According to the UK National Grid, as of Monday UK winter electricity demand hit its highest level ever, yet wind turbines generated their lowest output. Gas, coal and nuclear power plants instead provided the most of Great Britian’s electricity demand. The UK Telegraph points out:
Cold weather saw UK demand hit 52.54 gigawatts (GW) between 5pm and 5.30pm, according to National Grid.
At the same time, low wind speeds meant the UK’s wind turbines were producing just 573 megawatts of power, enough to meet only one per cent of demand – the lowest of any peak period this winter, Telegraph analysis of official data shows.
Earlier on Monday wind output had dropped even lower, generating just 354 megawatts at 2pm, or 0.75 per cent of Britain’s needs – the lowest seen during any period this winter.
Despite receiving billions of pounds in subsidies, the latest National Grid figures will rightly result in the British government concluding that England’s wind farms cannot be relied upon to keep the lights on when they are needed the most. Hence, the subsidies will be scrapped along with renewable power sources. Wind farms generate almost 30 per cent of their maximum power output but it is only theoretical. The Telegraph reports that Britain now has approximately 12 GW of wind generators located on and offshore. This means during Monday’s peak demand period, wind farms were producing less than five per cent of their theoretical maximum output.
But all of this means that wind farms get paid regardless if they produce power or not and Great Britain still mostly relies on fossil fuel and nuclear sources to supply power to England. Just like Google scientists who stated renewables won’t solve climate change, they won’t be able to provide for people’s energy needs. But, then again, that was the point of environmentalists advocating for renewables anyway so mankind is driven into a new Dark Ages.