Environmentalists accused of “cherry picking” data on renewables

Anti-windfarm campaigners in Scotland state the World Wildlife Fund of Scotland was selective of the official data related to research done on certain renewable energy sources. The accusations come as opponents of renewables accuse environmentalists of twisting the facts about recent energy production from wind and solar farms. According to The Press and Journal:

The critics pointed out that on a specific day highlighted as exemplary for green energy – May 15 – electricity customers were actually being billed £750,000 to compensate windfarm companies.

The so-called “constraint payments” are frequently awarded for switching off turbines to avoid overloading the national grid.

Referencing the same official data, the anti windfarm campaigners also revealed how, on the same day, Scotland imported electricity from England – as it still often does.

WWF Scotland had celebrated an “extraordinary month” for renewables in Scotland, with windfarms powering “the equivalent of 95% of Scottish households’ electricity needs.”

But, wait, there is more:

Highland-based industry watcher Stuart Young, who has closely monitored the data for some years, argued that the interpretation did not tell the full story.

For example, he said, on May 18 Scotland imported electricity for 20 hours and 40 minutes.

“This all begs the question,” he said, “that if the Scotland-England interconnector is not being used to capacity, why are windfarms constrained off so often?”

Renewable energy sources are a lucrative boondoggle. Aside from the fact that neither solar nor wind are unreliable sources of energy and using them results in higher utility bills than fossil fuels, renewable energy companies still get subsidies even if they do not produce electricity for ratepayers.

Utility companies also have to shoulder the cost of building back-up generation plants and transmission systems that are usually coal, nuclear or gas powered to ensure reliable electricity for their customers when renewable sources don’t produce. Rate payers don’t just pay for utility back up systems but even to build the infrastructure and upkeep for renewable energy plants.

It is time to reject the hype climate alarmists and environmentalists make along with their call to restrict carbon-based energy use. The green chicken littles and politicians claiming the sky is falling because of human-caused global warming are using studies that match the environmentalist narrative as an excuse to rob us of our ability to live affordably and comfortably. Fortunately, in the case of Scotland, there are people watching and willing to speak out to tell the truth.