Isn’t there a political solution to the economic problems raised about wind farms by Anthony Trewavas (Platform, 7 December), especially the cost of electricity “vital to our economy and wellbeing”, which hits the poorest hardest?
It is taken for granted that the economic model for electricity supply and consumption stays the same. Suppose the political community, of which we are members, is persuaded that electricity is a basic necessity. As such, it would be the political community’s duty to satisfy everyone’s right to “affordable electricity”.
Arguably, the present privatised competitive model is inadequate, particularly the ownership and control of wind farms. It may well be that affordable renewables electricity can only be met by a radically different model.
Old Chapel Walk
With regards to Nick Dekker’s letter, pumped hydro is not a way of producing energy, but simply a means of storing and then using some of that from another source in not less than three conversion stages, primary source to pump to reservoir to generator. So, his 800MW of pumped hydro output would require something like 2,500MW input.
Additionally, since the rest of the UK provides over 50 per cent of the cost of Scotland’s renewables and bore about 90 per cent of the cost of our hydro schemes, it does not seem unreasonable to expect some share of the benefits.
Dr A McCormick