Significant increases in electric bills with little gained in return

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The article written in support of windfarms in last week’s Green Column singularly fails to address the legitimate concerns of people living across the world who now see significant increases in their energy bills, with precious little being shown in return.

At the last count, in excess of £200 billion has been committed to investing in windfarms across the UK and the backlash from bill payers is in full swing. Great swathes of the British countryside are now covered in these expensive icons to the green movement and when people see them fixed stationary for more than 20 per cent of the year, then people are quite entitled to react.

Questions such as ‘Why do windfarms deliver such lamentable performance whilst costing us millions of pounds?’ are perfectly reasonable challenges being made of our politicians and they deserve to be taken seriously.

Name-calling people who take a different view to the green campaigners and ascribing one or two ‘cherry picked’ supportive remarks from sundry luminaries such as Lord Turner simply will not wash, especially in this new economic climate.

The green groups claim that their Isle of Man windfarm campaign is only one out of a range of environmental issues that capture their attention, but they would still have the Isle of Man electricity bill payer burdened with servicing an estimated £30 million bill for establishing a windfarm somewhere on the island.

When Friends of the Earth campaign for public money to be committed on a windfarm, then the people who have to foot the bill are entitled to have the matter put under the microscope, just like any other publicly funded project.

A series of articles written in the Examiner in recent months [by the author of this letter – editor] attempted to provide an objective critique of the subject and on each critical analysis windfarms failed the tests.

Areas that were given attention included:

1) Windfarm economics.

2) Value for money.

3) Carbon savings.

4) Energy security.

5) Sustainability.

6) Predictability.

7) Environment.

If a case for an Isle of Man windfarm is to be made to the Manx public, then each of the above subject areas deserves to be addressed separately and the appropriate conclusions drawn. Consigning serious issues such as these to ‘Techno babble’ does nothing to promote their cause nor endear themselves to the general population of the Isle of Man.

Green pressure groups like Friends of the Earth enjoy influence over the politicians who formulate environmental policy across the developed world but with influence should also come a special responsibility to treat the public with the respect they deserve because it is they who have to pay the bill.

Mike Glanfield

Douglas

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