REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

opposing unnecessary, excessive
and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 320

Revolt news 11/2/2011 Print (pdf) Version

1. The DECC (ex DTI) Digests of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) continue to be a key source of government data on wind power generation. However they appear to be based on industry claims, supplied by OFCOM from the ROC returns sent to them monthly, and not on measured generation. National Grid figures for input to the grid may give more accurate data about what is produced, while allowing that some generation is separately embedded or is delivered direct to distribution networks, bypassing the grid. The bulk of proposed remote wind power, to impact strategically on the national system, will be grid-connected, so the grid data will be a relevant indicator of production and performance against installed capacity. Currently, Grid-connected capacity is 2,662MW of the 5,204W operational wind turbine capacity claimed by the wind energy industry.

2. Wind energy production supplied to the National Grid is being monitored by Ian Murdoch for North Hambleton Windfarm Action Group (NHWAG). The results show how low wind power generation into the national grid really is, especially during the cold spells, and how the output varies very significantly hour to hour and day to day. Ian says: “I have finally received confirmation from D.E.C.C. that the only figures they have for Output from Wind Generators are the monthly figures compiled by OFGEM from the Renewable Obligation Certificate Returns (or claims). Hence, they are not aware, or even interested, in the hour by hour and day by day variations in wind output. The government, therefore, can have no idea how much fossil fuel is being burnt in stand-by generators to deal with this variation. Nor, can they have any understanding of the need long term to develop a strategy for effective back up systems for wind generators.”

3. Scientists urge new EMF safety guideline limits, including 0.1 microtesla for power-frequency fields for all new installations and new homes, schools etc. A set-back from new powerlines is recommended at a distance to ensure time-averaged exposures fall below the guideline level. A “Seletun Scientific Statement” derived from a conference held in Seletun, Norway, last year. The Scientific Panel conclusions have just been published in a peer-reviewed Journal, Reviews on Environmental Health (2010; 25:307-317). The link below is to a video statement by Prof Olle Johansson.

4. A recent former president of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) says the society is threatened by its "biased scientific culture" that is often unable to accept positive results. BEMS is central to establishment views of EMF science. Read the Short Take on the Microwave News Home Page

5. David Holland of Stour Valley Underground (SUV) requests support for a web-based petition from an initiative by Somerset Alliance Against Pylons on a people-power site called 38 degrees.

6. Julie-Ann McClay from Northern Ireland group SEAT and Martina Roddy from the west of Ireland also seek support for a people-against-pylons petition on a public site powered by Care2.

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