By Paul Homewood
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden wi-ind mills
Whenever anybody complains about the English countryside being littered with wind farms and solar panels, the renewable lobby usually come back with the claim that renewable energy is supplying a quarter of our electricity.
Technically this is true, but it does not tell the whole story.
In fact, hydro and biomass account for 11%, nearly as much as wind and solar combined.
However, if we look at the specifics of onshore wind and solar power, the things that really impact the countryside, the situation in England is drastically different.
Last year, onshore wind and solar generated 5.9 and 9.2 TWh respectively, out of a total generation of 254.7 TWh. In other words, only 5.9%.
Regardless of the cost in subsidies, which are huge, can anybody honestly say that such a tiny amount of energy is worth the environmental destruction?