those wonderful Green jobs that would be created. Aside from this blatant lie, Huhne and most of the MSM outlets are keeping quiet about the real financial cost and lack of efficiency of wind power.

Hat tip to Christopher Booker for this:

In all the publicity given to the opening of “the world’s largest wind farm” off the Kent coast last week, by far the most important and shocking aspect of this vast project was completely overlooked. Over the coming years we will be giving the wind farm’s Swedish owners a total of £1.2 billion in subsidies. That same sum, invested now in a single nuclear power station, could yield a staggering 13 times more electricity, with much greater reliability.

Wind power requires 100% backup for those days when there is no wind, or in a phrase beloved of railway operators in Britain, when there is the wrong kind of leaves on track, or in this case wind.

Not only could a nuclear station be 1300% more efficient than the bird chopper clusterfuck off the Kent coast, but we would not be pouring £1.2 billion in to Swedish Industry, they always say Green jobs will be created, but never where these mythical jobs will be located.

Now we know the Green jobs will be created in Sweden and paid for by us, wonder if the Swedes will be dumb enough to subsidise us Brits?

The first all-too-common mistake in the glowing coverage accorded to the inauguration of this Thanet wind farm by the Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, was to accept unquestioningly the claims of the developer, Vattenfall, about its output. The array of 100 three-megawatt (MW) turbines, each the height of Blackpool Tower, will have, it was said, the “capacity” to produce 300MW of electricity, enough to “power” 200,000 (or even 240,000) homes.

This may be true at those rare moments when the wind is blowing at the right speeds. But the wind, of course, is intermittent, and the average output of these turbines will be barely a quarter of that figure. The latest official figures on the website of Mr Huhne’s own department show that last year the average output (or “load factor”) of Britain’s offshore turbines was only 26 per cent of their capacity.

Due to its position, the wind farm’s owners will be lucky to get, on average, 75MW from their windmills, a fraction of the output of a proper power station. The total amount of electricity the turbines actually produce will equate to the average electricity usage not of 240,000 homes, but of barely half that number.

The real efficiency of the wind turbines about a quarter of what AGW propagandists spin lies about, is roughly the same experience that the Danes have had, where despite having more bird choppers than fleas on a hedgehog, on the best day they have ever had, wind power generated just 18% of Denmark’s electricity needs.

A final claim for the Thanet wind farm (which Mr Huhne boasts is “only the beginning”) is that it will create “green jobs” – although the developers say that only 21 of these will be permanent. These are thus costing, in “green subsidies” alone, £3 million per job per year, or £57 million for each job over the next 20 years. The Government gaily prattles about how it wants to create “400,000 green jobs”, which on this basis would eventually cost us £22.8 trillion, or 17 times the entire annual output of the UK economy.

About Tory Aardvark

Climate Realist, Conservative and proud NRA member. I don't buy into the Man Made Global Warming Scam, science is never settled. http://toryaardvark.com @ToryAardvark on Twitter ToryAardvark on Facebook

Posted on September 29, 2010, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, COP16, Green Lies, Lib Dem and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

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