WITH reference to “The best way forward on energy production”, (Craven Herald letters, November 5) Cllr Noland has misunderstood my reference to conventional onshore sources of generation including nuclear and gas turbines.

I am not advocating an expansion of nuclear power, merely citing the present situation, which is that 19 per cent of the UK’s electricity supply comes from 15 nuclear power stations.

My letter concerned Boris Johnson’s claim that “your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle.. . will be powered from the breezes that blow around this island”.

It is a characteristic of wind turbines that they produce electricity in proportion to the cube of the wind speed and a doubling of the wind speed produces almost eight times the electrical output.

Variable winds result in huge variations in the output of North Sea wind farms requiring back up from existing onshore power stations to keep the kettles boiling when the wind speed in the North Sea drops.

I agree with Cllr Noland’s point about the UK having the tools and technology to efficiently power this country with renewable technology.

However with government support focussed on offshore wind, and little support for community scale renewable energy generation, the need for existing nuclear power stations to carry on backing up offshore wind isn’t going to go away any time soon.

Alternatives include energy storage via batteries or using excess offshore generated electricity to produce hydrogen through electrolysis, both solutions still requiring development.

For communities to benefit financially from generating their own power, as Cllr Noland points out, the Local Electricity Bill would give small and medium sized local generators fair access to the Grid.

It is sad that our MP Julian Smith hasn’t supported the bill. Mr Smith quotes the Smart Export Guarantee which replaced the Feed-in-Tariff.

The only guarantee is a return of something above nothing at all per unit of electricity exported to the grid, at the option of the major electricity suppliers.

This is hardly likely to inspire a revolution in local energy production.

Sandy Tod

Settle