Green future: Broken wind turbines kept warm by diesel generators
More than 70 wind turbines had to be powered by diesel generators to keep them warm during their repairs which became necessary after a cabling fault.
Scottish Power – actually a subsidiary of Spanish firm Iberdrola – conceded that some 71 of its turbines had to be hooked up to diesel generators to keep them warm in December, according to the Sunday Mail, with a whistle-blower telling the left-leaning newspaper that problems with the turbines are deep-seated.
“During December 60 turbines at Arecleoch and 11 at Glenn App were de-energised due to a cabling fault… In order to get these turbines re-energised diesel generators were running for upwards of six hours a day. Turbines are regularly offline due to faults where they are taking energy from the grid rather than producing it, and also left operating on half power for long periods due to parts which haven’t been replaced,”
Sottish Power stated. In addition, it was revealed that dirty hydraulic oil is also regularly being sprayed out across the Scottish countryside due to cracks in mechanisms. Over 4000 litres of oil has leaked in such a way from the hydraulic units on turbines, reports say.
“The Scottish Government wants to make our country attractive to foreign investors as 40 per cent of the wind that blows across Europe blows across Scotland. However, that should not mean we put up with our waterways and nature being polluted with carbon from diesel generators and hydraulic oil,” the whistleblower said.
Richard Tice, the leader of the Reform Party, recently complained that some 83 per cent of Britain’s offshore wind turbines are foreign-owned, with the largest single owner being the government of EU-member-state Denmark.
“We British taxpayers are paying huge inflation-linked subsidies to create ever larger profits for the Danish taxpayer. What’s the advantage of that?” Mr Tice demanded.
Colin Smyth, a member of the Scottish parliament for the leftist Scottish Labour Party in the region, conceded that “having to use diesel generators to de-ice faulty turbines is environmental madness,” slamming the Scottish government for the fact that their “rhetoric on net zero is very different from the reality”.