Let’s fignt Solway wind farm plan

I read with interest your recent article headlined “Fury at Solway wind farm plan” (Galloway Gazette, December 23).

I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with every word of the contributions from Alex Fergusson MSP and Russell Brown MP. Many people find an array of wind turbines to be an ugly industrial intrusion into our beautiful countryside.

The proposed enormous offshore wind farm south of Luce Bay would be a blight for the local tourist trade for generations to come. “Come to unspoiled bonnie Galloway and see the lovely turbines” seems an unlikely addition to VisitScotland.com.

It seems intuitively obvious that the presence of these edifices in rural landscapes will reduce tourist numbers. Could this be the reason why the current Holyrood administration does not wish to canvas the views of potential visitors?

With a background in engineering science, I have closely followed for many years our country’s plans to provide reliable energy for the next generation. Many factors, including its inherent unreliability, dictate that wind energy cannot form the backbone of a coherent energy policy. Humans have harnessed wind energy since 200 BC and used it to generate electricity since 1887. It’s hardly cutting-edge technology. None of the wind turbines constructed to date, or those at the planning stage is economically viable without the heavy subsidies from both consumers and taxpayers.

Holyrood appears to have a fanatical and blinkered faith in wind energy, despite its increasingly well documented failings. Presumably this is a result of the ever more vain and desperate attempts to achieve its flawed fantasy target of 100% renewables by 2020. By the way, which renewable energy source will be powering the entire nation on those cold winter evenings when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?

The “inconvenient truth” is that the green credentials of wind energy are only now being fully assessed and questioned. The British Wind Energy Association has just been forced by the Advertising Standards Authority to cut in half its claims for the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with wind turbines. Many recent scientific reports are even more scathing, concluding that the installation of wind turbines has little or no effect on reducing emissions. These reports take into account all relevant factors, including the induced inefficiencies in the back-up generators which have to cope with the intermittent and varied nature of any energy supplied to the grid from wind farms. The more wind farms that are built, the greater this negative effect becomes.

The governing politicians at Holyrood need to take a reality check, stop their blatant political posturing and develop a realistic and coherent energy policy that will meet the country’s needs. Mass proliferation of wind farms is not the answer. Campaign to stop the Solway wind farm? Count me in.

J W Plunkett,

Station Road, Newton Stewart.