Scotland’s power sector is being criticized after it was revealed that dozens of giant turbines have been using diesel generators. The information came from a whistleblower who says the environmental-friendly windmills were only turning thanks to fossil fuels.
The revelation is now fueling environmental, health and safety concerns, especially since the diesel generated turbines were running for up to six hours a day.
Scottish Power said the company was forced to hook up 71 windmills to the fossil fuel supply after a fault on its grid. The move was an attempt to keep the turbines warm and working during the cold month of December.
South Scotland Labor MSP Colin Smyth said regardless of the reasons, using diesel to deice faulty turbines is “environmental madness.”
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KARAH RUCKER: WHEN YOU SEE WINDMILLS TURNING ON WINDFARMS…IT GIVES YOU THE SENSE OF CLEAN ENERGY. BUT IN SCOTLAND…ONE WINDFARM IS AN OPTICAL ILLUSION. WINDMILLS, YES. BUT FUELED BY DIESEL.
SCOTLAND’S POWER SECTOR IS COMING UNDER FIRE AFTER IT WAS REVEALED THAT DOZENS OF GIANT TURBINES HAVE BEEN POWERED BY DIESEL GENERATORS.
THE INFORMATION COMING FROM A WHISTLEBLOWER SAYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY WINDMILLS WERE ONLY TURNING THANKS TO FOSSIL FUELS.
THE DIESEL GENERATORS WERE RUNNING FOR UP TO SIX HOURS A DAY TO KEEP MORE THAN 70 WINDMILLS OPERATING.
IN THE COLD WINTER CONDITIONS…THE TURBINES COULD HAVE FROZEN OVER AND STOPPED GENERATING POWER WITHOUT THE HELP OF DIESEL KEEPING THINGS CHURNING. SO WHILE FROM ABOVE…THE CLEAN ENERGY METHOD LOOKS EFFICIENT. IT WAS THE FOSSIL FUELS BELOW KEEPING RESIDENTS WITH HEATED HOMES.