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Wind on government support

It is not possible to lie to the people forever about whether wind turbines can compete on equal footing with other forms of energy when the reality is that wind power - for the first 40 years of development - and forever after, will require billions in direct and indirect support.

Ever since the first small wind turbines began supplying electricity to the grid in Denmark, the Danes again and again were told that the industry in just a few years will no longer need financial support. At that time, wind turbines with the usual depreciation rules be able to compete in equal footing with other electricity-generating energy. It is now four decades sine the so-called "wind turbine adventure" began and Danish consumers pay more today than ever in direct and indirect financial support to wind turbines. Not only that: according to Eurostat the Danish consumers pay by far the highest electricity prices in

Europe: Dkr. 2.28 per kWh compared with an EU average of 1.55 Dkr.

This harsh reality hit this weekend when Climate and Energy Lars Christian Lilleholt noted that the cost for the so-called "green transition" is out-of-control. His complaint mainly focused on the costs associated with the proposed, and strongly disputed, coastal wind turbines. Instead, the Government believes it may become necessary to build more onshore wind turbines, which will not eliminate the problems, especially because of the destructive, low-frequency noise now known to come from operating turbines. The finding comes from new calculations, which shows that public subsidies paid by electricity consumers via the so-called PSO tax will skyrocket if the Danish government implements plans to establish a large number of up to 200 meters high wind turbines in coastal areas.

Today, Danish consumers pay 25 øre / kWh in the PSO levy or a third more than the spot price of 1 kWh of electricity as of last Monday, which was 18 øre. On top of the PSO levy paid, consumers also pay an electricity fee to the state at 89 øre/kWh plus VAT (25 %, MJ).

In the period from 2012 to 2020, Danish consumers are at risk of having to pay 65 billion Dkr. in the PSO levy, according to documentation from the Climate and Energy Ministry. According to Lilleholt, the Minister responsible for administering the plan, quite wisely finds the costs unacceptable.

Since the announcement, there has been no shortage of criticism of Climate and Energy Minister for allowing doubt as to the reasonableness of the program. Danish consumers have been filled with lies on lies on lies about the renewables market economic competitiveness.

SF-chairman Pia Olsen Dyhr even accusing the Minister for being out in a 'substandard errand', while the Social Democratic Party climate spokesman Jens Joel says he cannot understand what the Minister is doing.

"Wind Industry CEO, Jan Hylleberg, spoke stridently in saying that "the Minister's actions in this case are unprecedented, "and believes it "will send shock waves through the energy sector 'If a majority in Parliament either cut in or choose to abandon the off shore coastal wind turbines.

Although it may be argued that the plan is at an advanced stage in the process, if the government were to hit the brake on the policy it would be liberating, if for just once, the Danish electricity consumers and neighbours to wind turbines was put, ahead of the Danish Wind Industry.

Since the "green transition" has clearly ended up as a perpetual motion system fuelled by a never-ending flow of billions of Dkr. per year in Denmark alone, it is time for the Parliament to remove the state electricity tax.

It is not possible to lie to the people forever about whether wind turbines can compete on equal footing with other forms of energy when the reality is that wind power - for the first 40 years of development - and forever after, will require billions in direct and indirect support.

Translated using Google Translate.


Source: http://jyllands-posten.dk/d...

APR 26 2016
http://www.windaction.org/posts/44923-wind-on-government-support
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