The stat of the day comes to us from Scotland, and points to the electricity production from windmills during winter conditions being as low as 3% of capacity. It is so bad in Scotland, they are importing electricity from France, produced with nuclear plants that can ignore snow, unlike the wind mills.
SCOTLAND’S wind farms are unable to cope with the freezing weather – grinding to a halt at a time when electricity demand is at a peak, forcing the country to rely on power generated by French nuclear plants.
• Whitelee wind farm near Eaglesham in Lanarkshire which, at 140 turbines, is the largest of its kind in Europe – however, Whitelee and its like are being criticized by skeptics who say the recent cold, still weather has challenged wind power’s output claims
Output from major wind farms fell to as low as 2.5 per cent of their potential generation capacity during the cold snap as power demand rose to close to the highest level yet recorded, new figures have revealed.