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The government is committed to renewable energy (Before the wind, Letters, September 26).
Offshore wind turbines cost twice as much as coal to produce electricity, and will require subsidies for the next 20 years.
The wind energy producers are Danish and German, a Norwegian company owns a wind farm and Britain is subsidising them.
Electricity costs for consumers are inflated by £1 billion a year subsidies to all renewable energy.
Power stations rarely work to full capacity. The more modern ones have more spare capacity, the National Grid is specially devised to cover stations which cannot supply due to problems. The actual supply of energy is not intermittent.
There is little control over whether the wind blows if and when it is required.
They are not simple technology – very costly cabling is required for distribution to the national grid.
The offshore turbines also need a fleet of vessels for constant maintenance, at high cost. On-shore turbines often have local objectors or are in many cases a blot on the landscape.
Thus there is extremely costly expense for at the most 15 per cent of our energy supply.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.
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