Senior energy executives have called on ministers to come clean about the costs of the Government's ambitious plans for a green energy revolution.
Government ministers have eagerly publicised in recent months tough new carbon reduction targets and an array of initiatives that will be needed to meet those demands, such as biomass and wind power generation and carbon capture and sequestration technology - "green" measures that play well with the electorate. ...But signs are emerging that energy companies are tiring of taking the flak for higher tariffs that are increasingly a direct result of government policy. Paul Golby, the head of E.ON UK, said: "We need our politicians to stand up to the mark a bit more and be honest about the costs. It doesn't come for free. Energy is going to cost more in the future."
The acquisition will help E.ON, Germany's largest utility, increase its worldwide installed wind power capacity to 850 MW from around 640 MW, thus making the company one of the largest wind farm operators in the world. Also, the total capacity of the wind power projects being developed will grow to 4.6 GW from 2.6 GW.
E.ON UK is to appeal against a local government refusal to grant planning permission for a wind farm at Auchencorth Moss in Scotland, the German-owned utility said on Thursday.
Midlothian Council rejected the plan to build a 45-megawatt onshore wind farm neat Penicuik in February, despite the project's potential to contribute towards Britain's already challenging renewable energy targets.
E.ON AG plans to build wind farms with a total power generating capacity of 700 MW by 2010, chief executive Wulf Bernotat told Die Welt.
As a result, Germany 'will take the lead in the field of offshore wind power generation,' he said.
E.ON will set up the wind farms in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, he added.
E.ON (nyse: EON - news - people ) AG said it is planning to build a wind park off the coast of Yorkshire, where about 80 turbines will generate up to 300 MW of energy.
E.On UK said it intends to submit an application for planning permission to put the grid connection to the proposed Denshaw Moor Wind Farm underground.
The move has been taken to ensure that the visual impact of the proposed wind farm is minimised, although the decision will cost E.On more money as it is more expensive to underground wires, the company said.
E.ON UK, the company that runs Powergen, has today (JULY 4) revealed the location for a new power station and two new wind farms - family theme park LEGOLAND(R) Windsor.
Consumers 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.
E.ON UK, the British arm of German power giant E.ON, has applied to Sedgefield Borough Council for permission to build its proposed GBP26 million Butterwick Moor wind farm.
E.ON UK's plans to build a GBP40 million wind farm in Midlothian, Scotland, are reportedly under threat after councilors in the region approved plans to crack down on the proposed number and size of the turbines, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. Meanwhile, as reported in the Yorkshire Post, the utility is holding a public meeting to try to counter adverse public opinion threatening its wind farm plans for Blackstone Edge, Penistone.
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, the UK subsidiary of German utility E.ON was planning to build 18 wind turbines in Midlothian, each with a maximum height of 102 meters. Public outcry ensued, however, as the proposed site is the Auchencorth Moss beauty spot near Penicuik.
The regional publication commented that, although the site would have generated enough power for 22,000 homes, 2,337 objections had been voiced, prompting the Midlothian Council and Scottish National Heritage to interject and commission a study on the impact the wind farm would have on the area.
Grid operators are not given sufficient financial incentives to connect wind farms to the grid. There is a lack of co-ordination among the authorities as to who is responsible for what. ..."I'm pessimistic for the time after 2015 if nothing changes. No one will go on investing if the grid link is as uncertain as it is now, neither E.on nor others."
One of Britain's leading energy providers warned yesterday that Britain will need substantial fossil fuel generation to back up the renewable energy it needs to meet European Union targets. The UK has to meet a target of 15% of energy from renewables by 2020.
E.ON said that it could take 50 gigawatts of renewable electricity generation to meet the EU target. But it would require up to 90% of this amount as backup from coal and gas plants to ensure supply when intermittent renewable supplies were not available.
German energy group E.ON and Danish utility Dong Energy have agreed to acquire Royal Dutch Shell's 33 percent stake in the 1,000-megawatt wind farm project in Britain, known as London Array, for an undisclosed sum.
The pair, each owning a one-third stake in the project currently, are to become 50-50 partners in London Array which, once finished, could supply electricity to over 750,000 homes. ...Both E.ON and Shell declined to provide the financial terms of the transaction.
Could there be a lawsuit in the tea leaves over a proposed wind law in Hartsville?
For the second meeting in a row, discussions at Wednesday night's town board meeting focused on a newly-unveiled wind regulatory law. And again, discussions of legal action by those benefiting from the project have been discussed.
This time, the reference came from the developer.
According to Jackie Murray, an attorney for German-owned E.ON Climate and Renewables - the company planning to build around 51 megawatts worth of industrial wind turbines in the town - a proposed law would block wind development because of overly-strict guidelines in the legislation, and could cause problems for the town.
The European Commission is expected to introduce a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that directs the largest slices of €50 billion available for research and development to solar power and capturing and burying emissions from coal plants. ...Christian Kjaer, the chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association, ...questioned the decision to give nuclear power and carbon-capture technologies significantly more than wind, which would receive €6 billion.
Fears that whirling wind turbines could slaughter protected golden eagles have halted progress on a key piece of the federal government's push to increase renewable energy on public lands, stalling plans for billions of dollars in wind farm developments. ...The July eagle memo obtained by the AP directed BLM staff not to approve any more permits until companies submit protection plans. Federal officials said they do not know when permitting will resume nor whether the stimulus deadline will be met.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an investigation after a golden eagle was killed in late February at the Spring Valley Wind Farm, about 300 miles north of Las Vegas. ...the wind farm could face a fine of up to $200,000 because it does not hold a federal "take" permit that would allow the incidental death of a golden or bald eagle.
Stafford said the matter is under investigation by the service's Office of Law Enforcement.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of a golden eagle at a wind farm in Kern County, California, and is asking for local resident's help.
"The lack of data is particularly troubling because it is just this sort of data from permit holders that permits the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service to monitor the health of the eagle populations within the United States, the release notes. Despite lacking a permit, Bittner continued to capture and band 144 migratory birds in the region, including at least one female Golden Eagle.
The Central Highlands could soon be home to the state's biggest wind farm but the endangered wedge- tailed eagle may stop the multimillion-dollar development before it begins. ...But the project faces one major hurdle that has stopped similar developments in the past.
N. P. Power had identified that wedge-tailed eagles and white- bellied sea eagles inhabit the region, with two nests existing on the wind farm site.