A Scottish wind turbine factory Skykon in Campbeltown has gone into administration with the loss of over 100 jobs. Skykon is a Danish company making turbines. Looking at the UK overall, wind speeds have rapidly declined in the UK in 2010. In fact 2010 was the least windy year since 1824 in the UK. As reported in the Sunday Telegraph ( 16 January ) Moodys the international credit rating agency has warned that low wind speeds are becoming a major issue with potential investors in wind technology. It is also reported in the Sunday Telegraph report that 2010 was the least windy year in Britain on record , the data used coming from Ofgem and the National Grid. Wind speeds in northern Europe are controlled by the NAO(North Atlantic Oscillation). The NAO has reached its lowest level since records began. The Sunday Telegraph reports that Todd Crawford of Weather Services International a consultancy operated by the US Weather channel has confirmed that the NAO is at its lowest point on record. Where does all this leave Mr Huhne the UK climate secretary who has just recently announced a £60 million subsidy from tax payers for the Thanet wind farm? This at a time when electricity bills are escalating ,
university tuition fees have tripled and cuts in public services in the UK are increasing. If this wind programme in the UK is continued then large numbers of coal, gas and oil fired electricity plants will have to be built as back up otherwise there will be no electricity in Britain! Germany has 20 000 wind turbines yet not one coal fired electricity plant has been de-commissoned as a result. The only people who are gaining out of this are the wind companies themselves.