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Intermittency of UK wind power generation 2011 and 2012

Derek Partington, formerly a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Physics and Institute of Measurement and Control, has analysed the published data on UK wind turbine output for a two-year period and concludes that wind farms can make no significant contribution to the country's electricity grid without an equivalent conventional generation backup. His report and an appendix of further data can be downloaded below.  

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Complacency about UK energy security

The Scientific Alliance has published an important and authoritative examination of National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios. The authors - Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson - conclude that at least 6 more conventional power stations are needed to ensure a secure electricity supply when wind farms cannot deliver.

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29 June 2016: See letter about electric cars in The Times