Gold1locks - why is it bad that the wind turbines are off the coast of Skegness - not wanting to pick a fight, just wondered why it was especially bad that they are there? There are also lots of them further down the coast, near Yarmouth. Surely it's better that they are out there, rather than inland where they'll be more controversial?
I try to use energy responsibly, as we only have a limited amount of fossil fuels, and we aren't producing enough coal to run our power stations - the stuff we import is rubbish, and has to be mixed with Yorkshire or Welsh coal to actually burn properly! Also, even when it's windy, the turbines have to be kept ticking over, you can't just turn a power station off. It's a bit of a black art, as during the evenings, or especially when there's a big event like a royal wedding, the bods in charge of the national grid have to predict useage, and bring extra power stations on-line to cope with the surge in demand during ad-breaks in programmes. I also used to work in a steelworks, that used a very large electric-arc furnace to melt steel. During the winter we used to have 'peak loading' at certain times, eg between 5 and 6pm when people were getting home from work and starting tea, there'd be a surge in demand for power. The company would normally get their electricity dead cheap normally, and then during peak loading they'd be charged 100 times the normal rate, so everything non-essential got turned off, monitors, printers, we weren't even allowed to boil the kettle - you made sure you'd got a drink 5 minutes before peak loading. That was to help keep demand down, as it would be on particularly cold days during winter, when they didn't want to have to bring another power station online.
Some of the coal fired power stations on the trent have not been totally decommisioned, but mothballed. At some point we'll need to start opencasting, or reopen some of the deep mines as the coal is still down there, but geologically difficult (and WAS uneconomic) to get out.
All people can do is try and lessen their demand for energy. That includes wall and loft insulation, solar panels, heat exhchange pumps, low energy appliances and lightbulbs, turning things off or down, and putting a jumper on rather than turning the central heating up. We have/do all of these, apart from a heat exchange pump, which is the next thing on my list to save up for. It does annoy me when those in the house at the back wander round in their T shirts with a gas patio heater on full blast.