From the UK: Wind is “So variable in fact that the energy regulator is currently assuming that, in the future, windfarms are available for just 15pc of the time.”

Britain’s Telegraph.co.UK, published yesterday that “While wind farms run out of puff our bills will build up a head of steam.”

Ofgem, Britain’s Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets, highlighted the “variability” of wind as a source of energy supply, and stated that the wind is “so variable in fact that the energy regulator is currently assuming that, in the future, windfarms are available for just 15pc of the time.”

The article continues “Ofgem is not a political animal. But there was plenty of ammo in Friday’s report for critics of Labour energy policy.”

“Realising fish can’t vote, the Government’s major contribution has been to approve pricey, unreliable offshore windfarms – while refusing, for far too long, to address the nuclear option.”

“The upshot is that cash-strapped Britain is now facing a looming energy gap, priced yesterday by Ofgem at up to £200bn. This is the sum that may be required to build new energy infrastructure while meeting environmental targets.”

“Who pays, you wonder. Well, you do, with the pain intensifying around 2015 when Britain shuts down its most polluting coal-fired power plants and our old nukes. Then, household bills could jump by 60pc – enough to make anyone’s hair stand on end.”

“There are two main reasons for this little shocker. First, that Britain has signed up to emission targets that call for 40pc of our electricity to be generated by renewable energy by 2020.”

“And second, that because we’ve been so slow in replacing our dwindling North Sea reserves with other forms of energy, we’ve become increasingly reliant on gas from Russia and Qatar – with all the attendant political risks.”

“It’s enough to put the wind up any incoming Government.”

Do we expect that the winds of the Alleghenies will be more reliable that those of the British Isles?  Unlikely!  So, at what point will we begin to realize the obvious – wind will not power America!

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