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Let’s follow this wind of change
12:00am Saturday 17th November 2012 in Your Letters
SO where do you expect your electricity to come from? I have just returned from the “old East Germany” and they, in that efficient but pragmatic Germanic manner have addressed the problem on an industrial scale.
I was shown how they are getting rid of the old-coal fired power stations, at the same time turning some into theatres, cinemas, environmental centres and exhibition halls or just pulling them down.
They are now generating on average 23% of electricity by wind and photovoltaic. Not the domestic stuff that is just a pimple on the face of the problem, but on an industrial scale.
You build a coal, gas or oil-fired power station, it is expensive, produces a poisonous waste some of which also has to be disposed of, and at the end of its working life, the power station has to be demolished and the site decontaminated and we have not even started to talk about nuclear power.
Whereas wind generation, is by comparison, cheap to build, non-contaminating, and cheap and easy to dispose of at its end of life. Wind surely is good on all counts as “part of the basket of power production” .
Our coal for power generation mainly comes from Poland and Australia. Think of the carbon footprint that leaves behind. Gas for power generation, which is one of the most wasteful uses of a valuable time limited resource, comes piped from beyond the old Eastern Block or shipped in liquid form from the East, again a massive carbon footprint and at the risk of dodgy global politics, or alternatively we buy the electric power from Europe.
Tell me what do you want to do, switch off the power or at best restrict your domestic and commercial use of the stuff with the resultant problems that entails?
Not long ago, I was travelling in India and Nepal. Reliable electric power, no chance. Power outages, load shedding and so on, are the norm, not to mention the relatively high cost of nationally-generated electric power. Do your readers really want that?
Sadly, and I am by no means a fan of the “wind farm”, we have to be realistic and we must not be 100% reliant on power derived from imported fuel or electricity generated in another political state. That will entail wind farms, but remember in the greater scheme of things they, the wind farms will only be there for a blink of an eye, and when removed as some other more efficient method of power generation comes along, they too will be gone with no poisonous scar on the landscape.
Anthony Mealing, Totteridge Road, High Wycombe
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