According to new figures released by the official industry, some of the largest wind farms in the UK are only producing enough energy to make a couple of cups of tea. The data comes courtesy of one of the biggest green energy companies, and shows that wind farms only produce enough electricity to boil 2 to 3 kettles at one time. There was actually an occasion last week 3 large wind farms actually took electricity from the National Grid, in order to run their onsite supplies, rather that supplying households with electricity .
The owner of the wind farms hit back by saying that during times when conditions are still, electricity import could occur for a couple of hours until the wind has picked up. This phenomenon is known as parasitic consumption within the industry. The data also reveals exactly how much electricity every wind farm generates at given times. It is RWE nPower Renewables which published the data, a company that is a subsidiary of the German energy company which operates 27 wind farms right across Scotland, Wales and England.
The figures that show exactly how little energy these giant turbines are producing at certain times adds fire to the claims by those against wind farms that they simply aren’t reliable enough to provide households with a constant supply of electricity. The Telegraph newspaper took a look at RWE’s figures last week and discovered that Trysglwyn, a wind farm in Anglesey, Wales only produced a grand total of 6KW, which is only enough to boil 2 kettles that each have 3KW power.
This wind farm has a total of 14 turbines and, theoretically, the capacity to produce 5.6MW. In layman’s terms, this wind farm is only producing 0.001% of its maximum output. Another wind farm, Cheyne Court in Romney Marsh, Kent, which has 26 turbines that are all 377ft tall, had an electricity output of 129KW last Thursday.