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Wind farm project in jeopardy after Government announcement

A huge new wind farm project appears to be hanging in the balance after a Government announcement that it is to end a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected. ...But the Institute of Mechanical Engineers said the Government move was welcome and onshore wind turbines were an intermittent and expensive way to generate low carbon energy.
20 Jun 2015

Northumberland campaigners 'cautiously' welcome new energy secretary's windfarm pledge

The new rules are expected to include a greater weighting towards the views of the community when it comes to a local authority planning committee making its final decision. Cornhill farmer Andrew Joicey, who has previously challenged wind-farm applications in Northumberland said: “We’ve heard promises like this before so we are cautiously optimistic.
18 May 2015

Tory victory a huge blow to UK green energy industry, campaigners warn

The new Government says it is committed to long-term and legally binding goals to cut carbon emissions. However, it has consistently emphasised the key role it expects improvements in energy efficiency – as opposed to green energy – to play in hitting those targets. It has also insisted that renewable power – which remains more expensive than fossil-fuel power – must be “cost-effective”.
10 May 2015

Our data shows that climate policies aren't working. Why does that scare our opponents?

Because these subsidies are funded by levies on energy bills, rather than by tax, these costs are regressive. In other words they unfairly penalise the poor, who spend more money proportionately on energy bills than the rich. In fact, climate policy costs are so high that they threaten standards of living across the whole population and will inevitably cause public disenchantment, jeopardising reasonable efforts to provide an affordable and effective insurance policy against climate change.
3 Apr 2015

Wind farm ban Bill attacked by MP

Mr Chope said he wanted to stop further developments like the Navitus Bay wind farm proposed near his Christchurch constituency. He said: "This Bill ... would ensure such obscenities would not be able to be brought forward again in the future with all the uncertainty that generates for local people.
17 Jan 2015

Wind Power Reassessed: A review of the UK wind resource for electricity generation

Adamsmithinstitute-windassessment_thumb The UK wind debate assumes that wind farms operate at roughly their average output most of the time. According to this new paper by Dr. Capell Aris’, this assumption is not true. Power comes only extremely intermittently and variably and there are long periods of negligible efficiency, particularly during the long winter months when power is most needed. A 10GW wind fleet would need approximately 9.5GW of fossil capacity to guarantee its output. A summary from the report of Dr. Aris' findings is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
27 Oct 2014

An energy policy that makes little sense

The very idea that an advanced economy such as ours faces an energy crisis within the next few years should attract the most urgent attention of our political leaders. Yet we appear to be drifting into a situation of great seriousness because they are all wedded to unrealistic decarbonisation targets that none seems willing to revisit.
13 Oct 2014

Expensive green energy a 'bad gamble' as ministers slash gas price forecasts

Ministers cut forecasts of gas prices for the rest of the decade by as much as a fifth, meaning green energy will remain relatively far more costly. ...“Year after year [energy secretary] Ed Davey has been banging on that one of the core reasons [for backing green energy] is to protect ourselves against inevitably high and volatile fossil fuel prices. Now their own forecasts are saying fossil fuel prices are going to be very affordable,” he said.
3 Oct 2014

Scotland Yes vote risks $23 billion in power work

Currently, Scottish projects get support though a nationwide program known as the renewables obligation, which may have no mandate north of the border if the two countries were split. Scotland exports as much as a quarter of its electricity and has about 43 percent of the U.K.’s wind power capacity. About 13 gigawatts of power projects are on the drawing board currently in Scotland, about 15 percent of total U.K. capacity.
9 Sep 2014

£11m for the wind farm that was not working

The highest payment of £11.1 million was paid over three years to ScottishPower, a Spanish-owned firm, which operates the Whitelee wind farm, around 10 miles from Glasgow. The disclosures prompted claims that the Government has failed to “rein in” the amounts being demanded by wind farm owners to turn off their turbines to stop the electricity network becoming overloaded.
24 Aug 2014

Infinis wind farms remain on hold until after referendum

"Both projects will only begin construction once the outcome of the Scottish referendum, and its potential effect on energy policy, is known," Infinis said yesterday. It also noted that its wind farms had been becalmed, suffering a one-third drop in output, and impacted by lower prices in the market.
8 Aug 2014
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