www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c117+58?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZEU Energy Chief Wants to Prioritize Affordability.380232013-04-10T13:52:10Z2013-04-10T13:52:10Z"Today we are looking at climate protection in its entirety, taking into account that energy has to remain affordable for industries and private households," GÃ¼nther Oettinger, the European commissioner for energy, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Any new carbon or clean-energy targets should be more "modest and pragmatic" in light of the continent's economic woes, he said.Losses of power distributors in Bulgaria due to EU renewable energy requirements .379232013-04-01T17:45:57Z2013-04-01T17:45:57ZHaritonova's comments, came in response to the intentions of EVN to sue Bulgaria over the dispute with DKEVR over the obligations for purchasing electricity from renewable energy sources.
Stressing that it had accumulated losses of BGN 100 M in Bulgaria, EVN vowed on March 19 to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Arbitration to protect its investments, unless an agreement was achieved within 3-6 months.Low power price threatens Norway's green targets.364772012-11-07T14:31:09Z2012-11-07T14:31:09Z"Without subsidies, (wholesale) power prices need to be around 600 crowns ($100) per megawatt-hour to make things fly," Andreas Aasheim, an advisor to Norway's wind energy association Norwea said.
But lasting wet weather periods can push power prices down, as was the case this year, reducing the appetite for investment into capital-intensive wind power.
Spain targets first cash from renewables with energy tax.354642012-07-12T16:29:34Z2012-07-12T16:29:34Z"The new taxes that are being considered are astronomical," Miguel Salis, chief executive officer of Eolia Renovables SA, a Madrid-based wind and solar farm developer. "They represent 9 percent to 20 percent of gross revenue for these plants, which would create several problems, including many solar plant defaults." EU slaps punitive tariffs on Chinese fibreglass.291632010-09-17T14:05:05Z2010-09-17T14:05:05ZThe European Union (EU) yesterday imposed punitive tariffs on certain fibreglass imports from China despite concerns that the duties will limit supply of the lightweight material used in wind turbines, cars and ships.Spain admits that the green energy as sold to Obama is a disaster.275052010-05-21T08:46:55Z2010-05-21T08:46:55ZThe internal report of the Spanish administration admits that the price of electricity has gone up, as well as the debt, due to the extra costs of solar and wind energy. Even the government numbers indicate that each green job created costs more than 2.2 traditional jobs, as was shown in the report of the Juan de Mariana Institute. (The below is the English translation of an article published in Spain's La Gaceta newspaper.) Feeling the heat.214322009-06-02T11:40:11Z2009-06-02T11:40:11ZNobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency, says it is "inevitable" that the manufacturing of renewable energy components - mainly solar modules and wind turbines - will move to China and, to a lesser extent, India. "The PV cells made there are not of as high a quality yet [as those made in Europe] but they will get there."
This view is echoed by George Frampton, former chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and a member of the Obama campaign's transition team. He says: "There is a very strong momentum. And it's not just because of the cost, it's also that I'm not that optimistic that this market is going to boom in the US."
Carbon price raises fears of renewables lag.197402009-01-31T03:12:20Z2009-01-31T03:12:20ZConcerns emerged this week over the effectiveness of carbon trading in encouraging alternative energy development after a tumbling carbon price made investment in projects more expensive.
The price of carbon has fallen by nearly 70 per cent since reaching a high of âā¬32.90 in April 2006 to a new low of âā¬10.81 last week, although it recovered this week to just under âā¬12.
Wind turbine blade maker to cut jobs in US and Europe.195672009-01-19T14:49:30Z2009-01-19T14:49:30ZWind turbine blade maker LM Glasfiber Group has announced that it will lay off up to 600 workers at plants in Europe and the United States. The Danish company plans to cut a fifth of its domestic workforce - 450 employees - and to close one of its two blade plants in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the loss of 150 jobs. ...Despite this, the company stressed it is confident in the long-term outlook for the wind turbine business.
E.ON UK chief: Government 'must come clean on cost of renewables'.161792008-06-04T04:00:50Z2008-06-04T04:00:50ZConsumers face years of rising gas and electricity bills as the UK heads towards an energy crunch, according to the chief executive of one of Britain's biggest power companies.
Paul Golby, of E.ON UK, said it was time for the industry and Government to come clean about the extent of the UK's energy needs - and what it will mean for domestic prices. ...Mr Golby, who was launching E.ON's energy manifesto, said his call for an "honest debate" about Britain's energy future must include a recognition that new coal-fired generation "will play a significant role in restraining prices".
He said: "Without coal, bridging the energy gap will mean allowing gas to dominate our energy mix and a second "dash for gas" is something we need to avoid." But new power stations must include carbon capture and storage technology.
Investment banks seek fees and returns from renewable energy sector.129962007-12-04T01:14:55Z2007-12-04T01:14:55Z...global investment bank Lehman Brothers agreed to advise and finance the $700m Cape Wind project, the USâÄôs first offshore wind farm located near Nantucket Island and a landmark cause for many environmentalists.
This March, Goldman Sachs sold its investment âÄď redubbed Horizon Wind Energy âÄď to PortugalâÄôs largest utility, EDP, for more than $2.1bn, making a profit of $900m. But Lehman BrothersâÄô project, despite early state-level approvals, has been stuck in bureaucratic purgatory from which it is unlikely to emerge soon.
The problem: NantucketâÄôs millionaire residents oppose the wind farm, which they claim would ruin their ocean views.
The contrast between the outcome of the Zilkha investment and the Cape Wind project illustrates the unpredictability of the clean technology sector. âÄúThere is no doubt in my mind that renewable energy is like other tech start-ups, where some will succeed and many will not.âÄĚ
Fish industry fighting windmills.125242007-11-05T23:28:33Z2007-11-05T23:28:33ZThe Norwegian fish industry fiercely fights goverment plans to build windmill parks at sea. The windmills will hinder fishing and shipping, a fish industry association argues.
In its annual conference this weekend, the Norwegian Fishery Association unanimously supported a proposal to fight the development of windmill parks at sea.
Climate fight brings mega profits to EU power firms.115102007-08-24T11:45:43Z2007-08-24T11:45:43ZEuropean power companies are making billions of euros in excess profits in the European Union's battle to beat global warming by cutting emissions of carbon gases, and consumers are paying for it, economists say.
The electricity generators are given, free of charge, permits to emit millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide which are currently worth around 20 euros a tonne, but are then charging consumers as if they had been made to pay for the permits.
Michael Grubb, Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust and Director of Climate Strategies, calculates that this practice which he says is economically justifiable gives the industry windfall profits of some 20 billion euros ($27.14 billion) a year.
"It is free money," he told Reuters. "It's how you'd expect companies to behave, but politically and morally it is going to be hard to justify making so much money out of a scheme designed to reduce emissions - with consumers footing the bill." French fund warns on green investment bubble.108472007-07-20T11:03:25Z2007-07-20T11:03:25ZAn Internet-style bubble is looming in renewable energy stocks with valuations reaching the ozone layer and businesses managing to secure flotations with little or no turnover, a French investment fund has warned.
With raw material prices showing no sign of abating, companies that supply renewable energy or equipment such as wind turbines and solar panels could see their margins suffer, Matteo Novelli of Star Innovation at CFD Capital Management said.
"There is clearly a bubble forming in the eco-energy market and there could be a hefty correction at some point," Novelli told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.
European Union leaders have pledged to get a fifth of the bloc's energy from renewable fuels like wind, solar and biofuels by 2020, three times the current level.
Political pressure for a cleaner environment and high oil prices have sparked an investment rush into alternative energy.
But Novelli said such businesses were so fashionable that valuations could not be sustained in the short to medium term. Offshore windfarms ‚Äėcould destroy beauty spots‚Äô.83152007-03-08T17:13:12Z2007-03-08T17:13:12ZOffshore wind farms could seriously damage tourism in some of the countryâÄôs most scenic beauty spots, it was warned yesterday.
Failte Ireland is particularly concerned about plans to build up to 400 wind turbines off the coastline between Killiney, Co Dublin and Arklow, Co Wicklow.
All of them, at 160 metres-high, would be visible from the shoreline.
Failte Ireland said it was not âÄėanti-wind farmâÄô but had to protect the countryâÄôs tourism industry.
Wind Farms Limited in Greece.77702007-02-05T12:45:27Z2007-02-05T12:45:27ZThe Environment and Public Works Ministry is in favor of developing wind farms on Greek islands but wants to place strict restrictions on such development.
The Greek islands, buffeted by winds for most of the year, have great potential as wind park locations. Ministry officials estimate that as many as 7,000 turbines could be installed, producing about 14,000 megawatts of energy annually. Private investors are fighting over prime locations.
The islands also happen to be among GreeceâÄôs major tourist attractions. An overdevelopment of wind farms would create both aesthetic conflicts and great noise pollution, as anyone who has visited a wind park can confirm. Thus, the new land use plan for renewable energy sources being prepared by the Environment and Public Works Ministry would limit wind parks to 4 percent of a municipalityâÄôs area (versus 8 percent on the mainland and on the island of Evia), which should limit the number of wind turbines to 2,000, producing some 4,000 MW of energy.
Environment: France Looks to Catch Up in Wind Energy.10112005-12-19T12:00:34Z2005-12-19T12:00:34ZOnly a massive immediate investment in wind energy and the installation of thousands of wind turbines over the next decade will permit France to reach its target of further reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report by a state agency.
Plans for five wind farms are thrown out.6432005-11-30T14:50:21Z2005-11-30T14:50:21ZThe Wind Farms Awareness Group before the meeting.
The encroachment of wind farms into Perthshire was again halted by councillors as another five proposed schemes were knocked back.
Wind Farm Plans Up for Debate.6282005-11-30T00:13:36Z2005-11-30T00:13:36ZWest Devon councillors are to debate plans for a wind farm of 390-foot turbines in the face of an objection from a national charity.
Gabriel Calzada √Ālvarez speaks to the U.S. Congress about 'green jobs'.273692009-09-24T10:56:01Z2009-09-24T10:56:01ZGabriel Calzada ÃĀlvarez, Associate Professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (King Juan Carlos University) in Madrid, delivered this testimony before U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In March 2009 ÃĀlvarez and two colleagues from the University, released their study on the Spanish experience with âÄúgreen jobsâÄĚ. An excerpt of his testimony is provided below. The full testimony can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.