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Power gap; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

SIR - It was said by a National Grid spokesman that the Mid Wales electrical infrastructure scheme was vital for filling the "energy gap" that the closure of power stations will bring about ("'If we don't replace the power we know will be lost, the lights will go out'", Oct 27).

It is important to put this in perspective. National Grid have undertaken research as regards the amount of electricity for energy security that wind farms can produce and according to their ENSG document only 5% of the installed capacity can be relied upon.

Therefore for the Mid Wales project, which will mean an area of at least 2,500 square miles having nothing but a wind farm and pylon landscape, the secure energy output will be only 5% of 800 MW ie 40 MW. The UK energy gap will be well in excess of 10,000 MW and so this scheme, that will destroy Mid Wales, will only contribute 0.4% to that gap.

Perhaps if NG put their resources into connecting up worthwhile projects rather than wasting seven years research in Mid Wales already on such a minuscule secure output then the lights may have a chance of not going out in the future. BA KIBBLE Montgomery, Powys
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 7, 2012
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