The Daily Mail's article "
Coalition at war over wind farms" yesterday was
illustrated by a collection of bullet point facts about wind power,
referencing the Mail's extensive back catalogue of articles on the
subject. The Mail is not in favour of wind power.
As the 'facts' cut across much of the current debate about wind
power, we have taken a look at them in some more detail. So
how do the Mail do? It's a bit of a mixed bag. Here are the five
statements, where they come from, and whether they're right:
"A typical turbine generates power worth £150,000 a year
but attracts subsidies of £250,000, with costs passed on through
We have found it hard to identify where this claim - which has
previously in the Mail and has been
frequently repeated in anti-wind literature - originates
from. It was stated in the foreward to a report published by the
Global Warming Policy Foundation in March,
but not referenced.
Wind turbines do get substantial subsidies, but figures from the
Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) don't seem to agree
with this statement. Calculations shared with us by DECC indicate
that a typical onshore wind turbine, generating 4.73 gigawatt hours
per year, would generate electricity worth about £250,000 and
attract subsidies worth about £200,000.