BORIS Johnson said that the current electricity and gas crisis shows that we must build more wind turbines. Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband wants more wind turbines to “meet net zero with affordability and security”. Politicians are out of touch with reality.
Affordability? Electricity is 5.6 times more expensive than gas. Security? Fossil fuels this month provided, on average, 55 per cent of our electricity needs, nuclear 16%, renewables a pitiful 10.6%. Coal power plants had to be reconnected to stop blackouts.
Wind turbines have never provided reliable or cheap electricity. Politicians must suspend the 12% green levies on our energy bills, cancel constraint payments which have added £1 billion to our electricity bills, reopen gas storage facilities and start shale gas extraction.