Competitors claim £100b coal back-up needed for “unreliable” wind turbines

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coal_stationsThe debate over wind energy’s capacity to generate power for the UK is leading competitors to claim a massive £100 billion in new coal facilities would be needed to support massive wind turbine growth.

E.ON has claimed wind energy is so unreliable that even if the UK builds 13 000 turbines to meet EU renewable energy targets, they could be relied on to provide only 7 per cent of the country’s peak winter electricity demand.

Power Engineering has published an account from The Scotsman that reports E.ON arguing that, during the coldest days of winter, so little wind blows that 92 per cent of installed wind capacity would have to be backed up by traditional power stations.

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