Here are a few highlights: Meeting the UK Governments target for renewable generation in 2020 will require total wind capacity of 36 GW backed up by 13 GW of open cycle gas plants plus large complementary investments in transmission capacity at a cost of about £120 billion. The same electricity demand could be met from 21.5 GW of combined cycle gas plants with a cost of £13 billion, i.e. an order of magnitude cheaper than the wind scenario. Under the most favourable assumptions for wind power, the Governments wind policy will reduce emissions of CO2 at an average cost of £270 per metric ton (at 2009 prices) which means that meeting the UKs renewable energy target would cost a staggering £78 billion per year in 2020. The key problems with current policies for wind power are simple. They require a huge commitment of investment resources to a technology that is not very green, in the sense of saving a lot of CO2, but which is certainly very expensive and inflexible. Unless the current Government scales back its commitment to wind power very substantially, its policy will be worse than a mistake, it will be a blunder, Professor Hughes said.
Maintenance issues are not considered either, things break down and they are waaaaay up there, needing expensive tower monkeys to fix the bird blenders.