Library from Denmark
I realized I had a story that was bigger than just the effectiveness of wind energy. You can like it or you can hate it-that isn't the point. What this is about is government and business rushing ahead with new technology without ever making sure it's safe. A car manufacturer would never get away with releasing a new model without extensive safety tests. Same goes for food, appliances-anything. And yet these machines just kept going up, and up, and up.
The documentary starts out in Alberta where wind energy has been a success ...It moves then to more densely populated rural Ontario where the reception to turbines hasn't been as welcome, and then to Denmark, once a poster-child for wind energy, where the relationship between residents and turbines has soured.
Local councillors in the city of Hvidovre are fuming that neighbouring Copenhagen plans to erect four wind turbines in a waterfront area on the border between the two cities. Hvidovre oppose the construction of the 148 metre wind turbines, four times the height of Copenhagen's Round Tower, arguing they will spoil the view from their new beach near Kalvebod Syd, while compromising an adjacent nature reserve.
The Renewable Energy Foundation published this research paper by Dr Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh, on the performance over time of wind farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark. The paper can be downloaded by clicking the link(s) on this page. The UK and Danish data used in the analysis is also available below. The following summarizes the results of the research.
The government considered eight areas for the offshore parks but in the end chose only the six where local support was judged to be high enough. The areas ...will accept bids for 450 MW of commercial production and 50 MW of experimental turbines. The latter will receive a fixed price of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour
Billion Investment in wind turbines and utilization of biomass is useless if the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions. At worst, it can paradoxically harm the climate, says the Economic Council - sages - in an analysis in Berlingske Politiko. The complicated relationship skyuldes EU quota system for CO2 emissions.
The reason the industry is so corrupt is quite simply that without the lies it tells as a matter of course and without the cosy stitch-ups it arranges with regulators and politicians at taxpayers' expense, it simply would not exist.
Corruption is defined as moral decay, and that is precisely what we are witnessing here. The fear that Denmark could lose jobs and the near religious obsession with wind power has made politicians deaf and blind to objections to wind as a source of energy, and led them to take part in the industry's fraud. The environmental and human impacts of what they are doing appear to have no effect on them.
Vestas' stock shares heading towards its lowest level since the company's IPO - in 1998. On Tuesday, shares of Vestas fell by 3.2 percent after news of the company's U.S. CEO, Martha Wyrsch, decided to leave the ailing wind turbine manufacturer.
The loss-of-value clause was passed by parliment in 2008 at the urging of Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and gave neighbours to wind turbines the opportunity to seek financial compensation for lost property value. Fifty-three percent of applicants have received compensation, but those that have had money awarded say the amount did not come close to reflecting the actual value.
Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas, which has been hurt by higher-than-budgeted costs to develop its V112 turbine and cuts in green energy subsidies, said in July it agreed with its banks to defer a so-called test of financial covenants, delaying loan payments after losses eroded its cash flow.
TenneT TSO, whose Dutch parent bought E.ON's German high voltage grid in 2009, has come under political and financial pressure over delays in linking offshore wind farms to Germany's onshore grid, as part of the country's hurried shift toward renewable energy.
The company's chief financial officer, Dag Andresen, said Vestas would stop and close down all non-profitable projects in areas such as research and development. Products which cannot reach the market within 18 months or will not be profitable for the firm within 24 months will be put on the chopping block, he said.
“Margins and pricing continue to remain pressured across the sector which, along with policy uncertainty such as the renewal of the U.S.’s production tax credit, have weighed on the wind industry.” James Evans, solar and wind analyst at Bloomberg Industries.
The deals signed last year, which Vestas says were "in violation of the company's internal provisions" and its interests, have definitely lost the company €4 million and may have lost a further €14 million.
Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S , the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, said it has terminated its former Chief Financial Officer's severance deal after it emerged he has cost the company up to 18 million euros from unauthorized deals in India.
Vestas has announced it is terminating its severance agreement with former chief financial officer and deputy CEO Henrik Norremark, citing unauthorised deals costing the company "up to EUR 18 million". ..."[Norremark] seems to have entered into agreements in violation of the company's internal provisions regulating his power to bind the company as well as the company’s interests in general.
Vestas, the world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer, has decided to "scale down its sales efforts in the Indian market''. Vestas is currently implementing a global re-organisation plan to develop a "more scalable and flexible organisation" and cut cost by €250 million by the end of 2012.
Shares in Danish wind turbine maker Vestas (VWS.CO) plunged as much as 14 percent on Thursday as worries mounted that the company could ask shareholders for more capital, traders said.
Genneia wants to pay an outstanding balance in Argentine pesos, instead of euros or US dollars, as Vestas claims was agreed - a move that could leave the turbine group facing a heavy currency exchange loss on the more than $32m it says it is still owed.