London, 23 March – A prominent physicist has warned that the UK is facing the likelihood of a failure in the electricity supply and calls for a reset of national energy policy.
Professor Wade Allison, of the University of Oxford, says that the government is ignoring overwhelming evidence of the inadequacy of wind power and resorting to bluster rather than reasoned analysis.
Professor Allison says:
“Whichever way you look at it, wind power is inadequate. It is intermittent and unreliable; it is exposed and vulnerable; it is weak with a short life-span.”
Professor Allison’s warning is set out in a short paper entitled The Inadequacy of Wind Power (pdf), published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
About the author
Wade Allison is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Keble College. In addition to teaching mathematics and physics at Oxford and researching at CERN, he is also deeply involved in medical physics and the biological effects of radiation, on which he has published three books: Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging (OUP, 2006), Radiation and Reason (2009) and Nuclear is for Life (2015). He is the Honorary Secretary of the Supporters Of Nuclear Energy (SONE), which was started by Bernard Ingham and others. He is a member of International Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information (SARI).
Prof Wade Allison