Wind energy has role in balanced system

PUBLISHED: 19:34 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:45 11 May 2010

I HAVE followed the arguments about wind generation with interest over the past month. It seems to me that most of the arguments are emotive and flawed. With no axe to grind one way or the other I hoped that when I read the letter from Mr Porter, Dispell

I HAVE followed the arguments about wind generation with interest over the past month.

It seems to me that most of the arguments are emotive and flawed.

With no axe to grind one way or the other I hoped that when I read the letter from Mr Porter, Dispelling some of the myths, (Postbag, May 1) that I would see a fair and balanced argument.

Unfortunately he did the old trick of cherry picking figures to support an emotive stance.

Anyone who understands electrical generation knows that there is a place for each type of generator in a balanced system, although fossil fuel uses old technology that cannot be substantially improved.

Alternative energy generation is in its infancy and can only improve over time.

The cheapest form of energy generation at present is nuclear, as long as the cost of decommissioning is not included.

Almost all our fossil fuels are imported and have to increase in price as they run out. Look at our domestic gas bills.

Cleary wind generators should not be located close to habitation, although I have not heard the ones near the A14 when passing them, the road noise being much louder.

They should be located where there is proven wind to make them efficient as the Danes have done.

This is the reason that there are no new on-shore sites in Denmark, although old sites may be re-used to upgrade with new and improved turbines.

Anyone who understands telecommunication theory knows that digital signals cannot be influenced by movement so come 2012 this will not be an issue.

PHILIP VINCE

Hunters Way

Royston

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