Output from Scotland’s major wind farms fell to as low as 2.5 per cent of their potential generation capacity during the record cold snap.

Whitelee wind farm near Eaglesham in Lanarkshire which, at 140 turbines, is the largest of its kind in Europe – however, Whitelee and its like are being criticised by sceptics who say the recent cold, still weather has challenged wind power’s output claims. (The Scotsman and Iberdrola)

Scotland’s wind farms froze up in the record freeze this month forcing the government to rely on power from French nuclear plants.
The Scotsman reported:

SCOTLAND’S wind farms are unable to cope with the freezing weather conditions – grinding to a halt at a time when electricity demand is at a peak, forcing the country to rely on power generated by French nuclear plants.

Output from major wind farms fell to as low as 2.5 per cent of their potential generation capacity during the cold snap as power demand rose to close to the highest level yet recorded, new figures have revealed.

Meteorologists say extremely cold temperatures can occur only when there is little or no wind and icy pockets of air are trapped close to the ground, prompting accusations from anti- wind-farm campaigners that wind power cannot be relied on to meet Scotland’s electricity needs in the depths of winter.

The data, charted on the Balancing Mechanism Reporting System website, which the National Grid uses to monitor UK power generation, also revealed that at times when wind energy was at its lowest, back-up power had to be piped in from France, where the majority of electricity is nuclear-generated.

The Scottish Government is opposed to nuclear power, insisting no nuclear plants will be built in Scotland once Hunterston B in Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian are decommissioned, in 2016 and 2023 respectively.

Over the past ten days, when temperatures have plunged across Scotland, the average power generation from Britain’s wind developments – the majority of which are in Scotland – was 261 megawatts (MW), just 10.75 per cent of the total possible of 2,430MW.

Last Monday and Tuesday afternoon wind production fell to a major low while electricity usage peaked close to its highest level.

The Scottish Government said there was no need to import electricity during the worst of the cold snap even though wind energy plummeted to almost nothing.



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  1. LOL!!! Suckers!!

  2. Useless and ugly to boot! Typical liberal thinking.

  3. Yes but but but Nuclear energy killed all of those poor Japanese.

    Liberals are mentally ill.

  4. Are the Canadians and Mexicans building nuclear power plants? Hey libtards buffoons & B. Hussein Ovomit I can see the future from my kitchen window!!

  5. That damn liberal obama and his green thinking!

  6. pete t lurvs him some blackouts, that way he doesn’t have to look at his ugly boyfriend.

  7. These things are plain disgusting. Looking over a beautiful landscape, and trying to look through a forest of these noisy,ugly, bird killers, and all the while knowing they are for naught, is infuriating!

  8. I read where they call them bird blenders! PETA must be ready to slit their wrists.

  9. “I have funds tae buy me whiskey
    Monie funds tae call my ain
    But if I should get to fu’ o’ water
    Wha’s the man that would carry me hame?

    CHORUS: And if I be dround in the Isla Waters
    Hou the deuce would I win Hame?
    If I be drounk in the Isla Waters
    My wee doggie would find me in the Isla stream.

    Ilka day I cross that water
    Aye she’s brackent wi’ the sea
    But if there is o’ ale-hous laughter
    Daurk an’ still she waits on me. CHORUS

    Like the fisher’s line that’s brawken
    Leaves the salmon tae the swell
    Monie’s the nicht ye’ll fan’ me souken
    But ye brak the line yersel. CHORUS

    Aa’ my days I’ve lived the quarter
    Baud and bonnie fine stuff I’ve seen
    But should I droun in your water
    My wee doggie would find me in the Isla Stream. CHORUS “

  10. Figures. If we followed the greens we’d all be dead by now.

  11. Again i’m ROFLMAO. stupid left-wingers. OLD-MAN WINTER still kick them greeny morons a$$. ha ha ha ha.

  12. On a more serious discussion of wind power. Not a laughing matter at all.

    Grid Integration – Wind Farm Realities


  13. As a near full-blooded Scot, this is embarrassing.

    I don’t know what happened along the years – those who stayed versus those who came over here – but myScottish ancestors certainly wouldn’t be putting up with this nonsense.

    They’d be storming the halls with swords in hand. Or at least a sharpened seven-iron.

  14. If a few grandmothers froze, then those nasty coal trains would start looking a lots better.

  15. Climate´s Big Picture!!!

    1. “Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age,” by Gregory F. Fegel, January 14, 2010, at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/fegel1.1.1.html .

    2. “Burt Rutan´s comprehensive new report on Global Warming science fraud: Version 4.0 dated 3 July 2010,” at http://rps3.com/Pages/Burt_Rutan_on_Climate_Change.htm .

    3. “Science bulletin: ´Sun heats Earth!´, Russian research forecasts global cooling,” by Jerome R. Corsi, October 27, 2009, at http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=114261 .

    4. “´Hottest Year On Record´Myth Based On Fabricated Temperature Data,” by Christopher Booker, London Telegraph, Sunday, December 19, 2010, at http://www.prisonplanet.com/hottest-year-on-record-myth-based-on-fabricated-temperature-data.html .

    5. http://www.commieblaster.com/climategate/index.html .

    6. http://www.conservapedia.com/Climategate .

    7. The Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory, as well as, its EVIL+ sister, the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) theory have produced zero reproducible scientific data since its inscription, and should therefore be rejected. (The AGW theory and CAGW theory are not science, it is an anti-science ideology, driven foremost of anti-human population control, manipulation, and socialism.)

    Say no to Climategate, Junk Science, and Cap and Trade.

  16. I hope no one here thinks the Left learned their lesson after this. The Left will simply say that the green power wasn’t done right or that the cold is global warming or Bush lied or Palin is an idiot or it’s the fault of the US or they just need more taxpayer, er, rather government money to build more green power in case the cold from warming ever happens again (which it won’t because the science geniuses at the MET all predicted no more snow ever again).
    I would bet $100 that no one on the Left learns their lesson over there. They’ve been brought up on Socialism and failed Liberal ideas for so long they can’t think of anything else.

  17. Don’t they have a lot of peat to burn? What about the oil from the North SEA? Aberdeen is the center of the oil industry, can’t the Scots get some oil contracts going from that oil?
    Isn’t this supid to rely on failed tech with no power coming in?

  18. My understanding of the wind farms is that they don’t actually replace the power you’re getting from coal/oil or whatever your existing power is. At least not the ones I’ve dealt with. It appears they add electricity to the grid if they’re working. You can choose to use that electricity but the electricity from the same amount of coal or whatever the wind power is supposed to replace is still there because it’s not really replacing anything, just adding more electricity. In other words, my understanding is that the coal companies or gas companies or nuclear companies don’t reduce their output when the wind companies come online. The wind generated power just adds more electricity.

  19. Wind turbine power will go down as just another liberal failure. Interesting how the French seem to be the only ones going in the right direction with nuclear power.

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