SIR – The National Grid’s online data for the electricity generated by Britain’s 11,000 wind turbines showed that, in the year up to mid-September, they contributed an average of only 17.6 per cent of what the country required. Sometimes the daily or even weekly rate was as low as 3 per cent.
Why can’t our politicians just look at the figures and accept that there is no way these turbines will ever supply reliable power for households and industry?
Even doubling the current number would hardly make a difference during weeks or months of low winds (and, ironically, global warming itself might be making this natural resource less reliable).
We need to use gas, coal and nuclear power for the immediate future or the country will grind to a halt.
Malcolm Kirk
Craobh Haven, Argyll

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