Energy from wind power may be all the rage, but recent reports from Britain say wind power may not be such a breezy answer after all. According to the Daily Mail, a recent study found that more than 20 wind farms are operating at less than one-fifth their full capacity, with one wind farm on the coast of Northumberland reaching less than 8% of its maximum. Experts say many sites are simply not windy enough, and that developers have exaggerated the amount of energy certain sites could produce to get their hands on green energy subsidies. With more than 7,000 new windmills planned in Britain over the next decade and consumers paying one billion pounds per year in higher fuel bills to support renewables, this is a problem of gale force proportions.
December 9, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.