Articles from Europe

Wind farms paid £100m to switch power off

Wind farms were paid more than £100 million last year to switch off their turbines and NOT produce electricity, the Telegraph can disclose. ...Incredibly, the wind farms receive on average 40 per cent more cash when they are switched off than when they are producing electricity, according to an analysis of official figures.
8 Jan 2018

Green activists withdraw adverts which falsely claim price of wind farm energy has fallen by 50 per cent

Environmental activists have withdrawn an advertising campaign after being accused of making false claims about the price of wind energy. The poster ...claimed the price of wind farming had dropped by 50 per cent over two years. Following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, Greenpeace and a coalition of other environmental groups agreed not to use them again
27 Dec 2017

Power prices go negative in Germany, a positive for energy users

The wholesale costs of power make up only about a fifth of the average household electricity bill in Germany. The rest is a stew of taxes, fees to finance renewable-energy investments and charges for use of the grid. That means their bills are lower than they otherwise would be, because power prices are sometimes negative, but utilities are not depositing money in customers’ bank accounts.
26 Dec 2017

Endangered species? Ecotricity flicks switch on new English onshore wind farm

The government has locked onshore wind and solar farm out of competitions for clean power contracts and has previously tweaked planning rules to make it harder for projects to gain consent. The Conservative Party manifesto at the last election explicitly ruled out financial support for new onshore wind farms in England, despite the technology offering the lowest costs form of clean power capacity.
8 Dec 2017

German regulator triggers onshore wind rescue

The risk that German onshore wind could collapse over the next three to four years, endangering the aim to achieve 40-45% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2025, prompted the BNA to trigger a rescue clause in the 2017 renewable energy act.
1 Dec 2017
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