Newsletter was new low
THE German RWE npower renewables newsletter outlining the revised proposal for a wind farm on Mynydd y Gwair is a new low, even for their normal spin on capacity. Capacity, capacity with no word about practical output a fifth of the time.
The cover is a giveaway, with a totally irrelevant photo of the core of the junior 95-metre high turbine of occasional up to 2MW output. In brackets and mini print it says: Photographs of existing operational wind farms within this newsletter and not intended to represent the appearance, size or scale of the proposed Mynydd y Gwair wind farm." Well, well, a pointless exercise!
The inside does not improve, with a dreadful map of the proposed site with the grid references airbrushed out.
It gets worse! The original proposal was for 19 theoretical two and a half MW output, up to 47 and a half MW below the 50 MW limit for an inspector to decide. Mr Simon Wilde turned it down on deep peat bog grounds. Now 16 of the original 19 survive. 16x2.1/2 = 40MW.
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Surprise! These 16 have grown 20 per cent to 16x3 = 48MW — greater than the original 19. Subsidy-driven capacity nonsense yet again — even ignoring the substantial loss due to the exhaust effect of some pairs too close in the South West 225 degree wind direction and the big altitude drop over the site. Numbers 4, 9 and 13 have been dropped on super peat grounds, with the motorway changed around 4 and 9 off Pentwyn Mawr to the forestry border but still deep in peat.
These massive turbines 127 meters high with 49 metre blades standing on 380 cubic metres concrete bases will never stand on their own feet energy-wise. It is the triple crown of subsidies for greenhouse mania. Thankfully, after sacrificing thousands of acres of Welsh Hills — our prime heritage, sanity has kicked in again in Powys with their rejection of three proposed wind farms. Swansea Council please reject this new planning application as you did with the original.
Heol Myddfai, Felindre