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United Kingdom

In search of unbiased information

For 22 years I have enjoyed sailing on the east coast of England. Now the issue of wind farms is upon us and we hear massive plans for the Thames Estuary, which at the least will destroy the beauty of the estuary and at worse their sites will close up the channels through which we sail. I support the idea of clean electricity, but do wind farms really do this?

For 22 years I have enjoyed my hobby of sailing on the east coast of England. Three years ago I moved out of London upon retirement to live on the Essex coast. All that time, I have sailed past Bradwell nuclear power station and today I live two miles downwind of the site, which is in the process of decontamination.

Now the issue of wind farms is upon us and we hear massive plans for the Thames Estuary, which at the least will destroy the beauty of the estuary and at worse their sites will close up the channels through which we sail when traversing the estuary from north to south. They also provide a potential navigation hazard in poor weather.

So when asked in the consultation process whether my yacht club or I have any views, what do I say? I support the idea of clean electricity, but do wind farms really do this? There has to be back-up power (the wind hasn't blown here for three days), so what do they save?

I have trawled the internet looking for independent views and so far have only found your site. Everybody else appears either to be a biased party either for or against and I can find nothing which contrasts fact for fact or balances the argument. Is the reality that wind power only works as an economic source if subsidised in one way or another? And also that to achieve sufficient economies of scale farms need to be forests?

I actually want to be fair in any view I put forward. We all must be responsible, but that also includes care on both sides of the argument. Where do I go for a succinct comprehensive and clear view?

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