Wind power

A massive rollout of wind turbines is the natural strategy against both fuel poverty and climate change. The Conservative leadership campaign is managing to confine the discourse to public borrowing to pay the energy giants’ unreasonable prices, and whether oil-fired or coal-fired stations are to be restarted.  

We will have to get used to the big beasts on our hill tops, not toys in a flat landscape – a 128m high, 3 megawatt carbon fibre turbine costing £2.4 million, with a few hundred solar panels at its feet. In a decade we might be able to dispense with them with a Severn Barrage, and perhaps even ITER fusion reactors. But for winter 2002-23 low earners will have to rely on wind, unless they can get a flat with lots of Cellotex and fibre glass, perhaps retrofitted over a supermarket. Oh, and overcome a few NIMBY-favourable planning considerations, and a Feed-in Tariff of 4.1p / kwh.

Here are the advocacy groups:  and   My local preferred sites are the Clee Hills, a north-south ridge rising to 540 metres, facing the prevailing SW wind. Near Kinver there is a good spot at 200m high west of The Sheepwalks, looking down to the SW and hardly any houses or visitors.   

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