I’m afraid that Alison Robson was rather selective in her arguments for the erection of wind farms.
The main objection to this method of electrical generation is not that they are ugly nor too expensive, it is simply that they only work when the wind blows.
It is a fact that almost every time we get the very coldest of weathers (as we had a month ago) it is a time of extreme air stillness, and virtually no electricity is produced.
Is Alison prepared to sit at home wearing several layers of clothing with her water pipes freezing up while she waits for the wind to start blowing again?
I rather think that one cold spell in these conditions would focus her mind.
We need other forms of power production to cover these times so, in effect, we have to double up on our power production. This also means doubling up on the costs of installation.
Alison also mentions the recent problems with the Japanese nuclear reactor, but it is worth noting that although many thousands of people were killed in the tsunami, not one life was lost due to the nuclear reactor, although to read the sensational headlines in most of the newspapers you could be forgiven for not knowing this.
Incidentally, a farm is a place for the production of food. A place for manufacturing is called a factory even if it is for the production of electricity. After all, would you call Radcliffe Power Station a “coal farm”?