Saturday, April 28, 2012

Green isle forced to revert to diesel, and other tales of Wind Money is Scotland

An interesting article on a remote island that was 100% self-sufficient, for two months.  Then they went back on dirty generators with nightly blackout periods.

Green isle forced to revert to diesel - Environment - Scotsman.com:
THE residents of Foula, Scotland’s most remote inhabited island which achieved a remarkable first by becoming 100 per cent self-sufficient with renewable energy, are now forced to endure black-outs.

An all-night black-out has had to be brought into force for the 22 homes on the isolated Shetland community, because of teething problems in the island’s £1.5 million hydro and solar power schemes.

Foula’s three wind turbines have been out of action since Christmas, when 100mph winds damaged the blades of one of the turbines.

Now islanders are back to relying on costly diesel generator until the faults can be rectified.

Two years ago the islanders, who live 20 miles from the Shetland mainland, were awarded £200,000 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund towards their combination of wind, solar and hydro power, enabling Foula to become the first Shetland community to become self-sufficient in energy. The final phase was completed last October.
The full article can be read at Scotsman.com

The big ending is:
The turbines are not allowed to turn from May to September during the bird breeding season.
 Another story out of Scotland is at forargyll.com:  Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash
One of the most genuinely shocking developments in the disputed push for wind generated energy emerged today with revelations in the Daily Mail that three major Scottish environmental and wildlife organisations have admitted accepting money from top wind farm developers.
The three that have been outed and have put their hands up to the accusation – they call their relationships with the wind energy developers ‘partnerships’ – are:
  • World Wildlife Fund Scotland – supported by Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Friends of the Earth Scotland – supported by Scottish Power Renewables
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland – supported by various unnamed wind farm developers
This undermines even further the ability of straightforward folk to tease out what is reliable and what is not in the overheated conflict on whether or not Scotland should be going as bald-headedly as it is for wind energy.
We now discount – without reading or listening – anything or anyone promoting wind as ‘clean green energy’.
Why? Because any pitch running under this sort of banner headline is either underinformed or deliberately deceiving. Wind energy is neither clean nor green.
The entire article can be read at forargyll.com

2 comments:

  1. This article sure does bring a number of random thoughts to mind:
    - The wind turbine failed when ‘wind damaged a blade’. Wait until Ontario has about 10,000 of these and they have few years of life on them. The occurrence of a fatigue failure is not a question of if… it’s only a question of when. Now do a youtube search of the large Vesta IWT failure where parts were raining down everywhere. Maybe somebody in Toronto will figure out that it isn’t just noise that one needs to worry about when establishing separation distances, it’s the potential for mechanical failure!
    - The residents of the island wanted to be ‘self-sufficient’. This is actually quite a laudable goal and one that I think everyone in Ontario should try to follow. Why? Well, there is good reason to believe that by massive infusions of IWT and solar power on to the grid, it will become so unstable that it will be completely unreliable. At that point, what could be better than being self-sufficient?
    - Then there was this little gem… “The turbines are not allowed to turn from May to September during the bird breeding season.” Interesting..... if they are that concerned about a couple of what are no doubt very small IWTs at such a northern clime, why on earth would Ontario with thousands of these things in the 400 to 500 feet high range not be absolutely terrified of what it could eventually do to the bird population of the province?

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  2. be absolutely terrified

    Interesting point.

    I started to be terrified for my beloved migrating Tundra Swans in 2004 when I saw the maps which AIM PowerGen displayed at one of their "dog and pony" shows in Straffordville ON

    But in 2008 when AIM PowerGen surrounded our tiny community with 18 Vestas 1.65 MW IWTs all crammed in within a 3 km radius, and we, humans began to be pummelled and assaulted by the turbulent vortexes which left us existing like walking zombies that the terror became absolute.

    AIH, the "bird brained" Tundra Swans completely BYPASS our enticing grain fields and bring their wonder and beauty to other Ontarians, while we humans in the Clear Creek/Cultus/Frogmore IWT ZONE are left to rot.

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