Library from Denmark
The Danish wind turbine giant could run out of puff as a result of a new Republican tax proposal.
Local resistance to wind power development is intensifying worldwide and project developers are feeling the heat of angry communities saying ‘no’ to their spinning towers. As policy wonks try to understand the opposition, the wind industry is quick to tout public gaiety in Denmark over operating projects. But like every claim involving the wind industry, there's a darker story.
Germany is jeopardizing its reputation as a global leader on climate action by missing its own 2020 greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target ...By 2016, German emissions had fallen 28 percent compared to 1990. The German government has already admitted it's unlikely to meet the 2020 target, forecasting an emissions cut of 35 percent. But the new analysis suggests even this may be over-optimistic.
The world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer saw profits drop 33 per cent
He states a number of reasons for the cuts including that "The global wind power market is becoming increasingly competitive. For the past 10 years, we have managed to lower prices by 40 percent in the industry. This development continues, and we must adapt the capacity in Aalborg to the current demand."
Governments from Europe to Latin America are replacing guaranteed set payments from green power sources, known as feed-in tariffs, with competitive tenders, putting downward pressure on prices throughout the supply chain.
A test version of MHI Vestas' V164 turbine, the world's most powerful wind turbine at 9 megawatts, has caught fire.
The statistics from Denmark's statistics are scary: In 2016, Danish households paid an average of 17,700 DKK (2,714 US$) in so-called "green" taxes or a total of 47 billion. kr. (7 billion US$)
The planning and environmental committee for Esbjerg Municipality has brought a halt to anymore onshore wind farms being built inside its borders.
A blade has been blown off a Vestas turbine at Bindesbol, western Denmark during storm Urd, local publication Dagbladet Ringkobing-Skjern reported last week.
Danish wind OEM Vestas has confirmed it plans to lay off some 350 workers at its blade factory in Lem, Denmark by year-end. The company blamed high manufacturing costs and salary levels, "compared to the market level within manufacturing" for the redundancies.
Wind turbines could be popping up in forests across the nation in the future if the government succeeds in its ambitions to amend the Forest Act.
Siemens has been ordered to pay compensation of almost 1 million Danish crowns ($150,000) to three people who fell ill after working at a wind turbine factory, a court in the city of Aalborg in Denmark said on Thursday.
The economic costs of Europe’s green-energy religion keep mounting, and now its more devout disciples are starting to doubt the faith. Witness Denmark’s reconsideration of its plans to build new coastal wind farms that would add 350 megawatts of generating capacity.
"You have to remember this is a billion-figure cost that we’re passing on to the Danes," said the party’s leader, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. "While some investors may be annoyed by the fact that they won’t make as much money, that’s no biggie, it’s just business. We also have a responsibility to discuss the costs we impose on Danes over the next 10 year."
The Danish government said on Friday it wanted to scrap plans to build five offshore wind farms as their output would become too expensive for consumers.
Denmark will scrap the “expensive and ineffective” tariff that has been financing renewable energy development since 1998, the government has announced. ...“The PSO tariff is expensive and ineffective. We have long believed that the rising costs are unsustainable and now it is abundantly clear that we have to find an alternative. Therefore the government is ready for a showdown over the PSO levy.”
Employees at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark have reported complaints of chronic illness from manufacturing wind turbines. In the last 10 years, at least 64 cases have been confirmed of employees becoming ill from exposure to hazardous chemicals in their job at the turbine facility.
Vestas recorded orders totalling 2.4GW in the first quarter of 2016, but revenues were 4% down year-on-year.
Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS.KO) on Friday reported a 38% fall in first-quarter net profit amid weaker deliveries during the first few months of the year, but beat analyst expectations.