Green energy continues to fail… spectacularly

Highly subsidised and highly inefficient, it’s also not able to deliver the little it is meant to


The turbines in Devon and Cornwall came down when the wind  was blowing at barely 50mph,  despite the fact that they are supposed to withstand blasts of just over 115mph.

And, as the HSE concluded, the causes were manufacturing faults and basic mistakes in the way  they were installed. The errors  have already been replicated elsewhere in the country, as the two reports make clear, and could affect dozens – if not hundreds – more of the giant towers.

It is hardly encouraging to learn that the HSE reports were not published in a normal sense, but were available only on request and in redacted form.

They have come to light now only through Freedom of Information (FoI) requests lodged by a number of concerned residents.

Total incompetence followed by a cover-up.  


‘Over time they clearly degrade  to the point of failure,’ he says. ‘We should be asking ourselves whether we are at a tipping point as the  first-generation technology is exposed and compromised.’

Green energy: Wind turbines and windfarms provide a renewable alternative

Dr Bratby is frustrated at the  lack of risk assessments undertaken when looking at sites.

He says: ‘I accept that the dangers from wind turbines located on farms without public access and remote from public rights of way are probably acceptable.

‘That is not always the case.  They have been located close  to roads and railways, at workplaces, in schools, hospitals and parks without any formal assessment of the dangers. I think that  is unacceptable.’

His views are shared by fellow campaigner Alan Dransfield, from Exeter, who helped to mastermind  the FoI application.

‘These reports took the best part of a year and several thousand pounds to compile, and the HSE decided to investigate because of the extensive media coverage and widespread public concern,’ Mr Dransfield says.

‘I’m delighted they did because look what they’ve found. Without doubt there is an urgent need for a more proactive stance with regard  to the wind-turbine industry. It clearly can’t police itself.’

So now everyone that lives within a wind turbine’s height of a green elephant is in serious danger of having it blow over on them.

The irony of wind generated renewable green energy being felled by wind isn’t lost on me.    And to think – they only way they were viable (on paper) in the first place was because they would stand there for a long, long, long time converting ‘free’ wind into electricity.


– Simon Trump, Mail Online

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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