Thanks for the comments James - I think your remarks are most pertinent.
I think this whole issue might become very high profile soon, as several big schemes have recently been completed and the visual impact is now becoming apparent. Only today, a full page article by Griff Rhys Jones has appeared in the Daily Mail (very good summary of the issues) and I too feel that the IET should have a say in this.
Is it too obvious to point out that:
These schemes don't generate at night.
We don't need the (very expensive) additional power during the day.
It is not economically feasible to store the "surplus" power.
Every MW of solar/wind needs the same capacity on conventional standby (and that also costs money)
Virtually all the capital equipment spend goes to the far East.
UK contribution to world carbon emissions is insignificant.
Without government subsidies (ie from us) the whole thing is commercially non-viable.
One nuclear power station is equivalent to about 25,000 acres of PV panels. (someone please check!)
I could go on, and I'm sure so could you.
Come on IET and offer some proper thought out guidance to government!
Here is the link to the DM article:
31 July 2013 at
09:48 PM by