• A warning that wind power could actually produce more CO2 than gas while increasing domestic fuel bills has been highlighted by UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.
A study in the Netherlands has found that turning back-up gas power stations on and off to cover spells when there is little wind actually produces more carbon than a steady supply of energy from an efficient modern gas station.
“A new report by the Civitas think tank warns that the UK is in danger of producing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than necessary if the grid relies too much on wind,” explained Mr Nuttall, UKIP Euro-MP.
“It has long been known that wind turbines only produce energy around 30 per cent of the time and when the wind is not blowing – or even blowing too fast as demonstrated in the recent storms – other sources of electricity have to be used, mostly gas and coal.
“The report points out that it takes a surge of electricity to power up the fossil fuel stations every time they are needed, meaning more carbon emissions are released.
“The report concludes that ‘wind projects do not fulfill ‘sustainable’ objectives. They cost more fuel than they save and they cause no CO2 saving, on the contrary they increase our environmental ‘foot print’,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.
“This is a timely report considering the government plans to build up to 32,000 wind turbines over the next 20 years. Most of these are proposed to be off-shore and this report found that these are the most ‘horrendously’ expensive.
“The whole agenda is driven by the need to meet EU renewable energy targets. They are impossible to meet, are adding to our electricity bills and it is quite plain that wind is not the answer.
“Our government needs to make a stand on this issue and stop this insane lemming-like rush over the edge of reason,” said Mr Nuttall.